An Instagram ban looks tame compared to this decree from Portland baristas
If you have visited a coffee shop like, ever, you are going to absolutely die watching this underground club of Portlandia baristas unite under the "coffee shop manifesto." Much like the Instagram ban in San Francisco's Four Barrel Coffee shop, or the stroller, milk, and sugar ban at the Berlin coffee shop Barn Roastery, these baristas are sick and tired of you unappreciative consumers. So let's appreciate the baristas for their art — the manifesto:
No chatter at the counter.
Don't even knock on the bathroom door (you know someone is doing their business in there).
No questions. ("You know what's not good here? YOU!")
Check out the full clip of Portlandia here.
6 Best Coffee Shops in Rome
Rome wasn&rsquot built in a day and neither was its coffee culture.
The culture of coffee goes deep in Italy, dating back to the 16th century when Turkish traders first introduced robusta beans to the upper class in Venice all the way to the present day when Starbucks introduced blended Frappuccino coffee drinks to the masses in Florence.
It didn&rsquot take long for Rome cafes to join Italy&rsquos coffee klatch.
Roman history includes architecture, conquerors, fountains&hellip and coffee.
Rome&rsquos oldest cafe, Antico Caffè Greco, opened in 1760 and is still considered by many to be one of the best cafes in Rome if not all of Italy. Luminaries like Casanova, Ibsen, Keats and Wagner have sipped cups of darkly roasted coffee in this cafe over the centuries. Other historic Rome cafes include Caffetteria Sciascia, Giolitti, Sant&rsquoEustachio Il Caffè and Caffè Tazza D&rsquoOro.
Kill two birds with one stone at Gioliti. This Roman coffee bar doubles as one of the city&rsquos best gelato shops.
We prefer to drink modern coffee while exploring Rome&rsquos epic history. We drank this cup of filtered coffee at Faro.
In our fantasy world, we would love the coffee at historic cafes in Rome. We would queue for coffee with locals and quickly down our tiny cups of espresso and larger cappuccinos.
We&rsquod even get into conversations using broken Italian between sips. But, if you know us, you know that we&rsquore partial to specialty or third wave coffee &ndash something relatively new to Italian coffee culture.
Looks are deceiving. These two shots of espresso were made with third wave coffee beans at Pergamino Caffè.
Yes, we prefer to drink coffee brewed with single origin arabica beans that haven&rsquot been over-roasted. In America, we call this style &lsquothird wave coffee&rsquo though most people call it &lsquospecialty coffee&rsquo in countries around the world.
Whatever you want to call it, we didn&rsquot drink any flat whites or pour overs during our first Rome trip in 2010. If there was any there, we never found it.
The specialty coffee choices at Rome coffee shops like Fax Factory are extensive.
What a difference a decade makes.
Our late 2020 visit was a roaring success. Not only did we dive deep into the Rome food scene and eat our cumulative weight in gelato, but we also found great specialty coffee in the eternal city. It excites our coffee loving bones to see the demand for new artisanal methods blossoming among a new generation of Italian-born coffee drinkers, baristas and roasters.
Credit the large international expat population or just the changing tastes of Italians. Either way, we love that the country which invented the espresso machine has begun to embrace coffee&rsquos new wave.
Italians are the best baristas in the world. Why shouldn&rsquot coffee shops in Rome have excellent coffee too?
12. Au Bon Pain
Visitors to Au Bon Pain are offered three different iced coffee blends: French roast, French vanilla, or hazelnut. I chose the French roast and poured myself a cup from a big metal jug. I’m not sure why self-serve iced coffee is never a good sign (I𠆝 be happy to save the barista the trouble of filling a cup with ice and pressing a lever), but it just isn’t. This one tasted like rubber but, in its defense, was also too strong. In a nice bit of synergy, the worst coffee I tried was also the cheapest. I’m sure if you added milk and sugar it𠆝 be fine.
