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Zazoo coffee 17/2/12

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  1. chdot
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    "Gosh, who's that handsome chap in the pic?"

    Not anth - or me...

    Posted 2 years ago #
  2. chdot
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  3. wingpig
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    You can see why he got ID-ified at Scotmid this evening...

    Posted 2 years ago #
  4. spitters
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    And why is he giving away the matrix of leadership
    I really should have taken the jacket off to go chic mode...

    Posted 2 years ago #
  5. gembo
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    Mr Zazou claimed he had made more money from us twixt 8 and 9 than he had made all day any of the other previous days. Half term very quiet with most middle class edinburghers away skiing?

    I was at a PY gathering in the summer when I had a seminar to attend on children's rights at Ed Uni Library - SRD had the Helios which was light and easy to handle for a big bike. Otherwise it is not on my commute, whereas Zazou is a slight overshoot. WoL Path was not muddy but with last night's rain it is muddy again

    £1.60 for French Press fairtrade, organic columbian [nice tasting coffee] good deal plus occasional rocking of the venue reminds you that you are off-shore. I stayed for chinwag with CHdot before returning to the decorating. I was in civvies jeans and floral shirt but biblongs were underneath as barges can be chilly but Zazou was quite cosy. Mr Zazou's story of how his customers defined his venue "You are a cafe, selling vegan cupcakes" etc. was interesting. 1920s style cocktail parties also catered for.

    I did like Kaputnik's Quiffnik. Very Glasgow 1983 when there was a rockabilly revival that seeped out into the crooning bands hairstyles - Hipsway, James Grant etc. I had a big quiff in 1992. I was giving a talk at Castle Huntly jail (was open prison/ Cat C/ under 21s at the time , did VW Beetle repairs). Boys in the audience lost it big stylee when I foolishly decided to show some diagrams and put the overhead projector on. The OHP had a large fan producing an updraft that played havoc with my quiff. Whole thing degenerated from there.

    I also much appreciated spitters retelling of a heckle he received in the pub "Haw you wi' the heid, you are talking pish". I believe I have had the same heckle directed at me in the West of Scotland.

    Posted 2 years ago #
  6. Nelly
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    I also enjoyed the chat round spitters 'regular combat class' - which, I initially assumed was teaching unarmed combat with which to beat errant taxi drivers/white van men.

    I see it more like this, although unsure if those leggings will chafe on the bike

    Posted 2 years ago #
  7. spitters
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    No no, that armour is far too shiny and they would probably cry if it got dented
    Zazou was full to bursting in the Sunday Sun (not the new "newspaper" and had been full all day so that would be your locals returning from skiing then?
    I hope heckle guy is at the pub again on Thursday...

    Posted 2 years ago #
  8. ruggtomcat
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    There is no latte? :(

    Posted 2 years ago #
  9. spitters
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    you could take your own hot milk... he did offer to make some hot milk but he is "not a starbucks" and has limited space for a big hulking massive machine

    Posted 2 years ago #
  10. kaputnik
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    There's no latte, but there is coffee to which you could add milk to get the desired effect of not tasting the coffee.

    Posted 2 years ago #
  11. chdot
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    "to get the desired effect of not tasting the coffee"

    Well that's one way of looking at it...

    So you'll be a black coffee purist?

    Certainly Latte is milk with coffee - rather than other way round.

    Maybe ask for 1/2 pot of coffee and take up the hot milk offer!

    Posted 2 years ago #
  12. kaputnik
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    Former colleague who was a purchaser had worked as a milk buyer for coffee chains for many years (Starbucks apparently world's largest milk buyer).

    Anyway, in "the industry" milk apparently known as "the equaliser" because it makes all coffee, good or bad, taste the same. Hence the push by industry of the latte over recent years, to get previously non-espresso drinkers drinking espresso. You may have struggled to order a latte in Edinburgh 15 years ago?

    Posted 2 years ago #
  13. chdot
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    "You may have struggled to order a latte in Edinburgh 15 years ago?"

    Used to be known as milky coffee - Cona or instant!

    Posted 2 years ago #
  14. Which is why I'll oinly have black coffee if the coffee itself is good - otherwise go more the milkiccino.

    Posted 2 years ago #
  15. chdot
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    Starbucks' greatest achievement? -

    Reducing number of people saying "how much!"

    Now cafes are taking over from pubs as sellers of brown liquid.

    Posted 2 years ago #
  16. ruggtomcat
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    Oh man, coffee is just an excuse to have a big cup of milk in the morning, with a kick! :)

    Posted 2 years ago #
  17. spitters
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    @chdot - yes I can remember my folks and my gran "treating themselves" to a "milky coffee" - it was a treat to end a meal not something to have often

    Personally I don't care how good the coffee is, I like a good 40ml of cold milk to make it cool enough to drink and just take the edge off the bitterness of the coffee.

