Posts Tagged ‘The Specialty Coffee Shop’

Afternoon in Nottingham

September 12, 2019

A cheese sandwich stall not seen by at the side of Nottingham Station. High quality cheese.

A wander around Hopkins vintage emporium.

Lunch at Cartwheel Coffee and a cappuccino.

To The Specialty Coffee Shop, caught Michelangelo as he was leaving. I was invited to stay for coffee cupping later, but not possible.

I had Coffee Gems Kenyan coffee. We tried, it was excellent. I left beans for the coffee cupping.

Guest coffee Koppi, but no time to try.

Looked in the cheesemonger in Flying Horse Walk.

Too late for train decided to catch next train.

Time to kill, looked in BeerHeadZ. Time for a craft beer.

A wander down to Nottingham Canal.

Train was packed, standing room only, but not pakked in like sardines as I feared.

Cappuccino at The Specialty Coffee Shop

September 1, 2019

The Specialty Coffee Shop, not somewhere I have visited for a while I thought as I was that way I would drop in as nearest place to get out of the rain.

As always excellent coffee.

I am seeing Click everywhere. Not sure why.

I find Leftlion which I have not seen before. Similar to Now Then and Independent Life but larger format.

Nottingham has a glossy freebie, as with glossy freebies everywhere, straight in the bin. Leflion a marked improvement.

A couple of guys come in, we chat. One tells me how he enjoys honey crunch chicken in Bamboo Shoots in Jeffries Passage and of Krema and Canopy for coffee, notes coffee has improved at Canopy with a new barista. Surrey Hills not good, always empty. I agree.

A couple of ladies each bring to the counter a HuskeeCup to buy. The only two. I was aware of HuskeeCup but the first time I have seen one in the wild.

Buy a HuskeeCup and get first coffee free. The cup costs £15 (this may include cost of the lid which is extra), assume a coffee £3, brings the cost down to £12.

The design is elegant The lid and saucer are extra. The cups stack.

Michelangelo said the egg shape was ideal for latte art.

There is a scheme HuskeeSwap, whereby bring in a clean undamaged cup, and will receive coffee in a washed HuskeeCup. I know not if operates in The Speciality Coffee Shop.

HuskeeCups are made from the husks of coffee beans which would otherwise been a waste product.

Now stopped raining, sun comes out.

Nottingham last day of August

September 1, 2019

Train to Nottingham, full of drunks. Why are they not stopped from boarding the train?

Cold and starting to rain when arrive in Nottingham. Warm and sunny when I started off.

Looked in BearHeadZ down the side of Nottingham Station. Resisted the temptation to stay for a drink.

Crazy people at Gourmet Coffee in station, cannot take photos, we will call security.

Gourmet is an utterly meaningless attribute, usually signifies crap coffee. Reinforced by not serving coffee in correct cup size.

Looked in 200 Degrees, fairly busy. OK for lunch, but not for coffee.

Lunch at Cartwheel Coffee. And a cappuccino. Very busy.

A chat with the guy who runs the Loakes shoe shop. Excellent place for shoes.

I am surprised to learn the tea shop out the back has closed. Surprised Cartwheel do not take it over as a lovely hidden courtyard to sit on a pleasant day.

On Leaving, heavy downpour, cold.

Why an ice cream van with an engine running in a pedestrianised street?

I head to The Specialty Coffee Shop, as nearest place to get out of the rain.

As always excellent coffee.

I am seeing Click everywhere. Not sure why.

I find Leftlion which I have not seen before. Similar to Now Then and Independent Life but larger format. Nottingham has a glossy freebie, as with glossy freebies everywhere, straight in the bin. Leflion a marked improvement.

A couple of guys come in, we chat. One tells me how he enjoys honey crunch chicken in Bamboo Shoots in Jeffries Passage in Guildford, and of Krema and Canopy for coffee, notes coffee has improved at Canopy with a new barista. Surrey Hills not good, always empty. I agree.

A couple of ladies each bring to the counter a HuskeeCup to buy. The only two. I was aware of HuskeeCup but the first time I have seen one in the wild.

Buy a HuskeeCup and get first coffee free. The cup costs £15 (this may include cost of the lid which is extra), assume a coffee £3, brings the cost down to £12.

The design is elegant The lid and saucer are extra. The cups stack.

Michelangelo said the egg shape was ideal for latte art.