The Ultimate Guide to the Best Coffee Shops in Austin
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Austinites have three things in common: we root for Texas (#hookem), we love our barbecue, and coffee runs through our veins. Thankfully, Austin caters to our needs and there are a plethora of coffee shops to get your fix at. However, this can be a blessing and a curse. How can you possibly choose which coffee shop to spend your time and money at? Thankfully, we've tried out a LOT of them, and we've chosen ones to suit your every mood.
1. When you want to try something new: Fleet CoffeeTaylor Choi
Fleet Coffee is one of the newer coffee shops to make an appearance in Austin, but definitely worth checking out. With drinks like the Saturday Morning Ritual (Fruity Pebble-infused milk, espresso, and a Rice Krispie), the Sandia (Juiceland's Recovery Punch, iced coffee, simple syrup, bitters, and milk), or the E.T. (tonic water, espresso, lime, and simple syrup), it's a must-try for everyone. Plus, they serve up their coffee in bright blue cups that'll look perfect on Insta.
2. When you're gonna be up all night: Epoch Coffee
Epoch is open 24/7, which means they'll be there to keep you going when your 1,000 page essay is due the next day. With plenty of seating and outlet cords hanging from the ceiling, you can settle in for a long night. They've also got an assortment of pastries and pizza (yes, pizza at a coffee shop exists) if you need something a bit heartier.
3. When you want to feel hipster af: Houndstooth Coffee
Houndstooth Coffee is where Brooklyn hipster means Southern hospitality. If you're looking for those unpretentious #coffeeshopvibes, it's the place to be - plus, their logo is literally a fedora. Their crisp, simple decor, delicious coffee, and friendly baristas will make you want to trade in your Nike shorts for thrifted mom jeans.
4. When you want to appreciate the aesthetics: Patika
Sometimes you just need to get away from campus and appreciate the coffee shop aesthetics. At Patika, you can sip on your latte while enjoying the bright, open space and minimalistic decor. If it's a nice day outside, you can also utilize their outdoor patio seating. Plus, they make all their baked goods in their own kitchen, so it's guaranteed to be fresh.
#SpoonTip: Patika also sells wine so you can come to study and then reward yourself with a glass of red.
5. When you need some space: Seventh Flag Coffee
A photo posted by @ghnguyenn on Sep 9, 2016 at 12:26pm PDT
To get that cozy vibe going, a lot of coffee shops can be a little cramped and short on space - this isn't the case at Seventh Flag, though. With small tables littered throughout the shop, two big community tables, AND outdoor patio seating, you're almost guaranteed to be able to find a spot to sit, relax, and enjoy your coffee.
6. When you need a breath of fresh air: Mozart's Coffee Roasters
Located directly on Lake Austin, Mozart's has two stories of outdoor seating for you to enjoy on a nice day. They have a huge selection of specialty drinks (try the Mozart's Mocha Special), gelato, Amy's Ice Cream, pastries, cheesecakes, and desserts that you can eat while you enjoy the sights and sounds of the lake. Oh, and did I mention they have bottomless iced coffee?
7. When you're going on a date: Vintage Heart Coffee
Dinner dates can be expensive, so why not save yourself the money (and time) and try a coffee shop date instead? Vintage Heart has the perfect atmosphere - their comfy couches, small tables, and warm lighting are perfect for intimate, one-on-one conversations.
8. When you want to be one with nature: Figure 8 Coffee Purveyors
Figure 8 has a literal secret garden in the back that's covered in vines, plants, and all sorts of other greenery. If it's nice outside (a rarity in Texas), you can grab your books and head out. If you find yourself stuck inside, though, don't fret - there's plenty of shrubbery and cute succulents scattered throughout the shop.
#SpoonTip: Their giant tiled mirror wall is perfect for the ultimate mirror selfie (and for checking out the cute guy behind you).
9. When you're doing it for the Insta: Mañana Coffee & JuiceTaylor Choi
While a majority of coffee shops have grounds (pun intended) for the perfect Insta, none can compare to Mañana. Their bright, inviting atmosphere comes from the natural light from the huge windows, making the bright blue tiles pop even more. Whether you come for the aesthetics or the coffee, you won't be sorry you tried it out.
