As my summer holidays draw to a close I’d like to say a big thank you to all the people who have supported my blog through viewing posts /recommending. I am currently close to 1000 views which is amazing!
Something which started off as a means of passing my summer holidays has now become a kind of hobby as it has opened doors to a whole little coffee world out there. I had no idea so many people are interested in coffee or coffee shops (they serve tea too!) So what should be drawing to an end is actually only really the start. The list of coffee places to visit that I write is ever growing, with more interesting places popping up all of the time.
I have also become a coffee snob. 6 weeks ago a cappuccino consisted of 1/3 coffee, the rest froth and topped with a sprinkling of chocolate. And I accepted this. Not now. Not now I have tasted real, delicious coffee, made by people who love making coffee. Do I get impatient if it takes a while to get my coffee? No, because I know that a decent cappuccino is on its way.
So far I have found out
- chocolate spoils the taste of the coffee-a true barista won’t sprinkle chocolate on top
- a great cappuccino fills a cup
- great coffees have interesting foam art
- good baristas let the milk settle before adding to the coffee
- barista is the name of a coffee bar tender.
We drink coffee
- whilst reading-morning papers, 50 shades, chick lits, emails
- as a rest bite
- to pass time whilst waiting for someone
- to wake up
- to keep going
- as a premis for a first date
- while catching up with friends.
A while ago most cafes sold regular coffee, now a days most sell cappucinos and lattes. It seems that by doing so they can label themselves as a coffee house. Don’t be fooled by this! Some are great little cafes but they don’t sell truly great coffee. Some are not great cafes but have become glorified greasy spoons by the fact they sell cappuccinos and lattes. The real coffee houses are places that serve up great coffee and even specialised tea.
I started this blog to find interesting cafes/places to have coffee and catch ups. This has changed without me even realising it to finding places which serve great coffee. So because of this I have put 2 categories on my blog-
- Recommended- this is for great little cafes/coffee shops
Teacup, NQ, Manchester/Ivy Deli, Monton/Central Perk, Liverpool
- Great coffee- this is for places which serve great coffee
HomeSweetHome, NQ, Manchester/ Laynes Espresso, Leeds/ Franco’s Saltaire/North Tea power, NQ, Manchester
There are places I visited that I would not recommend so they did not make it on my blog.
So far top of my list is North tea Power in the Northern Quarter, Manchester. It has a loft apartment feel to it with the stripped floor boards and steel beams. People sip coffee at leisure while chatting, meeting, using lap tops or admiring the latest art gracing the walls. I met my mum and niece in the week and took them there for a brew stop pre shopping spree. My niece’s hot chocolate didn’t last long, the florentine met all of our approval and as always the coffee made me say ‘that’s a great coffee’. My mum liked the place (it was busy inside and out ) and asked me ‘Have you not pulled here ?’ Even my mum noticed the amount of men who frequent here!
So, it seems find yourself a great coffee place and men appreciate it too. I’m thinking drinking coffee while perving over men may be added to the above list soon…who’s joining me?