When the World of Coffee and World Barista Championships 2018 took place in Amsterdam, coffee enthusiasts and professionals from all over the world came flocking to the city known for its long-stretching canals and charming architecture. When they did, they found a considerable cafe scene ready to show them a good time! Working as a reporter for Coffee T&I magazine I spent most of my time on stage during the World Barista Championships and there was little time for cafe hopping. But like many other event participants I extended my stay to spend the weekend exploring Amsterdam’s coffee scene. Here’s where I bumped into the pro’s having flat whites and filter coffee during and after the World of Coffee in Amsterdam.
Coming to Amsterdam as a specialty coffee devotee and skipping the Scandinavian Embassy is like an art lover not visiting the Van Gogh Museum. This sophisticated enclave of Nordic coffee culture is setting high standards for both coffee and food since 2013. Scandinavia's best roasters, homemade baked goods and breakfast options are all under one roof at this cafe, coupled with excellent service and Nordic design. Upon visiting the cafe during the World Barista Championship 2018 together with Coffee T&I's chief editor Nicole Ou, we were advised on which coffee to opt for according to our breakfast order. It is definitely true what they say: "At Scandinavian Embassy coffee and food unite in a intimate Scandinavian setting."!
Sarphatipark 34, 1072 PB Amsterdam
Monks Coffee Roaster
Monks Coffee Roaster is a project run by Patrick, an extremely friendly Irish man of many talents. Before opening Monks in 2016 he spent a long time in Australia where he found the inspiration for creating his house blend. While he still relies on friends for roasting his coffee, he’s busy building his own roastery to take the craft into his own hands soon. The coffee menu at Monks surprises with real treats, such as Port of Mokha coffee from small-batch lots in Yemen. Unfortunately, it was already sold out when I visited this charming cafe.
Bilderdijkstraat 46, 1052 NB Amsterdam
Sometimes good coffee just isn’t enough. So how about an excellent wine collection,innovative dishes and literally the best cinnamon rolls in town? 4850 has it all and the beautiful design is just the cherry on top of the cake. With a great selection of Nordic coffee roasters you’ll have no trouble finding a great pour over or espresso to complement your meal at this cafe hotspot.
Camperstraat 48-50, 1091 AH Amsterdam
Bakers & Roasters De Pijp
A delicious piece of New Zealandish café culture has found two outlets in Amsterdam and caters to the cravings of brunchers and lunchers with generous portions of pure delight. The Brazilian-Kiwi couple running the business works with Ozone Coffee from London and has an extensive selection of mouth-watering cakes in the vitrine, including some Kiwi classics. On weekends this brunch cafe is absolutely packed so plan in some waiting time.
Bakers & Roasters De Pijp
Eerste Jacob van Campenstraat 54, 1072 BH Amsterdam
Bakers & Roasters Centrum
Kadijksplein 16, 1018 AC Amsterdam
Siebrand Van Hengel has two passions: coffee and music. In his multi-roaster cafe Black Gold he combines both into one rhythmic interplay of steaming milk and cracking vinyls. From The Barn to Drop and Amsterdam based Sweet Cup - Siebrand has a hand for selecting fine coffee roasts for his loyal customers. The predominantly wooden cafe interior makes for a cozy atmosphere to sit a while and bounce your head to the beats.
Korte Koningsstraat 13 H, 1011 EX Amsterdam
Sweet cup is a coffee roastery and cafe run by Paul and Lisa. While everyone else goes Nordic, their approach over the last 2,5 years has been to produce a balanced cup of coffee with not too much acidity. Lisa’s secret super power is baking and her carrot cake is a pretty magnificent thing.
Lange Leidsedwarsstraat 93HS, 1017 NH Amsterdam
Whether it’s a great cup of coffee you’re after or you’d rather celebrate tea o’clock, Toki is the place to go. Having been committed to serving only specialty coffee from Berlin based Bonanza from the start, coupled with an excellent selection of loose leave tea, this Instagram darling of a café with it’s marble interior is a save address for spending a cosy afternoon.
Binnen Dommersstraat 15, 1013 HK Amsterdam
Lot Sixty One
The location of Lot Sixty One couldn’t be more characteristic for Amsterdam. Set right by one of the many canals this corner cafe stretches over two floors with rustic wooden interior and a coffee roaster located in the basement. The coffee is nothing short of excellent, which is probably why this cafe is a crowded affair on weekends. Good thing you can find their beans in other places around Amsterdam as well.
Kinkerstraat 112, 1053 ED Amsterdam
Back to Black
The corner coffee shop and concept store Back to Black is run by Noortje and Inge, two passionate coffee professionials who took brewing and roasting into their own hands and created this beautiful cafe. Despite the name, this spot is a great address for purists as well as those who prefer a milky coffee drink.
Weteringstraat 48, 1017 SP Amsterdam