What makes a GREAT coffee shop ?

With Glasgow Coffee Festival 2019 approaching soon I thought I will talk about coffee community here in Glasgow and what it makes a great coffee shop from my point of view ( regular customer)..It’s not all about coffee, but people who makes your coffee and gives you that morning (or afternoon) much needed caffeine kick!

Generally speaking I find Glasgow coffee scene to be the most friendliest one! Not only in terms of good chat you get, but people who work, roast coffee for us- always positive and up for sharing their knowledge with the others.

While back then I was starting my coffee journey I was teriffied and a feeling bit anxious going into speciality coffee shops- purely because I didn’t know much about speciality coffee and was a bit scared to ask..but once I saw that people are actually cool and happy to talk with me, my coffee obsession kicked in..meaning I was asking a lot of questions and would always have a note of what coffee I am drinking, where it was roasted, what’s the best method to brew it etc. Some people know may call me a COFFEE SNOB! and that’s ok- I am indeed one of those..

To be honest it’s so easy to become a coffee snob, I am really spoiled here in Southside with the choice of coffee shops..The people I learned a lot from are mainly are:

It All Started Here, The Short Long Black,  The Good Coffee Cartel , Dear Green ,Bam and Toro. – Thanks guys for putting up with me, haha!

These dudes and gals were always there to talk about coffee tasting notes, giving me to try some new coffee beans and chatting about life in general. That’s a very important bit. Not only you go to the coffee shop to spend your hard earn monies but you go there to hang out, have a coffee, bit of cake, spend some quality time with your pals or simply have quality time on your own. I always think it’s very important to feel comfortable in cafe’s environment and properly enjoy the cuppa of delicious coffee.

Throughout the last couple years I believe I made some really good damn friends in these coffee shops- people who shares the same passion like me about COFFEE. I am proud to say that some of these cafes are actually my true pals in real life now ( it all started on Instagram and here we are..) we now hang out together and get absolutely caffeinated (well, I always do!).

So these are top 5 five reasons in my opinion what makes a GREAT coffee shop

  1. Variety and good selection of different coffee roasters- from local and worldwide roasters- supporting each other it’s very important!
  2. Options of different type of coffee drinks- Batch brew, filter, flight, V60 …aeropress and plus option of good alternative milks (Minor Figures for me obviously)
  3. Dog friendly- yes…it’s crucial that I get a chance to pet and play with all cute other people’s dogs!
  4. PEOPLE who make coffee and the actual owners- positive attitude and acceptance of different customers it’s crucial- from serving coffee snobs like me to ‘normal’ people who just after chill time and good coffee.
  5. VIBES- it’s all about the vibes.. music, the hustle during busy hours and the chat you get no matter how busy it is- attentive and down to the detail then it comes making your coffee.

 

I do believe there is more coffee shops to mention, but bare with me and keep following my coffee journey and see what’s next! In the meantime go and explore these coffee shops, have a chat, ask questions and don’t be afraid to learn new things about coffee.

 

Yours highly caffeinated,

CB

 

T O R O – New Kid On The Block

Welcome to the COFFEESIDE (aka Southside) – that was my caption on Instagram’s post about my very first visit to the brand new coffee shop called – TORO.

TORO-sfaction- the result of drinking good coffee. 

They have this quote up on the wall and you know what? It’s freaking true. These dudes  ( I mean Ross) only drink and serve good coffee. No question about it. No bullshit.

So…first visit.. Inferior and layout- nailed it. Once you open the doors- there is a window seating on your left- perfect to chill with your doggo while you wait for your take away coffee or simply sit there and enjoy people watching ( let’s agree we all love that sometimes). Oh and there is some magazines in the basket if you are bored or there is not enough people to watch.

Then we have my favourite seating- high bar table with stools by the door. I can see everything and everyone from here- great while writing this post or just wanting to absorb the vibes in the shop. Anyway, I love this table and the light! OMG the light!– it’s the best spot for your insta snaps -some serious light and shadow photography of the flat white art going there. Trust me.

And then there is a reading corner- super comfy and chilled arm chairs and wee couch (scandi, modern but comfy) with a wee table followed by larger ‘family ‘size table next to it and a few other seats with tables. Honestly, I can keep talking about their cafe interior all day (maybe I should dedicated just one post about their interior design ?! ) – it’s so well done and I feel like I can have a few Pinterest boards about it as well.

Back to coffee. FLIGHT. No question about it- this is the best method to try new coffee shop and get a taste of barista skills they have to offer. FLIGHT includes three coffees- espresso, filter and the flat white. Yes, you will get highly caffeinated but it will be worth it (always is). It’s a really good way to taste the coffee without milk and with it- so you can decide and see what you prefer best.

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They frequently change their coffee and always has some interesting new beans on the go. My favourite highlight so far was from the @girlswhogrindcoffee Los Limos, Finca San Rafael Microlot Honduras- what a belter. Tasted like you were on the beach holidays sipping sweet cocktails from the coconut shell. Perfection. Dream. GOOD VIBES ONLY as  Girls who grind coffee would say.

Toro seems to be doing good.Real good. And I seem to keep coming back there. More coffee, more good chat and just a great space to BE.

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Get your coffee smelling buts there and try it for yourself. You won’t regret it!.. or if you will, well…trust me you WON’T.

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Yours highly caffeinated,

CB