This is an awesome find …
Nestled next door to each other on the site of the old post office in Paralimni, Cava Robustos is a cool find, selling the finest freshly roasted speciality coffees, teas, wines, spirits and cigars and next door Harvest Status, a really cool Cafe Wine Bar where you can enjoy the finer things in life, and a little bit more 😉
As Cyprus finally catches up with the rest of the world, I caught up with George Christofi, who was one of the first to bring freshly roasted specialty coffee to Cyprus back in 2005. Robustos is now without doubt one of the leading independent importers in Cyprus, distributing a selection of the worlds finest freshly roasted coffees with their own unique blended fresh coffee bean aromas.
Studying Computer Sciences in New Jersey, George even spent a while as a Commercial Pilot in the States, but on his return to Cyprus 15 years later was concerned by how many cafes were opening that didn’t have real fresh coffee, so he decided to take coffee in Cyprus to another level and opened his first shop in 2005 and then completely immersed himself into the world of coffee, fine wines and cigars, qualifying in Greece, with his Coffee Diploma by The SCA, Speciality Coffee Association in 2007, btw every country has a chapter, and in September 2017 George was elected National Membership Coordinator.
Coffee even has its competitions, and Tasso Delichristos a world champion, inspired George to bring real freshly roasted coffees to Cyprus. George explained that he chooses which coffee beans to blend, then he orders them and the Speciality Roasting company in Greece roasts his order, saying its very important that the coffee is not older than six months, assuring me that if it is, it’s not fresh any more and he won’t serve it !!! They roast it and George grinds it ! or you can buy the whole freshly roasted beans if you have your own grinder …
The Coffee Roaster
He recently launched his own brand of speciality coffee, ‘The Coffee Roaster’ taking Cypriot taste into consideration, selecting fresh coffee beans in association with his roasting company, blending the right mix and strengths, then using the latest technologies freshly roasts them to produce their speciality coffee, explaining, Premium coffee allows some defects but speciality coffee has to be perfect ! and continued, commercial coffees are roasted in big quantities at a time but with speciality coffees in much smaller orders, that’s why its Speciality !
The Cava is exemplary, a selection of the finest Single Malt Whisky, Rum, Vodka, and International Wines, offering advice to help you choose what just might become your fav … oh and they have Cuban and Latin American Cigars and some really lovely gifts and boys toys.
Next door, this awesome Wine Bar come Cafe serves the finer things in life, just about the best coffee you’ll taste anywhere in Cyprus. Naturally all the above specialties, complementing your selection of wine with Signature Cheese Platters, introducing you to cheeses from all over the world plus freshly made Sushi and some finger foods and brilliant live music on weekends!
Seminars & Barista
George regularly attends seminars and exhibitions and now offers free seminars introducing you to coffee and if you want, will help train you to be a Coffee Barista, a career with a future !
Private Wine Tasting
George has recently introduced private wine tasting, so you can sit and chat about the wines and enjoy the attention to detail from this expert of wines, as George holds a Wine Diploma from ‘Wines & Spirits Educational Trust’, it’s fun and a little enlightenment at the same time and a must if you’re into wine !
Open all year
Daily: 9 am ’til 1 am
You’ll find them at 15, Tassou Markou Street, its about 100 metres up from Kokkinos Supermarket and opposite Caliber Graphics
Celebrate your Senses !