And so, our quest to find an excellent coffee shop seemed to be at an end.
And then this...
I discovered there's ANOTHER "In a Rush". Gasp! Because, I may not have mentioned, the unwritten rule of this game is, no big chains. Gloria Jeans make a fine coffee in a food court, but we were looking for the best of city life.
Oh well, maybe the In a Rush folks were just so good at making coffees, they decided to open a second store.
Then another twenty seven.
Turns out, there are a lot of them. They grew from the soup place (you know the one, selling yummy soup from big pots, before that was a thing).
So, is the coffee quest still on? Are we going to abandon a nice welcoming cafe, just because they are good at what they do?
But then, one afternoon, sitting at my desk, puzzling out the latest Python program I'm working on, a delicious aroma walked past. I had to look up, and it was my colleague Ben, drinking from his big Google mug. I demanded to know what he was drinking - it smelled amazing!
Turns out he'd made the coffee in an Aeropress (latest fashionable coffee maker, quite low tech) from beans he'd just ground by hand in the kitchen. And he'd bought the beans from...
What will happen next? Will we go back to Code Black? Will the twisty stairs be too much for us? Are we too old for somewhere so fashionable? Or will the aroma work its magic?
There may be more episodes, but who knows? We are in the process of getting the coffee machine installed again. Nobody thinks it makes the best coffee, but it's pretty convenient.