Best of Athens: Specialty Coffee Part 2

Mr Bean

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Waking up the next morning we headed out for some more coffee and made our way to Mr Bean coffee roasters, making ourselves known and then taking some seats outside on the deck. We asked the barista what he would recommend from his lengthy list of origins, we were suggested to have an Indonesian on chemex to share. A coffee which was fermented and soaked, much like the monsooned process applied to Indian coffees.  Continue reading

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Best of Athens: Specialty Coffee Part 1

 

 

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Athens is a city of two halves. One half is built with ancient stone, steeped in history and brought back to life with throngs of flashing cameras and walking tours, the other half is a slow moving leafy parade of cafes and leisurely culture, families sharing lunch together and friends relaxing in the baking heat of the summer. One half is empty streets filled with disused lots of businesses from times gone by, the other half, a concentration of modern quality focussed businesses that would survive by passion and desire alone in any economic storm. Mostly though, its friendly, sincerely so. Continue reading

Best of Santorini: Specialty Coffee

 

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Santorini is a popular destination, it’s a small island, as full of tourists as it is of locals, or so it seems. It offers all of life’s luxuries in easy to find places, but for the keener eye some of its best offerings are in the back streets, some of the best offerings are more subtle and there’s far more on this island to go in search of than merely sunsets in Oia. I’ll admit knowing where to find good coffee on this Island isn’t obvious, but in our short time here before Athens, there were a couple of cafes worth mentioning.  Continue reading

Best of Krakow: Specialty Coffee Part 2

Café Wesola

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Awaking the next morning we went in search of breakfast again, obviously with a side of great coffee. Arriving at Wesola, a sort of neighbourhood café on a quieter more residential side of town, we stepped in to a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Taking up some seats in the window to watch passers by, we ordered some food from the menu and a Costa Rica Las Lamps to share on chemex from roasters Coffee ProficiencyContinue reading

Best of Krakow: Specialty Coffee Part 1

 

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Better known for its historical experiences and its salt mines, Krakow much like Warsaw still has its ‘Old Town’, but also much like Warsaw is much more modern than you might expect. Dotted around between commercial streets, university districts and residential neighbourhoods is more of Poland’s understated yet softly passionate specialty coffee scene. Relaxed, comfortable and endearing it’s worth stopping off at many of these cafes for food as much as for the coffee. Continue reading

London Coffee Festival 2018 Part 2

Roasting Shed

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I hadn’t met the Roasting Shed before, they’re from East London – which somehow seems appropriate – and they roast coffee, but without a shop space of their own to sell it through, a bit like how coffee roasters used to be. It’s not often you meet ‘local’ roasters at somewhere like London Coffee Festival, so it seemed appropriate to work my way through the three immediate filters they had available to try. Passed three cups, a washed San Roque, from Huila in Colombia, another washed Wegida Blue from Yigacheffe in Ethiopia and finally a third washed, the Ragati from Kibirigwi in Kenya, it was time to sample three seasonal, but somewhat archetypal coffees – they’re the kind of origins you become accustomed with early on in coffee. The Colombian had a fairly typical coffee flavour, easy going, the kind that works well when introducing newcomers to the world of specialty coffee and following on the Ethiopian was in direct contrast, a brighter more acidic coffee with distinct floral notes and a much lighter body, tasting very purple in flavour. Finally I was left with the Kenyan, a more complex darkly sweet coffee, with those winey like qualities you get from so many Kenyans, probably the best of the three, but at the same time the least accessible. No doubt a set of coffees that will be cropping up around cafes in the East London area now. Continue reading

London Coffee Festival 2018 Part 1

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This years London Coffee Festival was bigger than ever, sprawling out across 3 full floors – 4 if you count the split level downstairs – making it hard to know what to do, where to do it and in what order, such was the variety and diversity of coffee related experiences on offer. There’s a guide, for sure, there’s even plenty of information in it, but with well in excess of 200 odd stands it can still be a little overwhelming. The only advice I could give is to go with the flow, on some occasions it will be your only option. Continue reading