Posts Tagged ‘patisserie amelie’

Patisserie Amelie overlooking Vali tou Xadajixeni

October 5, 2019

Cyprus is a country where with a handful of rare exceptions are guaranteed to find bad coffee. Every chain have heard of and many would not wish to hear of. What is equally depressing is the indie coffee shops follow suit and serve bad coffee, bad coffee in takeaway cups.

Several years ago Patisserie Amelie opened in the centre of Protaras. By the abysmal standards of Cyprus a step in the right direction, an improvement, but coffee LavAzza and was never going to be serving great coffee, and always empty but for staff employed in the hotel and the occasional tourist. This year surprisingly busy.

Now a second Patisserie Amelie has opened overlooking a small bay Vali tou Xadajixeni, a little way along the coast from Fig Tree Bay, maybe ten minutes walk.

The design is poor. It is part of Sunrise Jade. It looks as though tacked on as an afterthought.

It could have been adjacent to the bay, not set back

No lessons learnt from Antamoma, a terrace below Gold Coast Hotel overlooking Kalamies Beach.

The coffee LavAzza, the person who made the coffee head waiter from Sunrise Jade. When asked, apart from that it was San Remo, he had no idea the coffee machine and made clear he had no interest in knowing.

The coffee looked disgusting, tasted disgusting. The unpleasant taste of the cheap low quality LavAzza dominated.

There is no excuse these days for not using high quality coffee. A five-star hotel insulting its clientele with this low quality coffee.

What could be, a coffee shop with quality beans, skilled barista, would become a destination as word got around.

Sunrise Jade 5*, superficially looks good, but on close inspection, cheap and tacky, not of the quality of Sunrise Beach. The small lounge, serried rows of seats, has as much ambience as the gate at an airport when waiting to board a flight. It was as though had walked into a Tsokkos hotel. But would caution, initial impressions,  have not stayed or tried the food.

Its big plus, a quiet location, especially if compared with Sunrise Beach where kept awake until early hours of the morning by the bars.

The staff not friendly, clearly bored. Maybe end of season fatigue.

A quiet location and yet the coffee shop has moronic music blaring out.

No beach, not unless class a dirty stretch of sand accessed by a causeway is classed as a beach.

At the opposite end of the bay, steps that do not look safe descend to the sea.

For those who love coffee, it is worth a trip to Larnaca for one of those rare exceptions, Nick’s Coffee Bike outside Larnaca Marina. Catch the local bus to the Ayia Napa International Sculpture Park, then Intercity Bus to Larnaca.

Also worth finding Paul’s Coffee Roasters hidden in the backstreets of Larnaca.

Dinner at Nicolas Tavern

May 18, 2016

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As always, excellent dinner at Nicolas Tavern.

For starters, chicken soup and mushroom soup.

Main course,  kleftico, lamb cooked slowly, slowly, slowly in a wood-fired clay oven. Served  with potatoes and a side salad.

For sweet, walked to patisserie amelie and had their excellent ice cream and a cappuccino.

Nicolas Tavern was not busy. No reflection upon Nicolas or the food, a reflection on the dire state of the tourist industry.

Restaurants opposite Nicolas Tavern, one had a handful of people, the other had closed down. Walking to patisserie amelie, restaurants were not open, either had closed down or closed early for lack of business.  Those that were still open, all but empty (though by now late at night).

Freddo cappuccino at patisserie amelie

May 26, 2015
freddo cappuccino

freddo cappuccino

Freddo cappuccino at patisserie amelie.

The place in Protaras for freddo cappuccino, patisserie amelie.

They need though to up their game, quality beans from an independent roaster, grind beans fresh for each coffee.

Freddo cappuccino at patisserie amelie

May 24, 2015
freddo cappuccino

freddo cappuccino

Freddo cappuccino at patisserie amelie.

The place in Protaras for freddo cappuccino, patisserie amelie.

They need though to up their game, quality beans from an independent roaster, grind beans fresh for each coffee.

Freddo cappuccino at patisserie amelie

May 21, 2015
freddo cappuccino at patisserie amelie

freddo cappuccino at patisserie amelie

Freddo cappuccino at patisserie amelie.

The place in Protaras for freddo cappuccino, patisserie amelie.

They need though to up their game, quality beans from an independent roaster, grind beans fresh for each coffee.

Freddo cappuccino at patisserie amelie

October 5, 2014
Freddo cappuccino at patisserie amelie

Freddo cappuccino at patisserie amelie

Freddo cappuccino at patisserie amelie.