10. When you need good quality coffee near campus: Thunderbird Coffee
If you go allll the way down down Dean Keeton, Thunderbird Coffee will be your light at the end of the tunnel. With plenty of outdoor and indoor seating, you're almost guaranteed to find a spot. They're famous for their honeynut latte, but they can whip up a mean chipotle chicken sandwich if you're feeling peckish.
#SpoonTip: Thunderbird offers happy hours on different beers everyday. In addition to that, from 4-7 PM Mon-Fri, you can get $1 Lone Star. You're welcome.
11. When you're obsessed with exposed brick: Summer Moon Coffee
Although the new location of Summer Moon is a bit far from campus, it's definitely worth the drive - plus, you'll be able to get away from the college crowd at the original South 1st St. location. The new location features a brick wall emblazoned with the logo makes the perfect backdrop for their iconic summer moon latte (winter moon if you're feelin' iced coffee).
#SpoonTip: If the summer moon is too sweet for you, you can also order it at half sweetness, aka "half moon," or even a quarter sweetness, aka "quarter moon."
12. When you need a different kind of brew: Wright Brothers Brew and Brew
When you've got a long night ahead of you, you've usually got two options to get you through: coffee or beer. At Wright Brothers, you can have both. With a full espresso bar and 39 rotating taps of craft beer and cider, you literally cannot go wrong.
13. When you want to stay on campus: Lucky Lab Coffee Co.
Lucky Lab combined two of Austin's favorite things, coffee and food trucks, and rolled it into one beautiful creation. The truck sits in Urban Outfitter's Space 24 Twenty on the Drag, which means it's great to grab on your way to class (trust me, I've done it). With unique, seasonal flavors like a rosemary cream latte and the Longhorn latte, you'll never get bored.
14. When you want to make a difference in the world: Dominican Joe
Locally owned and operated, Dominican Joe is partnered with Makarios, a nonprofit organization committed to promoting education and economic development in the Dominican Republic. Your coffee purchase will fuel you for the day, as well as make a difference to the people of that country. So drink your coffee and feel good about it, too.
15: When you just want to find a damn parking spot: Caffe Medici (South Lamar)
Sometimes you want to go to that cute corner coffee shop, but you know that you're either gonna have to try to parallel park or pay some ridiculous fee to park in a garage. Caffe Medici's newer location on South Lamar is here to take all your parking pain away - there are three parking garages, and the one directly behind Medici is free. Yes, FREE. Plus, there's a Shake Shack around the corner for when that chocolate croissant just doesn't cut it.
16. When you need another coffee and beer place: Apanas Coffee & Beer
Is coffee and beer the new wine and cheese? Idk but we're about it. Previously called Two Hands Coffee, Apanas prides itself on bringing the best quality coffee to their store, from farm to cup. Located north by the Domain, there's definitely more seating, natural lighting, and electrical outlets than some of the places closer to campus.
A few things should be considered:
- Keep it simple: Choose a name that&aposs short and sweet and try to avoid cafe names that are difficult for the average Joe to pronounce or spell (pun intended)! You want them to be able to remember you rather than settle for the nearest chain coffee shop. (Yeah, we’re looking at you, Starbucks!)
- Look to your specialty beverages and treats: Find inspiration, perhaps at the bottom of a cup of coffee (or two, or three. ). "Espresso," "Mocha," and "Latte" all sound good in a name, especially to someone yearning for a cup.
- Use your name: If your name is Joe, celebrate with a shot of espresso! Espresso Joe’s sounds pretty good! Even if your name isn&apost Joe, it will add personality and homeyness to your cafe&aposs name.
- Use your location: Location plays a big part in the success of your coffee shop, so why not emphasize it in your shop&aposs name? Manhattan Mocha, Jacksonville Java, and Boston Baristas are just a few examples to get the juices (or should I say coffee) flowing!
- Use adjectives: Using a coffee drink or tasty treat in the name? Try adding different adjectives (hot, homemade, sweet, etc.) to see what flows nicely together.
