Coffee Journeys


Coffee journeys


At the start of 2019 I made a return to, a start of, caffeinated coffee. What? Why?


Well I'll put my thanks for that with a great few people I met in Prague at an #MS convention - details of here - that led to a fabulous weekend in Glasgow that reintroduced me to the real taste of great coffee that included caffeine!

Yes, tea and coffee (LOT more tea then) both of the decaffeinated version) due to primarily bloody insomnia, then that in can be not welcome with MS.

However! It seems that yes, caffeine has energy positives (great cheating fatigue at times), it also brings 'mild' diuretic affects. Taste wins!

I started a little coffee tasting journey of my own. Just visiting some local coffee-shop-esq to try and discover what offers the 'best' in my opinion (aye, as a bit of a chocolate lover I had a few Mochas!) and a good time to read Ruby Wax's Frazzled! Here are some scribbles from then: 


Park View Deli Bar, Whitley Bay
Park View Deli Bar. Lovely quaint café bar. Great atmosphere, lovely mocha made with real dark chocolate I was told by the nice bloke who made it and offered to amend if too bitter. Tasty sounding not overwhelming menu! Definitely return.



Snowy Owl, Cramlington
Snowy Owl. Strong coffee! Ha! No other comments made though.







Earsdon Plant place coffee shop. Mocha like a hot chocolate with hint of coffee. Got another shot (for free after asking if could put an espresso in), told to ask for a double next! Won’t be a next time.

Les Pitite Choux #Newcastle before the match (#NUFC!) with Sam. I had a Mocha and strong coffee! Good!

Les Petite Choux, Newcastle



Greggs, everywhere!
Greggs, canny tasty Mocha! And Cheap too! The morning offer of a bacon sarnie and a coffee! Yes please!





Hepscott Cafe, Hepscott
Hepscott not bad. Had again, strong 3rd time! Ha (really felt effects)











Subway not too bad actually, especially for £1.20.

Shire Horse Killingworth. Went to for a change from Morrisons. Americano average at best.


Costa, Cramlington
Costa mocha on 2nd ‘read night’ – 2nd time I’d been to a coffee place intentionally by myself to read. What you are supposed to do at coffee shop when on your tod if not working?!




Bettini's, Manor Walks
Bettini’s best coffee so far (wasn’t decaf); 3rd ‘Ruby read’.









Cup of Joy – nutty espresso, good! Deep, rich, subtle.


Border Terrier. There for MS Christmas lunch, 16/09/19, and the tea and coffee were memorable – enough so that I want to go back for more!

Border Terrier, North Shield


And that is that! Well. Journey over? I like to think not at all but at time of writing - Coronavirus time - nowhere to go to and can't anyway. #Staysafe #Stayhome #StayHomeSaveLives

Your thoughts on best coffees in the North East?

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