Posts Tagged ‘LavAzza’

Patisserie Amelie

October 24, 2022

What a difference a day makes. What a difference decent equipment and skilled baristas make.

Yesterday a cappuccino at Fabrica. Coffee appalling, manager rude. The coffee LavAzza.

I passed by Patisserie Amelie later. As they too serve LavAzza, it would make an interesting comparison. I did though not stop.

Today, why not? I am though no fan of LavAzza.

I ordered a cappuccino.  The correct size. I did not have to ask. Nor did they offer sugar.

I enjoyed my coffee. LavAzza and I enjoyed it?

San Remo Racer, top of the range. And of course skilled baristas. In another league to Fabrica. And the girls were pleasant and helpful, not rude.

Fabrica cappuccino in a ceramic cup

October 23, 2022

A strange location, diagonally opposite Lidl, on the main top road through Protaras.

The best that can be said a contemporary design. It then goes downhill, rapidly.

Yesterday a very weak almost cold cappuccino in a too large takeaway cup.

Today, driverless, I walked. Try the same coffee in a ceramic correct size cup.

Late afternoon, I  note as I walk in, almost empty.

As I walk in awful music playing. The norm for Cyprus. But at least not to loud.

I would have preferred to sit outside, but in the shade, sun going down and turning cool.

Walking to the coffee shop I had crossed the road to catch what was left if the sun. 


As I walk in I also have confirmstion of my conclusion of yesterday of poor quality coffee, bags of LavAzza sitting on the counter. The girl who serves me tries to convince me quality coffee, look it is Arabic from Colombia, it is not Robusta. Yes, true. But still poor quality coffee, it’s LavAzza.

Asked what size cappuccino I want, I ask for correct size in a ceramic cup not a takeaway. You  want it in a glass ? No I want it in a ceramic cup. And again I point to the ceramic cups. She did at least choose the correct size cup. Maybe random, 50:50, toss a coin and correct size chosen.

Passes order to a guy. He does not attempt  latte art. He does what traditionalists  would regard as correct. A white filled circle enclosed  by a narrow brown circle. [check out alleged origins of a cappuccino]

As before, nearly cold, weak but not as weak as yesterday.

They must have learnt, coffee should not be served hot and have gone to the other extreme, serve almost cold.

I call the girl over and ask her how many shots?  One. I thought so, explains why so weak.  I tell it is too weak, Needs two shots. She argued with me, no only one shot for a  cappuccino. No, not true, I am often offered one or two shots. I leave to the barista to choose.

On reflection. It may not have been the shot. It may have been under extraction.

A rough looking guy came cover, asks what’s the problem. Oh dear trouble brewing. I hazard a guess, the owner.

No problems, I am trying to understand the coffee and the concept of the coffee shop. I point to an empty chair and invite him to join the conversation. He declines. Tells me he is a busy man. He invites me to join him at his other coffee shop at ten in the morning though sounded more like a demand then an invitation. I decline. I will be having breakfast.

He tells me the girl is his manager, orders her to answer my questions, then leaves. A busy man.

She is quite rude. Refused point blank to talk to me.  A marked contrast to the polite pleasant guy of the day before, who when my driver went in to grab the coffees, the guy brought out his machine for me to pay by phone.

Sunday, the day Cypriots go out to a coffee shop to meet their friends. The coffee shops are packed, would be lucky to find a spare table, or even a seat. Fabrica by contrast almost empty, though to put in context, busier than I have seen Starbucks. 

Attempt at good design, reasonable equipment (the girl said even better in the week), but then fail to source good coffee.  At a guess, LavAzza supply the equipment, though girl said no.

I was tempted to have a coffee at Patisserie Amelia. A San Remo Racer, excellent grinders, the girls know how to use the machines, the coffee LavAzza. It would have made an interesting comparison.

Cyprus is infamous for bad coffee.

For excellent coffee, a trip to Larnaca. Local bus to Ayia Napa, then intercity bus to Larnaca.

– Koffea

– Paul’s coffee roasters

– Nick’s Coffee Bike

Or if wish to venture further afield, a trip to Nicosia.

…. to be continued ….


Happy Coffee Bike

February 22, 2020

Spend fours hours travelling up from Kent, pay £400 for a pitch to stand in the cold to serve LavAzza coffee at a junk food travelling circus in Lincoln.


To say the least I felt very sorry for the young Romanian lady whose stall it was, her very first outing with her coffee trike.

I doubt she covered her travel costs, let alone cost of the pitch, cost of overnight stay.

Who conned her into this ridiculous venture?

She had not worked in coffee, knew nothing about coffee.

Why serve LavAzza when High Street lined with coffee shops serving bad coffee?

She was frozen. I offered to take her for a coffee to have the chance to warm up and drink a decent coffee.  But she could not leave her stall.

I advised she checked out coffee roasteries in Sussex, and to attend the Brighton Coffee Festival in August.

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