In the coming months, Daniel and I will be traveling all across Europe in search of great coffee, great stories, interesting people and valuable insight into how we can make BeanDealers not only a success, but a real value add to both Roasters and coffee lovers alike.
Our first stop in this journey was spread out over two Saturday’s in our hometown of Amsterdam.
CT’s Coffee & Coconuts
Ceintuurbaan 282 | Amsterdam | +31 020 354 1104 | www.ctamsterdam.nl
Imagine if there was a three story shrine to the hip, young and libertine of our day. Coffee & Coconuts is such a place. Situated in a tastefully renovated art-deco theater (Ceintuur Theater) on the Ceintuurbaan a few steps from the heart of the Pijp district. Walking inside, the ground floor has a cozy, warm, intimate feeling with an integrated open kitchen and funky bar. Coffee is in full display next to the mountains of fresh exotic and local fruits that comprise a seriously stacked drink menu.
Running alongside the left of the room is a set of stairs running up to the main sitting and dining areas. Plural. Spread over three separate lofts, complete with its own coffee station, burlap beanbags and (what looks like) reclaimed furniture makes for a great setting. If you are staying for a meal, there is seated dining in two of the large areas, with really awesome, subtle, lighting fixtures.
C&C do not roast their own coffee, but they sure can brew a great cup. I tried a filter iced coffee (did I mention that it was kind of warm inside?), Daniel had a cappuccino and Brittney had the same. I must have had 3 of the coffees before realizing that the coffee was, actually, quite great.
Started this year, Coffee & Coconuts adds a very nice option for larger groups or loners looking to go somewhere expansive. The interior is inspiring and I recommend a visit. Stay posted here for an interview with the team behind C&C to hear their take on how the new cafe on the scene is doing.
Coffee & Coconuts get their coffee from our next stop, Bocca Coffee, located off the Kerkstraat in Amsterdam’s canal belt.
Kerkstraat 96HS, 1017 GP Amsterdam | www.bocca.nl
Let me start by saying that someday I hope to run an establishment as well thought out as Bocca Coffee. Located on a quiet, unassuming, street in the middle of the hustle and bustle of Amsterdam’s canal belt. A short walk from Leidseplein, Rijksmuseam or Rembrandtplein.
To elaborate on my bold statement above, only having opened several weeks ago the order process encourages you to have a seat, strike up a conversation, or examine the handy reference card explaining the origin, flavors, varietal, farm and elevation of your chosen coffee. I’ve provided some examples in the pictures below.
What makes Bocca so nice is thee fold: their story, which you can find here, the expertise of the baristas, and its interior. They had the balls to convert a vintage Probat roaster into a water tap, which looks really cool. They offer free sparkling water (from an auto compressed tap), they have outlets EVERYWHERE and great little nooks for people to be productive or completely not. For a drizzling Saturday, the place had great foot traffic for a recently opened coffee store on a quaint street.
While I was waiting for Daniel to arrive, I had a double espresso. The coffee came from Kenya and was strong, nicely bitter with a sweet, round aftertaste. Daniel arrived and had a cappuccino, which was prepared in artistic fashion. Our real surprise, and my favorite part about Bocca, was our next order.
Poured from the classical copper kettle, into Japanese glass pots with Japanese filters, we ordered two pots. The coffees were complex, nicely roasted, and the barista seemed to know the exact journey that our mouths would be undertaking. Described to a tee.
Daniel’s was from Suke Quto in Sidamo region Ethiopia. See the left card below for a very well description of the flavor. I had a Honey Processed filter coffee from Costa Rican farm Del Diamante.
Mine was intense. Smokey. Wasn’t a huge fan of the peanut notes, they were less roasted and more char-grilled. But the after taste and uplift made it an overall positive experience.
After rinsing, I tried the Suke Quto. First thing that hits the tongue is FRUIT. Namely, berries (as accurately described in the card below). A basketful. Then comes a subtle roasty, tannin that makes the sides of your mouth water a bit. Strangely, the sweetness was tempered by the richness of the coffee and the fact that it made different parts of my mouth react differently, all at once.
Be sure to check out Bocca Coffee. We will definitely be reaching out to them for a tour of their roasting facilities and an interview in our upcoming roaster spotlight series.