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Coffee Shops in Barcelona: How to Get Membership

[Updated for 2018!] Barcelona coffee shops are private by law; they are quite different from Amsterdam’s coffee shops or Denver’s dispensaries. I get several hundred emails each month from people asking questions about the coffee shops in Barcelona, and it’s obvious that there is a lot of misinformation out there. If you’re looking to get a membership at a coffee shop in Barcelona, it’s important that you understand that you will be held to a higher standard as a member. Therefore, you should commit these study points to memory so that – if you do become a member of a Barcelona coffee shop – you’ll be a valuable new member and not just a selfish turd that only cares about getting high.

How to Join a Coffee Shop in Barcelona, Spain

*Barcelona coffee shops are private – you cannot just walk in and join. You need to be sponsored by a current member of the club, and you need to complete an application with that sponsor present (in most cases), and pay a registration fee. Sometimes there is a review and approval process. Act like a disinterested tourist or a rowdy party boy and you’ll probably be rejected. Bye!

(This is a preliminary application process valid as of October 2016; not all who apply will qualify for membership based on Spanish law and club policy. This process is not meant to be promotional in any way, it is merely intended to properly direct the hundreds of unsolicited emails that I receive each week. Application for membership is general and is not necessarily applied to any particular club unless the applicant fully qualifies.)

*Coffee shops in Barcelona charge a very small yearly fee, usually around 20 to 50 Euro. If you don’t think that 20 Euro is worth it to have a beautiful, well appointed place to safely acquire and smoke some of the world’s best cannabis; to have a place to meet like-minded people without fear of persecution, and to have all of the crazy benefits these clubs provide – game nights, pool tables, video games, weed tastings, free dinners, live music, free snacks, etc. – then you can pound sand up your ass and take your business back to the street.

*Barcelona coffee shops are safe. Why do some of you write to me and ask me if the club I am considering sponsoring you at is safe? As if I am going to say; “No, it is a very dangerous club. You should not go to any coffee shops in Barcelona without being armed.” Of course they’re safe! All of the many coffee shops in Barcelona, Madrid and anywhere else in Spain that I have been to are extremely safe and professional; just like nearly every other business you’ll enter in a day. My wife is a dainty little thing and she’s as naive as a newborn titmouse, but I’d send her to any of the clubs I frequent on her own and wouldn’t think any more of it than if she had just left for the market.

*You are permitted to take up to 98 grams from the club each month. You must reimburse the club for the marijuana products that you take. You are not buying anything. If you are a member, then you and everyone else shares the harvest and the expenses related to it. So when you go to a coffee shop in Barcelona, you are simply reimbursing the club’s treasury for your share of marijuana. You are not buying it. Remember this.

*Yes, you can take weed out of the club. Everyone does. But keep this in mind: possession of marijuana in Barcelona is only permissible in private. You can use cannabis at home, or you can use it in the club. When you take marijuana products out of the clubs or coffee shops, you are at risk. If you are stopped by the authorities and they find your weed, they will take it and fine you. This is not a criminal offense, so don’t pee your pants. Instead, if you decide to take cannabis out of the club, place it in your undergarments and quickly take it home or to a private location. Don’t be the asshole that walks down La Rambla smoking a joint.

*You will need an address in Spain and a passport or NIE card in order to join a coffee shop in Barcelona. No, the club will not accept a photocopy.

*If you are under 18, you cannot join. Sorry. And with many coffee shops, you cannot join if you are less than 21 years old. Do your homework and ask about the age before you go through the process to attempt to join.

*Most of Barcelona’s coffee shops offer medicinal grade processed flowers and at least one or two concentrates like hash, wax, shatter, etc. What each club offers changes approximately once every two weeks, and I don’t have time to keep track. So no, I cannot tell you what strains the club has available. I can only tell you that the clubs I am a member of always choose excellent, premium strains and produce some of the world’s best, freshest marijuana. It’s better weed than in Amsterdam, and it’s way better than in Denver.

