This is becoming something of an obsession of mine. Mind you, when you’re in a new place for a prolonged period of time even people with an addictive behaviour disorder like myself can get way too enthusiastic over a project or a past time. Like finding new coffee places serving decent coffee. For those less interested in this quest of mine I promise to have a blog entry on a quirky fashion issue soon.
The latest coffee place I went to is just off Spui, towards Singel, hidden away in a little alleyway. It’s nice to walk around Amsterdam since these small alleys are just like the Closes in Edinburgh, just not as steep. They pop up more regularly in certain areas of the city than in others but are always really cosy and hiding interesting shops, cafés or bars. The place I took S. to the other day is called Lungoccino and can be found at Heisteeg 5. It is a really wee place so not for long lounging with your Sunday paper. But that’s okay since it is a small coffee bar kind of place with no intentions of being anything more than that. Great for an espresso or for take-away. It has been very highly ranked in an espresso ranking list over espresso places in Amsterdam so I thought I just had to try it when I had an hour off work and, well, so I did. Was it as amazing as one could expect? No. It was a very good espresso and an equally good macchiato, but to have the top ranking in Amsterdam? No way. The Feama machine did a good job, as did the barista on the day, but I don’t know what it was that made me feel let down. I think it was just a bit plain. No real roundness in the taste, no proper créma on the espresso. On the plus side it wasn’t bitter at all, so something obviously worked in Lungoccino’s favour. I can probably assure you won’t get a bad espresso, but there’s no need to run there first thing you’re off the train from Schiphol. Go to Coffee Connection instead. It’s so far the best coffee I’ve tried here in Amsterdam. It’s also much closer to the train station.