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Aussie Girl’s Guide To Coffee In: Stockholm, Sweden

By July 29, 2014 coffee guides, eat, scandinavia, travel

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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.

Drop Coffee

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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.

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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. 

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Johan & Nystrom

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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. 

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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. 

Wifi: Yes

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Snickarbacken 7

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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”. 

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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. 

Wifi: Yes. 

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Coffice

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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. 

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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)

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Kura Cafe

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Location: Kungsgatan 25Stockholm 111 56Sverige

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! 

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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. 

Wifi: No

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Anisa – The Macadames. xx

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9 Comments

  • Reply Stefan Sigfinnsson July 1, 2015 at 2:38 am

    Great review. Nice to see how the coffee culture is in different cities.

    I had a cupping last Saturday at Benzin & Koffein in Zürich Switzerland(3rd wave coffee shop that is part of the Speciality coffee association in Europe/Swiss SCAE) of coffees from Tim Wendelboe(Oslo),Solberg and Hansen(Oslo),Coffee Collective(Copenhagen),Drop coffee(Stockholm),Johan and Nyström(Stockholm) and Reykjavík Roasters(Reykjavík Iceland). We had coffees from Colombia,one from El Salvador,one from Rwanda,Ethiopia,Kenya and one from Sumatra. Those roasters roast and brew very similar but I found Johan and Nyström to stand out as the two coffees we cupped were roasted darker than the rest.

    All of these coffees were good but personally I preferred the El Salvadorian coffee from Drop coffee as it was cleanest and had balanced acidity but then again I like Central American coffees best.

    But Johan and Nyström completely failed to impress me. One of the two coffees was an Ethiopian blend of both washed and natural coffee. The taste was just dominant by crazy blueberry and pretty much nothing else and it just took away from the complexity in the coffee. The other one was a Sumatran coffee and Sumatra is hard to please me but coffee from Raja Batak can impress me. This Sumatran coffee that I don’t know from which region it comes from was both too dark roasted for my taste and too wild earthiness and slightly dirty mouthfeel. I’ve had much worse Sumatran coffees but I’ve also had much better than this one.

    But overall I think that those Nordic roasters(except Johan & Nyström) are doing great job as for filter coffee but for espresso I like it to be more roasted about medium-light to Medium maybe slightly more and a bit more concentrated.

    But it’s difficult to say light,medium,dark etc as people use it differently. Like George Howell(very famous coffee man who started the speciality coffee movement in USA in mid 70’s) from George Howell coffee just very close to Boston says he likes to start his day with a cup of light roasted drip coffee. But then he says he roasts about 2 min longer than they do in Scandinavia and I would call that light roasted and 2 min longer roast time I would more call medium. Then again Blue Bottle coffee’s medium roasted coffee is more roasted than what I would call medium roast so it’s different what people mean by light,medium and dark roasted.

  • Reply Chris James January 27, 2016 at 2:18 pm

    I am in love with the idea of a coffee shop blog in various international cities. I spent far too much time in the various coffee shops of Ho Chi Minh City and Lisbon a couple of months ago. These guides are my new favorite thing.

    • Reply Anisa January 27, 2016 at 2:54 pm

      Hahaha thanks so much. The first thing I did when I got to each city was google the best coffee so thought, why not blog about this? Obviously they will get out of date in time but hopefully they help people in the interim. Happy travels! xx

  • Reply Vicky June 1, 2016 at 8:56 pm

    Thanks for the great references. Visiting stockholm soon and will visit where you have recommended. From another aussie girl

    • Reply Anisa June 2, 2016 at 8:06 am

      Thanks for checking it out Vicky, let’s hope they’re all open when you visit. Enjoy!

  • Reply Courtney July 19, 2016 at 1:34 am

    Thanks for this! I’m a kiwi barista who’s just moved to Stockholm so I’m looking for a job. Will be sure to drop in to these great cafes.

    • Reply Anisa July 19, 2016 at 9:49 am

      Good idea. How awesome you’re living in Stockholm. I’m well jealous!

  • Reply jk February 19, 2017 at 2:29 am

    Thanks for the guide, just also moved to Stockholm and i have a espresso machine at home in need for good quality beans!

    • Reply Anisa March 7, 2017 at 9:59 am

      Pleasure. So glad it helped

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