Best of Warsaw: Coffee & Chocolate Part 3

Kawiarnia Filtry

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In the afternoon following EmeSen, we made our way out to Kawiarnia Filtry in one of the more unsuspecting residential areas of Warsaw. Quiet and unassuming from the outside with barely a sign, but enough of a presence to direct you in, we entered and approached the counter. With a number of coffees on the brew menu we picked a Layo Tiraga from Ethiopia roasted by Polish roasters Audun Coffee brewed on V60 and a slice of ridiculous chocolate cake to go with it. Continue reading

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Best of Warsaw: Coffee & Chocolate Part 2

Café Secret Life

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Up again the next morning we went in search of breakfast, but made a quick stop into Café Secret Life first for coffee, before the short walk to Kawiarnia Fawory. Stepping inside Secret Life it felt a lot like a neighbourhood café, relaxed, slow and with locals taking their time over what were probably their regular orders. We enquired at the counter as to what was on the brew menu and after some language barriers the barista agreed to brew us up some coffee. Stomachs rumbling we added a slice of blueberry tart to the order to tide us over. Not fully sure what we were getting, but with coffee bags from notable roasters used like bunting on the ceiling all over the café we were pretty sure it would be good. Continue reading

Best of Warsaw: Coffee & Chocolate Part 1

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Warsaw’s a bit of an understated city, it’s not big or flashy or spending millions on promoting itself as a destination with the best of everything or even as the most ‘authentic’ Polish experience. It doesn’t talk a particularly big game and before going I wasn’t overly aware of it as a specialty coffee destination, it’s not Berlin or Oslo obviously. It is, however, flourishing, with culture, authenticity and specialty coffee and not just in the ‘hip’ districts, it’s spread all over and accessible to everyone. Absolutely everybody is making hand brewed coffee and no one is making a big deal about it, they just like the good stuff, because well, it’s good. Continue reading

Best of Berlin: Coffee & Chocolate Part 3

Concierge Coffee

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On our way back into Berlin we were lucky enough to skirt past Concierge Coffee, a cosy little spot hidden in a courtyard alley. Stepping inside, there was just enough room to swing a cat, featuring a cosy looking chair, some retail shelves and fully equipped bar at the back. Browsing the menu, we opted for a couple Ethiopian Yirgacheffe batch brews roasted by Concierge Coffee themselves. Continue reading

Best of Berlin: Coffee & Chocolate Part 2

Coffee Profilers 

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Getting up the following day with the intention to head to Silo Coffee for brunch, the tube stop let us out conveniently across the road from Coffee Profilers and so we headed there for a quick coffee stop on the way. Entering in to the quiet soft space, we immediately relaxed from the drizzly unwelcoming weather outside and found some seats on the communal long table towards the back before we took a look over the menu.  Continue reading

A Coffee Tour: Bologna e Venezia

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Bologna and Venice are both old towns with a wealth of historic culture, but they’re both distinctly different. One a university town full of youth, progressive ideals and a love of food and the other a maritime powerhouse full of beauty, canals and tourists. They wouldn’t be Italian though, without a love of espresso and chocolate and both help to cater to their devotees in different ways. Bologna providing traditional Italian coffeebar culture to its discerning patrons and Venice providing the locals with a very Italian respite from the heavy impressions of non native feet. If you look closely, it’s not too hard to find these hidden gems as you explore the cities history and culture.

Starting in Bologna and getting in late, we arose in the morning to head out for our first introduction to northern Italian coffee.  Continue reading

Best of Oslo: Coffee Part 2

Hendrix Ibsen

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Just a step outside of Oslo’s Mathallen building is a coffee shop that owes its name to Henrik Ibsen a Norwegian playwright and poet and the universally beloved Jimi Hendrix, which I guess speaks of both home and music a theme that encompasses this cafe. Entering the place, it feels like a hangout space, walls lined in equal parts by records, art and bags of retail coffee beans, with nothing looking out of place. Continue reading