Posts Tagged ‘Larnaca’

Appalling service InterCity Buses

October 13, 2019

Afternoon and early evening Friday 4 October 2019 very poor bus service Intercity Buses to and from Larnaca. Local bus service also leaves much to be desired, too few buses leading to overcrowded buses.

At Ayia Napa I almost missed the InterCity Bus to Larnaca, it looked like a tourist bus. But appearances deceptive, a clapped out tourist bus, broken seats.

Bad driving, driver drives off before passengers had the opportunity to sit down.

Return bus at 1800, peak time, many waiting for bus which turns up late, not everyone able to get on the bus. The bus not much larger than a mini-bus.

I decide to wait for next bus, an hour later.

Annoying, had I known, I would have gone for a walk and caught the next bus an hour later.

The local bus, from Ayia Napa little better. Russians park their buggies in the aisle, sit on the folding seats in the allocated bays for buggies. When asked to move, park their buggies in the bays they refuse. Driver failed to intervene.

Cappuccino and pour over Paul’s Coffee Roasters

October 13, 2019

After several days of bad coffee and at best mediocre coffee, a coffee shop where they serve decent coffee, a rarity in Cyprus.

No Nick’s Coffee Bike outside Larnaca Marina. I ask of security post, but they do not know other than to tell me not seen today.

I know of a coffee shop, but only walked from coffee shop through back streets to seafront. I decide to try the other way around, walk along seafront, through back streets, only cannot ask the way, as cannot recall the name.

Amazingly I find Paul’s Coffee Roasters without getting lost.

I order a cappuccino and take into the garden.

Coffee shop not busy, but becomes busy whilst I am there. A steady stream of customers, people of good taste who appreciate good coffee.

I leave two bags of coffee, but first we try Ethiopian from The Missing Bean brewed using a Gina, similar to a V60. Excellent.

Paul’s Coffee Roasters is a rarity in Cyprus, an independent coffee shop, pleasant ambience, lovely little garden, well designed, not made to look like Starbucks, and serves excellent coffee. Well worth finding.

Also try Nick’s Coffee Bike  by the seafront outside the marina.

Cappuccino Paul’s Coffee Roasters

May 27, 2019

Paul’s Coffee Roasters a micro-roastery and coffee shop in the back streets of Larnaca.

Very pleasant ambience, not only the coffee shop abut also the courtyard out the back.

As walk in, coffee roaster displayed on the left on show in the window, counter to the right in front.

The only coffee shop apart from Outpost Coffee where I have found Gina, the only coffee shop where I have found in use. Interestingly, not only used as pour over cf V60 or Chemex, also used for making tea.

Excellent selection of reading material, Standart and Another Escape. This is becoming a standard feature of quality coffee shops, quality reading to match the coffee.

I suggested add Drift, Ambrosia, possibly Om Nom.  In Refinery and SoHo House Berlin I came across several interesting magazines that I had not seen before, BRYGG, The Beam and KinFolk.

My cappuccino excellent.

I would have liked a pour over but no time. As good a reason as any to return.

Located near St Lazarus Church backstreets behind the seafront.

Jasmine Micro Roastery

May 23, 2019

Coffee shop and coffee roastery.

I arrived after they had closed.

The barista and coffee roaster had already left as also runs a restaurant.

I had a chat with the owner. He offered V60, hot or cold. I chose cold.

Half the water, drips through to a carafe with ice the other half of the water to be instantly chilled.

This I had with one of their little cakes. These are made by the restaurant using ingredients from associated shop, thus closing the loop of a circular economy. One of the cakes dark chocolate based was using chaff from the coffee roasting.

I suggested could also use spent coffee grounds.

I was initially offered cold brew. This was concentrated watered down.

Not the way to make cold brew unless using the cold brew concentrate as a base for something else, for example a cocktail.

I had a little look around the associated shop. Trying hard to be ethical.

I advised the shampoo they are selling Faith in Nature can be bought in bulk, five litre containers and customers refill. As happens at Dash Vegan Zero Waste Shop.

They had ecoffee cup, also the very expensive reusable cups kleen canteen I have only ever seen in 200 Degrees Nottingham Station.

Green and Black’s is Cadbury’s, now owned by Kraft, it is not quality chocolate, adds palm oil.

Whole Earth I would not touch with a barge pole.

Located 20-30 minutes walk from Larnaca Marina, inland from Larnaca Harbour. A not very pleasant location.

Cappuccino Nick’s Coffee Bike

May 23, 2019

The place to have a coffee in Larnaca if not Cyprus Nick’s Coffee Bike outside Larnaca Marina.

I stopped had a cappuccino and interesting conversation.

As always coffee excellent, as always stay longer than anticipated.

Very clever design of loyalty card. Each time stamped adds a man on a bicycle.

Lazaris Bakery Bar

October 13, 2018

En route to Larnaca, storm clouds gathering thunderstorm forecast.