*You can join more than one coffee shop in Barcelona. If you want, you can create an entire tour of coffee shops, provided you can get someone to sponsor you at each one.

*The process of joining one of Barcelona’s coffee shops generally requires anywhere from 10 to 25 minutes of your time.

*In most cases you can acquire and consume cannabis the same day you join.

*Once you are a member, you cannot sponsor new members for a few days to a week or more, depending on the club.

*If there is a large group of you visiting Barcelona, it is possible for all or most of your group to join and enjoy the club together. There is usually plenty of room.

*Finally, there are no such things as coffee shops in Barcelona. They’re not called coffee shops at all. They are referred to as social clubs or associations. The only reason that I wrote this article using the terms “Barcelona coffee shop” and the like is because I noticed in my analytics and tracking software that the vast majority of people use Google to search for cannabis clubs in Barcelona using the term “coffee shops,” probably because that’s what most of the world has been hearing out of Amsterdam for the last forty years. So if you’re looking to become a member of a “coffee shop in Barcelona,” you should probably start by referring to these exceptional clubs by their proper terms.

You can also check out the following video which will give you a glimpse of what it’s like inside of Barcelona’s cannabis clubs:

(This is a preliminary application process valid as of October 2016; not all who apply will qualify for membership based on Spanish law and club policy. Application for membership is general and is not necessarily applied to any particular club unless the applicant fully qualifies.)

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A Partial Guide To Great Coffee In Barcelona

Finding good coffee in Barcelona requires an investigative spirit. Though coffee has long been ubiquitous in the city, it’s consistently been of poor quality–over-roasted and drenched in milk. Like many traditional European coffee markets, the idea of “third wave” is new to most locals, and they are still learning not to frown at the idea of filter coffee. Nevertheless, there is a palpable excitement that a coffee scene is taking shape in Barcelona, and it’s happening at a blistering pace. Up until last February, one of the only places for good coffee was Satan’s Coffee Corner, nestled at the time in a bike shop in the Raval area. But this spring, the pace of coffee in Barcelona accelerated quickly. Nømad Coffee Productions and Skye Coffee opened—unknowingly on the same day—Onna followed very closely, and Satan’s Coffee moved from its original small cornershop to a new location a few months later.

Barcelona’s best cafe offerings are not immediately visible: they are tucked away in quiet plazas, passageways, and off-the-beaten-track neighbourhoods. It’s as though the local coffee professionals cultivate a certain pleasure in making the getting-there a journey, as a way to highlight how much effort goes into a cup of coffee–attention to detail, high quality standards, careful control over all the variables, and a great deal of dedication. I’ve chosen four of these great cafes—and one roaster—to profile in this first look at Barcelona’s emerging coffee scene.

Satan’s Coffee Corner

Satan’s Coffee Corner is the brainchild of 25-year old barista/entrepreneur Marcos Bartolomé (in his distinctive, quirky humour, he tells me he’d rather be referred to as “coffee lord”). The first of Satan’s corners in Barcelona appeared in 2012 as a hole-in-the-wall, take-away counter inside a gift shop, before moving to a bike shop the following year. This past June, Bartolomé’s dream finally came true: Satan’s Coffee Corner moved into its own space, in the central Barri Gòtic neighbourhood. Upon entering the space, you’ll find Marcos making coffees at a La Marzocco FB70 espresso machine with its fiberglass case purposely removed so as to show its insides–a metaphor for his approach: raw, accessible, no-bullshit.

Bartolomé has extensive coffee knowledge, but prefers to steer away from professional jargon and would rather avoid barista circuits altogether. The beans used come from Right Side Coffee (see below), local roasters that work closely with Satan’s Coffee. You can order anything from espressos and flat whites to the full range of pour-over filter brews, AeroPress coffee, cold brew and coffee with beer. There’s also a seasonal menu of breakfast and lunch items, carefully put together to match the taste profiles of the available coffees. In addition to drinks and food, there’s also a curated selection of independent magazines, limited-series prints by El Puto Ken and a selection of plants (succulents!), all of which can be purchased. Marcos is relentless, and his intentions for the future do not include slowing down: the plan is to add a whiskey bar in the evenings, and eventually open Satan’s Coffee in other cities (Copenhagen? Montreal?).

