As a friend of good coffee I haven’t been spotting too many coffeehouses yet. We are a nation of coffee drinkers and have the highest annual per capita consumption of coffee in the world. But until recently, almost all of it has been the same kind of medium roasted filter coffee, often well matured in a coffeepot. We also know it as “gas station tar”.
Ironically at the moment even the remotest village in Finland is becoming hip, as filter coffee is something enthusiasts now demand in New York and Paris. Well, hip as long as they don’t let anyone taste “the tar”.
Don’t get me wrong, tar will probably save many Monday mornings yet to come. But it tastes awful. Trust me. That kind of coffee is the only sort you cannot find in any of the new quality coffeehouses.
In Helsinki Kahvipaahtimo the stuff itself is not the only enjoyable feature. Walls and premises are filled with old and new findings. I sipped my tasty cappuccino sitting next to an old carpenter’s bench and heard that the coffee sign, just like many other articles, was donated by a customer. B.T.W., Coffee is roasted here, but also sold at Skanno Cafe, address: Mannerheimintie 6.
There’s nothing sturdy to eat, but if you are checking the lovely Kallio and Vallila boroughs, here you’ll surely find some very good coffee to enjoy or take away.