- Use the theme: If your cafe will have a theme, incorporate it into the name if possible.
- Think of your audience: Are you trying to gear your cafe toward a certain crowd of people? If this is the case, keep this in mind when thinking of cafe names. Youngsters aren’t likely to frequent a cafe called “Old Geezer&aposs Coffee.”
Finding the perfect name for your coffee shop.
12 Obscure Bands
Remember the days when it was super cool and unique to like music that no one had ever heard of? When your friends asked you for recommendations and you only went to concerts with bands who had the most original and crazy names ever? Those days are over. Because it's not cool to like obscure bands anymore, just like it's not cool to like independent films. Nope. The hipsters have completely ruined both of these things and that just seems like something that you have to accept. It's not like you're going to like mainstream music now if you've always liked the cool, alternative stuff. but you need an alternative to the alternative. Something that even the hipsters haven't taken over and ruined. Maybe someone can invent this and soon. Because you're waiting and you think there's definitely a market for it.
The Ultimate Guide to Macau’s Best Coffee Shops
From neighborhood “char chaan teng“s that are still popular to this day, to modern coffee shops popping up all over Macau, there’s no denying that coffee brings people together. The world loves coffee and Macau is no different! Here are the best spots in the city to get caffeinated and also catch up with your buddies. We’ve separated these coffee shops by areas, so you don’t need to worry about being on Macau side and meeting your friend on the island.
A trendy and artsy coffee shop/showroom in Taipa Village, Quarter Square is a place for like-minded people to rest and savor the moments. Visitors are usually greeted by their “PR director”–Copper the Frenchie–the owner’s four-legged friend and inspiration to one of their coffee drinks, the Copperccino, that’s slightly sweetened and extra foamy.
Their house blend is made with beans from Ethiopia, Panama, Nicaragua, and Brazil. Espresso brewed with this blend is the one to come back for. Besides their coffee and Copper, Quarter Square is famous for the friendly people working there. The staff is always happy to explain the difference between various coffee beans they serve and help you to choose yours. While you sip your Copperccino, take a look around as they often have interesting merchandise by various designers, as well as cool art on the walls.
Opening hours: Monday–Saturday, 11:00am–7:30pm Sunday, 12:00pm–7:30pm
Lamgo Coffee & Roasting
A small coffee corner in the same Taipa Village square as Quarter Square, Lamgo Coffee doesn’t have much to offer except for outstanding siphon and espresso coffee. Siphon coffee dates back to the 1800s and some people describe it as the most theatrical. When this method was invented, coffee aficionados believed that boiling kills the taste, so they started experimenting with pressure, temperature and glass bowls. As a result, a vacuum coffee maker was born and it is still used today.
There is no sitting area inside, but with the cozy and quiet Largo Maia de Magalhaes right outside it’s not a deal-breaker. The walls of the small coffee shop are covered with various certificates of coffee craft proving the exceptional skills of Lamgo’s baristas–not that you would need that extra proof after tasting their coffee. Lamgo’s house blend is arabica with a hint of acidity, a bit sweet and bitter. Exiting the coffee shop, check out the gigantic mesmerizing vacuum coffee makers, a true museum-worthy exhibit.
Opening hours: daily, 12:00pm–5:00pm
Lamgo Coffee & Roasting Largo Maia de Magalhães, Taipa, www.instagram.com/lamgocoffeeandroasting
Many locals know Common Table as a nice spot to get together with friends for a laid-back breakfast or lunch. However, this Taipa cafe happens to serve some of the best coffee in the city, mainly thanks to the talented and precise barista Vida. The blend of Brazilian, Colombian, and Yunnan beans creates a balanced, rich-flavored coffee. Try their Project 19 coffee latte, a perfectly balanced Ethiopian blend with a double espresso and 55-degree steamed milk. There might not be a large selection of coffee beans here, but if you are looking for a nice place to eat and a decent cup of coffee, consider Common Table. We dined here and loved it! Read our review on Common Table’s menu options here.
