Amsterdam’s been slow to catch up on the coffee trend, but thanks to places like Screaming Beans, Headfirst Coffee Roasters and Two for Joy (read the article here), we’re finally moving past our ‘bakkie pleur’ (a ‘mug of drench’, which is the way the residents of the Hague traditionally describe the ridiculously strong, bitter filter coffee that the Dutch like to cook up in large batches).
There’s coffee places everywhere these days, but one of my favorites is the low-key Trakteren, a tiny space in Oud-West full of wooden tables and shiny silver syphons and moka pots, its walls adorned with decorative coffee bean sacks. It opened in 2011, and the two guys that run it really pay attention to their product. I love the mini macchiato they make (also because it looks like a work of art – see above), but their white mocha (made with real chocolate) and Kenyan drip are also amazing.
Trakteren don’t roast in-house, but they have a great changing selection of beans to choose from that can also be bought to take home. Here, you can truly drip your heart out.
Another thing that elevate them above the other brewers in town, is the fact that they organize espresso tastings every first Sunday morning of the month. If you’ve never done it, try it! There’s so much more to coffee then you know. Be sure to call in advance for the tastings as they fill up really quickly.
Trakteren | Coffee & tea | Mini macchiato € 2.20
Jan Pieter Heijestraat 119a
Tue – Fri 08:00 – 18:00, Sat 09:00 – 18:00 | Tastings every 1st Sun 09:00 – 10:00