Located at Carrer del Arc de San Ramon del Call 11, Barcelona. Open Sun–Thu 8:00 am–8:00 pm, Fri–Sat 8:00 am–1:00 am (subject to change). 

Nømad Coffee Productions

Nømad Coffee Productions is hidden in a charming, almost secret passageway in the neighbourhood of El Born. The space is like a coffee oasis, peaceful and pleasant. The barista, Jordi Mestre, was trained in London at Nude Espresso, where he also learned the ropes of roasting, before returning to his native Catalonia to start his own venture. Mestre, who won the National Barista Championship in 2012 and 2013, describes the establishment as a “coffee showroom” rather than a café. There are no pastries and no sugar, the idea being that the place is meant for learning about coffee while you’re enjoying it.

During the morning, Nømad is open for the public to come drink coffee, and in the afternoon, the place turns into a training space operated by Kim Ossenblok—the other proprietor, who is also a national cupping champion and third place World Cup Tasters finalist in 2012. (Additionally, Kim runs the most-read coffee blog in Spanish, Barista Kim). The bar, where a Dalla Corte DC Pro espresso machine presides, is designed to welcome guests on either side of the machine so one can ask questions, and even make your own coffee if you’re in the business. Nømad Coffee Productions is also a roaster, a consultant for coffee-related businesses, and event organizer. They also recently started making and distributing bottled cold brew, which is still quite the novelty in the city.

Located at Pasaje de Sert 12, Barcelona. Open Mon–Fri, 8:30 am–3:30 pm.

Skye Coffee

Skye Coffee is located inside a sleek industrial, multidisciplinary art and design space called Espacio 88, in the area of Poble Nou, and is named after British designer and owner Skye Maunsell. The idea of opening a cafe came from a nexus between her two passions—vintage cars and coffee.  The coffee is served from a beautifully restored 1972 Citroën HY that has been converted into a coffee truck, now parked inside the space beside a set of sofas and a massive wooden table where guests can sit down. Their espresso machine is a La Marzocco Linea PB.

Since opening in March, Skye has attracted a growing crowd of local businesspeople, neighbours and coffee aficionados willing to step out of the city center. Local bakery Pastelería Hofmann supplies pastries daily, which can also be accompanied by a selection of organic teas from Whittard of Chelsea. Right Side Coffee roasters provide most of the coffee beans, but Skye likes to bring in coffee from international roasters as well, such as Café Grumpy in New York and soon, Workshop Coffee from London. The offerings will slowly expand, with drip coffee becoming available in September.

Located at Carrer Pamplona 88. Open Mon–Fri, 9:00 am–1:30pm.

Onna Coffee

Anahí Páez is an entrepreneur from Costa Rica whose family has long been in the coffee growing business. She opened a cafe in Costa Rica at only 17 years old, which became the first internet-café in the country. Years later she relocated to Spain, where she is now dedicated to bringing high quality Costa Rican coffee not only to the city, but to all of the EU. Onna Coffee, which opened this past March, is a roaster and also wholesaler of green beans. Located inside the Valkiria co-working hub in Poble Nou, Onna is also a large but cozy cafe that serves espressos and flat whites (using a Dalla Corte dc pro), in addition to Hario v60, Aeropress and Chemex.

