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23Aug/102

Bad, bad coffee and the best

Buongiorno sign on the Admiraal de RuijterstraatIn light of recent developments, I need to write an update of the Top Three of best coffee places in Amsterdam. As of the beginning of August, the Douwe Egberts Koffie Café in Oud-Zuid has been dethroned from first place. The list now reads:

Coffee@last, at the Koningin Wilhelminaplein, third place. Douwe Egberts Koffie Café on the Cornelis Schuytstraat in Oud-Zuid, second place and the Espressofabriek at the Westergasfabriek takes the number one slot.

Also interesting to note is that a couple of weeks ago I got the very worst, undrinkable dishwater ever at Bagels & Beans at the Raadhuisstraat in Amsterdam. The girls (in light of what happened, I am loathe to call them 'baristas') were friendly and I got my latte in a takeaway cup fast, but when I got to work and took a sip I was flabbergasted: what had they done?!

I had got a cup of milk and water that may have been in the vicinity of something that may have smelled like coffee at some point in its lifetime. Coffee it was not. Blegh. I had to throw the whole thing away. Bagels & Beans: a big thumbs down!

Oh! And talking about bad coffee... Must not leave out Buongiorno on the Admiraal de Ruijterstraat. Good machine, nice people, swanky interior design, but the latte left something to be desired. Way too much milk, only two millimetres of foam, so the taste of the coffee gets smothered, drowned out by the milk. What's a sieve doing in your milkjug anyway? You can't pour a decent latte that way. Methinks some barista training is in order.

Too bad, because the place looks great and is a nice location to do some work away from home, with the comfortable chairs and free wifi.

6Apr/101

Excellent coffee at Dish in Amsterdam Oud West

Excellent latte at DishAs I was riding my bike over the Overtoom, underway from the direction of the Surinameplein towards the centre of Amsterdam, I came across Dish Global Kitchen, on the corner of the Gerard Brandtstraat and the Overtoom. Everything about this place, from the slogan on the window ("All consensus is as difficult as it is rare") to the comfortably kind guy behind the counter to the breezy interior breathes funky, friendly fun.

They offer sandwiches on organic bread, topped with homemade ingredients, as organic as possible. There are pies, soups, quiches and salads, as well as freshly pressed juices and coffee made with love.

I order a latte and a four layer sandwich and sit outside in the sun. The busy Overtoom is pulsating with traffic right beside me, but the Vondelpark is right at the end of this little street, the streetsign on the corner opposite my seat is covered in ivy. I am digging this spot.

Excellent latte
The latte turns out to be excellent. It is not hot, but is sincerely good. I like my latte made with an espresso, not burnt, not too weak and definitely without coffee grind. This is a great example of the kind of coffee I like, its taste is deep and gorgeous. The barista with the casual attire and the big head of afro curls knows his stuff.

He tells me the beans are imported straight from Italy, the brand is called Trucillo. That's a name I want to remember. Their machine looks like it's from another century. It's got big levers and it makes my inner barista itch to find out how to make espresso with it.

Four layer delight sandwich at Dish Global Kitchen

Four layer delight sandwich at Dish Global Kitchen

The Four Layer Delight sandwich is a letdown though. It sounded like a variation on a club sandwich: thin slices of chicken breast, bacon, onions and cheese combined with mustard mayo, lettuce, tomato and cucumber.

But the mustard mayonaise tastes nothing like mayonaise, only mustard. Sharp, overpowering, dominating mustard. The onions are the ready-fried kind that come out of a jar. The chicken is a little dry and all in all, the ingredients don't come together on the plate. This is not a sandwich and it is sadly far from a delight.

I eat the thing because I've paid for it and because I will go hungry if I don't, but if it were free, I would leave it and pick something else. Still, eventhough the sandwich is nothing to write home about, the seating in the sun, the nice people, the good atmosphere and the great coffee are well worth remembering Dish for.

Free wifi
Dish offers free wifi and has a reading table in the back. There's a kid's table with toys and children's books and a seat that will accommodate a child at a table. Prices (E2,20 for the latte and E5,80 for the sandwich) are reasonable.

dish global kitchen

"All consensus is as difficult as it is rare"

edit: The homemade brownie is very sweet, but chockfull of chocolate and walnuts and therefore just the way I like it. The pearjuice is the organic kind from Olmenhorst. Excellent choice.

Dish Global Kitchen
Overtoom 255
1054 HW Amsterdam
www.dishglobalkitchen.nl