Posts Tagged ‘Madame Waffle’

Cappuccino in Madame Waffle

September 19, 2017

Having been offered at Stokes on High Bridge Ethiopian coffee beans roasted in April, which I wisely declined, it was to Madame Waffle to buy coffee and a cappuccino.

Cappuccino in Madame Waffle is always excellent, consistently so, no matter who brews it, all that more curious as different depending on who brews it.

I also picked up a bag of single origin Kayon Mountain beans from Ethiopia roasted by Square Mile on 24 August 2017.

Madame Waffle has on sale The North and North Wales Independent Coffee Guide (in which they are featured), Standart, and Caffeine available free.

They also serve waffles.

On leaving, a chat with a girl from Lithuania who had been served a waffle with strawberries. It looked delicious, though I am not into waffles. She wanted to know what was the cream.

I suggested she explored all three floors and tried the coffee, and suggested other coffee shops she may wish to try.

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Cappuccino at Madame Waffle

September 8, 2017

Excellent cappuccino at Madame Waffle.

Cappuccino is consistently good at Madame Waffle.

Puts to shame the undrinkable house blend at Stokes.

V60 Martin Hudak Signature Geisha

September 1, 2017

V60 filter coffee Martin Hudak Signature Geisha roasted by Union Hand-Roasted brewed at Madame Waffle.

Most of the afternoon spent in Madame Waffle.

Excellent cappuccino, far better than the undrinkable cappuccino in Stokes on High Bridge a couple of days ago.

It was then a V60 using the Martin Hudak Signature Geisha that I had brought along as a guest coffee.

Water around 95 C, just off boiling.

First cleanse the filter with hot water, then throw away. This also warms the jug.

Wet the ground coffee, this allows it to bloom, releases carbon dioxide.

Pour water in a circular motion to agitate the coffee.

Then enjoy.

This was the coffee Martin Hudak used to win World Championship Coffee in Good Spirits, Budapest June 2017.

I had the honour of meeting Martin Hudak at Union Summer Carnival a few days after his winning the world championship, not only meeting but actually trying his award winning cocktail, a cocktail made with Geisha.

Geisha, a coffee from Panama, is one of the world’s highest rated coffees.

The Martin Hudak Signature Geisha has a Q rating of 91.

Geisha grows at high altitude, shaded by trees, as all the best coffees grow.

When it was discovered in Panama, the reaction of those who first tasted Geisha was that of discovering God in a cup.

For more on Geisha and its almost mystical status, God in a Cup is an absolute must read.

Cappuccino in Madame Waffle

September 1, 2017

Most of the afternoon spent in Madame Waffle.

Excellent cappuccino, far better than the undrinkable cappuccino in Stokes on High Bridge a couple of days ago.

Cappuccino brewed using Red Brick, a house blend from Square Mile.

It was then a V60 using the Martin Hudak Signature Geisha that I had brought along as a guest coffee.

V60 Finca Immaculada Laurina

August 18, 2017

V60 filter coffee Finca Immaculada Laurina de Colombia roasted by Union Hand-Roasted Coffee brewed at Madame Waffle.

A morning in Lincoln, most of it spent in Madame Waffle, part of the Lincoln coffee scene.

First an excellent cappuccino.

It was then try a V60, Finca Immaculada Laurina de Colombia, roasted by Union Hand-Roasted Coffee, which I had brought along.

First wet the filter with hot water. This removes any paper residues and heats the filter and carafe.

If in doubt why cleanse the filter, try drinking the hot water.

Add the ground coffee, tapping to ensure the bed is as flat as a billiard table.

Next pour in hot water, allow the ground coffee to bloom. This enables the CO2 to escape.

Next, pour in the hot water, just off boiling, in a rotating motion.

All steps are carefully weighed, timed, the coffee a precise grind, courser than for an espresso machine.

The ratio of coffee to water, 1 to 60.

  • 17.5 g of coffee
  • 273.6 g of hot water

How to enjoy is personal preference. I prefer a glass to showcase the colour of the resultant liquid.

To brew, there was a choice between a V60 and a Chemex.

V60 is best suited to bring out the best from a natural process light roast bean.

Finca Immaculada is a garden farm located at a height of 1770-2040 metres, surrounded by a National Park. The coffee plants grow in the Andees in the shade of trees.

Laurina seeds originate from the tiny island of Réunion, east of Madagascar and south west of Mauritius, where a red bourbon variety mutated into this rare variety, the Bourbon Pointu.