All the coffee beans at Onna come strictly from Costa Rica. Anahí’s idea is to have people experience the different terroirs within one single country – the one she knows so well. As she points out to me, her coffee isn’t a light roast, but perhaps “somewhere in the middle.” Anahí is also concerned with reviving the cafe as a place for discussion and exchange of ideas, as she notes that in Spain, coffee has long been served at bars alongside booze and without the particular attention it requires. Currently, the food offerings include locally crafted sandwiches (try the Spanish ham) and pastries. In September, there are plans to open a kitchen and expand the menu. The future of Onna Coffee includes a wider exporting market and perhaps a new location elsewhere in the city.

 Located at Carrer Pujades 126 – Valkiria Hub Space, Mon – Fri: 9:00 am – 6:00 pm, cash only.

Right Side Coffee

This isn’t a cafe, but as an exceptional local roaster, it’s well worth mentioning. Right Side Coffee got its start in 2012 and is based in Castelldefells, a twenty-minute train ride from Barcelona (where, by the way, there are great, less touristy beaches). This young roaster is anything but traditional, as its website makes clear: “we hate latte art. But don’t be scared! We like to provoke so that you look beyond the surface.” Their philosophy is based on traceability, fair labor, educating the public and maximum quality and flavor. They opt for light roast in order to maintain and reveal the idiosyncrasies of each coffee. To say the least, their team is pretty solid: Joaquin is the roaster and works with Javier García Fúnez, three-time barista champion of Spain, and Lara, who was this year’s national Aeropress champion. Their coffee is served at Satan’s Coffee Corner (where you can also purchase their beans), Skye Coffee, and other establishments in Barcelona, like the restaurant/bar Caravelle (carrer del Pintor Fortuny, 31), as well as Toma Café in Madrid (calle la Palma 29).

Leticia Trandafir is a writer, photographer and artist based in Montreal. You can find more of her work at www.leticiatrandafir.com. This is her first piece for Sprudge.com

Photos: Maya Venkova & Leticia Trandafir

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The Coffee Lover’s Guide To Barcelona

A poc a poc,  meaning “little by little,” is one of Barcelona’s favorite Catalan expressions, and it perfectly characterizes the way the specialty coffee scene is slowly emerging in the Mediterranean city. Known for world-class gastronomy, unique art, and an exceptional quality of life, Barcelona leaves few things to be desired. Yet, until very recently, if Barcelona were to receive low marks in one particular area—good coffee was definitely it.

Indeed, until about two years ago, the specialty coffee lover could count their options on one hand. Today, however, the city seems to finally be catching up with its European counterparts like Berlin and London, as new coffee shops are popping up every few weeks, and events such as the Independent Barcelona Coffee Festival and CoLab: Barcelona are raising Barcelona specialty coffee’s profile nationally and internationally.

The growth is a credit to the hard work of Barcelona’s coffee community—a small group of highly dedicated (sometimes obsessed) professionals, who have spent years working abroad in the coffee industry, have won Spanish and international barista/roasting championships, or who grew up immersed in their family’s coffee businesses. And while appreciation for specialty coffee is increasing, Barcelona is still a city where it pays to do your coffee homework, as the average cafe will still serve you a cheap cup of burnt robusta beans. But as bad as the bad coffee can be, the good coffee is equally remarkable. If you pay a visit to the places on this list, expect thoughtfully roasted coffees, talented baristas who take their craft seriously, and a community of coffee professionals ready to engage with you and the rest of the coffee world.

Cafés El Magnifico

Your first destination in Barcelona should be Cafés El Magnifico, which you’ll find amidst the charming Gothic backstreets and boutiques of the Born neighborhood. To fully understand anything in Barcelona, you need to place it in historical context, and there’s no better place to understand the history of Spanish coffee than at El Magnifico. Pioneers of the specialty coffee industry in Barcelona, El Magnifico is a third-generation family business that has seen the Spanish coffee industry through the Spanish Civil War, the dictatorship, national financial crises, and more.

“My father was born on this street,” El Magnifico’s owner Salvador Sans, tells me as we walk from their small main shop in the Born to their business office across the street, where the majority of their coffee is now roasted in the 30-kilogram roaster that allows them to meet growing national demand. Their success is due to their focus on the science and art of quality coffee that quietly speaks for itself and provides an accessible pleasure to the average Barcelonian.

