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Peristeri evening before lockdown

November 29, 2020

Friday three weeks ago, a cool day, no sun, a gale blowing, a day for the Metro and the suburbs.

Tuesday bars, restaurants and coffee shops closed. Midnight night time curfew. Friday last day of freedom before lockdown on Saturday.

Plaka deserted, Peristeri by contrast full of life. People on the street, everywhere open, the restaurants open, though serving takeaway only.

A long orderly queue, social distancing for a bookshop. If England, it would have been for consumer crap.

Had I advised people where to go, with restaurants closed in Plaka, I would have said hop on the Metro and spend the evening in Peristeri, except with lockdown, would not have bene possible, as only able to go out for local exercise.

Places to visit, Cashew, Mind the Cup, Manor House.

Takeaway coffee Mind the Cup

November 29, 2020

Friday three weeks ago, a cool day, no sun, a gale blowing, a day for the Metro and the suburbs. Last day of freedom, Saturday lockdown and would not be possible a trip on the Metro as only permitted exercise locally.

After a trip out to Eat Me and Kudu, passed back through Syntagma and headed out to Peristeri.

Peristeri full of life, an orderly queue for a book shops, contrast with Plaka deserted.

I look in Cashew which I had not seen before, coffee shop with nuts and druid fruit, I headed to Mind the Cup.

To Mind the Cup, a takeaway coffee and a bag of coffee.

As with The Underdog last year and now Kudu, Mind the Cup also coffee in Nespresso capsules.

Metro and the suburbs

November 6, 2020

Friday, last day of freedom before lockdown, will then only be able to go for a walk locally for exercise.

Tuesday all restaurants, bars and coffeeshops closed. A night time curfew at midnight. Saturday, lockdown.

A cold day, gale blowing, cloudy, no sun. A day for the Metro, visit the suburbs. Also the last day this will be possible, as would not be able to travel on the Metro during lockdown, or at least not without a plausible excuse and prior consent.

First Cholargos to visit Eat Me, Metro, then 418 bus. Cannot get on where driver is sat, have to get on at exit. No idea how to pay. Some have a card, others simply walk on.

Eat Me I do not like. A bakery cum, coffee shop. Lack of ambience. The coffee though good.

Hop back on No 418 bus. As bus nears Metro station, I know the locality, hop off bus and head to Kudu.

Visit Kudu, excellent coffee shop. Very busy. Have a coffee and a bite to eat. New Synesso espresso machine. They have bought two for lockdown. They expect to be busy.

Then  back on Metro for Peristeri. Outside Metro station man selling the Big Issue.

On my way to Mind the Cup I walk past Cashew. Interesting concept, nuts dried fruits and coffee.

To Mind the Cup,  coffee and a bag of coffee.

As with The Underdog last year and now Kudu, Mind the Cup also coffee in Nespresso capsules.

I look in Manor House but do not stop.

Peristeri life on the street, queues for a bookshop before lockdown. Contrast with Plaka, deserted.

Then Metro to Acropoli.

Mind the Cup

December 2, 2019

A rainy day, head to Mind the Cup in Peristeri on the Metro.

As a few days ago, once in Mind the Cup it pours, though not as heavy as the week before when the streets awash with water.

I am in luck, I find who I am looking for before she finishes her shift. She greets me as soon as I walk in and thanks me for the coffee I dropped off for her.

She makes me a cappuccino. I would have picked up a bag of coffee, she is the coffee roaster, but do not like to carry coffee when it is raining.

After a wander down the street, I had to Manor House diagonally opposite Mind the Cup.

Mind the Cup

November 29, 2019

Last day of October, up late, no sun, misty.

A day of hunderstorms and heavy rain.

A day for the Metro.

To Peristeri, last but one stop on Red Line to visit Mind the Cup.

Unfortunately who I wished to see not there. My fault, had I left earlier I would have caught her.

It then chucked it down. Streets awash with water.

Excellent cappuccino.

