I have come to the conclusion that the secret to success is perseverance. If you want it enough and you get up enough times, it will stick. The dedication implies a consistent person (also important) and let’s face it, the whole time you are trying to believe something into existing, you are also learning, becoming better.
I bring it up because it took Anahi 7 years for her dream of opening Onna café to come into fruition. (And thank goodness for that! Those of you who live here will agree with me that when it comes to coffee, we need all the help we can get.)
The first incarnation of Onna was in Poblenou, in the Valkiria Hub Space. It was a big, impressive shop that suffered from inconsistent foot fall. Not what a good coffee shop needs. What it needs, is people, lots of them, looking to get caffeinated.
So it was that Onna Poblenou closed it’s doors shortly after opening them and relocated to Gràcia. Not just any part of Gràcia, the bit that kisses the top of Passeo de Gracia.
It’s in this small shop that Anahi and her partner man the coffee machine and turn out what I believe is some of the best coffee in Barcelona. They buy their beans green in Costa Rica and roast them locally. Last time I saw her she was just back from Costa Rica. “They had these amazing beans. Amazing. Except some Japanese people bought everything. I begged him, please, just sell me one bag. One bag!”
That is the effort that goes into your cup of coffee. Do you know how that translates into taste? It means it’s incredible. Onna’s is one of the few coffee shops that compels me to order a second coffee as soon as I have finished off the first one.
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C/ de Santa Teresa, 1