Exeter has seen a boom in coffee shops and restaurants over the last few years. Mostly since the Met Office decided to relocate to here.
One boom that has had a big impact on my life is the coffee boom. I bloody love coffee. I drink rather a lot of it, and I bloody hate instant coffee. Costa, Starbucks and Cafe Nero have all opened up multiple shops. I used to think that their over price coffee was rather nice. I still do. But … their shops are rather soulless. People dash in, grab a drink and dash out. Those that stay pay well over the odds for snacks that are just as soulless.
You might remember that I said I was going to start supporting local businesses. Well, the Coffee Shop on Fore Street, in the “Orca” premises is one such local business that deserves to have as much business as it can cope with.
My wife and I hadn’t been there for a few months due to my illness, but that didn’t stop the owner Malhwina from not only recognising her, but also noticing that she had a different hair cut. Granted, that particular skill might be uniquely female, but still, after all that time she recognised her.
The food there is good. I particularly recommend the six-egg omelette. Yes. Six egg. It’s like having Foghorn Leghorn on your plate. It grabs your attention and demands respect. But damn is it good.
So is the coffee. Forget Costa, Starbucks, Cafe Nero. Forget even Lavazza and Illy, two of the best coffees out there. Grand Milano is where it’s at. Seriously. Your tastebuds will be thanking you after your first sip. By your third, they’ll be like Barberella in the pleasure torture machine. This coffee is fucking good. It’s thick, strong, and tastes oh so good.
Trust me. If you go and eat food here you’ll love it. If you want good service and staff that understand the difference between service and servitude, you’ll love it. If you want to have a good coffee in a family-run cafe that has free wifi and the best fucking coffee evah, you’re going to thank me. And you’ll owe me a cup of coffee in way of thanks.
My favourite has to be Devon coffee on Queenstreet. Don’t think much of the customer service but the cofee is the best I’ve ever encountered.
I’ll give them a go, but if the service is as bad as a number of people have said, it may well sour the experience 🙂