Our first visit to Screaming Beans was two years ago. At the time we were returning from our South American journey and transiting at Schipol Airport. Given eight hours of transit time, we opted to take a 20-minute train to Amsterdam and walk around the city.
We’ve been here several times before so the canals and “coffee shops” were familiar to us. Ah, but now we had the opportunity to track down a real espresso and brew bar. The real stuff – by which I mean coffee, and not other stimulating substances.
Unfortunately the original outlet of Screaming Beans was being renovated at the time so we couldn’t try the brews there. The new café-cum-restaurant at Eerste Constantijn Huygensstraat had just opened though so we headed there instead. We had some Yirgacheffe brewed using Aeropress, delightfully floral – we still remember it today. Definitely one of our all-time best cups.
Fast forward a couple of years: this time the original outlet is open. From the simple décor (the bar and pastries at the front; a small kitchen at the rear), Screaming Beans is nothing less than invitingly casual.
To sup, a simple salad is ordered. It’s refreshing – apple, feta cheese, rocket leaves, crunchy walnuts. But no one comes here just for the salads, do they?
Yes, the coffee.
This time it’s a hand-brewed El Salvador. Unlike most cafés, the brewing takes place in front of the customer to bring you closer to the barista. A visual feast but also a great opportunity to ask questions.
Do ask questions.
Screaming Beans: Original Coffeebar
Hartenstraat 12, 1016 CB Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Mon-Fri 8am-5pm / Sat 9am-5pm / Sun 10am-5pm