Opening hours: Tuesday–Sunday, 8:00am–12:00am, closed on Mondays
Rooftop Macau has great coffee, plus amazing views to Taipa Village’s center! Sit on their rooftop–hence the name–and enjoy a relaxing moment with one of their coffee-based drinks, which include this rose latte we had. They also sell espresso, cappuccino, regular latte, among other classics. Try it out and you won’t regret it.
Rooftop Macau 49 Rua Correia Da Silva, Taipa Village, +853 6563 3133, www.facebook.com/rooftopmacau
Black by Single Origin
Sharing its space with Harley-Davidson shop, this coffee place has everything you’ll ever need for a quick caffeine fix, especially when good, locally brewed is what you’re looking for. Black makes its drinks with Blooom coffee, which is local and brewed in Macau. You can have all-time favorites like cappuccino, espresso, mocha, lattes, among other choices. Ideal for those looking for a takeaway cup. You can also sit at the counter and sip from their beautiful china!
Black by Single Origin 79 Rua De São João, G/F A, Taipa Village, www.taipavillagemacau.com, www.facebook.com/blackbyso
Photo credit: Ksenia Kuzmina
Munch by Quarter Square
If you are familiar with the quality that Quarter Square in Taipa Village provides, do not hesitate to visit their new coffee corner at Ocean Plaza. Finally, there is a spot for Ocean Gardens residents and those of us who often stop by the area to start their day with an aromatic cup of steaming coffee. It is located in the middle of the plaza and besides coffee drinks, there are home-made cakes, and cookies, as well as kombucha and stylish merchandise. They serve their takeaway coffee in eco cups which are biodegradable and certified compostable.
Tucked in one of Macau’s oldest and (now) trendiest alleys, Pace’s menu includes different coffee beverages, tea, and homemade fresh cookies. This is an ideal spot to chill at if you are looking to get away from the city’s chaos while remaining in its center. Pace’s coffee comes from local roasters, Blooom, and it’s a combination of Ethiopian, Brazilian and Indian beans. An important element here is their oat milk option–an increasing trend of combining oat, rice, soy, or almond milk with your favorite coffee beverage. Non-dairy options can be quite difficult to find in Macau but this coffee shop has it! Prices range between MOP $25 (for a short black) to MOP $48 (for an iced mocha).
Opening hours: Daily, 11:00pm–7:00pm
Pace 49 Rua dos Ervanários, Macau, +853 6238 0391, www.instagram.com/pace_macau
With this very interesting charcoal coffee late, Another Coffee is a great choice when looking for a quiet, yet modern and hip spot to hit for coffee. With lactose-free options available–oat milk and soy milk–we went for the latter. With just the right amount of coffee, this beverage is balanced, warm to the stomach and the coolest to shoot because of it’s original color. This café’s coffee comes from Colombia, Brazil and Ethiopia and it’s roasted in-house. With two shops in the Macau peninsula, Another Coffee stores were designed by MO-Design, a local design company responsible for several cool projects in town and abroad. The second branch is set in Rio Hotel, close to the Macau Polytechnic Institute.
Another Coffee 14 Rua Bispo de Medeiros, Macau +853 6826 6001, www.facebook.com/anothercoffeemacau
Rio Hotel, Shop 6, Rua Luís Gonzaga Gomes, Macau
Beetles Coffee Roasters
Tucked away in quiet and hip Calçada do Amparo–close to Rua dos Ervanários–is Beetles Coffee Roasters. Roasting beans from Ethiopia, Brazil, and other exotic corners of the world. We went for the iced rock salt hazelnut chocolate latte–super fresh, with a touch of sweetness because of the chocolate and a very soft salty pinch due to the salt rocks they put in the hand–but there are classics such as espresso, long black, flat white and cappuccino and innovative recipes like café yuanyang, “dirty”, matcha latte and others tea-based: caramel cappuccino, passion fruit soda ice tea and more.
