£1 Flat White

As my phone contract is with Three, they have an app, Three+, that provides rewards and money off. One of their weekly offers is get a drink from Caffè Nero for £1.

I try and use it most weeks, but sometimes either I am not in the mood for a coffee, sometimes I am nowhere near a Caffè Nero (like when I am at the motorway services) or as happened recently at Paddington, there was a really long queue and I don’t want to miss my train.

I have visited the Caffè Nero on Corn Street in Bristol a fair few times and have had some great coffee.

This was the flat white I got on my most recent visit there.

This wasn’t the best looking flat white I’ve had from Caffè Nero. However it was a really nice coffee.

Coffee @Worle

No this is not a play on using the @ symbol, one of the local gyms in Weston is called @Worle. I took one of my children there for a gym induction and had some time to kill, so decided to have a coffee in their cafe.

Sometimes in leisure centres and gyms, the coffee can be, well let’s say just depressing.

I did not have high expectations. However what I got I liked. It looked great. It also tasted great, it was a really good flat white.

Not quite a flat white

two wooden boats in the mud

According to Wikipedia this is what is the accepted definition of a flat white coffee.

According to a survey of industry commentators, a flat white has a thin layer of microfoam (hence the ‘flat’ in flat white), as opposed to the significantly thicker layer of foam in a traditional cappuccino.

There is some dispute about the origin or creator of the flat white.  However there is also a lot of dispute across the various places I visit about the best way to make a flat white.

I was over in Woodbridge in East Anglia, looking for a place for a coffee, and to crack on with some work. I went to Coffeelink in the new(ish) redevelopment on the riverside. It was a typical modern coffee place, similar to places I have been to in Portishead and Whapping Wharf in Bristol.

I ordered my coffee and took a seat. A little later my coffee arrived.

coffee on a table

It was an interesting looking flat white, I felt it had a little too much foam. Despite that it was a nice coffee, which I enjoyed.

Coffee at the Station

railway station

I think I may have mentioned more than once that I am not a fan of Starbucks coffee. Not totally enamoured with the flavour of the coffee. However I get that other people like it, and they are a quite successful company as well.

Sometimes I have no choice, as was the case when I was waiting for a train at Taunton station. They only have a Starbucks and I had a bit of a wait until my train, so I ordered a flat white. It was four pounds!

You could not fault the service though, the two staff behind the counter were friendly, welcoming, and full of energy.

The coffee was a typical Starbucks flat white, what I expected and it was just okay. It was served in a takeaway cup, for which they charged me 5p extra. I didn’t have a choice, as they had no china cups. I think I must remember to take my reusable cup with me next time I travel.

Flat White at the Kitchen at Thorpeness

Travelling in Suffolk I stopped at Thorpeness on the Suffolk coast just up the way from Aldeburgh. Thorpeness was a small fishing hamlet which was developed in the early 20th century into an exclusive holiday village.  The village is full of characterful houses, including the unique house in the clouds.

At the heart of the village is an artificial boating lake known as the Meare. I remember boating here in the 1970s. This was January though and it was closed.

What was open was the Kitchen at Thorpeness.

This was a modern building serving a range of drinks and food, as well as having a nostalgic emporium in the back. When I went in, it was really busy, the village was very quiet, but the cafe was packed. I was given a warm welcome and asked what I wanted. I placed my order at the counter and took a seat at the table. I had been tempted by the cakes and scones, but I had had a big breakfast. It wasn’t long before my coffee arrived.

They serve Illy coffee, and this was an excellent flat white. I spent a pleasant time in the Kitchen, drinking my coffee and getting some work done.

Really enjoyed my coffee, and I as on my way out tempted to stay for a scone, but didn’t have the time. If I find myself in the area again, I will certainly visit, and maybe have a scone this time.

Flat White at the Airport

Bristol Airport

When visiting the airport at Bristol, I often find that I have time to kill. My first choice for a coffee is The Cabin, in the main as it is table service, and they also serve their coffee in proper china cups. Price wise their prices are very similar to the other coffee places at the airport.

I took a seat and I ordered a flat white.

The coffee was made promptly, and served to me at my table.

It was a nice coffee and helped to pass the time before boarding.

A Flat White at Bistrot Pierre

runners on a beach

I was watching the Christmas Cracker 10K on Weston beach and as the runners headed off to Uphill I headed off for coffee.

I went to the Brunello Lounge first. However, they were packed, so I went to Bistrot Pierre instead. They were busy, so popped out to see the runners run pass the pier again. I then headed back to Bistrot Pierre for a flat white.

The rush had calmed down, so I ordered a flat white and took a seat. I always like it when that happens, makes the coffee a little more special.

This was a nice looking flat white and tasted great. Just what I needed after standing out in the cold on the beach.

Flat White at Cafe Society

I have been meaning to visit Cafe Society in Bristol on Baldwin Street for a while now, but never really had the opportunity. When I have walked past it was usually as I was on my way to another place, or I had just had a coffee somewhere else.

So when in town one Saturday and walking past, I decided I would go in for a coffee. The place was busy but there were seats available. There was no queue, so I went to the counter and ordered my coffee, a flat white. Having said that I was drinking in, the barista said to take a seat and they would bring my coffee to me.

I took a seat. I noticed that for some of their seats they had a no laptop rule which was interesting. If you did want to use your laptop, there were shared tables available. The rule was enforced, as I did see someone being asked to move to a laptop table.

My flat white arrived. It looked fantastic.

I really enjoyed the coffee and I think I will certainly visit Cafe Society again.

Flat White at the Cabin

When visiting the airport at Bristol, I often find that I have time to kill. My first choice for a coffee is The Cabin, in the main as it is table service, and they also serve their coffee in proper china cups. Price wise their prices are very similar to the other coffee places at the airport.

I took a seat and initially I looked over the menu, but it was too late for breakfast and too early for lunch. So I ordered a flat white.

The coffee was made promptly, and served to me at my table.

It wasn’t an outstanding flat white, but I enjoyed it as I waited for my flight.

Skinny Flat White

coffee

Taking advantage of a special offer, I had a very nice skinny flat white from the Caffe Nero at the top of Union Street in Bristol.

The service was excellent, and I really enjoyed the coffee.