Thursday 25th November we took a trip to flat caps coffee on Ridley place. It’s slightly bizarre going into a shop selling dream catchers and fairy things looking for coffee, but the in the search for good coffee these things have to be done. Just inside the Elula shop you go down a spiral staircase and it transforms into a coffee shop. The place a quirky with each table named but is really welcoming
As usual we were reviewing a flat white, but as Joe the owner knows is stuff and likes to serve coffee in a variety of ways so we tried a syphon coffee as well, we tried the Escocia which is a coffee from El Salvador by Has Bean Coffee. Some of us are not really into black coffee but the syphon coffee was really enjoyable. Smooth and crisp and almost tea like, we will definitely try one of these again
So for the flat white we tried Nourega again from El Salvador by Has Bean Coffee, the scores were
Appearance (design on top) 6/6
So this gets 5 beans on our scale and nudges into the lead by 1.25 points
This is a sweet floral coffee with a hint of bitterness also a nutty earthy flavour. Obviously Joe Freshly ground this and it had the perfect amount of milk and temperature.
So all there is to say about the flat white from Flat Caps, is when you have an award winning barista who is passionate about coffee you know you are going to get a good cup. You go in expecting a Bentley and you come out knowing you have been giving a Bentley.
Seek out Flat Caps Coffee when you get a chance it’s worth it.
Thursday 20th November we visited geek retreat on Grainger street. This was not on our original list as it was not open when coffee ninja first started, but after walking passed it a few times we thought we would give it a go. This place serves coffee, limited food and snacks, this is also a shop that sells comics and games and if you want there is plenty of space to borrow a game and play while you have your drink. As usual we were reviewing a flat white, which was a slightly expensive £2.90
Appearance (design on top) 0.5/6
So this gets 2 beans on our scale
Overall we thought that the flat white was too milky and the milk was not really frothed and way too big a cup for a flat white. The coffee itself did seem to have some some flavour, but there was too much milk to really appreciate this. It was inoffensive but we thought it was slightly expensive. It possible that some of the staff in the shop or more geek than barista and with a bit training their coffee making skills may improve.
The best way would be to compare this is to the game monopoly, the coffee is definitely not the Mayfair, more like Pall mall but paying the Mayfair prices, so probably not the best value for what you get.
If you are a bit of a geek who likes comics or games this place is worth a visit, but based on our visit don’t go out the way for the coffee
Based on the bean and £ criteria recently added I thought I would summarise the places that we have visited and reviewed so far for flat whites
9bar Coffee Grey street 41.25 out of 50
Lola’s Coffee @ central station 40 out of 50
Olive & Bean 40 out of 50
Central Bean Coffee House Newcastle 39.5 out of 50
Pumphrey’s @ Grainger market 39.5 out of 50
Harvest canteen – OCC Jesmond 37.5 out of 50
Starbucks Neville street 26 out of 50
Filmore & Union @ central station 25.5 out of 50
Costa @ central station 25.25 out of 50
Caffe Nero express @ central station 24.5 out of 50
Olive & Bean £1.69
Lola’s Coffee @ central station £2.00
Caffe Nero express @ central station £2.25
Central Bean Coffee House Newcastle £2.25
Pumphreys @ Grainger market £2.30
Costa @ central station £2.40
Filmore & Union @ central station £2.50
7th November we took a quick trip to costa at central station, the place itself is pretty nice as most of the concessions in the station are, now that the station has been refurbished, the staff are friendly and are getting into the Christmas spirit even at the start of November
This was a mild coffee that was slightly sweet and citrus, a bit milky and slightly too hot. Too large a portion for a flat white.
Overall as all the national chains are proving a palatable coffee that does not really set the world alight, can only be compared to a reliable mid-range family car. It will do the job and get you here without turning any heads, but next time you change your car you will probably go for a different model
Slight delay in getting this review but on 3rd November we visited 9 bar on Grey street next door to the theatre royal. The shop is quirky with what looks old school furniture it had a nice area outside to sit as well, but not really the weather for it at this time of year. On the day we went I think that they were serving ‘Bernard’ by colour coffee. I think that this is the blend that they serve on a regular basis.
As we have done with all of the other places so far we tried and scored a flat white so the results are below
Appearance (design on top) 4.75/6
As you can see from the score above 9 bar has set the new bench mark for flat white is Newcastle. It Perfect amount of milk. Good intense coffee flavour balanced with some sweetness and floral notes some of us also thought that the coffee had a toffee/caramel flavour
We will definitely come back and we also love the custom 9bar cups
There are no lines or comparisons needed for this coffee, this is simply a great coffee that you must go and try when you are in Newcastle
Wednesday 29th we visited Pumphrey’s coffee in the Grainer market Newcastle. Pumphrey’s has been around in Newcastle in one guise or another for over 200 years and they also roast their own beans at a dedicated facility in Blaydon just across the Tyne. The shop in Newcastle has two sides, one where you can buy loose beans or tea and other brewing related paraphernalia. The other side is a coffee bar with a few stools where you you can enjoy your favourite brew.
The staff were friendly and were very efficient at serving us 5 flat whites. The latte art on top was amazing possibly the best so far it was precise and each cup was perfect
So here are the results
Appearance (design on top) 6/6
We thought the coffee we had was very flavoursome. It was nutty, earthy and slightly chocolatey, a couple if us thought there may have been a touch too much milk which masked some of the more subtle flavours, but overall it was a great flat white that is up there with the best so far
Overall to summarise this coffee is like a warm sunny autumn afternoon. Walking along crunching the leaves and basking in the suns rays before winter sets in. Very satisfying and something you are not going to get every day