Opening hours: Daily, 12:00pm–7:00pm
Beetles Coffee Roasters 8 Calçada do Amparo, Macau, +853 6566 6568, www.facebook.com/beetlescoffee
Common Room’s coffee menu isn’t very extensive, but we recommend all their options. However, there is one we like best: their matcha and espresso fusion. When served hot, the cup becomes a beautiful set of colorful layers due to the separation of the ingredients. When cold, everything is mixed together, but fear not, because the taste is great anyways! Common Room is located close to Kiang Wu hospital and offers a lot of seating (two floors), as well as several food items such as pasta, tacos, and sandwiches, brunch dishes, hamburgers, among others. If you’re heading there with friends who don’t take caffeine, let them know there are also fresh juices, teas, and smoothies on the menu too.
Opening hours: Daily, 11:00am–10:00pm
Common Room 47D Rua de Marques de Oliveira, Macau, +853 2836 2379, www.facebook.com/commonroommacau
Amigos Coffee Roaster
If good, simple coffee close to the Nam Van Lakes is what you’re looking for, head to Amigos Coffee Roaster. They roast international beans themselves and this is the company’s second shop: the first is located in Coloane Village. Amigos Coffee Roaster has a minimalistic and relaxing vibe, while small Chinese-style trunks serve as tables. The list of coffee-based beverages is extensive, while they also serve teas and some light meals including sandwiches and toasts. We went for a refreshing drink: Bailey’s iced latte! If you are a fan of this liquor and just can’t get enough of iced coffee, then you’re in the right place. Made with either milk or lactose-free option, oat milk, it’s a great drink to both quench your thirst and add a different touch to your day. This drink costs MOP $48.
The Hideout Coffees
Tucked away on a tiny alley leading to Margaret’s Café e Nata, in Macau side, this coffee shop is both soothing and modern. Serving lots of coffee-based beverages, they also serve tea by Lab Aroma, an international brand with different scents and tastes–from fruity to earthy, you name your preference. When it comes to coffee, we decided to go for the caramel macchiato, which didn’t disappoint. The Hideout Coffees also serves espresso, drip coffee, Portuguese-style coffee with milk, and flavored options, including rose, hazelnut, mocha, and vanilla. They too have lactose-free options such as soy milk. Why not try one of their non-coffee drinks as well? Choose from an array of originals, such as Fuji apple Earl Grey green tea, matcha latte, brown sugar oat milk, among others.
Looks picture-perfect, right? Well, that’s because it kind of is. At Comma Coffee, the staff greets you happily every time. You can choose between hot and iced coffee, there is always a seat during the afternoon and soy milk for all our lactose-intolerant friends. This is a great place to go if you are looking for peaceful moments with only you, your coffee, and perhaps your loved ones, or just a book. Besides coffee, they also serve beverages such as tea and food, including set lunch and other dishes during the day! Single espresso, creamy black, cappuccino, or mocha latte are just some of the choices their menu offers. Prices range between MOP $25 and MOP $50.
Opening hours: 11:00am–7:00pm, closed on Sundays
Comma Coffee 14A Rua da Sé, Wing Kei Building (block I), Macau, www.facebook.com/commamacau, www.instagram.com/comma_macau
A tiny two-story artisan coffee shop, Single Origin is a paradise for coffee snobs. The selection of beans (that you can also take home) is quite extensive and includes coffee from Africa and South America. Ask the barista to guide you through the flavors and tones to choose your perfect beans. Ask about the Roaster Series, a collaboration project with different coffee shops around the world. Every chapter of the series brings a new original blend.
Single Origin’s specialty is pour-over coffee. Although similar to drip coffee, the pour-over technique makes your drink taste even richer. This is achieved by controlling temperature stability and pouring consistency. Basically, the quality of pour-over coffee is directly proportional to barista skills. Luckily, Single Origin’s baristas have nailed that technique. The house blend that they use is Brazilian and Guatemalan beans. The brewing takes some time, but hey, this is not a fast coffee chain. These guys know an aromatic masterpiece needs time and precision.
