Borgman & Borgman, Leiden

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Borgman & Borgman is a great café located in downtown Leiden in the Netherlands. Leiden may not be as well-known as other Dutch cities such as Amsterdam and Rotterdam but it’s no less beautiful. A university town, Leiden has a gentle, bucolic landscape with pleasant-looking buildings. Folks here love literature; everyone seems to be reading a book or two.

And what better place to enjoy a read than in a cosy café? Borgman & Borgman is a father-and-son run coffee bar and roastery. Rien and Tom Borgman (the senior and junior Borgmans, respectively) roast their own coffee beans, an unusual luxury in a small town. Coffees offered go beyond the expected espresso; they have filter brews here too, either Aeropress or Chemex, and even cold brews. Awesome!

Borgman & Borgman has a casual, relaxing atmosphere – nothing fancy in terms of the décor but simply basic shapes and colours. Minimalist and clean but lived in too. This is a real space for real people. My fellow coffee drinkers nurse their cups and enjoy their breakfast – a sandwich or toastie or something sweet like their caramel-ginger crunchie.

I look around and ponder my surroundings: the café, the baristas, the people around me. It’s like a scene from a movie, a strange yet very familiar one. Every café should feel like this, like home, sort of.

Borgman & Borgman是一家位於萊登(Leiden)市中心的咖啡館。
說起萊登,或許它的名氣不如阿姆斯特丹或鹿特丹等城市來得大,
但它卻是荷蘭的大學城;這裡除了是文人薈萃地外,城市的風景面貌也很怡人。
結合了這些因素,所以雖然Borgman & Borgman的空間不大,
也沒有華麗的裝潢和佈置,但卻是一家非常有感覺的咖啡館。
連帶這的咖啡師也給我一種溫文爾雅的氣息。
我先點了一份三明治和手沖黑咖啡。
新鮮的食材讓簡單的早餐變得可口誘人,配上淺焙的黑咖啡,
也許不豐盛,但絕對是愉悅的一餐。

週末的人潮很多,店裡忙碌極了,
但咖啡師卻依然一副好心情,送食物和咖啡來時,還抽空和我聊了幾句,
并向我推薦荷蘭其他城市的咖啡館。
吃完早餐,在享用咖啡的當兒,
我偷偷透過相機觀察了咖啡師和其他客人,
其中有幾幕,給我好像身在某部電影的感覺;
一種莫名卻美好的情懷。
帶著這樣的心情,我追點了一杯卡布。
沒有美麗的拉花,卻香醇順口;
就如這家咖啡館給我的感覺一樣。


Borgman & Borgman
Nieuwe Rijn 41, 2312 JG Leiden, The Netherlands
Mon 9am-5pm / Tue-Sat 8am-6pm / Sun 10:30am-5pm
+31-71-566-5537
borgmanborgman.nl

Kenny is a writer. CK is a photographer. Together they café-hop around the world and have contributed to The Malay Mail Online, Time Out, and other cool publications. Read more of Kenny’s stories at Life for Beginners and check out CK’s photography at Devil's Tales 胡思亂想.

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