Magnifico boasts a charming location, an excellent selection of coffees from around the world, and a very knowledgeable staff to advise you on each of the coffees they sell. However, like many coffee venues in Barcelona, what they do not have (at their flagship cafe, anyway) is seating. If you’d like to enjoy your coffee and linger for a while, you should plan a visit on a weekend when their sister store and education space, El Mag, is open just around the corner in a stylish boutique space.

At either store, you can enjoy a variety of espresso-based drinks or filter-based methods as well as Cafè Fred, a local cold brew made from Magnifico’s coffee. If you have the option, Sans’ favorites include the Kenya Nyeri, Colombia Colamina, or the Chelbesa from Ethiopia.

 

Satan’s Coffee Corner

Despite the name, owner Marcos Bartolomé assures me that he is fine with Jesus. “I had some very concerned, well-meaning Christians from the US come to visit me once,” he tells me. He also confirms that he does indeed like babies, but enforces a strict no stroller rule at Satan’s, because of the way they congest the movement in his shop.

Despite a series of these type of modern, no-nonsense coffee shop rules (no syrup, no decaf, no special milk, no Wi-Fi), which hang on the wall, setting the tone for arriving customers, Satan’s has become a popular and successful coffee destination for locals and tourists alike.

Indeed, the quality of the coffee, which is roasted locally in small batches by Satan’s local roasting partner Right Side Coffee, will probably make you forget any momentary discomfort. Bartolomé, who comes from a well-established coffee roasting family in Spain’s La Rioja region, has a purist’s approach to coffee that has defined Satan’s since 2012, when Bartolomé’s original takeaway corner opened in the El Raval neighborhood.

Marcos Bartolomé

Nowadays, there’s plenty of space to sit down and enjoy a batch filter brew, V60, Kalita, or espresso from the La Marzocco Linea PB, and pair it with some healthy food (or even a Bloody Mary) in the light-filled modern shop located just behind the cathedral in the Gothic Quarter. In addition, Satan’s expanded last year to add a second location at Casa Bonay, one of Barcelona’s most beautiful boutique hotels in the Eixample neighborhood.

 

Nømad Coffee

The story of specialty coffee’s arrival in Barcelona can’t be told without Nømad Coffee, which was started by Barcelona native Jordi Mestre in 2014. After several years at Nude Espresso in London, Mestre had become a talented barista, roaster, and even had operated a mobile coffee operation—thus the Nømad name—before returning to Barcelona.

When the former National Barista Champion came home, he had hopes of transforming Barcelona’s coffee scene, and to some extent he already has. In just two years, the Nømad brand has achieved an impressive reputation for its strict emphasis on quality. Nømad is another cafe where you are not going to find special milk, decaf, or even sugar, but this doesn’t bother their loyal following of customers. In addition to their three locations, you will now find Nømad coffee served in restaurants across the city, as well as exported throughout Spain and Europe.

Nømad’s landmark location is its Coffee Lab located in the Passatge de Sert, an out of the way passageway between the Born neighborhood and Plaça de Catalunya. Their roastery in Poblenou opened in 2015 and, as well as being a roastery, holds regular training courses for those wanting to improve their coffee knowledge. Their newest store, called Every Day, opened late last year near La Rambla in the rapidly gentrifying El Raval neighborhood.

The communal table at Nømad Every Day is the perfect place to sit and enjoy your hot coffee or signature cold brew, and while the other two locations have great energy, they’re not as well-suited for settling in for a long stay. Pick up a Barcelona specialty guide and map from one of the cafes on this list—Nømad’s Born and El Raval locations can be difficult to find, but absolutely worth the effort.

