Category Archives: coffee

A NaNoWriMo Meet Up in Leverkusen

It’s taken me a long time, but I finally found a “local” NaNoWriMo group!

In the US, where NaNoWriMo originated from, so-called “Write-Ins” take place in many cities throughout the country, with several options per state.

Unfortunately there are fewer NaNo participants in Germany, and finding a group near you can be difficult.

I searched the forums this year, because I couldn’t find a group that I could feasibly get to last year. And then I discovered a girl asking whether anyone from Leverkusen and surroundings wanted to go for a coffee.

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Latte Macchiato at Café Orlando

Café Orlando in Solingen is my dad’s favourite café and I’ve been going there for years for a coffee fix.

There aren’t many tables (3 in the main bar plus a few bar stools) and once the mainly Italian patrons start gambling it can get pretty loud, but the coffee is good and the people friendly and that’s what matters!

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Chai Presso at Bistro Alex

Especially in autumn and winter I love the rich taste of Chai, whether it’s tea or latte. And yes, I do know that in many Eurasian and Western languages, the word “chai” means tea, so Chai Tea is technically a tautology.

When you order a Chai Latte, chances are you will get a normal, steamed milk latte that has been mixed with spiced tea instead of espresso.

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Hazelnut Espresso Affogato at Eiscafé Rialto

Eiscafé Rialto in Solingen, Germany, has been my favourite ice cream parlour for more than a decade.
Recently, owner Vita offered me a new drink from the menu: affogato al caffè, also known as Espresso Affogato. It means: “drowned in coffee” and that’s exactly what it is.

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