There is nothing feral about Animal Coffee, no leopard print pillows, no jungle soundtrack – despite what the name might imply. It’s a neat shop with prominence being given to a coffee machine that is decorated with some chalk drawings of upended capital letters “A”‘s with whiskers painted on making it look like a mouse or another with a squiggly halo making it look like a lion’s mane. It is simple, subtle to the point of imperceptible.
Besides the point really, the name – the marker drawings of the upended A on some of the chairs – it’s really about Sergio and his love of coffee and fresh milk.
“I’m not sure why it is that shops don’t use fresh milk, it’s a matter of cents really and the change in flavour profile is intense.” There are Nomad beans on my visit but Sergio is polygamous with the handful of Barcelona roasters. I think it’s a good thing, that the few artisanal coffee shops in the city profile different roasters so they can get more exposure.
It seems like an odd location for a coffee shop initially but then I realize that the blocks around the shop are populated by schools and student residences. There are plenty of coffee shops to serve the resident student population but I’m sure that before long, they will be eschewed for this one.
See this and more addresses on my Foodie in Barcelona Map
Carrer de l’Avenir, 44
08021, Sant Gervasi