Blake’s Coffee house @ Grey Street


IMG_0099.JPGA slight in delay writing this review of Blake’s coffee house, we visited here back in mid December. We all ate food here and they have a great selection. The decor is a little dated, but Blake’s has been here for years and is a bit of an institution in Newcastle.

IMG_0098.JPGAs usual we tried the flat white

Taste 5.5/10

Flavour 5.5/10

Aroma 3/9

Temperature 2/3

Appearance 2.25/3

Consistency 2.5/3

Smoothness 7/10

Total 27.75/50

So this scores a strong 3 beans on our scale

IMG_0058.PNGYou will see from the scores that the coffee was presented well and was pretty smooth, but the taste flavour and aroma was lacking something a bit more special. A couple have us have been back since and tried the special coffee for extra cost and it was much better, but we have always reviewed the standard flat white. So overall this is in he pack with the other average coffees, but if you also want food definitely pay a visit to Blake’s.


Pink Lane coffee @ Pink Lane newcastle


IMG_0089.JPGTuesday 9th December we headed to Pink Lane Coffee in Newcastle. Pink lane has always had favourable reviews and most of coffee ninja have been here before but not as a collective. We were all really looking forward to it and we tried the usual flat white

You will see from the scores below how we rated it

Taste 8/10

Flavour 7.75/10

Aroma 5.25/9

Temperature 2.5/3

Appearance 2.25/6

Consistency 3/6

Smoothness 6.75/9

Total 35.5/50

IMG_0059.PNGSo this scores 4 beans on our scale

The coffee was Sweet, with a strong citrus, acidic and slightly bitter taste, but there was no latte art as we think maybe the person who served us was being trained. We were slightly disappointed as it did not quite have the wow factor that that we are expecting.

Staying with the Christmas theme its like your other half making you a really nice Christmas breakfast, you hear a cork pop and are expecting champagne but you get a nice prosecco instead, it is still lovely but you are left feeling slightly disappointed

Pink lane is still work a visit as they do make good coffee and roast their own bean, so seek them out when you can.