Another new addition to Glasgow’s coffee (and cake) scene, For Fika Sake. A Swedish inspired coffee shop, ‘Fika’ means to have cake with coffee. Which I did. When in Rome…
When I saw Pact’s Kickstarter for Nespresso-compatible coffee pods, I was all over it. I’m not a subscriber to Pact, but I’m familiar with their brand and like what they do. I had faith they’d deliver great coffee in a pod.
As it’s the first production run, there are a few niggles with size (I think they use a thicker foil for the pod). Taste-wise, I prefer these to the official Nespresso pods.
P.S. Discovered my cajón drum makes for a nice backdrop.
After missing it last year, I was eager to attend Glasgow Coffee Festival and sample a lot of caffeine. I’m not as tough as I had thought—3 coffees and I was in desperate need of some water. I had two long blacks from Riverhill Coffee Bar and Terrone, and a flat white from Meadow Road. Oh, and carrot cake.
It was the perfect autumn day.
I took a break from working on my photography workshop to check out The Steamie, a new coffee shop in Finnieston. Oh man, I love living in Finnieston. New places pop up all the time. It’s really come along since The Hydro was built.
Anyway, The Steamie reminded me of Artisan Roast in Edinburgh. It’s a welcome addition to Argyle Street—a judgement I’m basing on my piccolo and caramel shortbread. Delicious!
P.S. Due to receiving a number of messages on Flickr about buying licenses for my photos to use (mostly web designers), from now on—when I upload a photo to Flickr—you can buy a license to use it in your work.
It’s Laura‘s first visit to Glasgow, and with our combined interest in coffee and cameras, I had to take her on a tour of the independent espresso bars we have on offer. What followed was an afternoon of sampling coffee, photographing coffee, eating cake with our coffee, and tasting yet more coffee… I can’t think of anything more perfect, can you?
The photos are in chronological order.
Riverhill Coffee Bar
Riverhill is new on my radar. I’m disappointed it’s taken me this long to sample their delicious coffee, and equally delicious food. I had a tuna and fennel sandwich alongside a cappuccino, both of which got our tour off to a perfect start. Free WIFI, gourmet sandwiches and great coffee, the only downside is the sheer busyness of the place. Because it’s so small, I felt pressured to leave before I was ready, simply to free my seat for somebody else. It’s definitely not the kind of place you could sit in all day with a laptop and crank out some work, but—with its central location—it’s perfect for a quick caffeine boost and bite to eat.
This is my go-to haunt for city centre coffee. I love the industrial, minimalist decor. Laboratorio Espresso is definitely quieter and slower paced than Riverhill, which might initially mean it feels lacking in ambience. However, a coffee shop without a mad rush is the perfect spot to spend an afternoon sampling different blends. Oh, and the floor-to-ceiling windows letting in an abundance of natural light makes for great photographs of your lunch. The staff also generously gave us recommendations, not only of what different blends we should try, but what other coffee shops are worth a visit.
After three cups of coffee in quick succession, we were fed up of caffeine and feeling twitchy. Recommended to us by the staff at Laboratorio Espresso, we decided we had one more coffee in us and headed to Pena. Tucked down a lane in the West End is an understated coffee shop coated in artificial grass. Inside is equally… unique, with the cheap, colourful chairs and tables reminiscent of a primary school cafeteria. I like my luxuries, so I wasn’t overly impressed with this set-up—it felt more like a pop-up shop than an espresso bar, but it seems to be a hit with the locals. We sat outside in the Autumn air and ordered a vegetarian toastie to share (very tasty) and a Bulletproof coffee (made with coconut oil and grass-fed cows milk butter). Personally, I won’t be rushing back to Pena. With Artisan Roast just a few steps from here, I’ll save my West End hit for that.
P.S. Only 24 hours left to support Whosit & Whatsit!
A couple of years back, I invested in a Nespresso machine. I was struggling to get out of bed (bed is good), and wanted a coffee machine that produced such excellent coffee, I’d be excited about getting out of bed in the morning. Now I’ve come to think Nespresso tastes like glorified instant. The real deal is my AeroPress, which cost a measly 20 bucks. I’ve been going to my local espresso bar, who roast their own beans, for a top-up. Today they recommended Ethiopia Tchembe based on the fact I drink my coffee black. It tastes just as good as it smells.
Today saw Glasgow Photo Walk team up with Yelp, taking 25 Yelpers on a 90 minute route around Glasgow’s West End. To say it was chilly was an understatement, so afterwards we warmed up at Hanoi Bike Shop with dumplings and Vietnamese coffee. The coffee with condensed milk was interesting; very sweet and eliminated the need for pudding. Mmm, pudding.
Glasgow’s city centre has always lacked a decent espresso bar, in my opinion, being largely occupied by ‘coffee’ chains. I hate coffee chains. I mean, they don’t even sell coffee. The past couple of times I’ve been in the city centre and in need of a coffee, I’ve headed to the newly opened Laboratorio Espresso on West Nile street. The decor is nice, and so is the coffee!