Amsterdam Coffee Festival 18-20 March 2016
Amsterdamned If You Don't
We sent two of the Climpson's crew, Henrik and Florian, over to Amsterdam to check out the coffee festival over the weekend so we could know what we were missing out on back here in London! Here is Florian's experience of the festival and his time in the city:
The coffee industry in both Amsterdam and Holland is absolutely steaming ahead – the Coffee Festival itself was brimming with talent as Henrik and I met some delightful individuals from Blommers, Stooker, Single Estate and Ernst Coffee Roasters and watched some very eloquent 'slow coffee' in the Dutch Brewers Cup.
However, as brilliant as the Coffee Festival was, encountering Amsterdam itself was by far the absolute highlight; having rented some bikes and informed ourselves of the difference between a ‘coffee shop’ and an ‘espresso bar’, we set off well-equipped for a delightful day of café-hopping.
From the very reputable Scandinavian Embassy (uniquely staffed by Swedes!) to the laid-back Toki café and epic space at Coffeevine, it was evident that speciality coffee had firmly taken root in this beautiful city. A relatively regular sight was seeing roastery-cafes with dinky little roasters just chilling out in the back, such as White Label and Lot 61. From pour overs to espressos, we were not disappointed.
Apart from a distinct lack of single-speed bikes I can safely say that Amsterdam, both from a coffee-specific and general point of view, is one of the most vibrant and welcoming European cities I have ever visited. Big love.