3 years ago, if you wanted a coffee, you went to Magnifico and hoped the two seater bench outside wasn’t occupied. Or tried your luck at finding the bike shop that had Satan’s in it, back when Satan’s was a dinky one man show in a bike shop.
Now. Satan’s looks like it sells expensive bags but instead sends out sublime bowls of chia pudding with thin shards of chocolate bark and dehydrated citrus to accompany their coffee.
The new openings are good looking, they have space, they have mini raspberry financiers. A city that seemed oblivious to how good coffee can be- has suddenly begun speaking fluent craft coffee culture.
Take Atmans in the newly opened Cooccio. Miguel Lamora is at the machine with a menu for you to choose from. A barista for 12 years, 2 in London and the Spanish latte art champion for 2012/13. When I ask for a cafe con leche, he pushes a menu over to me.
“This is what we have. I recommend this though. It’s not on the menu.” He lets me sniff some freshly ground coffee. “Something to eat?”
I’ve convinced some construction workers to let me leave my car in their spot for 15 minutes while I scope the place out. “I’m kind of in a hurry actually. No. You know what? Lets try the avocado toast.”
There are three occupied tables in the enormous space. They are about a month and a half into business so that’s fine. A 7 minute walk from L’illa Diagonalso I expect things to pick up.
Meanwhile the Cooccio space at the back? You can rent kitchens by the hour. Or get advice on starting a food business from “the incubator“. There are also gastronomic special event and pop ups. I’m sad to say I missed the one on the 10/11th of June where Morro Fi, Krepioca and Pizzadillo participated. There are bound to be lots more.
Let’s raise our flat whites to the coffee revolution in Barcelona shall we?
Morales 27 E