This photo was taken on Poděbrady, Czech Republic, a lovely small city that I visited for a conference during last summer.
The drawing was in the door of a coffee shop that was, unfortunately, closed during my visit.
You may have noticed that I love coffee. Since I arrived in the UK, I started to try several different brands and styles of grounded coffee for my espresso machine (one of those non-especial domestic espresso machines). I tried Costa, Nero, Tesco, Sainsbury, Waitrose and M&S. The only one I considered acceptable was Tesco Finest Espresso. The solution was to buy Illy (I prefer the dark roast version), but it is quite expensive and sometimes unavailable in grocery stores (even when you buy online!).
But one day, walking in the Covent Garden region in London, my girlfriend noticed a good-looking coffee and tea store. We gave it a shot and voi la: we found Drury.
After I describe my preferences for coffee, the seller recommended the Moka D'or blend. We tried. Several times. We also tried other blends and beans. Some of them are good, but Moka D'or is, by far, my favourite. The taste is amazing: toasted and zero acidity. And it goes perfectly in my espresso machine: fine enough to release the flavour but not too much to get bitter.
I never found a restaurant serving their coffee (only their tea, but I am not a big fan), but it is possible to buy online a big range of coffees for a very reasonable prices. If you don't know, please, give it a try!
First of all, I have to say that I am very Italian when it comes to coffee. I like short espressos and dark roasted beans.
After two years living in Nottingham, here are my favourites:
Located in a hidden alley in the city centre, this place is charming inside and offers a big variety of coffees from around the world. I tasted a few of them and my favourite is from Papua New Guinea. My girlfriend prefers the Peru feminino.
I also recommend the muffin. It is not homemade, but it is pretty good.
2) Ugly bread
Coffee is not their speciality, but they do it pretty well! The place is full of delicious bread, therefore, I would recommend them if you intend to drink coffee after lunch.
Unfortunately, they recently change to a more light roasted coffee, which is a deal breaker for me.
3) 200 degrees
I like the fact they tell the clients the roast of each blend available. In general, they lean towards lighter roasts, but they have some darker options.
Also, there are some places that I expected to drink a better coffee and got disappointed. Here they are:
1) All classic chains
Costa, Nero and Starbucks. The last is the better between them, but not good enough to worth a visit.
2) Jamie Oliver's Italian restaurant
The coffee is just average, what is not acceptable for a place "proud of being Italian".
Some facebook lists included Wired as one of the best coffees in Nottingham. I gave it a try and do not recommend! Very light roast, very acid coffee.
There are some interesting options for those who like light roasted coffee (more fruity and acid). My suggestions are Outpost (in the Lace Market) and The Specialty Coffee Shop (at Friar Lane).