A very hot day.

Freddo cappuccino a very refreshing drink on a hot day.

Freddo cappuccino at patisserie amelie

October 4, 2014
freddo cappuccino at patisserie amelie

freddo cappuccino at patisserie amelie

Freddo cappuccino at patisserie amelie.

Freddo cappuccino at patisserie amelie

September 25, 2014
freddo cappuccino

freddo cappuccino

Freddo cappuccino at patisserie amelie.

Top Story in The wk4coffee Daily (Friday 26 September 2014).

Freddo cappuccino

June 2, 2014
two shots of espresso

two shots of espresso

Two shots of espresso.

froth cold skimmed milk

froth cold skimmed milk

Whilst the espresso is brewing, froth cold skimmed milk. Cold from the fridge, and has to be skimmed milk. Froth for around 20-30 seconds until texture of cream.

Pour espresso in coffee shaker, with a couple of ice cubes. Froth for around 6-8 seconds until bubbles appear. Be careful not to touch ice cubes whilst frothing.

Pour frothed coffee into glass filled with ice cubes. Carefully layer or spoon frothed milk onto the coffee. It should not sink into the coffee.

freddo cappuccino

freddo cappuccino

The perfect freddo cappuccino, dark coffee, two layers on top, a creamy brown layer, a creamy white layer.

Stick in a straw.

Drink through the coffee through the straw.

A very refreshing drink on a hot day.

Requires quality coffee, a skilled barista.

Do not use crushed ice. This leads to coffee flavoured slush and watered down coffee.

Do not pour in milk first, then pour coffee through the milk. This mixes the coffee and the milk. The idea is to drink the coffee through the milk, and maybe the milk later.

If left, the coffee and the milk will mix.

Freddo cappuccino courtesy of patisserie amelie and a Greek barista.

two shots of espresso

two shots of espresso

froth cold skimmed milk

froth cold skimmed milk

freddo cappuccino

freddo cappuccino

Coffee in Protaras

May 27, 2014

Three years ago, there were no coffee shops in Protaras.

Last year it was strongly recommended that indie coffee shops opened, if not, the likes of Costa and Starbucks would muscle their way in. And sadly there is already a Costa.

The advice has been heeded, several coffee shops are opening, but not indie coffee shops, Cypriot attempts to form local chains (a big mistake).

Cypriots are opening coffee shops knowing little if anything about coffee.

patisserie amelie

patisserie amelie

patisserie amelie

This lovely little coffee shop opened two seasons ago, cakes, ice cream, waffles.

The season it opened, they had an excellent Greek barista called George. Why was he not retained? Pleasant enough staff now, but not in the same class as George.

The coffee is LavAzza. Ok as a brand coffee, but not really good enough. It is now time to up the game, and use local hand roasted coffee beans.

The Coffee Club

The Coffee Club

The Coffee Club

New this season and only opened last week.

Coffee and fast food, coffee served in plastic! You got to be joking!

The fast food needs to be ditched, glass and decent cups.

The coffee is imported specialist coffee.

A Hungarian who knows about coffee is doing his best.

Sex & Beans

A rather brash, too brash, mix of coffee and cocktails. Do the two go together? Not really.

Cold brewed coffee.

Open maybe this week, maybe next week. The date keeps being pushed back.

Coffee Island

Ludicrous, raised platforms.

Little is known, maybe opens next week.

Costa

Overpriced, poor quality coffee, factory cakes, lacks ambience, screams corporate.

Popular with local Cypriots who have no taste, equally popular with English who also are lacking in taste.

Sirena Bay

Sirena Bay

Sirena Bay

Not actually in Protaras, not even in Pernera.

Disgusting nescafe, it could not get worse.

But, and a big but, if they get a decent espresso machine, quality coffee beans, a competent barista, then worth a visit for the location.

Hop on the Protaras-Paralimni bus, pass through Pernera, and hop off at Crystal Springs. Head down the road alongside Crystal Springs to the sea, walk along the coast towards Pernera. This is by far the best way to approach. Pick up the bus on the main road.

Epodi

A lovely taverna overlooking the main square in Paralimni.

They know how to make freddo cappuccino.

Need better glasses, slightly tapered.

Coffee is LavAzza. Ok as a brand coffee. Hand roasted coffee from local roaster would be even better.

Not Protaras. Hop on the Protaras-Paralimni bus to Paralimni. Alight in Paralimini. Epodi is across the square.