There is a scheme HuskeeSwap, whereby bring in a clean undamaged cup, and will receive coffee in a washed HuskeeCup. I know not if operates in The Speciality Coffee Shop.

HuskeeCups are made from the husks of coffee beans which would otherwise been a waste product.

Now stopped raining, sun comes out.

Looked in Wired to find a friend. Gave her a copy of The Independent Brighton & Hove Coffee Guide. No time for a coffee.

Popped in the zero waste shop in Cobden Chambers. They really must get their act together. It must rank as one of the worst zero waste shops in the country. Poor stock, small bags difficult to get anything in, jars are marked with contents but no price.

Picked up Drift London edition from Ideas on Paper. I had hoped to find a back copy of Standart, surprisingly no back copies of Standart, only latest edition. Latest Drift, only one copy left, had been saved in case I dropped in. Did I have a copy of the Tokyo edition? Why, did he have in stock? No. Currently on sale at £2000.

To Outpost Coffee. Not likely to make the train I had hoped to catch, I decide on a later train.

I look in a cheese shop. Excellent selection of cheese. I pick up unpasteurised Lancashire cheese. I am complimented on my excellent choice.

Only just make the train. Standing room only.

The Specialty Coffee Shop

April 17, 2018

Lunch at 200 Degrees Nottingham Station.

I skipped coffee. I do not find their house blend great, which is an understatement, poor quality coffee bulked out with robusta.  I wished to try their guest blend, which I have yet to try, though at their other coffee shop.

I headed off in roughly the right direction for The Specialty Coffee Shop.  At Market Square headed off down Friar Lane, which is not as the name suggests a pleasant lane, though maybe once was, about to turn around, I found The Specialty Coffee Shop,  where I was greeted by Michelangelo, head barista and co-owner.

It is a myth Italians know about coffee, serve great coffee.  They do not.  Michelangelo though is one of those rare exceptions, an artist whose palette is coffee.

The Speciality Coffee Shop lives up to its name, a wide range of speciality coffee, from Origin, Alchemy, Gardelli.

Rubens Gardelli coffee roaster and owner of Gardelli Coffees won the World Coffee Roaster Championship in China last year.

Something I noticed, which I have not seen since Athens, coffee on offer with a Q grade of 90+. Was it from Ninety Plus? No, and Michelangelo apologised that he had nothing 90+ to offer me.

Michelangelo full of enthusiasm, the type of enthusiasm that is infectious, offered me a coffee to try.

At first I thought he was offering me a batch brew. I declined, until he told me it was a V60 he had just brewed.

It was excellent. A Burundi. At least I thought a Burundi, but on reflection maybe a Rwandan.

I then tried an Ethiopian from the batch brew. I preferred the V60.

Then a cappuccino. Again excellent.

The cappuccino, Alchemy Elixir, very much like the coffee roasted in-house at Makushi aka Base Camp on Steep Hill in Lincoln, a light roast bringing out the intrinsic flavours.

An unusual coffee menu on the wall. No listing  of cappuccino, flat white etc. Instead filter or espresso, milk or no milk.

Do not know your flavour notes? A large mural covering the back wall may help.

A selection of cakes and savouries.

A board outside indicated the lunchtime menu.

I ended up spending most of the afternoon there, chatting with barista James and a few of the customers.

James showed me something new. Everyone knows, cannot make a cappuccino with fake milk, it looks disgusting, tastes disgusting.  Why even try? James blended in the pouring jug.  A strange beige colour. I tried. Not great, but we both agreed better than what is usually served with fake milk.

Last year, only one year after it had opened, The Speciality Coffee Shop was awarded the best independent business in Nottingham.  There are these days so many awards being handed out they have become worthless. Not in this case, well deserved.

Noticing the time, I realised I had to walk back to Market Square, find Ideas on Paper to pick up a copy ofCoffee Shop North and maybe back copies of Standart if they had (they had not).

On my way Cold Brew Coffee, now being remaindered at £2 a copy. Last visit £4 a copy, though in Lincoln it was £3 a copy.  Less than the cost of a cappuccino.

I did not think I had time to try any more coffee shops.

Ideas on Paper gave the same advice as on my last visit by Chocolate Studio exit Cobden Chambers, turn left, head off down the street to find coffee shops. This I did, first saying hi in Wired. I found nothing, turning on my heels I found Outpost Coffee.