A new coffee experience in Copenhagen
Yesterday, The Coffee Collective opened a new coffee bar and roastery at Frederiksberg. I went there to taste their coffee and take a look at their new facilities and equipment. It is no breaking news that they serve the best coffee in town, but they have nevertheless managed to improve the coffee experience even further.
The new shop is situated in an old factory building, that has been spiced up with some Scandinavian minimalism and a lot of top notch coffee equipment. When you step into the place you first see the new Loring Smart Roaster located behind a big transparent glass wall. Then you are met by friendly baristas at the long brew bar eager to take your order and explain about their different coffees.
At the brew bar you find lot of cool equipment and a coffee menu. A really cool thing is the new über Boiler from Marco, that keeps the water used to brew their black coffees at a constant temperature - an important parameter when brewing black coffee. I had a talk with Christian, one of the baristas, about their new coffee menu concept - a concept that I first heard off when the Irish barista Colin Harmon introduced a tasting menu to complement the normal coffees served at his coffee shop Third Floor Espresso in Dublin. With this tasting menu, you get a more in-depth coffee experience.
Christian explained that they focus more on taste profiles. “You order your coffee according to the taste profile you would like and not so much according to the brew method”. For example, right now the baristas think that their new crop Kieni coffee from Kenya tastes very interesting on Hario V60 and their Finca Vista Harmosa from Guatemala tastes really good on Aeropress.
I really like this dynamic concept since the different coffees taste profiles change according to season, year, age of the green bean and roasting profile etc. So the next time you visit the menu might have changed. You can also try your own cupping right at the brew bar if you like. One thing I really like is that you get the coffee served in a jug, so you can drink all the coffee the barista has brewed - no waste of delicious coffee. I really dislike when the barista makes more than a cup and pour the rest in the sink - such a waste. So, double thumbs up.
You can of course still get wonderful espressos, cappuccinos, cortados and in the summer season cold shakeratos. All made from their new La Marzocco Strada espresso machine. A machine where you can adjust the brewing with different pressure profiles - adding a new aspect to the art of making a good espresso. For the milk based drinks they use organic Øllingegaard unhomogenised milk, which according to one of the baristas gives the cappuccinos a toffee-like sweetness.
When drinking your coffee at the brew bar you really feel welcomed by the team of baristas, and they take the time needed to explain about their coffees without being anywhere near to coffee snobs (:
Thus, if you like great coffee and a little enlightening talk, I highly recommend you to visit Coffee Collectives new store at Godthåbsvej 34A.
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