On arrival I find Nick’s Coffee Bike packed up and about to depart. He feared the weather. No coffee. Lemonade? I tried the lemonade. Excellent lemonade, but probably not a wise choice when not feeling well. Within minutes, stomach pains.

I walk to the Medieval Castle, then head to Church of St Lazarus.

Once behind the seafront shops of corporate chains, a slum.

Poked my head in Church of St Lazarus but did not explore the tomb of St Lazarus. He was brought to life, then when died a second time, was entombed in Cyprus.

In the Square surrounding the Church, three coffee shops, at least two of which are bakeries.

Silo I did not like, lacking in ambience, awful music playing.

The Secret Garden, unfriendly signs, not a pleasant reception, walked out.

The third, Lazaris Bakery Bar, in an old building. Pleasant ambience, but sadly not good coffee. Caffeine did not seem wise, did not ask for a coffee. I settled for water. I then asked for tea. Only herb tea. It was ok, but I did not dare drink.

I sat outside, but had to retreat indoors, traffic pollution and smoke from smokers.

Why is Cyprus so backwards? Why are these street not pedestrianised?

Millions to redevelop Mackenzie Beach, a gravy train for contractors and an appalling waste of public money. Instead, an electric shuttle bus Larnaca Marina to Mackenzie Beach and pedestrianise the sea front and the back streets around St Lazarus Church.

Water available to drink, the norm in coffee shops in Athens, a rareity in Cyprus.

At first, not feeling well, I helped myself to water and sat outside. I was not harassed to purchase anything.

Too many chains, too many indie coffee shops made to look like chains serving bad coffee.

Lazaris Bakery Bar has character, an excellent renovation of an old building.

Potentially Lazaris Bakery Bar could be an excellent indie coffee shop serving specialty coffee. The emphasis, from the breads, cakes and tea, and from conversation, appear to be on quality.

Now need to source quality specialty coffee, either from England or Athens.

Afternoon in Larnaca

October 13, 2018

Yesterday an afternoon in Larnaca. I was not feeling well, thunderstorm forecast, but I decided to go anyway.

For once I did not miss the local bus and have a twenty minute wait, but only just.

The local bus standing room only, no passengers picked up en route to Ayia Napa. There needs to be more frequent buses as overloaded buses the norm.

Catching the earlier bus, which I usually miss, meant more time to explore the Ayia Napa International Sculpture Park. For the first time the bus stopped at the top entrance. Why usually fails to stop I do not know.

Venturing further than before, I discover there to also be a Cactus Park.

Then on to Larnaca on the InterCity bus.

En route storm clouds gathering.

I find Nick’s Coffee Bike packed up and about to depart. He feared the weather. No coffee. Lemonade? I tried the lemonade. Excellent lemonade, but probably not a wise choice when not feeling well. Within minutes, stomach pains.

I walk to the Medieval Castle, then head to Church of St Lazarus.

Once behind the seafront shops of corporate chains, a slum.

Poked my head in Church of St Lazarus but did not explore the tomb of St Lazarus. He was brought to life, then when died a second time, was entombed in Cyprus.

In the Square surrounding the Church, three coffee shops, at least two of which are bakeries.

Silo I did not like, lacking in ambience, awful music playing.

The Secret Garden, unfriendly signs, not a pleasant reception, walked out.

The third, Lazaris Bakery Bar, in an old building. Pleasant ambience, but sadly not good coffee. Caffeine did not seem wise, did not ask for a coffee. I settled for water. I then asked for tea. Only herb tea. It was ok, but I did not dare drink.

I sat outside, but had to retreat indoors, traffic pollution and smoke from smokers.

Why is Cyprus so backwards. Why are these street not pedestrianised?

Millions to redevelop Mackenzie Beach, a gravy train for contractors and an appalling waste of public money. Instead, an electric shuttle bus Larnaca Marina to Mackenzie Beach and pedestrianise the sea front and the back streets around St Lazarus Church.

I headed off, ended back at the Church Square.

Caught the 1730 bus, just made it.

Very lucky, picked up a local bus from Ayia Napa with only a few minutes wait. Journey time for the two buses, an hour. Never done it so quick.

Konnos Bay, amazing thunderstorm out to sea.

South Coast Specialty Coffee

October 10, 2018

South Coast Specialty Coffee is on Mackenzie Beach in the middle of the bar ghetto, next to Caffe Nero. A fair old trek from Larnaca Marina.

A large seating area outside on artificial grass, inside the serving area, half of the inside taken up by a kids play area. There are proposals to charge for this as supervised, at a guess because parents are dumping kids unsupervised.

First impressions, a ghastly chain.

The coffee is Taf, not only Taf but Taf competition blend.

It was not good. Far better than if gone to Caffe Nero, but Taf should be far far better than this.

A cold brew tower. Was it for show? No, used for cold brew. I was offered a sample. It was not good. Concentrate and undrinkable.

The explanation, we serve with ice, the ice melts.

No. Make not as concentrate, serve cold, with one large ice cube at minus 22C that slowly slowly melts and does not dilute the drink. Follow the example of how cold brew is served at The Underdog in Athens.