Opening hours: Daily, 12:00pm–8:00pm
One of the greatest features of Terra is its location. Surrounded by UNESCO heritage sites, this coffee shop makes for a nice pit stop if you’re exploring Macau. The house blend is a mix of Indonesian, Brazilian, and Colombian beans. What a combination! The blend roast is somewhere between medium and strong. If you need some extra energy, ask the barista to make your coffee stronger for an extra MOP $15. For latte lovers, they have a big selection, including Bailey’s latte. As for milk options, they offer regular, almond, and soy. Looking for something refreshing? Give Terra’s fake lager a try too! It’s an unusual, but interesting mix of espresso and tonic water.
Opening hours: Monday–Thursday, 12:00pm–8:00pm Friday–Saturday, 10:00am–9:30pm
Fika Maison – Coffee Space & Drip Bar
In an unassuming corner behind the Government’s Headquarters, is Fika Maison. The coffee shop shares the space with At Light art gallery, both located at Pátio do Narciso. With a relaxing vibe and hidden from the crowds, it’s a great place to order coffee and head outside for some fresh air or a smoke–there’s a cute bench next to the door.
They also have other options rather than milk. Besides classics such as latte or americano, they also serve cappuccino, mocha, flat white, caramel latte, and an innovative beverage which we tried: coffee fizz! Made with lemongrass soda water, the barista pours a single shot of espresso onto it. The combination is a fizzy, fresh drink that tastes like coffee! Pretty great.
Opening hours: Daily, 11:00am–6:00pm
Both a clothing shop and a coffee bar, 9B is the to-go place to buy Korean made fashion items such as clothing, accessories, and more. At the counter, we ordered a “dirty”, which according to the owner of the place, Daphne, is an Australian style: made with cold full cream milk–Japanese, Meiji brand in this case–it’s a fresh drink with no ice. Why is it so good? It doesn’t make the coffee watery, which can happen often when under the Macau hot weather. A single shot of espresso is added to the milk, resulting in a silky and smooth beverage, ideal to have at any given time, really.
Opening hours: Monday–Saturday, 11:00am–7:00pm
Rethink Coffee Roasters
Rethink is all over the city and features several options for those who don’t drink milk. Their hazelnut latte (with oat milk) is delicious and best served cold. Its NAPE shop has both takeaway and dine-in alternatives, so take your time choosing from their wide selection of beverages which includes tea and other non-coffee drinks. Afterward, all you have to do is sit down and watch people go by. If you are in a rush, don’t worry–the staff is happy to make it quick yet tasty!
Opening hours: Daily, 9:30am–10:00pm
Broadway Food Street, A-G022, Broadway Macau, Avenida Marginal Flor de Lotus, Cotai, +853 6881 1319
Opening hours: Daily, 8:00am–7:00pm
Rethink Coffee Roasters Shop H, GF, Tsui Fung Building, Tai Fung Plaza, 76 Rua de Berlim, Alameda Doutor Carlos d’Assumpção, Macau, +853 6356 3838, www.instagram.com/rethinkcoffeeroasters
BLACK by Single Origin
BLACK by Single Origin is one of the best places that serve coffee not only in NAPE but possibly in the whole of Macau. This hipster coffee corner attracts people with their laid back, minimalist exterior as well as the lingering aroma of their freshly brewed coffee. In partnership with Single Origin, all of their coffee beans are produced by Blooom Coffee. They offer choices of black or milk coffee from the menu, including oat milk. You should order their salted caramel latte at least once! The salty aftertaste, paired with the sweetness and bitterness of the coffee, is something you’ll not experience with other drinks. In the summer, their nitro coffee with seasonal flavor choices is a must-try! Among their food options, we like their avocado toast perfect for a quick, light breakfast. Check their Facebook page for updates.