 

SlowMov

SlowMov is a charming space in the Gràcia neighborhood that is both a coffee roaster and a platform for connecting consumers with local and global producers. Inspired by the Slow Food movement, which focuses on locally grown, fresh produce that respects natural ecosystems, SlowMov does a compelling job of connecting consumers with the farmers who grow their coffee.

The store, which was started in 2015 by Carmen Callizo and Francois Justet, has strong ties to Coutume Café in Paris, where Callizo previously worked, and through whom they continue to source coffees in small lots directly from the farms Coutume visits. The coffee is then brought to Barcelona, where it is roasted on SlowMov’s Giesen W6.

“The coffee revolution is happening on the farms,” Justet tells me, as we sit in their simple, bright, minimalist showroom. “Traceability is the only way for producers to progress, show quality, and become more and more sustainable.”

Carmen Callizo

Indeed, traceability and ecologically sound products are the common threads between the shop’s specialty coffee and other local products. SlowMov has a strong social component, working with the Imperfect Program, which reduces food waste through promoting consumption of “ugly” foods, and by organizing a local colmena platform, which is like a producers’ cooperative, but with less commitment required.

In addition to coffee, SlowMov serves pastries with local, ecological ingredients from Luna Limón and other local pastry shops, as well as sundries like jam, olive oil, juice, fruits, vegetables, wine, and craft beer.

 

Hidden Café

Hidden Café stays true to its name and is secreted off the beaten tourist path in Les Corts, an undiscovered gem of a neighborhood not far from Barcelona’s main Sants train station and the Camp Nou soccer stadium. At Hidden, they pride themselves in doing things a little differently; in addition to their own roasts, you will find well-respected international roasters such as Denmark’s La Cabra Coffee Roasters or France’s Belleville Brûlerie, prepared on a giant Slayer machine.

One feature that makes Hidden unique amongst Barcelona coffee venues is the winning atmosphere they’ve managed to create that pulls you in with great coffee, great music, and a fresh, bright locale that makes you want to take a seat amongst the cacti and industrial décor and stay for a few hours.

Carlos Moral Guerrero, one of the owners, (who loves coffee so much he has the coffee supply chain tattooed on his left arm) explains that they like to let the coffee take center stage. The unassuming location is intentional, as is Hidden’s low-profile marketing strategy, because he prefers to highlight coffee quality rather than be overshadowed by a brand. “Our mission is to diffuse the coffee culture to the public—not to promote ourselves.”

Like many of the stores on this list, Guerrero came to Hidden with a lifetime of experience in coffee (his family owns one of Spain’s largest green coffee traders) as well as deep experience working as a trainer for SCA and experience spending time at origin in Nicaragua, Honduras, and Ethiopia. Continuing the mission of educating the coffee public, Hidden hosts weekly catas or “tastings” and other events such as barista training sessions.

Hidden’s menu includes a wide variety of pour-over and espresso-based options, but if you’re over-caffeinated, try their matcha latte, with matcha which Guerrero’s partner Mateo González sources directly from Japan.

 

Onna Coffee

Onna Coffee (Onna meaning “woman” in Japanese) is a little slice of pura vida in the middle of Barcelona. The owner Anahi Paez, originally from Costa Rica, sources all of the coffee from her native country and roasts it herself at Onna’s nearby roastery.

After coming to Barcelona in 2007, Onna’s first shop was located in a co-working space in the post-industrial neighborhood of El Poblenou, but has recently found its new home in Gràcia, a quintessentially charming Barcelona neighborhood where you still feel like you are in Catalonia, away from the touristy masses.

Paez tells me that there are those customers that come in every day, and it’s easy to see why. “Good coffee, craft care” is Onna’s motto, and it is seen in their attention to detail, friendly baristas, and even a guest book that sits on the coffee station. All of these add to Onna’s good energy and comfortable atmosphere, and as Paez says, “You are the first person they talk to in the morning—that’s a big responsibility.”

“I really want coffee to be perceived as something for everyone,” she continues. “It’s a very humble product, it’s simple, it’s very honest. It brings people together, it generates ideas, people come here to think.”

