Note: I am not a coffee connoisseur or anything, I just like good coffee. I don’t know the coffee lingo or the ways to describe flavour, but I have done my best to do so. If you actually know what you’re talking about, please don’t laugh. The intention of his post was to find good coffee shops to save you having to suffer bad coffee. I hope they help. Happy travels! xx
I was lucky to spend enough time in Stockholm to get around to some great coffee shops, I would have loved to have done one for Copenhagen but I just didn’t have the time.
I was very very impressed with the offerings in Stockholm, for a city of under a million it has the best overall cafe culture and quality of coffee that i’ve personally found in Europe. Although I haven’t been to Italy yet.
All the places I visited were unique in their own way and had knowledgable and skilled staff.
Location: Wollmar Yxkullsgatan 10, 118 50 Stockholm, Sverige
Coffee (5/5): I tried their filtered coffee which I have to admit was my first time tasting this type of coffee. Coming from Australia we have a very espresso driven culture.
I had their Kenyan roast and it was very clean, light and had a hint of currant. I drank it black (also a first) and didn’t miss the milk at all. Just to compare, I also had a soy latte which was very very good also – beautiful aroma, smooth & creamy.
It’s also important to note that their 27 year old barista and part owner Joanna Alm, came 3rd in the World Coffee Roasting Championships 2014 held in Italy. You can follow here on instagram here.
Atmosphere: The space is fairly small as you enter, but extends as you go past the roaster to 3 other rooms. The decor is clean and practical, made for drinking coffee, chatting to friends and getting your work/posting done.
They also sell a variety of coffee and coffee making devices.
Seating: There is loads of seating at different levels, both at tables, benches and stools.
Service: My server was very friendly, spoke great english and was happy to talk me through the filtering process.
Food: Pastries, packaged snacks and sweet treats.
Wifi: Yes. It seemed like a great place to
work update social media with half the venue filled with hipsters, macs & skateboards.
Location: Swedenborgsgatan 7 118 48 Stockholm
Coffee (4/5): I ordered an iced latte which was an espresso shot served over ice. It was smooth and slightly sweet so I didnt need to add any. The only issue was that the the straw was way too small for the cup, but I didn’t really mind because my coffee was delicious.
Atmosphere: Johan & Nystrom are the largest roaster in Sweden, so I decided to visit their concept store. The concept store is pretty much a coffee classroom that doubles as a cafe. They used to run a really cool “cupping”, called “The Coffee Belt”, which took you on a trip around the world to 9 coffee regions — Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Jamaica, El Salvador, Brasil, Sumatra, Papa New Guinea, and Malabar. I was gutted to find out they stopped doing these, with no explanation.
The space has tall ceilings and has a central barista area with seats around it. There is a sunken section with seating at different levels making good use of the space. They also sell a variety of coffee, tea and coffee making devices.
Seating: Loads of seating inside and a few outside (it would be a nice place to sit if the weather is nice).
Service: My server was very friendly & fast. What more could you want!
Food: Sandwiches, salads, pastries and sweet treats.
Location: 111, 39 Stockholm
Coffee (4/5): I ordered a latte and it had a smooth and slightly hidey flavour with hints of wood. It was served a tad cold for my liking but I did forget to ask for my usual “extra hot”.
Atmosphere: It’s a coffee shop/restaurant set up in an old art gallery. The building feels very grand with high ceilings in the churchy gothic style and candles everywhere.
You’re treated by the beautiful, warm aroma of roasting coffee beans as you walk in, which sets you up for the goods to come.
Seating: The venue has several tables with bench seating or chairs inside and a few outside plus some very comfy looked couches.
Service: My server was friendly and quick although she didn’t speak very good english but that’s totally fine with me, I am in Sweden after all.
Food: As it’s a restaurant, several food options were available. I had their raw food ball which was delicious.
Location: Tjärhovsgatan 5, 116 21 Stockholm
Coffee (4/5): I ordered their flat white which had a beautiful aroma, was balanced and had a creamy texture and flavour. I really couldn’t fault it.
Atmosphere: I absolutely loved the concept of this coffee shop. Set up like an office, there are “desks” with power points and super fast internet when you can work for the day. The atmosphere was hip, quirky and a tad serious. You could easily pop in here for a quick cup with friends or linger all day whilst smashing out work.
They also sell a variety of coffee and coffee making devices.
Seating: There are seating to suit everyone with bench seats, couches with coffee tables and “desks”.
Service: My server was very friendly, quick and even lent me his iPhone charger.
Food: Sandwiches, packaged snacks & sweet treats.
Wifi: Yes (very fast)
Location: Kungsgatan 25, Stockholm 111 56, Sverige
Coffee (4.5/5): I ordered a latte which had an earthy and rich flavour. It’s no surprise they claim to serve Stockholm’s finest roasts!
Atmosphere: Set in K25, a very cool food hall that houses different food stalls serving all day long. You can take away or dine in. They even serve wine!
Seating: Seating is shared with the other stores in K25.
Service: My barista was sweet, quiet and pleasant. She did get a bit funny about me taking photos though.
Food: They have loads of “super salads” and fresh, healthy soups & sandwiches. Perfect for a light lunch.
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Anisa – The Macadames. xx
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