Coffee House

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Gvinis Agmarti (Wine Ascent), Tbilisi, Georgia

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Family-run cafe with homemade wine. Mar 09, 2017
We popped into Coffee House for a drink on our first morning in Tbilisi in February 2013.

This newly-opened family-run venture is located on Gvinis Agmarti (Wine Ascent), a steep cobbled hill that leads down from Ejmiatsin Armenian Church to Europe Square in the Avlabari area of the city.

We were greeted by a friendly couple who keenly ushered us into their cafe, clearly proud of their new business. They had decorated the interior to resemble a cave and furnished it with wooden tables and chairs, with vine leaves, wine bottles, wooden barrels and wine jugs on the walls. A primitive looking stove was cooking bread and puffing smoke out of the side of the building through a large pipe.

We communicated with the husband and wife team through a mixture of English and German. We learnt that they grow their own grapes and produce their own wine and coffee.

We sat ourselves down at a small table that contained a basket of brown and white bread croutons. There was no menu for us to look at, but we ascertained that they served both alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks produced from their own saperavi grapes: a dry red wine, a sweet red wine and a non-alcoholic grape juice. We both ordered a glass of the grape juice, I had a glass of sweet red wine and Emma had a glass of dry red wine.

As we enjoyed our drinks, our hosts brought us a dish of Georgian sulguni cheese and a bowl of tiny saperavi grapes. They also insisted that we sample a slice of the churchkhela (the so-called "Georgian Snickers" consisting of walnuts in a thickened grape juice) that was hanging behind the bar. You'll find churchkhela for sale all over Tbilisi and it is a very nice alternative to a chocolate bar!

When we came to pay our bill we weren't sure what to expect. I got the impression that they charged us a price that they felt they could get away with and, had we been locals, we'd have probably paid less.

The total bill was 16 GEL (£6.40) which, for two glasses of wine, two soft drinks and a host of nibbles, would have been a bargain back in the UK. However, it was a little expensive by Georgian standards, as we discovered during our stay in Tbilisi.

A friendly new family-run cafe on Wine Ascent. Homemade grape juice, wine and coffee and freshly cooked bread. A little expensive by Tbilisi standards.
Coffee House, Tbilisi, Georgia
Coffee House, Tbilisi, Georgia
Coffee House, Tbilisi, Georgia
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