Posts Tagged ‘Farnham Maltings’

Cold afternoon in Farnham

November 3, 2018

A cold afternoon in Farnham. Not as cold as Friday in Guildford nevertheless cold.

I would have alighted and walked along the River Wey into the centre of Farnham, but no longer possible as access fenced off.

Krema packed. I had a bowl of tomato and basil soup, followed by cappuccino and flapjack. But too many people and not pleasant.

Krema need to open a second coffee shop in Farnham. Maybe take over failing Barista Lounge. Or maybe Coffee Lab or someone who wishes to serve quality coffee. Krema currently the only coffee shop worth a visit in Farnham. Now that people have acquired a taste for quality coffee, time for a second specialty coffee shop.

I picked up a bookmark for a market in Farnham Maltings.

A lost couple, please follow me. I showed the way and advised if wish to have a coffee, try Krema not the Maltings cafe.  I checked, the little cafe still serving disgusting CupSmith coffee.

To my annoyance a pound to gain entry. Stalls were already packing up.

Does this mean a pound to gain entry to the cafe? Not that I would wish to.

The market was similar rubbish to their Christmas market.

The bookmark said fresh produce.  Where? Gin on my way in. After passing through a rabbit warren of different rooms, all much of a  muchness what was on sale, I found a room with bread, cakes, chocolates, and CupSmith.

The roasted coffee beans were as the stall on Guildford farmers market on display in open hessian sacks. Dark roast to the point of being burnt. Great for hiding defects of low quality coffee beans, not so great for bringing out the best of the coffee. Burnt coffee is burnt coffee. One claimed to be a lighter roast, and yet it was darker. Maybe labels got switched. Decaffeinated claimed to be a natural process. Means nothing. State what the process is.  The beans will oxidise, they had no aroma. Contrast with beans I have from Taf,  The Underdog, Mind the Cup, a wonderful aroma.  People are duped into buying  rubbish. When purveyors of coffee  are this clueless on coffee steer well clear. If want excellent coffee try Krema, if want to buy quality coffee beans visit Krema. There is absolutely no excuse these days for buying cheap rubbish coffee. We are spoilt for choice. And that applies to the catering manager buying this rubbish for Maltings cafe.

Cakes and cookies were expensive on the cake stall. Cookies at a  pound each were reasonable. I bought a couple and as it was the end of the day the lady kindly have me a third.

Back downstairs, a little section serving coffee. I was told even worse than CupSmith. Did I wish to try? Er no.  The coffee served in takeaway coffee cups to a captive audience. This is not acceptable, but Farnham Maltings do not seem to care.

Then to Waitrose. Very busy, but at least stock on the shelves. Very busy, not all the cash tills manned.

Farnham Maltings Riverside Cafe

November 30, 2017

Pleasant ambience, but terrible coffee.

Sourced from Cupsmith, the coffee was disgusting. I left it after one sip.

I was appalled by their low environmental standards, takeaway cups in both the riverside cafe and the foyer cafe.

This is a captive audience. They should not be serving drinks in takeaway cups.

Do they not care about the environment? Apparently not. 2.5 billion disposable coffee cups thrown away every year, and Farnham Maltings doing their best to keep the numbers up.

I was so concerned, I complained.

Their lame excuse, someone may drop a cup and there would be broken crockery on the floor.

That would be true in every single coffee shop, and the most pathetic excuse I have come across.

If that concerned, then use biodegradable cups, bins to drop in, then compost outside, spread on the flower beds. Do the same with the coffee grounds.

Take a look at what 3fe are doing on sustainability and follow their example.

Or buy HuskeeCups. These cups made from coffee bean husks can be re-used or recycled, will not break if dropped.

Their excuse for using Cupsmith was that local.

How local is local? The Roasting Party are in Winchester, there is a coffee roastery in Arlseford. Slightly further afield Horsham Coffee as used by Krema.

They serve Loseley ice cream. Apart from not quality ice cream, it is not local and comes from an industrial conglomerate.

