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Coffee, coffee and more coffee....

I seem to have done coffee in a big way this week....

Over the past few days....

On Thursday I went over to Liverpool to celebrate Julienne's 40th birthday at the Everyman Bistro... this was the first place Ian and I ever went out for a meal together, and this was the first time I had been back since... the food hasn't changed much in over twenty years and I again had pizza and salad just like I did all those years ago! The mushroom pizza was really good, very tasty and so was the cappuccino I had afterwards. But the best thing of all was the beautifully light, almond flavoured biscuits they served with the coffee, they were just... indescribably delicious...

On Friday I drank more coffee with Julienne (just instant coffee at home this time...) and then drank more coffee at Coffee Plus, followed by coffee with Kathryn at her place in the afternoon...

This morning I have been for coffee with Mum at our local coffee shop Zugers who serve the most divine chocolates and cakes... especially their meringues mmmmmmm.... but I just stuck to coffee this morning, another cappuccino....

I have done things other than drinking coffee... I think!!

But I have some questions for everybody out there,
  • What is the best cup of coffee you have ever had? Where did you have it?

  • Where is your favourite coffee shop?

  • How do you have your coffee, espressso, cappuccino, mocha, instant???

  • What is your worst ever coffee experience?

  • Which coffee shops would you recommend people to avoid?




The best cup coffee I have had in recent memory is the beautiful and delicious cappuccino served to us when we were in Milan:

It tasted every bit as good as it looks...
When I lived in New Zealand I used to drink mocchaccinos all the time and I loved them...but when I moved to England I found they were much sweeter here, too sweet for me, so I changed to cappuccinos instead... My favourite coffee shop at the moment is Zugers just down the road, but I have very fond memories of the Sweet Vanilla Cafe in Lower Hutt... Most of my very worst coffee experiences have involved church halls and faitrade coffee, some have also involved polystyrene cups!!! but of commercial experiences the biggest disappointment was Ritazza Coffee who managed to serve us an almost undrinkable brew... I definitely don't recommend them... So how about the rest of you?

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moth2fic
Sep. 9th, 2007 09:35 am (UTC)
My best coffee ever - in a hotel in Morocco - I didn't want to ever leave the breakfast table and the waiter got to know I needed extra top-ups.

Favourite coffee shop - don't really have one at the moment; there was a lovely place in the Northern Quarter in Manchester but it has changed hands and I don't know what it's like now.

I almost always drink coffee black, though I will sometimes have cappuchino which I regard as an entirely different drink. I don't like it too strong as that can hide the flavour in black coffee. I never add sugar.

Worst coffee experience - can't decide - when my sister-in-law produces very strong after-dinner coffee for breakfast... when anybody adds sugar... when I burnt my tongue on a coffee in one of those polystyrene cups (which is why I now go for cappuchino)... or the time I asked for iced coffee opposite the Lowry centre and just got cool milky coffee...

I would definitely avoid the place opposite the Lowry but can't remember its name, and Ritazza are also fairly incapable of serving a decent drink.
vivh
Sep. 11th, 2007 06:47 am (UTC)
I think we will definitely avoid Ritazza in future.... I have a cd of photos for you sometime by the way!!!
moth2fic
Sep. 13th, 2007 10:03 am (UTC)
We should have a Barcelona CD for you soon - life is a bit hectic here. We're busy moving Kat to her new place, I'm in the throes of dealing with the will I'm executor for and I haven't even posted about my break in Devon yet!! However - I think Chester beckons in the second half of September, don't you?
vivh
Sep. 14th, 2007 03:30 pm (UTC)
Chester in the second half of September sounds good to me, would you like to suggest a date? Tuesdays and Thursdays are still my best days!
natesmountain
Sep. 9th, 2007 11:48 am (UTC)
Oh I love that beautiful coffee pic!

Steve says his best coffee was in Vienna at a child abuse conference. I know I was very excited the first time I ordered my own coffee in Wiesbaden!

Best coffee? I'm not sure. Maybe an espresso one time at a Greek restaurant.
Favourite coffee shop? Don't have one at this stage. I guess I don't live in the right world! The teachers sometimes go down to Hey George in Kilbirnie. I sure recall the Sweet Vanilla Cafe with fondness, since that's where we met *g* and drank coffee all day!

Preferences? I like Trim Cappuccino best. Followed by really good instant, believe it or not. I like Mochaccino late at night if I go to Wild Bean cafe with the children after a late evening event.

Worst coffee experience? Years ago, when Steve's young cousin put a pile of salt in my coffee (he thought it was for Steve) - OMG it was so terrible!!! And now he's a respected primary school principal LOL!

The coffee at the Kilbirnie Aquatic Centre cafe used to be the worst absolute foul commercial coffee you could find, and I would order it and then say, what the hell did I do that for yet again, - but it's better now.
vivh
Sep. 11th, 2007 06:44 am (UTC)
I like instant coffee too... I love cappuccinos etc and I do enjoy a really good cup of filter coffee, but I find that I can drink instant coffee even when it's not so good, but sometimes I struggle with "real" coffee, if it's lukewarm or overly strong.

And I prefer my coffee with milk to cream, so many restaurants give you cream... and it really spoils the coffee experience for me...
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