Coffee in COVID

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed everything – but, as they say, change is the only constant…

No one could have expected this turn of events. Here in the UK, life was normal in February 2020, only tainted with worrying reports of a virus spreading outside of China and into popular travel destinations in Europe. Now, those times seem a lifetime away…

Today, every country’s situation will look different, depending on the restrictions imposed – driven by the sad statistics relating to the virus. In the UK, lockdown is set to continue for quite some time yet, with the few things allowed including exercising outdoors within a short radius of your home and ordering take-away food (limited to delivery or on-street pickup).

Making the most of these two freedoms, this Coffee in COVID section is dedicated solely to cafés in Aberdeen (where I am currently based) offering take-away service with social distancing measures in place.

Something for all you fellow Aberdonians looking for a break from the “new-norm”, or for all you visitors on the go, once the restrictions are lifted…

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Corner Tree Café

There is a range of options presented to you in the form of cake cabinet on the side, as well as menu boards for daily hot specials. With their regular menu also displayed in the window it is easy to make up your mind before you enter, so it was a quick process for me again – a coconut alternative mocha was soon being prepped as I peeked into the windows of their shop next door (the other options were oat and soy, all at a 30p supplement)

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Orka Artisan Café

For this stroll out of the 3 aforementioned coffee shops I decided to try Orka – the one I had only heard of once recently, when a friend posted a photo on the ‘gram of their take-away cheese platter – I was intrigued. The description on their Facebook page reads: “Inspired by Orkney origins and many years abroad, Orka Artisan Café introduces the best in Scottish produce whilst being mindful of sustainable practices.”

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The Pier

What an incredibly charming part of the city, and a great finish to a pleasant afternoon in Aberdeen. I’d recommend both – the village and a sweet Promenade treat. Only under one condition: you can’t be in a rush!

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