Esperides 2C, Akropoli, NICOSIA (LEFKOSIA)
Mon-Fri 7-19:00, Sat 9:00-16:00
Please note there is a Daily Roast in the centre of Nicosia on Gerasimou Markora st which only serves snacks. Check out the older review
Let’s be honest, speciality coffee is quite #trending in Cyprus at the moment but I have to give it to The Daily Roast as one of the first ones to use it. Once a pioneer, always a pioneer. And that’s confirmed after my visit last week. Homemade artichoke tarts, mascarpone butters, pomegranate tarts and comfort sandwiches by Petros Andrianou were just the beginning.
The coffee is indeed speciality, aka premium. It’s basically any coffee with a score of about 80% in the SCA scoring (Speciality Coffee Association). Their coffees change every 2-3 months to allow for more seasonal ones, as a way to maintain quality and excitement. Every coffee is tested before put in store. Be sure to try the nouse espresso blend (Brazil & Colombia).
The coffee is good, really good. But you kind of expect that. That’s why the biggest surprise of all was the food. I know Petros for a long time so when I heard he was making all-day snacks for The Daily Roast I almost ran there. Apart from savoury tarts, he also makes sweet tarts, healthy snack balls, all kinds of sandwiches (hurrayyyy) and… wait for it… a selection of cooked breakfast eggs (including omelettes). I didn’t have the pleasure (or the capacity) to try them all, (although I did well), but: the Artichoke Tart with goats cheese, chestnut, orange and black olives was beyond yummy and probably my favourite. It was salty and rich in cheese but perfectly balanced with the mild artichoke flavour and the mildly sweet (homemade) crust. The Ham & Cheese toast with prosciutto cotto, aged cheddar and mascarpone butter was the definition of comfort food. I could literally have that every day (morning, lunch and dinner) while the Scrambled Egg sandwich in a bun with coppa di Parma was not far behind. The healthy snack balls, homemade with all-natural ingredients and, of course, no sugar were an ideal snack for something sweet yet light (and my kids loved them). I wasn’t ecstatic about the Cherry Tomato Tart with parmesan and a sweet and sour flavour but I am sure other taste buds would appreciate it.As if all of the above was not enough I had to try a couple of desserts. I was particularly happy to find tarts which are not overly rich and filling, but leave you in a light and satisfied state. Exactly how good desserts should be.
Please note there is a Daily Roast in the centre of Nicosia on Gerasimou Markora, tel: 22333771
Check out the older review