While traveling to Manchester to visit friends, going to a football match, shopping and just being a tourist in my old home of England, I came across a fantastic place called Barbecue Cafe. It is located in an area called Chorlton, outside the Manchester City center. Not far from Manchester United famous Old Trafford football stadium. We walked there on a rainy day (every day in Manchester is rainy :) with my partner and our friend and her 5 month old baby. Was not expecting a thing when my friend said that she knew about a great coffee house close to her house. Walked and saw this modest looking storefront as seen in the pictures.
Walk in and instantly you get the feeling that this is a place that loves coffee. Not as refined and sleek as other places I have seen in England such as Takk in Manchester City center or Laynes Coffee and North Star Cafe in Leeds, all are great places. This is rustic, oozes knowledge and passion for genuine great coffee. Looks slightly clustered, but at the same time, everything there has its place and is very relevant to the business. I felt like I was at peace.
The owners and staff answered all my questions, and showed me around and explained everything about the roasting, the coffee beans, and what they are seeking in their own search for the ultimate coffee cup. I bought three bags of coffee from them that I used when I got home. I do not usually drink much volume of coffee, but in this case it simply vanished in record time. I was very impressed and the guys are amazing, even the roaster himself was not working, but was there for some reason, and he showed me around and explained everything, when he had no obligation to do so. Just a very passionate guy. I really liked the whole setup and the location and the place itself.
We sat and talked about the baby, coffee and everything. I drank way to much coffee but it was totally worth it. I tend to be positive about places I go to, but if there is something I do not like I say so. But this place is my all time favorite I have been to, so far. An absolute gem.
They have a website, Instagram, Twitter and are on Facebook as well.
If you have a chance to go to Manchester then this place is a must see for coffee lovers, who like great coffee, the best espresso I have tasted so far, and a small great looking place with passionate owners and staff. I will be back next time I am in England. That is for sure.
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Being an Icelander it is always strange to stumble into a place dedicated to Iceland and Scandinavian culture when abroad. After a quick online search for the best coffee in Manchester this places pops up. And by a strange coincidence we happened to be located 2 minutes from this place at that time, so the choice was obvious. In we went and found a very trendy coffee bar, with a large image of Iceland on the wall. Not much was there else to connect to Iceland, other than the danish they had for sale. Seemed to be from home :)
We sat down at a long table, some thing I have seen in numerous places in the UK, those long tables.
The place is trendy and stylish but has a slight rustic feel to it. I liked it.
The coffee was very good. Not brewed on the spot, but from a local Manchester roasters, not far from there. I liked my double esspresso and the latte was very good as well. After trying Starbucks for the simple reason that we needed to stop and sit down and regroup, this place is miles above in quality of the coffee.
The staff said that the Icelandic connections had diminished a bit, but the website and the name say otherwise. Takk means Thanks in Icelandic.
The place was full of trendy people with trendy computers (everyone had an Apple computer). But not hipsterlike people, more like regular folks. I liked the vibe and the coffee. Nice to see friends and do some online browsing on the laptop. The place is located in the Northern Quarter of Manchester City center.
The website is good and the coffee very good. I will go again next time I am in town.
They are visible on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
To the staff at Takk Coffeehouse... Takk :)
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This place was a nice surprise. After walking around the center of town and wandering between places and just being tourists, we stumbled upon this place and just wanted coffee. And it was great. The fantastic bartender Jose (if memory serves me right) on the picture here below made us some very nice coffee.
I was not expecting good coffee from a regular pub in a place like Torremolinos on the Costa Del Sol. Mainly for the simple reason that good coffee in Spain was hard to find. The Spanish want the coffee dark bitter and full of sugar. But Jose explained that this bar had more of a British style coffee than Spanish. My wife loved the latte and the Americano was very good. This place is basically on the main shopping street, on a square next to the main square, about 30 meters from the main pedestrian shopping street. Great place to look at the town buzz and enjoy the sun. They had good orange juice for the kids and basically a hidden coffee gem while not trying to be.
Many places around this one have not so nice coffee, so this was a genuine surprise. We stopped there a few times over the week we stayed in town.
The staff is friendly like in most places in Spain and it is just far enough from the main area but still close enough to be the perfect spot to sit down at, when things get crowded. Mulligans is just a pub. No more no less, but we found good coffee and good spirits there.
I found this place by asking around and then looked for it online once I had heard the name from a few places locally. The reviews on Trip Advisor did not hurt. So we decided to explore this town Nerja with the goal of finding that Good Times Cafe. After our walk around the town center we decided to explore our street, and walked just 6 minutes up the road and there it was. Good Times. It was 30° plus outside and the mood was for a hot drink in the heat. At least for me and my better half. The 7 year old just wanted more Ice lollies. The town of Nerja is a beautiful place and it is so nice to be able to get great coffee in such as place. Specially since my experience with Spanish coffee in general is not that great.
