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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.

22Apr/1016

Best coffee in Amsterdam: top three

capuccino at DE Koffie Cafe in Oud-ZuidAfter my last (overly long) post on coffee, I feel I owe you that top three of best coffee places in Amsterdam. As you must know by now, taste is everything. Coffee should be strong, aromatic and have a full flavour. It should in no event be burnt, ideally there is no grind in the cup.

I like 'koffie verkeerd', or a latte, or even a cappuccino, if I need waking up or am in the mood for luscious foam. If I am in a laidback mood, I will opt for the latte machiatto. The steaming of the milk is therefore also important. I could go on and on about the technique behind this, but I won't.

So currently in third place:
Dish
My latte was a little on the lukewarm side, but the coffee had a lusciously deep taste. It was made on a machine that looks like it's from another century. Having tasted the result, as a barista, I'd love to get my hands on it and see how it works.

Second place:
Coffee@last
Ok, so I was a little harsh and went on and on about the name of the latte/latte machiatto. The point is, that the coffee itself was very good. It was made with love, and that really is something you can taste.  Beautiful Vibiemme machine.

First place:
Douwe Egberts Koffie Cafe
This place in Oud-Zuid I visit around once a week. I love their coffees, because these people really know their stuff. My morning favourite is a creamy cappuccino with cane sugar. The coffee is strong with a full aroma, the foam is velvety and rich. Some of the baristas practice latte art and make apples, hearts or fern leaves in the foam.

The three places in my top three are not all equal. Two I've been to only once yet, whereas the cafe in first place is one I've been to many times. This is what makes it hard to beat. I know the quality is consistent, the service is excellent and the people are always nice. In time I will visit other places, and I will revisit places I've been to before.

The top three may change! I will keep you posted.

Douwe Egberts Koffie Café
Cornelis Schuytstraat 50
1071 JL Amsterdam
http://www.de.nl/DEKoffieCafe/

Coffee@last
Koningin Wilhelminaplein 60-62
1062 KS Amsterdam

www.coffeeatlast.nl

Dish Global Kitchen
Overtoom 255
1054 HW Amsterdam

www.dishglobalkitchen.nl