Madame Waffle has Caffeine available for free, and one of the few places in the country where must have Standart is on sale.

Madame Waffle also serves waffles.

Special thanks to Bruce for kindly brewing and sharing his expertise.

Cappuccino at Madame Waffle

April 27, 2017

First time I had a cappuccino this style, was at El Café del Aguere in La Laguna.

Halfway through, add cocoa, note cocoa not chocolate, chocolate is dumped on a cappuccino to hide bad coffee.

This style delineates the art.

Excellent cappuccino, though given a choice, I would have preferred only coffee, to see what the coffee was like.

Interesting conversation with proprietor Bruce.

We were discussing coffee, what else, and he brought samples of arabica and robusta, to show the defects with the robusta. Defects being broken beans, fragment of beans, it could have been floor sweepings.

When brewed the robusta has an unpleasant bitter taste one reason for dumping chocolate on top, and why people add sugar.

Try a quality cappuccino without sugar.

Previous day we had discussed comparing coffee bought from a supermarket, no roast date, best by, which is meaningless. Why, because old beans are being sold.  Try a comparison with the supermarket beans to quality beans.

Grind the beans hours before, then compare beans ground fresh for each fresh cup.

When not ground fresh, laziness, could not care less about the quality of the coffee.

Occasional live music.

I suggested look out for a Polish guitarist Bartek Dabrowski I had seen playing in the street, invite him to play.

I also suggested, record live music, but would have to be high quality recordings, then release on bandcamp, CDs on sale downstairs, split with the participants.

Madame Waffle has free copies of  Caffeine and on sale Standart.

Cappuccino in Madame Waffle

March 23, 2017

I have passed Madame Waffle many times, and pass is what I do, not somewhere I would set foot in, gives every impression of being a chain fast food joint.

It therefore takes a lot of persuading for me to cross the threshold and enter.

The Little Bicycle Coffee Shop: They serve good coffee, excellent baristas, Square Mile Coffee, Standart.

The last two were the clincher. If they serve Square Mile Coffee, then they must know something about about coffee. Similarly if  Standart in the coffee shop.

I was after Standart issue 5 and 6.

Even so, it was with great reluctance, it was a pleasant day, I wished to walk up The Strait and Steep Hill to Makushi. If nothing else, I may get a decent coffee.

Thus my expectations were low.

Walking through the door, I was pleasantly surprised, an excellent job has been done on the decor, exposed brick walls, wooden tables, a pleasant atmosphere. It looked every bit a quality coffee shop.

Maybe it was  a coffee shop that served waffles.

As I walked in, Square Mile Coffee on sale.

No room, ok, we have a first floor.

I ordered a cappuccino.

I had not seen Standart. I asked.

They said it was on sale. I expected, like Makushi,  to browse.

I did find  Caffeine free to take away. I never knew it was free. But easy to see why. Patronising drivel, hacks paid to fill column inches.

The girl brought me Standart issue 7.

Do you have issue 5 and 6?

Off she went and came back with Standart issue 6. Sorry we do not have issue 5.

My cappuccino arrived. It was excellent. But then I expected no less with Square Mile.

On my way down, I bought Standart issue 6, £9.

This I queried, I can subscribe for four issues for 11 euros.

They were surprised, they order for resale and  pay £9-17 each when they order ten for resale, to sell at a loss.

Something going very wrong. I then looked again, as something did not add up. Oops. To subscribe a single issue, which is then automatically renewed, 11 euros per issue, to subscribe four issues, which is automatically renewed, 40 euros. I thought it did not make sense 11 euros a single issue or four issues.

On leaving, I was asked had I seen the floor below?

No, I did not know there was a floor below.

Below, I found there was an undercroft, indicating the building much older than external looks would suggest, or built on the foundation of a much older building.

I was told there are tunnels connecting all these lower levels.

Whether true or not I do not know. Maybe an urban myth, as not something I have ever heard of.

Occasional live music and other events in the evening.

Ruddock’s is closing after 136 years in business, but leaving Henry’s tea room open. This  I could not understand how this could work.

Today, I noticed a side door, leading direct to the tea rooms without having to pass through Ruddock’s. Something I have never noticed before.

I inquired in Ruddock’s. They said Henry’s too will be closing.

They blamed high car parking charges. This is not the problem The problem is they are selling rubbish.

Flag over The Stonebow flying half mast, a mark of respect for those killed yesterday afternoon during a terrorist attack in London.