A neat touch, when coffee served, a card with a QR code. Scan and if wish, complete a survey.

A sign outside Best Coffee in Larnaca. Asking for trouble when not. Taf coffee is far better than this in Athens. Miyu Coffee in Protaras is serving Taf coffee, not even competition blend, and better than this.

Outside Larnaca Marina, Nick’s Coffee Bike, by far the best coffee in Larnaca is in another league.

That is not to say South Coast Specialty Coffee is serving bad coffee, far worse coffee is served in the corporate coffee chains, but Taf should be far far better than this, especially if using competition blend, and no, it is not the best coffee in Larnaca, that accolade belongs to Nick’s Coffee Bike, though may have been true three months ago.

It is quite a trek from Larnaca Marina to Mackenzie Beach. There are plans afoot to develop the beach. Not a good ide, though please get rid of the artificial grass. What is needed is a shuttle bus service, an electric bus, from Larnaca Marina, or at least the Bus Stop, to Mackenzie Beach at one euro.

Afternoon in Larnaca

October 10, 2018

Just missed a bus to Ayia Napa, fifteen minutes wait for next bus.

Connect with Inter City bus at Ayia Napa International Sculpture Park. This gave me a little time to continue my exploration of the park, but needs a half afternoon to do the sculpture park justice.

I was going to be very disciplined, spend very little time at Nick’s Coffee Bike outside Larnaca Marina.

Forty-five minutes later, I set off the Mackenzie Beach to find South Coast Specialty Coffee.

What I did not know, after I departed, filmed for a Cyprus TV channel.

Last time I made the beach, but no further.

From my last visit, I knew I was near.

Google Maps says 39 minutes. No way, more like 50 minutes. It is a pleasant walk, but a longer walk than suggested by Google Maps.

I find myself in what I can only describe as a bar ghetto. Tacky bars, seats and tables on artificial grass, even little squares of artificial grass around the base of palm trees.

There are plans to redevelope Mackenzie Beach. What it actually needs is a shuttle bus from the marina, an electric shuttle bus costing one euro.

South Coast Specialty Coffee is in the middle of the bar ghetto, next to Caffe Nero.

A large seating are on artificial grass, inside, the serving area, half of the inside taken up by a kids play area. There are proposals to charge for this as supervised, at a guess because parents are dumping kids unsupervised.

First impressions, a ghastly chain.

The coffee is Taf, not only TAF but Taf competition blend.

It was not good, Far better than if gone to Caffe Nero, but Taf should be far far better than this.

A cold brew tower. Was it for show. No, used for cold brew. I was offered a sample. It was not good. Concentrate and undrinkable.

It was then trek back, made the bus with minutes to spare.

Afternoon in Larnaca

October 9, 2018

Just missed a bus to Ayia Napa, twenty minutes wait for next bus.

Connect with Inter City bus at Ayia Napa International Sculpture Park.

No time for other than cursory exploration, but at least on my second visit explore different area to previous visit.

Quick look in Larnaca Marina

I had hoped to drop coffee at Nick’s Coffee Bike, maybe have a quick coffee, then explore Laranaca.

There longer than I wished, have cappuccino and  a cold brew. Both excellent. Again impressed by Nick’s professionalism.

 

Wander along the sea front. Maybe make it to South Coast Specialty Coffee.

I walk along the promenade past the Medieval Castle to Mackenzie Beach.

I note the sea level is maybe a metre below the walk, the road half a meter higher.

Global warming, this area will be inundated, and that is not taking account of storms.

IPCC reported today, zero carbon emissions if to achieve no relentless rise in temperature.

This means we cannot burn fossil fuels. This means Shell, whose value is based on the carbon assets it accounts for in the ground, is worthless.

And what do the Cypriots do? Drill for oil, drill for oil in disputed waters claimed by Turkey, Israel, Palestine and Syria. Oil that can never be recovered, leaving behind stranded assets. An are of tension. Fascist dictator Erdogan trying to recreate Ottoman Empire. Israel carrying out ethnic cleansing in Palestine.  Syria in conflict with Turkey.  And Iran and corrupt House of Saud meddling.

I do not know though if low or high tide.

It takes me 45 minutes to reach Mackenzie Beach, time to turn around and if lucky catch the bus at 1800 to Ayia Napa.

Google Maps says 39 minutes. Google Maps is wrong.  But, having checked Google Maps on my return, closer than I realised, maybe I had even passed by.

Why though no shuttle bus along the seafront connecting Larnaca Marina with Mackenzie Beach?

If I visit Larnaca again, I will not try to reach South Coast Coffee Specialty Coffee Shop, instead explore old part of Laranca.

I notice walking back, low tide, how low I do not know. This means that at high tide the sea I observed will be higher,.

At Ayia Napa twenty minutes for bus.

I explore the Square, walk into a monastery to be told it is closed, closed at 1900.

Local bus arrives, people pile on like animals.

— to be continued —-