    As to the latte's popularity I can see why Star*ucks would want to mask the flavour of the coffee by selling milk with coffee (great way of putting it) If in a cafe I'll ask for an Americano with space for cold milk. Americano so called as the American soldiers found espresso too strong for them during the war apprently

    Another thing that p!$$£$ me off is the enforcement of their names for the sizes - "I'll have a medium please"
    "Sorry we don't serve medium, would a Grande be OK?"
    Are they trained to be insulting and condescending at the same time? Service with a sneer.

    Posted 2 years ago #
  18. Min
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    I have never had that but then I don't go to Starbucks very often. I refuse to ask for a "tall" coffee when I want a small one. The one in Waterstones never gets pedantic about it anyway.

    Posted 2 years ago #
  19. kaputnik
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    Coffee Shops are the new temperance tavern?

    Posted 2 years ago #
  20. wingpig
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    I was pleased when coffee-places began to offer the option of being late-night hang-out places as an alternative to pubs and their exciting range of inebriating fluids and shouty clientèle. A shame that there are so few which have retained their late-opening abilities.

    Posted 2 years ago #
  21. spitters
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    shouty clientèle
    Hey I only got called "You wi the heid" once...

    Posted 2 years ago #
  22. gembo
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    Never mind latte - when I moved through from Glasgow in 1987 you could not get a coffee at all in Edinburgh on a Sunday. One cafe at top of Victoria St - now I think Pierre Victoirish. Me and the jakeys in there nursing hangovers with herbal teas. Man, it was an outrage. Glasgow was wall to wall coffee on a sunday.

    Now all is equal, though I have yet to find a cafe in Edinburgh that serves crinkle cut chips like the Equi Coffee BAr of Sauchiehall St used to do before it went posh.

    Posted 2 years ago #
  23. Nelly
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    Gembo - Indeed, and decent coffee is now so common - there are 9 cafe/coffee houses within a short stroll from where I am typing this - astonishing, especially when you remember how poor some of the 'coffee' was previously.

    My personal favourite - and closest - is The Empire, top of Marchmont Road - used to hobble there when on the crutches - no nonsense, just great coffee, nice and strong, and pretty reasonable compared to Victor Hugo / PY prices.

    Try Snax Cafe in Buchleuch Street (not one of the nine, a slightly longer stroll) if you want burger and chips with your coffee.

    Posted 2 years ago #
  24. gembo
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    Had a couple of really good americanos / black coffees in David Bann's Vegetarian Restaurant on St mary's St on Sunday - £1.90 not too bad a price. Home made tattie scones, mushroomns, toms, poached eggs and muffins on the brunch menu also tasty (I asked for double tattie scones and no beans - this was the right thing to do]. Some of their main courses can be pricey but the 12-5 brunch ain't too dear.

    Was the Empire formerly Toast? Did it have black and white photos?

    Empires on St mary's St does Turkish coffee which I would have to say is not for me. their vegetarian meze however is fab and it is BYOB.

    Posted 2 years ago #
  25. chdot
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  26. Its_Me_Knees
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    I feel the tea lobby is somewhat under-represented here. Possibly CCE's very own oppressed minority group. I demand parity. Time to man the barricades. As Mao famously said, 'Change must come through the spout of a teapot'.

    What do we want? Tea!
    When do we want it? Around 3 in the afternoon, if that's OK...

    Posted 2 years ago #
  27. Nelly
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    I quite like tea - but I love coffee.

    There is a teahouse in marchmont now, opposite earl of marchmont pub - forgotten what its called - but I think one of the owners was that chap in the circus with all metal teeth - honestly !

    They also have some interesting photos on the walls.

    Posted 2 years ago #
  28. Its_Me_Knees
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    @Nelly: "I quite like tea" Now don't you be coming on here with all your moderate big tent pro-coffee apologist mantras. You're a caffeinista, end of.

    Although I might give the teahouse a go. Metal teeth, eh....?

    Posted 2 years ago #
  29. chdot
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    http://institutegallery.com

    Posted 2 years ago #
  30. ruggtomcat
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    yeah but the guy with the metal teeth left cos the other partner wanted to do coffee, and took all his cool tea things with him. :(

    Personally I think he is right, there are a million coffee places but very few tea houses, certainly none with single origin green teas or two types of lapsang! If they had hung in there I'm sure word will have spread.

    Posted 2 years ago #

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