Coffee Adventures

Coffee in Greece

You may not know this, but Greece is a place where you can find decent coffee. Greeks are very,very friendly. They love to sit with friends, drink coffee and talk for hours and hours without looking at their phones or apps (which is so weird nowadays ‘cos conversation without looking at your phone seems impossible)

When I’m in Greece, the first thing I do is buy these

 Yes I know these aren’t the BEST coffee products in the world, but they’re my haven and they bring memories back… You just make an ice frappé and enjoy it by the sea before going for a swim. Pure, simple pleasure.
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Jealous much? Don’t be. The sea was crawling with jellyfish that summer so I had to stay on the beach and read my books day after day.

Anyways, few months ago, my darling sister and I tried the mexican coffee in Mikel in Thessaloniki. If you ever find yourself in Greece, go there! The man behind this business is a true success story. He launched his first Mikel café at the age of 29 upgrading himself from an employee in a café to an owner of a nationwide coffee company. Well done ombre! 

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The ingredients for the mexican coffee we had are:
-chocolate syrup
-cinnamon
-shot of espresso
-milk
-cream
-more cinnamon on top

And the result is : 10/10 (the first time I had it) and 4/10 (the second time, different barista).

Lesson learned: NEVER forget to specify that you don’t want extra sugar in the coffee!
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Recovering from internet failure with World Barista Championship videos

Being unable to get an internet connection and update my blog was quite disturbing. It’s been three hours since they fixed the problem and now, I can continue living a normal life… (I’m well aware of how lame that sounds! :D)

The first thing I did was checking out what’s new on the youtube. Amazingly enough, an awesome clip was recommended to me from the WBC channel and I started digging for some other stuff and decided to share with the following video.

I liked this competitor best because he explained so well how the farmer, Mr Arnulfo Leguizamo produced his own coffee. The signature drink from this guy seems yummy, especially because I have a thing for cold coffee 😉

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Mr Leguizamo explains the whole production process in this interesting article. He’s had years of experience, a ton of work and nice weather conditions before making the perfect coffee. I’ll definitely drop by his farm if I ever go to Colombia 🙂

I’m so ashamed that I haven’t thought of exploring the coffee industry sooner. There are so many information out there! I’ve learned so much since I’ve started this blog about coffee variations, production and importation of coffee.

Maybe I won’t be a Coffee Master any time soon but I will make up for all the things I’ve missed out on!

My Starbucks experience

 I’ve been to Starbucks (like any other normal caffeine addict) only twice in my life. The first time was when I arrived in France in the Charles de Gaulle airport and the other time was on another airport in Brussels. 

When my plane landed in Brussels I had exactly 1 hour before Starbucks closed. I rushed as quickly as possible through the gates and found the shop right away. When I stepped in, I felt like I’ve discovered a long lost treasure.  

Looking up to see the menu I stood there frozen, stunned from all the Frappucinos and Lattes that were being offered up to me. 
I chose the White Chocolate Mocha Latte. The cute barista gave me my sweet, big, pleasure in a cup. I sat down and drank it with such delight. It was yummy!!! 

I guess this is how he must’ve made it: 

white_chocolate_mocha_fullThen, I tried to sleep on the most uncomfortable bench in the airport waiting impatiently for Starbucks to open again. When it did, there were bunch of people waiting in line, which gave me enough time to figure out what I want next.
starbucks-lineI was prepared to order a fancy drink with the well known starbucks language and …. things got lost in translation (lets just say that this barista didn’t understand English very well). Some people looked strangely at me when I ordered and made some comments about Americans. I guess in Europe coffee is simply coffee, no matter what you put in it. 

So, I ended up with a Hot Medium Double shot Hazelnut latte with non-fat milk + Cream. I added some nutmeg on top for more flavor. It was very very HOT! 

Since I don’t like strong coffee too much I added more non-fat milk and turned the Medium into Grande 😉 

funny-gifs-winningzach_zpse6daed51Overall it was a nice experience that I’ll treasure ’till the next time I find myself someplace that has Starbucks. 

What I liked about Starbucks: 

You can make a very special coffee if you know how to combine the ingredients, the temperature, the flavors… 
The coffee isn’t bad either.
The atmosphere was very relaxing. 

What I didn’t like about Starbucks: 

THE PRICE! It’s very expensive. I couldn’t afford going there more than twice a year.