In a world where highlighting hotspots has become all about the decor, the people and location, time has come to go back to basic and talk about the actual subject: coffee.
Sounds like the start of a very bad movie right? I know, it sounds a bit dramatic. But being on Instagram and reading other blogs on food and coffee, I noticed that the attention mostly goes to those things I noted above. You come to place to eat or drink for the food and drinks right? So with Coffee Collective I’m highlighting hotspots like others, but the served coffee (and sometimes food) comes first.
After two weeks of sort-of studying, sort-of getting things done, I decided I needed to get out of the house to focus. So on Thursday I took place in a comfy seat cushion to study at Coffee & Coconuts. This place is located in De Pijp in the southern part of Amsterdam. Being near the Ceintuurbaan, Ferdinand Bolstraat and Van Woustraat, this place is situated in one of Amsterdam’s hottest upcoming neighbourhoods.
The four hours of studying went by before I knew it. It even got dark outside when I left (resulting in some darker pictures). And in that time, I enjoyed good coffee, an amazing slice of pumpkin bread and yes, I also loved the atmosphere. I mean look at the place! C&C used to be a 20’s cinema, so that explains the different levels. They worked very playfully with the scenary by using great decoration like the ropes, cushions and different lights. It brings along a kind of serenity that helped with the productivity flow.
In each Coffee Collective I try two sorts of coffees: an espresso and a flat white. I usually don’t drink cappuccino’s, because I find them too creamy and out of balance with the small amount of coffee. I am always a bit scared when I’m ordering espresso’s. It is really hard to get an espresso right that is intense, but not too bitter. Unfortunately, the barista at Coffee & Coconuts found it hard too.
But than the flat white was divine. They use a Brazilian variety of Bocca coffee, which is one of my favourites when in a restaurant. The Brazilian blend really matches the creaminess of the milk. But the taste is still strong enough to really enjoy that coffee taste. And there was the food. I figured I could be good to myself by ordering a slice of pumpkin bread with chocolate chunks, almonds and nuts. Boy, was I happy I ordered that. You could taste that they didn’t add sugar, which you don’t need anyway when you have the choco chunks.
So if you find yourself in Amsterdam and need a place to study or work, check out C&C.
But no work today, cuz it’s weekend! Enjoy it.
Coffee & Coconuts
Ceintuurbaan 282-284, Amsterdam