By Alexia Evripidou
With Christmas fast approaching, the countdown for last minute shopping is clicking furiously. Festivities will be whizzing you from one food filled party to another. Hair will be frazzled, kids will be wanting and pockets will be thinning. Among all this running around for others, why not grab yourself five minutes exclusive ‘me’ time and get down to Organic Fusion Boutique this weekend, for some free organic velvety chocolate ‘yumminess’ and rich comforting coffee tasting?.
The highly original boutique run by Mia Papandoniou and Andrea Andreou sits independently on 10B Vasilissis Freiderikis Street in Nicosia, as a shop like no other. Specialising in the unusual combination of beauty products, chocolate and coffee, the common denominator uniting the products is the fact they are 100% natural and organic, chemical-free and animal-friendly. Plus everything is delicious and beautifully packaged, and if you’d like to purchase any of the high performing products what you’ve sampled, then you can do so, at an affordable price. The ingredients in the beauty products are so natural; you can virtually eat them too! Though I wouldn’t recommend it, plus the chocolates on offer are far more than satisfying than a bar of sweet rose soap.
“Come, take a cup of coffee and choose your chocolates. It’s a welcome break to take some time for you. Find a chocolate taste that you love best. Just explore some chocolate pieces and hot coffee. There is always someone available to explain things to you and guide you through the chocolates and coffees. We’ll show you which ones you should have first and which ones would be good to finish with. The customer’s personal taste plays a big role in the tasting sessions,” explains Mia. With your needs and likes vital criteria, you genuinely do feel pampered and valued at the boutique. Mia and Andrea’s big welcoming smiles and abundant knowledge will have you whisked away to a pampered land, filled with seductive smells and tantalising tastes, if only for a little while.
Their coffees are single bean, many of which have been awarded. They are aromatic, smooth on the body, low on acidity and give you a nice lifting mood without being too harsh. “These organic coffees don’t take you on a rollercoaster ride,” says Mia. The countless varieties of hand-made, hand-scooped chocolates are lovingly created by Austrian Chocolateur Josef Zotter. Using the best organic beans from around the world, the explode-in-your mouth flavours are unusual and exiting. With chocolates ranging from hand-scooped bars with seductive fillings such as butter caramel, amaretto marzipan, cinnamon apple and honey and caramelised nuts, to Balleros – sweet nibbles, to Mitzi Blue – round, multi-flavoured, visually playful discs, to Labooko for the more refined palette, there is something for everyone.
While you are playing at chocolate and coffee connoisseur, why not take the time to test the fully organic, non-toxic range of beauty products available. There might even be free mini-facials, skincare or make-up sessions offered by professionals running. They are available most Saturdays but it is advised to check on the Organic Fusion’s Facebook page and book in a session. The chocolate and coffee tasting is on every weekend 11-5pm for December and doesn’t need booking.
The business began six years ago with a mission to supply the purest and best products available at a reasonable prices. This took the shape of beauty products initially. “We wanted to offer really concentrated powerful products that last a long time and therefore easier on the pocket,” explained Mia. Their customers soon demanded a variety of products of the same ilk. So with this same philosophy, they expanded into chocolates, coffees, and now the make up. “Essentially we focus on quality products that are chemical free which includes organic and bio dynamic, sustainable, anything that’s grown, cultivated and manufactured, in the most pure way possible, and so the end results to the consumer is as pure as it can possibly be,” highlighted Mia. The shop’s concept is really about being happy, both inside and out. “It’s about excellent service,” says Mia with a genuine smile.
10B Vasilissis Freiderikis Street in Nicosia
Tasting and beauty trials 11-5pm on Saturdays and Sundays in December