Because the craft coffee revolution is still in its nascent phase in Barcelona, there are neighborhoods that are craft coffee deserts. Places where a Starbucks seems like an indiscretion that you might have to commit. Plaça d’Espanya is one of those places. The commercial center of Arenas is a place that seems to sell nothing anyone would want but regardless is always crowded. There is no coffee to be had there.
But walk out two blocks and next to Sandwichez, a local chain that goes in heavy on the bread and thin on the fillings, is Morrow Coffee Roasters.
Shiny and new enough that I fear it might be a chain but the light fittings seem different, thoughtful. And the odd mechanical looking drawing stenciled in black onto the large windows.
They are serving coffee on those wooden boards that are fashionable in Barcelona. I would prefer a saucer but I will take a cumbersome wooden tray if the coffee is good.
The grinder is mustard yellow. There is a picture of a scowling Tom Cruise before he had his teeth done. It causes me to titter to myself in amusement.
My coffee comes with a swan fashioned out of milk. The milk is fresh (and that is really half the battle).
Morrow Coffee roasts their own beans but has as yet to distribute it to other coffee shops. They seem to have enough of their own customers for it though. No surprise given their location.
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Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes, 403
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