It was then to Syntagma and back out on the Blue Line to Ethniki Amyna to find Kudu Coffee Roasters.

Mind the Cup named by Buzzfeed as one of 25 coffee shops must visit in the world.

via Metro

November 29, 2019

Last day of October, up late, no sun, misty.

A day of hunderstorms and heavy rain.

A day for the Metro.

Buy a Metro ticket for 24 hours at Acropoli Metro Station. Had I noticed, I would have bought from ticket office as was open, rather than struggle with ticket machines.

To Peristeri, last but one stop on Red Line to visit Mind the Cup.

Unfortunately who I wished to see not there. My fault, had I left earlier I would have caught her.

It then chucked it down. Streets awash with water.

Excellent cappuccino.

It was then to Syntagma and back out on the Blue Line to Ethniki Amyna.

I was after Kudu Coffee Roasters.

Not a pleasant area, at least not walking along the busy polluted roads, but Kudu excellent coffee shop, excellent coffee.

But tea pigs tea, no way.

Dinner in Plaka. It had been a wet day, I half expected to find restaurant closed, instead I find a party.

Late night party until gone midnight, everywhere dark. Excellent musician playing.

Mind the Cup

October 23, 2018

Catch Metro at Acropoli. No need to change. Second but last stop on the line.

Metro Station at Acropoli not manned, takes longer to wait to buy a ticket at automated machine than journey time.

I want Petroupoli, about nine stops away, second but last before the end of the line. Station massive.

I emerge into a square. A square with a dozen exits.

Which way?

I find my way in a street where not only should be Mind the Cup, also Manor House.

I can find neither. I have walked past. I retrace my steps. I find partially obscured by canopy, a sign … Cup.

I walk in, pleased to find Mind the Cup, but it does not feel right, staff not friendly, not very pleasant ambience, and where is the coffee roasting machine.

I discover after I have ordered a cappuccino, I am in Up Cup, wrong coffee shop.

I leave and once again search for Mind the Cup.

I eventually find, sign obscured by the canopy. The canopy with name of crap industrial beer does not help.

Whilst looking at the coffee, I am asked do I need help? I find myself talking to the head coffee roaster, the only female coffee roaster in Athens.

We chat between her serving customers, she makes me a cappuccino, then when she finishes her shift, she comes and joins me and we have a long chat.

She gives me a set of cards with information on all the coffee she roasts. What I do not realise until later, is they are postcards. A clever idea.

She used to be waitress, then barista, now she roasts the coffee.

Talking to her I am impressed.

She was at Budapest world championships last year, invited guest of Simoneli, invited to roast coffee.

She describes how she met a coffee farmer whose coffee she roasts. How the man shed tears of joy, his coffee was being sold, name of the farm on the bag.

Direct trade, accountability and transparency and trust from farm to roaster to the cup.

Standart maybe Caffeine too, has had articles about sexism and discrimination in coffee shops. I personally have not noticed, I know several female baristas, they are respected for their skill and knowledge. I ask her about this. Yes, she says, 2018 and there is still sexism and discrimination. She told me how once a man came in, asked for a coffee, said he wanted one of the guys to make him a coffee, not her. The guy looked at him, and told him she could make a far better coffee than he could. Sad, when as she says, 2018 and we still have this attitude.

Mind the Cup is several year old. It has expanded to a mezzanine floor. On the mezzanine floor is where the coffee roasting takes place. Next door has been acquired. I suggested knock a hole in the wall, connect through to a bar as Tailor Made. Not sure if possible as stairs lead to an apartment above.

I learn they have a sister coffee shop, Peek a Bloom near Syntagama.

When I arrived it was quiet, late afternoon. It slowly fills. Nearly everyone greets her. When I leave it is heaving, but she tells me this is not busy.

Open until two in the morning.

I said I will return to buy coffee.

I then found Manor House, but no time to stay for a coffee, a brief chat, nothing more. I was invited back to meet a world champion for latte art.


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