Monday, 2 September 2013

What to Drink Where - Newcastle


I blame my mam for me having coffee shop snobbery for a very young age but she has taught me well on the coffee front; so I am going to impart my coffee shop knowledge onto you.

Coffee Trader

I am a fan of supporting local, non-chain businesses. In coffee trader you should drink a hot-chocolate. The one with lots of cream with a flake on-top. It is the fixer of all problems.


Now to totally go against what I have just said, I am still a Starbucks fan. Particularly the one near Haymarket Metro in Newcastle. That is a nice Starbucks. I propose that in Starbucks you drink a Caramel Macchiato, be it hot or iced. Either is nice. HOWEVER, if it is Christmas please drink a Gingerbread Latte.

Caffè Nero

Caffè Nero is another chain shop that I only appreciate one branch of. If going to a Caffè Nero in Newcastle you have to go to the one in Fenwick, it is on the lower ground floor, which is cosier and I'm not really fussed that I don't get phone signal there. I advise drinking an iced latte with some form of sugar syrup in it (I usually have caramel). Also, when I go here I'm always with my Mam and have to half a muffin with her, we either have a raspberry and white chocolate or a blueberry, both are equally as nice.

Back to supporting local businesses. Cafe de Vie is well cute! They have the nicest hot chocolate ever, I am quite the foam enthusiast and their hot chocolate HAS FOAM. IT IS LUSH (Geordie moment of the day). They also do a very nice Amaretto Latte which I recommend trying. 

There is no longer an Esquires in Newcastle (replaced by Costa!) and this makes me sad. So to appreciate Esquires I have to be in Durham now which is annoying. Esquires is another place to drink hot chocolate, they do lots of varieties. The 'orange hot chocolate' is the one to go for, think liquidised Terry's Chocolate Orange. I do not recommend their iced coffees though, stick to hot chocolate.

I am not so enthusiatic about the drinks here because every time I think about Olive and Bean I just think of their immense sandwiches. But usually to accompany my lovely sandwich I drink a lemonade variety-they serve lots of kinds.

That concludes Hannah's coffee tour, notice I didn't mention Costa, I just don't go there. Not a fan.

Hannah :) x

Location: Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear, UK


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