EspressoBar I Love Coffee, Bruges

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It’s not quite Mick Jagger’s mouth that stares at you from across the street but the similarity to The Rolling Stones’ infamous tongue and lips logo (created by English designer John Pasch) is unmistakable. Here, the lips spell out the name and the philosophy of the café — quite simply: I Love Coffee.

(Yes, that is a roasted coffee bean those pearly whites are in the process of chomping on.)

EspressoBar I Love Coffee is also perhaps Bruges’ most serious coffee bar, serving real flat whites and single-origin espressos instead of the usual weak cappuccino with a dollop of froth on top. No lacklustre Belgian coffee here.

With the tagline “Open When Not Closed, Closed When Not Open”, it’s a surprise to discover the café is open daily (aside from the occasional public holiday. They roast their own coffee beans here and the bar is frequented by locals in the know (as well as the random caffeine-crazed tourist given a heads-up by a kind shop owner).

The place has a decidedly rock ‘n’ roll bohemian chic vibe but the owner does have a wicked sense of humour. (The urinals in the gents manages to mirror their irreverent logo, is all we can say.) It’s the perfect place to rest your feet after wandering around the canals and bridges of Bruges, as even our four-legged friends must agree.

在比利時的三天里,我們分別拜訪了三個城市。
其中一天我們來到了這素有北方威尼斯之稱的布魯日。
沒什麼特定行程,我們幾近漫無目的地隨性亂走,
其中走過了老街,逛過了河道,
還遇到了一家有趣的咖啡館EspressoBar I Love Coffee。

要找這家咖啡館其實一點都不難,
因為在老遠的地方就可以看到咖啡館外頭那鮮紅的大唇和店名。
踏入館內,入眼的除了那長長的吧檯外,還有吧檯旁那烘豆機。
是的,這裡的豆子都由自家烘焙,除了單品手沖外,還有單品的意式咖啡。
相比之下我會喜歡單品意式卡布多些。
如果細細觀察,你會發現咖啡館的細微末節處有著許多有趣的地方,
一盞盞由茶匙組成的燈罩,用咖啡把手代替門把以及那些趣致的標語等。
好咖啡加上舒適的環境,這裡是當地人愛來放鬆心情的一家咖啡館。
不信你看,連狗狗都悠閒的睡著了呢。


EspressoBar I Love Coffee
Sint-Jakobsstraat 10, 8000 Brugge, Belgium
Mon-Sun 8:30am-5:30pm
+32-498-516-340
ilovecoffee.be

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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