Nano Kaffee Berlin- cup of coffee

IMG_1235Just a quick post to let you in on another good place to have coffee in Berlin with friendly and insightful service. Nano Kaffee is a small place with a long high table with stools. You can either buy your coffee there but they also have an online shop.

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The Barn – coffee please

IMG_1187For all you coffee lovers out there, if you are in Berlin or are planning to go anytime soon you don´t want to miss The Barn which is a Specialty Coffee Roastery in Europe. They only work with premium coffees from sustainable and traceable farming. They have several locations so be sure to check them out here.

IMG_1188We were in Berlin this summer and we were lucky enough to have one right next to our hotel, so you can probably guess where we had breakfast every morning. Ours was in Charlottenburg. It was a bit tricky to find because it was actually on the rooftop of a SuperDry store. Monday to Saturday you just go into the store and walk up all the flights of stairs until you reach Kranzler Café which is a round café with a circus canopy and a wonderful terrace outside where you can sit and sip your coffee. The tricky part is on Sundays because although the café opens daily from 10-8, the store is closed. At around 10 o’clock someone will come down and set up a sign indicating that you go down a narrow hall which leads to an elevator that takes you straight up to the café. The first day we went to the café was on a Sunday and I have to say that it took us ages to figure it out.

IMG_1189Another plus is that they sell coffee beans to take home and they also ship so we had actually been having their coffee at home before, thanks to a friend who introduced us to The Barn.

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BTW, their carrot cake is pretty good.

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Fika in Copenhague and Stockholm

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You have to love the Danes for coming up with fika which is cake drank with coffee or tea in the late afternoon. Although the concept is not exclusive to them by any means it is a widely spread and as you walk around the city you will find that cafés start to fill up at around four o’clock with groups of friends, couples and even people on their own working on their laptop as they enjoy the afternoon.

The winters in these Scandinavian countries are long and hard with very few hours of sunlight and low temperatures so needless to say, they spend countless hours indoors therefore the feeling they perceive inside their homes or restaurants need to feel right. It needs to be a place where you don’t mind hibernating during the winter solstice. Danes put in great time and effort into their decoration and they have a word in their vocabulary which I love, “hygge” pronounced hoo-ga which means cozy. It means green plants and flowers on your window sill, drinking coffee wrapped up in a warm blanket on your sofa or sipping wine with friends in a candle lit living room among other things. Since I have come back I am always trying to have a hygge feeling at home.

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We were in Copenhague during spring break but the temperature and the weather felt like winter to a gal used to spending her winters in Madrid so I was very eager to have fika every day. These are some of the places that we went to:

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The Coffee Collective

Laura’s Bakery

Mirabelle

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Robert’s Coffee

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Sakona Coffee Roasters – a relaxing cup of coffee

Depending on where you are in the world, Spring Break might feel like an eternity ago or you might be in full swing. So whether you are at work or at play it is always nice to discover a new place to take a break or spend a lazy morning or afternoon.

Sakona Coffee Roasters in San Sebastian is actually brand new, they have been open for only a couple of months and they are making delicious coffee. FYI, they also cater The Loaf croissants.

Situated right next to El Kursaal I found it to be a delightful place for coffee.

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Sakona Coffee Roasters

Bajo, Ramón María Lili Pasealekua, 2

20002 Donostia, Gipuzkoa

http://www.sakonacoffee.com

 

Joe Coffee – a decent cup of coffee in New York

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Most of us who live in a Mediterranean country and are used to rich creamy coffee have come to the conclusion that it is virtually impossible or at the very best a challenge to get a decent cup of coffee in the US. On our recent trip to New York we visited Joe Coffee, thanks to a friend who recommended it, and we were able to get a nice shot of caffeine every morning.

Since our hotel was a 10 minute walk from the Lexington location (1045 Lexington Avenue) that is the one we visited faithfully but there are several more in Manhattan. To accompany my morning cappuccino I opted for a cinnamon bun. I grew up with cinnamon buns and I always remembered that chewy softness of the ones from my childhood and I have never had another good bun until now. Apparently these oversized buns are delivered fresh every day and I have to say that to have one in the morning brought a smile to my face. I don’t think you can grasp from the pic the actual size of it but I would share one with my husband and we would be full from just half!

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The place on Lexington is small with that hipster laid back vibe to it which makes in most enjoyable and the staff is young and friendly. Can’t ask for more to start off your day.

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www.joenewyork.com

Salon des Fleurs – delightfully vintage

 

 

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Thanks to a friend who is always on the search for dainty places, we discovered Salon des Fleurs. A quaint little café on Guzmán el Bueno Street. Besides coming in for coffee or tea with your girlfriends, you can also buy flowers and plants and on the upper balcony level there are many handcrafted goods for sale such as necklaces, decorative items, teas and so on. This is such a charming place that I am just going to let the pictures do the talking.

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Salon des Fleurs

106 Guzman el Bueno Street

28003 Madrid

www.salondesfleurs.es

Vintage Coffee and Tea, just like in a fairytale

I just had to share with you, this adorable coffee shop we found inside the grounds of the Brejoeira Palace in Moncao, Portugal. This is a picture of the palace,

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Once inside the grounds, hidden in the woods as if it were a hidden fairytale cottage, is Vintage coffee and tea. Complete with both inside and alfresco seating, decorated in the most vintage quaint style.

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Outside, the tables are scattered near the woods or around the covered veranda

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The capuchino was extra creamy and delicious.

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This was definitely an unexpected find in our trip!

 

Located inside Palacio da Brejoeira

4950-660  Pinheiros, Monção