Coffee served in Gail’s is not good. It should better, it is sourced from Union, but the people employed clueless on making coffee.

Costa, Cafe Nero, Starbucks, serve disgusting coffee, but this was far worse.

The free coffee out of a machine in Waitrose at least dinkable.

The rubbish Italian catering supply coffee served by Jamie’s Coffee at Gatwick far better.

I have been served bad coffee, but this ranks as one of the worst.

Farnham Maltings should invite someone from outside who would do a far better job to run their coffee shop for them.

Farnham Maltings Christmas Market

November 30, 2017

It is many years since I have been at a market at Farnham Maltings, the only reason I was there today was for a French stall.

A freezing cold day, barely above zero, strong wind and wind chill making colder still.

I alighted from the bus, walked along the riverside walk to Farnham Maltings.

The French stall was outside. I should have got what I wanted and left, but I thought no this is England go in first, maybe if I am lucky, find something to eat.

Shocked and annoyed had to pay a pound to enter the building.

Over 100 stalls each paying £75 for their pitch.

A little cafe in the foyer, impossible to remain due to the dreadful noise from a group of tone deaf people playing ukuleles.

I commented to one of the traders. She replied we have had two days of this and someone playing a penney whistle was even worse.

I looked in the main hall, nothing of interest.

The dreadful noise from the ukuleles had stopped. But it was only a temporary reprieve, followed by keyboard and penny whistle. It was hard to imagine anything worse than what had gone before, but this was worse.

As I wandered around the main hall, I noticed people with takeaway cups. Why? This is a captive market, it is not people grabbing a takeaway and running down the street.

The soup, long time coming, served in a takeaway cup, plastic spoon and knife stuffed in a card box with a bit of bread.

Do they not care about the environment? Apparently not. 2.5 billion disposable coffee cups thrown away every year, and Farnham Maltings doing their best to keep the numbers up.

I took my takeaway into a little coffe shop.

The soup was awful.

I asked what the coffee was. Cupsmith. Not good.

I chanced a cappuccino. I had to shout at the girl not to dump chocolate, as I had seen two served with chocolate dumped on top.

My cappuccino looked disgusting, and tasted even worse. It was very unpleasant. This was not only the lack of skills of the person making the coffee, I would not insult baristas by calling a barista, it was also the poor quality coffee being used.

A strange Viennese mince pie.

I decided to leave, maybe time to catch the butcher, maybe even a coffee at Krema.

I was not going to visit Krema, I thought whilst in Farnham Maltings, I would try their coffee, a big mistake, therefore maybe grab a coffee in Krema.

As I was leaving, I noticed more stalls upstairs. Only interesting stall I found was iron works.

Then as I was leaving I noticed more stalls downstairs.

Cupsmith had a stall, a lady with different lenses could add to a mobile phone, including a pouch that had five different lenses. And a guy doing tours of vineyards and breweries.

A chat with the Cupsmith stall. I was asked had I tried their coffee? Yes, and it was disgusting. That did not go down too well. She made the ludicrous assertion that it was not London and no one outside London knew how to make coffee, The bags of coffee have silly names, nothing obvious like country of origin or roast date. I was told customers did not want roast date. The lady running the stall impressed me with her lack of knowledge. She had not a clue what was Q grade let alone the Q grade of the coffee she was selling. This was a roastery selling their coffee, or trying to. What is the point of manning a stall and cannot handled questions on coffee?

Lady with the different lenses, had tripods, and solar-powered power banks. I picked up a couple of the solar-powered power banks.

Note: Power banks proved to be faulty.

Interesting chat about wine with with the guy running the vineyard tours. I recommended read The Devil’s Cup.

A chat with the French guys running their stall. By now very very cold.

I picked up a small jar of honey, nuts and a couple of large tomatoes. It was a pity all the walnuts had gone. I regret I did not buy any of their onions.

Anyone wishing to find this French stall and their quality produce, they will be at the Winchester street food market on Wednesday 20 December 2017.

Had I not decided to visit Waitrose, I would have caught the train as not too far to the station.

I never did make it to the butcher.