All over the world, speciality filter coffee is a growing phenomenon that more and more people are developing a passion for. As the number one coffee drinking country in the world in 2014, followed by Finland and Sweden, it is no surprise that most Dutch cities are full of independent speciality coffee bars that always seem to attract a crowd. We take a look at the best filter coffee bars in Utrecht.
Utrecht’s The Village has become quite the institution in the galaxy of coffee geeks. You’d be forgiven for thinking their hiring policy is ‘men with beards and tattoos.’ However, it’s not all about the looks here: these guys excel at making filter coffee with their tool set of Clever Dripper, French Press, Chemex and V60, and their regularly changing selection of high quality filter coffee beans from Belgian roaster Caffènation. About a 13 minute walk from the train station, The Village lies on the central side, making it an excellent venue from which to go out and explore Utrecht’s old town. Usually full of people, this place is buzzing with activity. There are board games (like Star Wars Guess Who), quirky magazines and a playlist of music and more to keep you entertained but, ultimately, most people come here for the coffee, which we guarantee will make your day.
The Village Coffee & Music, Voorstraat 46, 3512 AP Utrecht, The Netherlands
Blackbird is one of those small, hidden away places that you might easily pass by if you didn’t know what you were looking for. Situated in a quiet part of the Oudegracht (Utrecht’s main canal), Blackbird serves slow coffee from a V60 using beans from roasters such as Het Koffielab (Utrecht), The Barn (Berlin) and Bonanza (also Berlin). Blackbird favors beans that are roasted in small batches and per blend, which means the coffee is always fresh and pure tasting. Blackbird also serves ‘slow juices’, which are made by Willemijn with an always delicious mix of fruit and veg. While Blackbird is a great place to pop in for a quick coffee, the area at the back of the building feels like your second living room and has a relaxed and quiet atmosphere with minimalist décor. Not only do they serve amazing slow juice and coffee, Edwin and Willemijn also sell vintage bicycles, which, in our opinion, make the Dutch experience complete.
Blackbird Coffee & Vintage, Oudegracht 222, 3511 NT Utrecht, The Netherlands
Dirk, Martijn and Olivier’s Brauhaus is relatively a newcomer when it comes to Utrecht’s coffee venues, but it has already built quite a name for itself. What makes Koffie Leute Brauhaus a champion in this area is that slow (filter) coffee is what their business model is all about: these gentlemen have made it their mission to educate the public about the myriad coffee-making techniques, filter coffee beans and subtle aroma and flavour characteristics. Their genuine passion for what they do is contagious and their sparkling personalities make visiting their Brauhaus a pleasure every time. Situated in the upcoming southern quays of Utrecht’s canals, Koffie Leute Brauhaus is part of Druk, a multidisciplinary establishment which also houses various workspaces, a shop, a clothing library, and an indoor greenhouse. The area is perfect for travellers looking to explore a more offbeat part of town.
Koffie Leute Brauhaus, Westerkade 30, 3511 HC Utrecht, The Netherlands