Lest you think that a cafe serving only Costa Rican coffee might get boring, the cafe prides itself on their many micro-lots and the diversity of their single-origin coffees. The friendly baristas will be more than happy to suggest a new drink for you, or give advice or demonstrations on home brewing at their well-equipped coffee station. The cafe serves a variety of espresso-based and filter brews, and while the milk and sugar options are greater than a few of the other cafes on this list, Paez cautions, “you won’t find decaf at Onna, because decaf doesn’t grow on plants.”

 

Black Remedy

Black Remedy is something completely different in Barcelona. Somewhere between Second Wave and Third Wave, it feels like Barcelona meets Brooklyn meets Starbucks. With a convenient location in the Gothic area, excellent specialty coffee, and quality homemade food—this is a coffee shop with a business strategy.

The lounge-y music, atmosphere, and service are a good reason to check out Black Remedy if you are looking for something with a slightly more American feel. Along with all of these comforts also comes a slightly more corporate vibe, which is not surprising given that Black Remedy is owned by coffee equipment company Compak, whose main factory is located just outside of Barcelona.

The coffee, however, is completely modern. Espresso drinks are made on a custom Slayer machine with beans from a variety of local roasters including Tusell Tostadores, a local Barcelona roaster who sources beans directly from El Salvador, as well as Right Side and Puchero Coffee Roasters, who are based in Vallodolid. Additionally, there are house-made, cold-pressed juices, sandwiches made with roasted meat that’s smoked daily, and a counter full of pastries. This makes Black Remedy an excellent option for a good brunch, which is not easy to come by in Barcelona.

 

The charm of the specialty coffee scene in Barcelona is that it is still small enough that those involved work in coffee because they love it—not because of a popular culture that embraces the specialty movement. The result is a delightful mix of stylish coffee shops, great educational opportunities, and a coffee culture that feels like it is just being born and has yet to be fully defined. Like everything else in the Catalan capital, specialty coffee is rapidly changing and will certainly develop into something with a distinct flavor and an independent character—purely itself, and purely Barcelona.

Sara Mason is founder of SHIFT Social Impact Solutions, and a freelance writer based in Barcelona. Read more Sara Mason on Sprudge.

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12 places with the best coffee in Barcelona

The cold months of autumn and winter makes us want to warm up, as well as having a coffee, here in Barcelona. Everyone enjoys this product in their own way, but everybody loves the purity and nuances of it. 

If a drink can be associated with a quiet moment at home or anywhere else, it is coffee, without any doubt. A beverage for those who have been waiting for a long time, for meetings and for conversations with friends.

Single coffee or a coffee shot, coffee with milk or stained, Viennese or Irish coffee…

The excellent places allow you to enjoy the good coffee of Barcelona

Enjoying some coffee in Barcelona doesn’t depend on the neighborhood or big avenues. The small corner shops, great selections and expertise in roasting are enough for everybody to agree.

This is the best coffee in Barcelona: a question of right places, just as the good taste!

Revolution of coffee

The current revolution of coffee is coming from countries like the USA, Australia and Great Britain. New coffee philosophy by the masters of coffee, with its outstanding students from Barcelona. Like no one else they know to appreciate the beans harvested by hand, which grow in highlands and which are better to process.

Intense Arabica beans, collected in their perfect ripeness and lovingly roasted, this is the king of coffee. A drink that you also might like to consume without sugar or milk.

Best coffee in Barcelona can be also enjoyed without leaving his home

Indescribable sensations that make life more worth living. Discover on your own these 12 excellent cafés from Barcelona which accompany us with sweet snacks and lots of stories.

Cafés in the Ciutat Vella

Cafés El Magnifico(C/ Argenteria, 64) – El BornA business which specializes in the roasting of the 25 best varieties in the world, established in 1919. Besides its incredible selection of coffees, it also has an area for tasting, where you can taste them or seek advice from the owner, Salvador Sans, a true master.

