If you are a true coffee connoisseur, Double B is the café for you. While coffee is becoming increasingly popular in St. Petersburg despite the longstanding dominance of tea in Russian culture, few coffee shops in the city offer the same expertise and care as Double B when it comes to roast selection and brewing technique.
Double B runs a four-week coffee education course, which every barista at the café must pass before beginning work with customers. These people know their beans, which means they can tailor your drink to your exact wishes. In addition to old standards like lattes, flat whites, and cappuccinos, Double B has a series of specialty drinks including grapefruit-rosemary raf coffee, a beverage in which the coffee is actually whipped together with cream and sugar. Raf coffee actually originated in Moscow, and it’s a drink you’re likely to find only in Russia, so it’s worth a try while you’re visiting.
Although Double B has locations throughout the city, the one I’m most familiar with is on Rubinshteina St. This Double B has a book exchange shelf, lots of comfy chairs and sofas, and a small display where you can buy coffee beans and tasty snacks to take home if any strike your fancy.