How To Recognize a Good Coffee House?
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Every once in awhile, everyone treats themselves to their favorite menu item from their local coffee house. When you take a break from you clunky home brewer and treat yourself to a frothy latte, it’s fair to expect an excellent coffee experience when you cross the threshold of a chic but pricey coffee house.
You’ll know whether or not you’re spending your hard earned cash at the right place if you can check a few of the things listed below off of your list.
Are you acknowledged when you step through the door?
It’s fair to say that the baristas behind the counter could be swamped with a ton of specific orders, so there’s a chance that they might not acknowledge you when you walk through the doors on a busy morning.
Do they offer a variety of options?
While everyone likes to try the seasonal latte that most coffee houses will promote throughout the year, it’s not the best idea to drink these sugary beverages year round. The best coffee houses will offer a mix of options. Tea (hot or iced), regular brewed coffee, and speciality drinks should be on the menu. It’s no fun to drink the same thing all the time, and a good coffee houses’ barista will make an effort to introduce you to new brews, blend, and flavors that your tastebuds, diet, and wallet.
Are they willing to educate you about the different types of coffee?
When you take a leap into the complicated world of high-end coffee, there should be someone around to show you the way (i.e., your barista).
There’s nothing worse than not knowing whether or not you should get the dark, light, or medium roast and being too intimidated to ask the difference.
At a great coffee house, your barista should be more than willing to educate you on their products. Here are a few different types of coffee and the key differences between them.
Dark Roast Blend
We’re going to bust a huge myth for you right now. Contrary to popular belief, the bolder your coffee tastes, the weaker it is. The smooth notes in one cup of dark roast coffee will not be nearly enough to prepare you for the long day ahead.
Medium Roast Blends
The medium roast blend is what your barista should recommend if you’ve never been crazy about being wired from your first cup of coffee. For some people, their first cup of coffee is purely about the ritual of having it every day. If you prefer a medium coffee that’s not too harsh but won’t leave you dragging by the early afternoon, ask your barista about which medium roasts your coffee house sells.
Light Roast Blend
A good coffee house should be willing to let you sample a small bit of each roast to help you figure out which one is your favorite.
Can your coffee house double as a second office?
You’ll find that the best coffee houses provide an environment where creatives and business people are free to spend a few hours catching up on work. In an excellent coffee house, you’ll have access to comfortable seating, free wi-fi, multiple electrical outlets that aren’t too close to other patrons, and at least two restrooms.
Additionally, unless you’re more comfortable in kid-friendly places, the best coffee houses are embraced by adults. There’s nothing worse than the sound of a toddler’s wail while you’re trying to get work done-however, this can be disregarded if usually have a pair of headphones on hand and you don’t mind having kids around.
Does your coffee house make an effort to put out new pastries and snacks?
It can be a huge red flag of your coffee house’s overall level of cleanliness and commitment to high standards and customer service satisfaction if the same muffins from the previous day are sitting behind the glass. It’s best to take a look to see if the pastries have changed within two days of your first time seeing them.
Granted, some coffee houses will set display treats on the top shelf of their pastry shelves, but even these should be switched out pretty frequently.
Also, there should be a commitment to freshness present, and if your coffee house boasts that they’ve handmade the pastries, you should expect every pastry that you purchase to have been made that day.
Do they offer free refills for regular brewed coffee?
If you’re going to be doing a lot of work in your local coffee house, it’s only fair that they offer you a few refills on your coffee if you’ve been in the cafe for a while. Ask your barista about the rules on refills, and drink to your heart’s content.
Does your coffee house value your business?
However, when you cash in on your rewards, be sure to leave a small tip for your barista. While they should already be performing this service, this ensures that they’ll continue to make sure that you get the same fantastic service every time.
My favorite cafe – ‘Ino on Bedford Str.
I fell in love with the simplicity and style of this small Italian cafe. After 15 incredible years, ‘Ino closed its beloved Bedford street location. While this little spot in the West Village is where their journey began, it is certainly not where it ends. We hope to open a new location where we can enjoy you once again.
Last words from the owners:
To our most amazing and loyal customers and friends, thank you for keeping us company the last 15 years. Thank you for warming our bar stools and chairs. Thank you for trying our truffled egg toast. Thank you for your stories, your laughs and your music recommendations. Thank you for making our small little place feel so big. To our incredible staff both past and present, thank you for your hard work and perseverance. Thank you for caring for this place as if it were your own. Thank you for sharing your unique talents with us. Thank you for bringing more to the table. We could not have done it without you.
Let’s be honest, the better coffee machine you have, the tastier your cup of coffee. This is true on almost all occasions and that’s because the top of the range coffee makers are designed to provide the ultimate experience, not just in coffee flavour but in the actual ritual of preparing that wonderful cup.
Who doesn’t love a tall, creamy glass of freshly brewed Latte? It’s one of the most popular of all coffee drinks that is enjoyed across the world!
Most adults drink coffee to kick-start their day. Whether it’s a part of your daily routine to wrap your hands around a comforting, steaming, hot cup of coffee or if you honestly can’t picture yourself climbing out of bed without, we all have a personal history with coffee.
I’ve just finished my third (yes third!) coffee of the morning and that will be my last cup for today because any more caffeine and I know I won’t sleep later on. This got me thinking. Now, I realise that caffeine itself is the stimulant involved in coffee and in some situations it’s great to have access to it when you need to feel awake.
How do you enjoy taking your coffee? Are you the type of person who prefers one of those tall glasses of milky, frothy, light-brown coloured latte? Or would you rather order a strong, black double espresso?
Coffee has come a long way since it was simply a strong, black, boiling hot drink, hundreds of years ago! Nowadays you can drink a huge treasure trove of different varieties, different roasts, coffee blends and of course, drinks. From creamy milk-based coffee drinks, to the darkest, bitterest double-shot Espressos, ice cream based coffee drinks, coffee milkshakes, Italian Cappuccinos and French Café Royal with a little dash of cognac.
If you’re like most people, you’re reading this while holding onto a mug of coffee. More than half of all Americans drink coffee on a daily basis, reports the Harvard School of Public Health, and the average person drinks more than three 9-ounce cups a day.
An espresso generally has lower caffeine content, about 50 mg per shot, while a cup of drip coffee easily contains as much as 200 mg of caffeine. This indicates that there is plenty of variation. An average coffee cup usually contains around 90 to 100 mg of caffeine.
Ah coffee! Possibly the most favoured drink in the whole world. It’s dark, rich bitter flavour and velvety texture has delighted millions of people for thousands of years. According to the British Coffee Association, 55 million cups are enjoyed every day in the UK. In the USA, 285.5 million cups are drunk by Americans daily so drinking coffee is a way of life for many. If you’re one of those who regularly drinks coffee, you may have noticed just how tired coffee can make you feel.
Almost every adult in the world loves to consume at least one cup of caffeinated beverage daily. The first sip of coffee, while inhaling its aroma, brings such enjoyment, which is not just a matter of taste, but an involvement of all five senses. People are looking forward to their perfect cup of coffee, sometimes even spend a fortune to get one, and it is barista’s job to make their wish come true. Or with much learning and practice, they can gain the ‘barista’ title, and be one themselves.
In Coffee Corner, I write about all things related to coffee and particularly coffee makers.
After being a self-admitted coffee addict for 20 years and as an experienced barista I would consider myself pretty well-versed on the subject. I will try to provide you as much information as possible about coffee makers and coffee in general, if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact us!