Barcelona: a city best known for its football, food, climate, culture, architecture, but not yet for its specialty coffee. But that could be all about to change…
There’s a new generation of roasters, baristas, and consumers that are radically changing the city’s coffee scene. I’ve been exploring some of the best coffee bars at the vanguard of Barcelona’s specialty coffee revolution, and I’m here to tell you all about them.
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The two-time Spanish barista champion and London-trained owner of Nømad, Jordi Mestre returned to his native Barcelona in 2013. His objective? To brew and roast the same high-quality specialty coffee that he found in London. It’s safe to say that he’s been able to do this. Along with distributing beans to a number of high-quality establishments across Catalonia and the rest of Spain, Nømad have two coffee shops in Barcelona; their intimate Cøffee Lab opened back in 2013, while their roastery-cum-coffee space, Roaster’s Home, opened in May this year.
A meeting of cups in coffee heaven at Nømad
|Where||Roaster’s Home at Carrer de Pujades, 95 and the Cøffee Lab at Passatge Sert, 12|
|Style||Roaster’s Home is a café, teaching space, and roastery, while the Cøffee Lab is an interactive brew bar.|
|Espresso Machine||La Marzocco Strada|
|Grinder||La Marzocco Vulcano|
|Coffee Offerings||Espresso and filter, roasted by Nomad themselves at Roaster’s Home. V60, Kalita, AeroPress, Chemex, and Moka Pot all available.|
|Food||Cakes and pastries from Miquel Coulibaly|
|Retail Offerings||Bags of filter coffee for €13, espresso for between €8-€11. Decaf coffee available too. Public cupping for €12-€17 on Fridays at 4pm.|
Bags of #BloodyGoodCoffee for all you Nømads
Carmen Callizo, the founder of SlowMov, was working in the technology industry when she decided that she’d rather spend her days cooking and making artisanal coffee. Trained at Coutume Café in Paris by the renowned Antoine Netien, Carmen decided to open SlowMov in her grandfather’s old workshop in the neighbourhood of Gràcia. She retains a close relationship with Coutume, roasting and using coffee supplied by the Parisian outfit, but mixes that with local goods. Part of her mission is to promote local ecological businesses; she’s also adopted the motto of “haste makes waste”.
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Grab some of Coutume’s coffee, fresh from France, roasted by Slow Mov.
|Where||Carrer de Luis Antúnez, 18, Gràcia|
|Style||SlowMov is an open-plan and interactive café and roastery in a former workshop.|
|Espresso Machine||Kees van der Westen Mirage duette|
|Must-Try Drinks||Fazenda Ambiental Fortaleza (Brazil) #484 double espresso, Mpanga Natural v60|
|Coffee Offerings||Direct trade and selection from Coutume Café, all roasted at SlowMov.|
|Food||Pastries with local, ecological ingredients from Luna Limón & other local pastries, and spelt bread toast with oil. They also sell jam, oil, juice, fruits, vegetables, wine, and craft beer.|
|Retail Offerings||Coffee beans from Coutume café roasted at SlowMov, ground to the customer’s taste. They also organise events and cuppings, both externally and internally, and provide wholesale coffee to a number of local coffee shops.|
Haste makes waste: me brewing a slooow pour-over at SlowMov
La Cherry is Barcelona’s newest coffee bar. Inside the Makers Of Barcelona collaborative workspace, Guatemalan owner/barista Gianluca Buonafina serves up aromatic Latin American coffee and delectable local food at his brew-bar.
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Cute sign, huh? Time to pop that coffee cherry
|Where||MOB (Makers Of Barcelona), Carrer de Bailèn, 11|
|Style||Brew bar and coffee corner in a collaborative workspace|
|Espresso Machine||La Marzocco GS3 AV|
|Grinder||Compak E8 83mm flat burrs|
|Coffee Offerings||Los Pirineos (Honey process) Tusell Tostadores, and v60 filter|
|Must-Try Drinks||They’ve only just opened and are still developing their client base and finding their feet; that said, their double-shot espresso is ace!|
|Food||Toast, cereals, salads, sandwiches, and yoghurts|
|Retail Offerings||Bags available of whatever’s being brewed in-store from Tusell Tostadores|
The food offering at La Cherry… Yummmm
Satan’s Coffee Corner
Satan’s is something of a hipster magnet. Located deep in Barcelona’s Barri Gòtic, but only a stone’s throw from the Ramblas and the Plaça de Sant Jaume, Marcos Bartolomé and team brew up beans from local roaster Right Side Coffee – alongside excellent homemade food in an open kitchen.
Brew up a Satanic storm at Satan’s Coffee Corner
|Where||Carrer de l’Arc de Sant Ramon del Call, 11|
|Style||The ideal place to meet up with someone for craft coffee and food, as it has a brew-bar, seating, and an open-plan kitchen. The clientele are international and diverse|
|Espresso Machine||La Marzocco GS3|
|Coffee Offerings||Espresso and filter from Right Side Coffee; however, there’s usually a guest filter too. Also in the evenings, you can also get wine and cocktails.|
|Must-Try Drinks||Flat white – by far the most popular drink in the place. The cocktails are great as well.|
|Food||Cakes, freshly made salads, and sandwiches (great veggie options). The Japanese breakfast comes highly recommended.|
|Retail Offerings||Normally, the beans that are being brewed in-store, alongside several other bags of Right Side Coffee’s latest roasts.|
Trying my best to look Satanic with some delectable food
The final place on my list of must-visit coffee places in Barcelona sources, roasts, and brews its direct-trade beans solely from Costa Rica. The owner, Anahī Páez, has been in the coffee business for 10 years and is plugged into both the coffee scene in Costa Rica and in Barcelona.
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|Where||Carrer Santa Teresa 1, Gràcia, Barcelona|
|Style||Perfect for a coffee date or a caffeinated lunch|
|Espresso Machine||Della Corte DC Pro|
|Espresso and a variety of filters, including AeroPress and v60. Between 2-4 different Costa Rica single origins available at any one time.|
|Any of the filters on offer come highly recommended, as all of the coffee served is from Costa Rica in origin|
|Food||Homemade food with light lunch options (pasta salad, salads, soups) and cakes and pastries.|
Onna is all about the origins… Crafty Costa Rican coffee
So there you have it: your one-stop coffee guide to Barcelona. What are you waiting for? Get your passport, book those flights, and begin drinking those coffees.
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Written by E. Palmer Babe. Feature photo credit: Bert Kaufmann
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