The owner of the café “El Magnífico” belongs to a new generation, with reputation for gourmets of Barcelona

Ale&Hop(C/ Basses de Sant Pere, 10) – El BornA bar specializing in brewing beer, but also with an excellent understanding of coffee and delicious dishes. They developed a coffee with the selected filter, with the same “Costa Rica” beans as in Onna Cafés, which we will learn about later.

Coffee Lab & Shop(Passatge Sert, 12) – El BornA magical place where the roasting and nuances are outstanding. All responsibility of its founder, Jordi Mestre, who opened – after years of experiences in London – this business in Barcelona. A temple of coffee culture. They specialize in variations of “Nomad Coffee“.

Among the new coffee-houses of Barcelona you can also find “Lab & Shop”

Satan’s Coffee Corner(C/Arc de Sant Ramon del Call, 11) – El GóticoCoffee to go, where Marcos Bartolomé, the bartender, creates his own blends with the names of rock stars. The raw material comes from “El Magnifico” of Barcelona and the product, from a creative bartender. They specialize on a variety of “Right Side Coffee“, roasted on their own in Castelldefels.

Cafè de l’Ópera(La Rambla, 74) – El GóticoIt opened in the 18th century as a hostel for travelers, in 1823 it became a Viennese café and in 1929 the business received its current design. With views to the Gran Teatre del Liceu, its elegance and history is a good excuse to stop in the middle of the Rambla. The Café de l’Opera dedicates each month to a product such as coffee, tea or whiskey, with talks or tastings.

Drinking coffee in Barcelona between buildings with history at the Café de l’Opera

Caravelle(C/Pintor Fortuny, 31) – El RavalA bar-restaurant in the heart of Raval, with a bright and minimalistic ambience. The former Bodega Fortuny is now a business, which is specialized in delicious lunch of tacos. They are focused on a variety of “Right Side Coffee“.

Further Cafés from Barcelona

Onna Café(C/Santa Teresa, 1) – GraciaExcellent coffee from Costa Rica and homemade cakes, in Barcelona. This coffee-house is pure craftsmanship, from planting the beans to roastings in the store, served by its excellent barista Rafael da Silva from Brazil.

Tastings of their hand-crafted products of Onna, café in Barcelona

Spice Café(C/ Margarit, 13) – Poble SecThe excellent coffee is not the only reason we know this place. Delicious pastries, with its sought-after ‘carrot cake‘, sweet drinks such as raspberry lemonade or teas like Chai Latte.

SKYE Coffee(C/ Pamplona, 88) – PoblenouA bike-friendly place in an architectur studio, where people like to drink a delicious coffee and relax. Inside, a Citroen HY van from 1972, which was converted into a sidewalk café. They specialize in various “Right Side Coffee“.

Skye Coffee, strong taste of coffee in a former studio in Poblenou, Barcelona

Café Central(C/ Calvet, 1-3) – Sant GervasiA small café where the excellent espresso comes with a glass of water, as it should be. Located exactly on the Avenida Diagonal, a lively place to have breakfast. Their customers claim that this is the best coffee in town.

Café Cometa(C/ Parlament, 20) – EixampleThe owner of Cosmo manages this café, near Sant Antoni. Perfect for breakfast, lunch, snacks or a drink after work. It is a small business, minimalist, colourful and welcoming. They specialize in different “Nomad Coffee“.

“Café Cometa” and “Coffee Lab & Shop” offer a variety of Nomad Coffee to enjoy, a preference for many people

Babèlia – Books & Coffee(C/ Villarroel, 2) – EixampleThe best breakfast, in a quiet place, surrounded by books or with company of friends. Its delicious aromas of coffee or tea, with their delicious homemade cakes and biscuits are reasons not to let pass by.

Delicious coffee in Barcelona with intense flavours and bright colours, as the city itself.

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