Posts Tagged ‘Nick’s Coffee Bike’

Cappuccino Nick’s Coffee Bike

June 7, 2019

Excellent cappuccino as always.

Nick’s Coffee Bike well worth a trip to Larnaca, one of the few places in Cyprus where can obtain a decent coffee.

Not in usual location outside Larnaca Marina, though nearby, hemmed in by stalls for Kataklysmos and barely visible.

Having a negative impact on trade. Usually a steady flow of visitors as I talk to Nick, not today.

Yuzu signature drink Nick’s Coffee Bike

May 27, 2019

Ideally Yuzu signature drink requires Yuzu marmalade and single origin coffee from Tanzania.

Made do with marmalade from breakfast and Hasbean espresso blend.

Fresh picked mint from a couple of hours earlier.

Result was good, though would have been excellent with Tanzania coffee.

Followed by excellent cappuccino.

Yuzu signature drink very refreshing on a hot day.

Yuzu signature drink designed by Japanese World Champion barista Yuko Inoue.

Recommend marmalade from a local producer, reuse the jars to serve the drink.

 

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.

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 —-

 

Nick’s Coffee Bike

October 3, 2018

To find coffee worth drinking in Cyprus is a rarity.

To find specialty coffee in Larnaca in a street lined with every disgusting corporate chain can think of, McDonald’s, Starbucks, Coffee Island (Greek version of Starbucks), Ocean Basket (seafood equivalent of McDonald’s), where an independent coffee shop is made to look like a corporate chain and may as well be when serving LavAzza, to find good coffee, is like finding a pearl on the dirty grey beach, a cause to celebrate, to dance in the street.

And there it was a sign for Nick’s Coffee Bike, with a promise of specialty coffee and beyond the sign a bicycle, strictly speaking a tricycle, with Nick himself chatting to customers when not serving coffee.

The bicycle Nick had imported from Manchester, stripped and rebuilt.

Nick had learnt coffee by working coffee in Manchester the only way to learn.

The coffee he serves is from Has Bean, one of the top coffee roasteries in the UK.

A pouring jug from Coffee Lab in UK, designed by Dhan Tamang, UK latte art champion for six years author of Coffee Art.

Nick participated in a coffee throw down at TAKK a coffee shop in Manchester and came first. His prize was the pouring jug and the book.

I ordered a cappuccino. It was excellent.

I had been told Nick was one of the best baristas in Cyprus. I would not beg to differ. Knowledgeable and passionate about coffee.

A person of integrity, willing to take the risk to do something he believes in, to follow his dreams.

A risk that appears to be paying off.

A steady steam of customers, many greeted him as old friends even though he had only been there for a couple of months. One customer told me she was from Romania had tried the coffee yesterday and was back today, the first time she had found decent coffee in Cyprus.

The coffee cups in what must be a first for Cyprus are compostable.

Cyprus is an island, it is dependent on the sea. Plastic is killing the sea. Everywhere serves coffee in plastic, in plastic-lined cups.

At first I thought he was not in a good location. But on reflection this is an excellent location, as away from the ghastly chains and in front of Larnaca Marina.

A little way past the coffee bike exercise machines. An excellent idea.