I first started dreaming of my own café while in NZ. Wandering around the city of Auckland, visiting all those interesting and exciting cafés, chatting with the owners and drinking wonderful coffee gave me already a clear vision of my own café. Last summer, on our InterRail –trip, I wrote down my thoughts, ideas and visions of my dream café. The list ended up being four Moleskine-pages long…
Here’s a little bit revised concoction of my thoughts. It ended up being fairly long, though.
There would be…
-3- or 4-gruppo Slayer espresso machine
-Mazzer / Anfim / similar grinders, grinding on-demand.
-“Slow Coffee” - French Press by order, dripper (Hario V60) station – maybe a siphon also.
20,000$ Japanese siphon brewer at Blue Bottle Café in San Fransisco, CA
-Fresh roasted coffee. Various single estate coffees and own blends for both espresso and milk based drinks. The coffees would be changing by the season and harvesting times.
-Consistency. Every shot of espresso has to be great, an experience for the drinker. Every employee should be able to produce amazing coffee, so constant training and aim for better would be the norm. “Think that every shot you make is your competition shot in WBC going for the judges.”
-Workshops. Coffee expertise shouldn’t be any kind of secret, it should be shared. The more you give, the more you get.
-Seasonal products – we would not be serving asparagus imported from Peru in the middle of the winter.
-A coffee menu (as in Tim Wendelboe’s and in Third Floor Espresso) – no coffee would be served outside daily changing menu.
Coffee menu at Third Floor Espresso, Dublin, Ireland
-A large communal table as well as a few smaller ones.
Who could resist eating around the same table with these two little princess? Dida's, Auckland.
-Fresh, tasty, organic and diverse selection of foods and pastry, changing weekly or so.
-Nice, smart and clean toilets with individual towels (as in Michelin restaurants – a small luxury).
-Design furniture, tableware, lighting (Louis Poulsen’s lamps) etc.
-Ergonomic and comfortable tables and seats. Wooden tables and chairs made in Italy alongside leather sofas.
-Small selection of fine alcohols, for example a few great beers in tap and NZ wines by glass.
-Selection of foreign magazines, including Vanity Fair, the Economist, Monocle and Wallpaper.
-Passionate staff, both about coffee and food.
-Nice and funny details, such as this Buzz Lightyear table queue "number"
-Mixture of bright, vibrant and energetic colors with some shady and lighter colors to balance.
-Comfortable and cosy while still being trendy.
-There would be lots of light, at the evenings some cosy and soft lightning.
-Open also on Sundays. Here in Helsinki there is no place open on Sundays I could go and have a coffee (that I could enjoy).
-Different materials used in the decoration and design.
I do acknowledge that this café is quite hypothetical and that the budget would have to be enormous, but hey, it’s just on the dream level! Maybe someday there would be a place like this..