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Enjoy coffee at Lot Sixty One Coffee Roasters.
Enjoy coffee at Lot Sixty One Coffee Roasters.

Food & Drink

Coffee’s hot in Amsterdam

Amsterdam has always been famous for its coffee shops. These days, however, Amsterdam is becoming increasingly famous for its coffee shops (those that serve actual coffee).

Keng Pereira is a trained barista and was recently named runner up at the 2015 Dutch Barista Championship. Amsterdam born and bred, Keng says the Dutch have always been big coffee drinkers but, in recent years, coffee has moved from the kitchen to the outside world.

“Instead of staying home, we’ve started going out for coffee. And as more and more coffee bars start popping up, people are becoming more knowledgeable and adventurous with what they drink,” he notes.

According to Keng, there isn’t a single secret to what makes a great cup of coffee, but good coffee bars do have certain things in common.

“Using a top-quality machine and grinder and keeping a clean workspace really make a difference – along with how and where you source your coffee, of course,” he says.

Here are Keng Pereira’s top five coffe tips:

Headfirst Coffee Roasters

Home of reigning Dutch Barista Champion, Lex Wennecker, who is known for pushing the boundaries and trying out new things. “Ask what’s new and they’ll be sure to make you something special,” says Keng.

Headfirst Coffee Roasters

Westerstraat 150, Amsterdam

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Coffee Company Branderij

Coffee Company opened in Amsterdam in 1996 and dominates the Dutch market with its 36 branches. The shops retain their own character but with a shared concept –an exciting coffee menu in a relaxed environment. Located in Amsterdam’s Eastern Docklands, Coffee Company Branderij is the chain’s roastery and tasting room.

Coffee Company Branderij

Zeeburgerpad 1, Amsterdam

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White Label Coffee

A specialty coffee shop and roastery in up-and-coming West Amsterdam and a good place to try coffee from unusual parts of the world. “Why not ask the staff for their favorite?” urges Keng.

White Label Coffee

Jan Evertsenstraat 136, Amsterdam

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Scandinavian Embassy

Scandinavian Embassy mainly works with Scandinavian suppliers who, Keng says, tend to favor lighter roasts. He goes on to explain that most true coffee lovers generally prefer these lighter roasts as it brings out more complex flavors in the coffee. One of several places bringing filter coffee back in fashion in Amsterdam.

Scandinavian Embassy

Sarphatipark 34, Amsterdam

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Lot Sixty One Coffee Roasters

Australian coffee culture is making a splash everywhere and Amsterdam is no exception. Don’t miss their flat white – the Australian version of the traditional latte or cappuccino that is revolutionizing the world of coffee.

Lot Sixty One Coffee Roasters

Kinkerstraat 112, Amsterdam

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