My office is situated between the Center district and Oud-West district and in this area there are many cool coffee hangouts. Though we have sleek and fancy coffee machines in the office (yes we have super fancy ones! also using good quality coffee beans) I still like to get my coffee elsewhere 🙂 sometimes.
This time I am going to wrap up the Hangout – Coffee edition, and I will put posts about coffee hangouts later more sporadically..so you will not get bored 🙂 because trust me, there are still a bunch of coffee hangouts in this city so I still have plenty materials to share! This time I will write about 2 different places.
Let’s start with this unique coffee place. The story began when I read an article online about a guy who was selling coffee from his van. A mobile espressobus, awesome, yes ? I then read the sequel of this article that this same guy opens a coffee place/roaster together with his companion, Headfirst Coffee Roasters. This unique coffee bar opened in February this year and I reaaally love the concept. It is situated next to a waxing boutique and opposite to a neighborhood cafe. Sounds random right? Aha, you got my point…it is a hidden gem 😀 !! Coincidentally it is just some blocks away from my office so I visit this place quite often 🙂 When you enter the venue, you might wonder, if this is a gallery or a coffee bar? Well it is both. This coffee bar is a part of Harvest & Co., a shop and showroom in vintage furniture/interior accessories. There are so many cool stuff on display mostly are rustic vintage and industrial furniture. The space was a former garage (or kinda plumber..was not really certain it looked dingy from the outside) on Tweede Helmerstraat in Helmersbuurt (Amsterdam Oud-West) so I was kinda bit surprised knowing that ugly garage has turned into a cool hangout. The relax atmosphere in this cafe is the magnet, surrounded with unique pieces it makes me feel in my element. We can work with our laptops or tablets here because they have free Wifi, reading indie magazines or interior magazines or browsing for cool pieces in the gallery.
They have some really good coffee beans selection here, my fave is coffee beans from El-Savador brewed using V60 brewing method. It has a strong flavor, earthy taste and my goodness, it’s a lot! They serve it in a mug! check this out:
And I gotta taste their Ethiopian coffee selection in my next visit and the coffee is brewed with Chemex method. Also, really goooodd, it is mild and fruity. The prices are affordable! They always serve your coffee with a bottle of water for free, which is really nice 🙂
The only thing I miss from this cool place is snacks! You know when you have your latte or espresso you really want to have something sweet on the side, so far they have a selection of homemade cake but most of the time when I am there, it has sold out 😦 So..more cakes or sweet pies maybe?
Headfirst Coffee Roasters: Tweede Helmerstraat 96 – 1054 CN Amsterdam
The second place is more of a coffee bar. It is my go-to place to buy coffee beans because it was the first place I knew where to buy good quality coffee beans. Not only they sell coffee (and tea!) they also roast their coffee beans. And pretty similar to the concept of Screaming Beans’ coffee bar on de 9 straatjes, this is a coffee bar and a shop for coffee appliances.
Brandmeester’s : Van Baerlestraat 13 1071 AM Amsterdam
roasted coffee beans
Even though it is located in a posh neighborhood (between Vondelpark and PC. Hooftstraat – a shopping street for only designer boutiques..hello Dior, Burberry, Celine, … ) this place is surely not a snobbish corner. That’s what I love from this city it is a small city where posh and less-posh blend in. They serve you with smiles and should you have questions about coffee they always gladly help you.