Monthly Archives: October 2013

Tree House

It’s been a while since I visited a coffee shop – so much in Aberdeen as elsewhere; so when a long-awaited Saturday arrived after a very long working week, I decided to spend it wisely – and grab a cuppa.

Someone who I regard highly as a coffee expert had suggested that we should meet at the Tree House one day, when they were visiting Aberdeen. We never managed to hook up, but I kept the place in mind for future reference – and with no other plans this particular Saturday, I made the trip to the café a highlight of the day – or so I hoped.

Halfway up my route I was caught up in a rain – my fault really, as the skies had been heavily overcast since the morning – so when I finally spotted the big, clear sign on the building of my destination, I sighed with relief – and upped my pace a notch. I feared the place would be full on a rainy Saturday afternoon, but I was lucky – there were a few tables free, including the bar-type one by the wall. I placed myself in a one-person queue that did not have much order to it – when I was joined by another customer, I had to subtly make the busy cashier/barista aware that I had been there first. I quickly ordered and paid – quickly as I wanted to reserve my seat but also because I was (or at least felt) slightly rushed by the barista.

Mocha at Tree House

Mocha at Tree House

When the coffee arrived to my table (in a prompt fashion I must add) I felt weary – it looked like a thick layer of fluffy foam sat on top of my soya mocha and I feared for the worst; but I bravely took the plunge… and it wasn’t bad. The layer of foam was indeed there, but it had more substance to it than just air; and yet, it reminded me of some organic soya milk that often spoils a drink – and it simply wasn’t great. After I stirred the brew a bit more sweetness came through, but the drink still reminded me of a soy latte I had at a Costa just recently.

As quickly as I came, was served, and drunk – I was gone, despite the continuing rain. If I were indeed meeting a friend, I could have stayed longer; but there wasn’t much to keep me hanging around – the staff were enjoying a moment of break during a fairly busy service and only made sure they sent the customers off with a pleasant goodbye, without getting into conversations.

Now, would I come back to visit a friend there? It would take some convincing – and I would definitely try a different coffee, if I had to.

Regular Soy Mocha: £2.60
Verdict justification: An OK coffee and pleasant shop – but nothing amazing… and even though I’m the not the one for much barista-interaction, it would have been nice to get just a bit more attention

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Dublin Dave’s Deli

Ever since I decided (again) to live a more healthy lifestyle and incorporate swimming in my weekly exercise routine I would walk down the extension of Aberdeen centre – George Street – more often, becoming quite familiar with it. I simply couldn’t miss the three cafes in close proximity to each other – two of them, in fact, neighbouring, and looking quite stylish, laid back and perfect for a brunch or quick coffee.

The reason why I visited one of those neighbouring cafes was a need for a place with WiFi, having an hour to spare and online arrangements to attend to. As I entered Dublin Dave’s Deli on a Saturday lunchtime afternoon, the smaller than it seemed from outside space was quite buzzing. There were a few tables taken with customers enjoying soups, sandwiches and impressive mugs of chocolate; but there were also a few people in the queue awaiting their take-away salads and jacket potatoes. I felt a bit rushed when questions were fired at me before I understood how the system operated – firstly by the guy on the food bar, followed by the other one who was operating the espresso machine and the till. But I was quite surprised when upon my order of a mocha I was presented with a selection of flavours, out of which I went for cinnamon – partly feeling obliged to take up the offer (produced at a machine gun speed), partly because I felt quite indulgent after my swim (and there goes the healthy lifestyle). Curiously, I was not asked about the size, but when I subsequently glanced on the menu on the wall (which I managed to miss previously) I learnt mochas only arrived in a large size – at £2.20 per cup!

Cinnamon Mocha at Dublin Dave's Deli

Cinnamon Mocha at Dublin Dave’s Deli

I made myself comfortable with my digital gadgets by one of the tables (which were filling up quickly) and begun browsing; the coffee arrived soon after in an impressive mug with an impressive whipped cream topping. Of course, that addition would have aided the drink slightly; but even when that was gone the brew had a lovely, thick texture throughout, beautiful sweetness and just a slight but noticeable bite of coffee. The cinnamon flavour was also quite strong, but not overwhelming – and all in all it was just what I needed for a relaxing Saturday afternoon.

Another nice surprise awaited me as I went to the till to pay my dues an hour later – I was not charged extra for the flavouring in the coffee!  And I finally got a smile back from the busy man on the register when I said the coffee was gorgeous – and when I left the tip, too.

I feel I should now visit the other two cafes – but I also feel an urge to make my way back to Dave’s for another luxurious cup of mocha…

Mocha: £2.20 (various flavours available)

Verdict justification: The coffee was fantastic and the place very cosy – if only the staff, who proved to be friendly in the end, weren’t as deli-rushed!

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