Coffee is not just coffee anymore. A couple of decades ago, the Danes learned to drink espresso-based coffees like caffe latte and espresso. The focus was very much on the brewing method, and the shiny Italian machines gained their territory at cafés all around the country. With the new Nordic movement, a new coffee trend started to take place. The light, elegant food inspired the restaurants to serve lighter styles of coffee going back to the Danes’ household brewing method number one: filter coffee. To emphasize the lightness of this brewing method, lighter coffee roasts started to appear in these restaurants resulting in a more fruity, tea-like type of coffee. Many restaurants furthermore introduced more acidic coffee varieties to give freshness to the beverage. They did not even stop there. Some restaurants almost refused to serve milk with the coffee. It is no exaggeration to say that there were some guests, writers etc. being slightly unhappy with the new trend after having spent decades learning to drink rich, darkly roasted espressos.
Slowly, this lighter style of coffee has found its place at the coffee family tree and coffee bars such as Coffee Collective and Copenhagen Coffee Lab have successfully introduced the light filter coffee. A part of this wave has also been a much higher focus on the coffee’s origin. Just like wine, coffee beans taste differently, depending on the varietal, the terroir and the following treatment, and to emphasize these differences you can get single origin coffees from all over the world instead of blends all tasting the same. Coffee Collective works directly with the coffee growers paying them a better price for the coffee.
Kødbyen’s coffee geeks
A still fairly new addition to the growing coffee bar scene in Copenhagen is Prolog Coffee Bar in Kødbyen, Copenhagen’s old meatpacking district. It opened its doors last year and has quickly become a hangout for coffee enthusiasts and chefs. Recently, René Redzepi and Ferran Adria – two world class chefs – showed up together to get a cup of coffee.
“It was such an honor to make coffee for two of the greatest chefs in the world,” co-owner and co-founder Jonas Gehl says.