I have kind of a problem. My lovely girfriend doesn't drink coffee. I mean, nearly not at all. Conflict of interests, eh?
Our biggest everyday problem is wheter or not I have time to pop in to my favourite coffee shop for a decent espresso. It doesn't ease the situation that I don't really want to drink coffee anywhere else (at least not yet...) because most cafes in Helsinki serve something more like petrol than espresso. There is also a geographical issue. Kaffecentralen, the coffee shop in Helsinki, is located in Punavuori which is a stone's throw away the centre of the town. This "KC-issue" might be the biggest clash in our relationship.
The team behind La Torre. Roman in the middle, Kaffa's Svante 2nd from left, Benjamin rightmost. (Click to enlarge)
Luckily, there's a new café opening in Aleksanterinkatu, right in the centre of the city. La Torrefazione will ease my life, a lot. Kaffa's guys are in, so is Roman (who came second in Vuoden Barista -competiton), so there will be great coffee and also someone who knows how to get the full potential out of the beans. Something I've been waiting for.
La Torre is planned to open any time soon, first cupping session will be next week. I'm really looking forward to that. Their visual image is great and I think they have the potential to become Helsinki's next (or first?) coffee phenomenon. ( I'm hoping they'd need an eager part-time employee...... )