Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Home Barista Courses

We have now made several more Home Barista Courses available on our webshop. Buy tickets fast as they tend to sell out quickly.

See dates and book here

Courses are now held on Thursdays for 3 hours from 17.30 till 20.30.

The courses are intended for the serious home barista that have already invested in an espresso machine and grinder and want to learn how to make the most of it.You'll be taught the basic techniques of preparing espresso and steaming milk with the goal of being able to produce quality drinks at home.

If you are 5 people please send us an email at and we can book a separate date just for you.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Want to come work for us?

We are looking to hire more baristas for both our shops.

The job primarily consists of brewing, serving and presenting delicious coffee, but there is also packaging and cleaning duties involved. You don't necessarily need a background as a barista, but a keen interest in learning and tasting coffee is essential. We provide a full training course and many opportunities to learn and explore what coffee can be. In return we're looking for people who are committed to quality, dependable and enjoy to work efficiently.

So if you're into coffee and service and think you could be a great addition to our staff please send in your résumé and an application to

Please make sure to write if you are interested in full time or part time work.

The La Marzocco Espresso Machine

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Birthday 4 years Wednesday

It is tomorrow on Wednesday 4 years since we opened on Jægersborggade.
We will celebrate by brewing free espressos during the whole day at Jægersborggade 10.
If you are interested in trying some really good birthday cake- get in line around 17 hs.

Thank you for 4 years of nice coffee-experiences !

LAT- thank you for last week !

Last Thursday night, our Torvehallerne shop became the stomping ground for 70 odd Latte Artists and spectators in another installment of our ongoing series of Latte Art Throwdowns; Denmarks most ferocious steamed milk-pouring event. In this competition, anyone can join in an attempt to outdo opponents in a series of eliminatory rounds. Every contestant must anti up a small fee, which becomes the winner’s prize. The idea is to go head to head against opponents to pour the prettiest Rosetta, Tulip, Heart, or other mind blowing and innovative pattern onto espresso, after which a panel of snarling, snaggletoothed judges carefully evaluates each design and picks the better of the two for each round. The competition goes on until all are eliminated but the winner, who takes the glory and the pot. Last Thursday, our very own ‘Little Peter’ went on a tulip-pouring rampage and smacked everyone down on his way to the top, walking home with heavy, coin-filled pockets, and a smile that’s still stuck on his face today.

Right before the competition begins, everyone gets a chance to warm up, and the espresso machine becomes swarmed with eager baristas. This little warm up is necessary, since every espresso machine has its quirks. When the competition begins, a volunteer pulls a shot, and the round’s contestants begin steaming their milk. Although many of the participants are experienced baristas who are perfectly able to pour beautiful latte art, the tricky part is keeping a steady hand. Judges, peers, and spectators surround the espresso machine, and it’s normal for a pourer to become tense, and to quiver a little. Unfortunately, a minor wobble can ruin a whole pattern, and cost you the round, making this a very entertaining event to watch, and to participate in. If nothing else, the adrenaline rush makes this worthwhile to try, whether you've tried pouring before or not.

The idea of a Latte Art competition is not new, but its effect is definitely noteworthy, and seems to be similar throughout all Barista communities. This type of lighthearted event allows participants to improve their skills, test different work environments and meet likeminded coffee enthusiasts.

What shocked us about this most recent installment was the incredibly high turnout, with a fantastic mix of curious individuals, home baristas, and representation from most specialty cafes in Copenhagen and Malmo. In our industry, there often seems to be a hermetic seal between the aforementioned parties, which in effect makes everyone lose out socially and professionally, especially when the divide occurs between cafes. Sharing information has become imperative in the specialty coffee industry; a sector that takes enormous strides at an exponential rate. Most of the collaboration and information sharing seems to be done through websites and blogs, which is remarkable, but often cafes forget that their neighbors can be invaluable sources of knowledge and inspiration. These seemingly silly evenings of competition become great opportunities for networking and sharing ideas, and therefore can be major factors in elevating the quality of the coffee that everyone is serving. Many competitions and conventions exist, but none are as casual as these, and therefore they offer a different set of advantages, and a strong sense of community. Perhaps we could be perceived as trying to legitimize the act of getting tipsy and making coffee, but nonetheless, we will continue to host these events, and continue to believe we’re doing something constructive. Please don’t let this meaningful bit deter you from attending; it’s still all just fun and games!

We would like to thank all of those who came on Thursday, and to invite you, and anyone who’s interested to come to our next event. Based on the great success of our last throwdown, which could only be described as epic, we intend on hosting something similar every month. We’ll keep you posted. 

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