The cup of double espresso was very nice and the latter was great as well, according to my better half. She is the latter expert. My boy had some fresh orange juice that tasted like Spain, fresh orangy and full of flavour. Then he got his ice lolly too.
The Good Times Cafe is slightly more relaxed than many other places I visited in Spain, and had more of a „home“ feel than I was expecting. We went there three times and sat inside and outside. Both very pleasureable. Great artwork from local kids on the walls and no wifi, so we could talk instead of being like the modern family and just look at our phones. The woman who ran the coffee shop was British and very helpful when asking the typical tourist questions and about the coffee itself. The coffee is not the traditional Spanish dark style, but more what I am seeking, fresh, good flavor and tasted great. No sugar had to be added.
We made our way there three times over the week we stayed in Nerja, and it was well worth the trip. Fresh baked goods and the interesting thing is the „no wifi“ policy and the „pay it forward“ thinking that is slowly becoming an accepted notion in the sharing economy of the internet age. Suspendedcoffees.com is something more places should adobt. Great way to give back to society in a very small way.
This place came with some good reviews on Trip Advisor and the location of that place is such that is was in evitable to end up there at one point or the other. I knew about the place when I came to the town of Nerja. And I found it by accident in the downtown area. The location is on the promenade in the main square in Nerja. Once there you really cannot miss it. So as fate would call it, we entered the establishment and had coffee and some lunch. In short, as the Trip Advisor reviews say, the service was very good, the food was fine. Nothing spectacular, but compared to similar places in Spain, it was fine.
We sat there watching the people, resting after long walks and just being a part of the vibrant summer scene in Nerja. The waiters did magic tricks for my seven year old and for me as well. :) They kept taking cookies and chocolate from the kids ears. We all loved it. The coffee itself was better than average compared to Spain in my experience. Great place for kids and for adults alike. Coffee is worth going there at least. The location is brilliant, pure and simple as that.
Here is the Facebook page and the Trip Advisor site.
As this website evolves it was inevitable that I would look for coffee in other places than Iceland, if I had the oppertunity to do so. After staying mostly in Iceland the last few years this was a great time to find some good quality coffee abroad. I went to Germany back in 2014 I only found one good coffee place in Friedrichshafen after searching on foot only in the towns around Lake Bodensee.
I would do things differently now, and the EU deal on mobile phone charges changes things a lot while looking for coffee online. Now I can roam online on my local tariffs. That made my 2017 trip to Spain and to England even better and my search for the elusive perfect cup even sweeter.
The next days and weeks I will post about those places, mainly in Spain and England. My trip to England was short but I gained friends and had some awesome coffee while there. The power of Instagram, Twitter and Facebook is truly a marvel.
I went on the typical holiday in Spain during the summer of 2017. I was looking forward to the experience for a few reasons. The day time job was not that great and I needed a break. I also had the chance to take my 7 year old to the beach and stay in the sun for 3 whole weeks. And the prospect of new coffee experiences. The search for the best cup had now formally ventured out of Iceland and gone global.
My local places have been on the up and up, and the quality of good coffee is getting quite good now. And more is on the way on the local Icelandic coffee scene. But now it was time to try new things in Spain. My overall experience in finding coffee in Spain was very interesting. It was not that good actually. Mostly because of different styles in taste and how the Spanish want their coffee. But there are a few places in some places that have good coffee. Overall the Spanish want their coffee dark and bitter, just like I do, but there is one crucial difference between my taste and the Spanish way. The roasting of the beans is Spain is dark and makes the coffee seriously robust. So much so that you NEED sugar in the coffee in order to drink it. I found this to be true in most restaurants in Spain, in the area I was visiting. Torremolinos on Costa Del Sol, Malaga City and the fantastic town of Nerja in Andalucia.
But I did find good coffee along the way. I also tried to buy a bag of local coffee beans and I still have most that in my cupboard for the simple reason that nobody likes it. Too dark and the flavor does not agree with us here. A milder roast and I dont like to put sugar in my coffee unless I want too. England was another experiene all together. I found some fantastic local and trendy coffee shops who have some fantastic coffee on offer.
Exiting news to us coffee lovers. Sonja Björk Grant, the undisputed queen of Icelandic coffee scene is opening a new place soon. She started the Kaffismiðja (Coffee Smithy) that changed into Reykjavik Roasters when she left the place a few years ago. That place will open soon and is located in the hip district of the old harbor just west of the city center. Most of the coffee lovers here are waiting with some anticipation. Many of the old crowd from Roasters are already blogging and tweeting about it, and this post is a part of that Zeitgeist for a lack of a better word. Kaffibrugghúsið or the Coffee Brewery has a Facebook page. Some pics from the place are on Facebook and here in Instagram as well.
More about this when time goes on.
The only thing I know is that I am exited and look forward to some great coffee from there.
I mentioned that the coffee place I frequent now, Kaffi Laugarlækur, gets its coffee from the roaster that is in partnership with Sonja Grant in opening this place. A very good sign indeed. The bar is about to be raised even higher in Reykjavik in the near future.
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