It has been a long battle and there has even been tears after about the seventh time someone handed me a bucket of latte after I specifically said at least three times that I wanted an espresso with a splash of milk. Oooh the turmoil. Oh the agony!
This morning I had a couple of hours to kill in the city of Canterbury and rather than go to Costa where the barista told was I was 'sooooo American' for ordering a cortado (even though it's Spanish) I realised I had time for a real caffeine treat rather than a desperate caffeine dash.
Casting my mind back, I remembered that the Veg Box Cafe, tucked away on Jewry Lane above the Wholefoods shop, is always lovely and peaceful very first thing in the morning. And so I put my best foot forward and marched along the rainy streets with only one intention.
It's such a lovely and bright spot with big couches and jazzy art. If you're a vegetarian, this place is absolutely fabulous for lunch. It's such a shame that they don't do breakfast anymore but I have news for you- they are now open in the evenings on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. I will certainly be visiting for a glass of wine and to watch the sun set through the big windows.
Anyway, back to the coffee... Well, it wasn't on the menu but I had a little chat with Mez, the friendly waitress, and she fixed me the ultimate cortado. The perfect combination of rich, thick espresso and a short splash of hot milk. All served in a darling cup and saucer for the bargain price of £1.50.
Happiness at last!
And so pretty, too....