It’s the colour that captures your attention. From the outside, Bath St. (just off the Octagon) in Dunedin can seem rather grungy. That is until you stumble upon a fire-engine red façade. Brick walls painted a red far more intense than the red of the original bricks, one supposes. Against a white rectangle bright red letters announce that you’ve discovered The Strictly Coffee Company. A stalwart of the Dunedin coffee scene for over 17 years, The Strictly Coffee Company is, as its name suggests, absolutely…Continue Reading “The Strictly Coffee Company, Dunedin”

A city on the North Sea coast of the Netherlands, The Hague (or Den Haag in Dutch) is usually known for two things – being the seat of the Dutch parliament and the home to the U.N.’s International Court of Justice. Perhaps it should be famous for a third thing closer to our hearts: coffee. The best spot for coffee here is indisputably Lola Bikes & Coffee, its reputation likely more due to the former with its array of well-crafted bicycles made by small companies….Continue Reading “Lola Bikes & Coffee, Den Haag”

For a minute there, we forget that we are in the tree-lined Soi Sukhumvit 26 of Phrom Phong. We are transported from humid Bangkok to summery Tokyo: all natural light and blonde woods and… bicycles? Sora City is a bicycle company first and foremost, specialising in their own brand of functional and beautiful city bikes. Their vintage-style two-wheelers are all minimalist in design, inspired by the Japanese and Scandinavian aesthetic. All clean lines, just like the café itself. Stylish bicycle frames, saddles, helmets and accessories…Continue Reading “Sora City, Bangkok”

If you love coffee and you love books, you will love Democratic Coffee. (And who wouldn’t, really? Books and coffee go together like Kirk and Spock, like Batman and Robin.) Hidden away inside the Copenhagen public library in Krystalgade, Democratic Coffee is founded by former marketer Oliver Oxfeldt. He stumbled onto his new vocation thanks to a disdain for the lousy coffee that used to be served in the library café! Why “Democratic”, you might wonder? Well, is there a more democratic space than a…Continue Reading “Democratic Coffee, Copenhagen”

Hipsters in Cape Town are flocking to The Old Biscuit Mill, a former – you guessed it – biscuit factory that has undergone a revitalization of sorts and perhaps the key reason for Woodstock’s rapid change. The brick-red façade of the former mill is well-preserved; clean white lines frame it crisply. While many shops have flamboyant store fronts, one stands apart due to its distinct lack of colour. Espresso Lab Microroasters is all black and white with occasional spots of crimson to draw your attention….Continue Reading “Espresso Lab Microroasters, Cape Town”