Coffee and travel
In almost every country of the world you can order a nice cup of coffee. Coffee really has been a world traveler! Through the past centuries coffee has traveled from one country to another and has become part of a nice morning breakfast ritual in lots of countries. However, the local ways of making coffee differ a lot. In Europe you will also find a lot of variations in coffee. In this blog I will explain you a little bit about the Dutch coffee!
Coffee in NL
A normal coffee in The Netherlands is a strong coffee compared to the English blend, but it tastes less stronger than an Italian espresso! A recent development in the Dutch coffee tradition is the barista. In the past decade the barista worked only in luxury hotel bars and only in few cafes. Nowadays more and more cafes send their team to barista courses to make sure they can offer their guests a good quality coffee. Also the variety in coffees has expanded. For example: nowadays also Dutch people can order a ‘flat white’ in a lot of places, while 10 years ago nobody has ever heard of it!
When visiting NL: where to go?
Once you are visiting The Netherlands it doesn’t differ that much in which cafe you order your coffee, the quality is more or less the same. However, important to realize, this is not the country of espresso, but of coffee! Since I happen to know an espresso lover, I have realized what this means. My advice therefore is: when you want to drink a coffee, order a normal coffee, or eventually a cappucino. All the other varieties on the card may taste good, but it is a wild guess. To be honest, in my opinion lots of Dutch cafe’s cannot make a good espresso, although they pretend they can! Lucky us more and more the profession of barista becomes a standard, which gives us a chance on good espresso, but we have a long long way to go.
So, where to go?
The good news is: regardless which place you visit in The Netherlands, as soon as you find a nice looking cafe, you can decide to drink your coffee there. A normal coffee usually costs between 2 euro and 2.50 euro. An important message is shown in the infographic: coffeeshops are not the places to order coffee, you have to visit a place called ‘cafe’ instead. Keep that in mind in case you weren’t aware yet. Take a good look at the pastries, decide if you also want to order one of these along with your coffee, choose a comfortable seat, and enjoy!