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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.

2Aug/100

A cool morning latte at Espressofabriek

Espressofabriek at Westergasfabriek AmsterdamIt's a Monday morning and I am in the Espressofabriek, on the Westergasfabriek terrain in West. The sky is overcast and it's a cool day. The space, with the big open door to the terrace, is also cool, as is the welcome. The guy behind the counter wears a funny BA Baracus t-shirt, but he's not smiling.

Did a shipment just come in? There are boxes on the counter and the space behind the counter is a mess. My latte is made without much enthusiasm or flair, but it comes with beautiful latte art (you know, figures in the foam) and a small glass of water.

The latte is small and, at E2,40, a little on the expensive side. But how nice it is. Smooth, strong, full. The milk is creamy, the foam soft and lovely. It makes me want to break my one-coffee-a-day-principle almost immediately after I finish. Oh darn, I forgot to take a picture, now I simply must get another coffee.

Single shot latte macchiato at Espressofabriek AmsterdamTerrace in the sun at Westergas
At some point in the afternoon BA Baracus man is replaced with a nice girl. She makes my second coffee (a single shot latte macchiato, E2,60) for me and eventhough she spills a little water over my croissant when she sets the tray down, she is hospitable and really sweet and more than makes up for t-shirt guy's morning coolness. Thanks to her, I spend the rest of my afternoon outside in the sun.

The coffee is made on a gorgeous lever action Mirage. The beans used for the coffee are Ethiopian Gaya Amaro organic espresso and Kenia Espresso Arabica. They can be bought for use at home and if you are not in possession of a grinder, Espressofabriek will grind them for you.

There are sweet snacks, like prepackaged cinnamon rolls and Donny Craves organic oatmeal and raisin cookies, but nothing in the way of actual food, like sandwiches.

Espressofabriek at the Westergas is open from 9.30am until 6pm from Monday through Friday and from 10am until 6pm on weekend days. There is also a branch on the other side of town, in IJburg. Free wifi is available for guests, the password is 'espresso'. 

Espressofabriek
Gosschalklaan 7
1014 DC Amsterdam

www.espressofabriek.nl