Opening hours: Monday–Friday, 8:00am–5:00pm
14 Travessa do Comandante Mata e Oliveira, R/C, Macau, +853 6264 3365
Opening hours: Monday–Friday, 8:00am–5:00pm
503 Rua de Coimbra, R/C U, Taipa, +853 6231 2508
Opening hours: Thursday–Tuesday, 11:00am–7:30pm
79 Rua de Sao João, R/C A, Taipa, +853 632 59471
Opening hours: Monday–Saturday, 8:00am–5:00pm
BLACK by Single Origin 316 Avenida do Gov. Jaime Silvério Marques, Macau, +853 6202 7524
Sister branch of Single Origin and Blooom Coffee House, and hidden away from one of the busiest areas in Macau, Rua do Campo, Communal Table is a specialty coffee house with a simple industrial design that creates a cozy space. Communal Table serves locally roasted specialty coffee, from pour-over coffee to espresso and from single origin to blended. The concept is simple–a table large enough to share your thoughts, ideas, happiness, coffee, and food with friends and strangers. Along with their Western-style sandwiches that make for a good quick lunch, they also serve a wide selection of coffee and great chiffon cakes. We like their Earl Grey cake and Uji matcha cake with a hot cup of coffee. Aside from coffee, they also serve tasty meals, including fresh salads. Breakfast is available until 10:30am. Coffee beverages range from MOP $25 to MOP $55.
Opening hours: Monday–Friday, 7:45am–6:00pm Saturday and Sunday, 10:00am–7:00pm
Serving up good coffee drinks in a relaxed setting, this wine bar/coffeehouse is situated in one of the most beautiful spots in Macau, between St. Lazarus District and Tap Seac Square. From single espresso to long blacks or different lattes, they have a long list. They generally pour in regular milk when it comes to mixed drinks, but other options are available. Prices range between MOP $20 and MOP $60 for coffee-related items. We had several of their coffee-based drinks–rose latte, espresso, matcha coffee–but the one we like most is the popmallow coffee: slightly burned on top (giving it a caramelized scent) and with a marshmallow, this coffee also includes milk and it’s served hot. Very nice for photos, but also a sweet, nice touch. A nice place to enjoy a glass of wine or chill with a bottle of beer at night. Pop in for a slice of their New York-style cheesecake and a cappuccino, then stay the entire day with a good book or good friends. We’ve tried their hazelnut latte (with soy milk), but variety is key in here.
Opening hours: Daily, 11:00am–9:00pm
Although this spot is mostly know for its vegetarian and vegan food items–as well as great cold pressed juices–there’s a world of coffee drinks to explore in here as well. From your regular espresso to different choices of lattes (with non-lactose options), there are also coffees with alcoholic beverages such as Baileys or Dona Maria. Puffin Café might as well just cater to everyone’s needs when it comes to food: serving both vegetarian and meat-based food, but also coffee, tea and juices, there is an array to try out. We chose their mint latte, which is not only delicious, but super instagrammable! The mint syrup at the bottom gives it a super fresh touch and original flavour. With no added sugars, there’re just two things left to do: stir it and drink it.
Opening hours: Thursday–Tuesday, 11:00am–9:30pm
Puffin Café 16A Rua de Santo António, San Wan Building, Macau, +853 2883 6663, www.facebook.com/puffincafebaron
Café Philo is tucked away close to St. Lazarus district and they have now opened a second location, in Tap Seac area. Boasting a modern, clean and minimalist decor, it is a wonderful place to chill, study or just listen to music with headphones on without the worry of being bothered. Besides coffee selections such as mocha which we highly recommend, latte, espresso, and many others, there are also some non-coffee beverages, such as red cappuccino and other different teas. Unwind here away from the chaos of the city.
Opening hours: Monday–Thursday, 11:00am–8:00pm Friday, 11:00am–1:00am Saturday, 10:30am–1:00am Sunday, 10:30am–8:00pm
Café Philo 6A Rua Nova de São Lázaro, St. Lazarus, Macau
Photo credit: Ksenia Kuzmina
Brew Lab Coffee
Right in the heart of Macau’s historic district, Brew Lab Coffee is a coffee shop that has taken its name to heart when it comes to design. With plants all around the place, test tubes filled with coffee beans, various charts and maps makes it a cool spot to be and to photograph. The location is unbeatable with the iconic Rua da Felicidade only 200 meters away. Cross the road and you will arrive at Senado Square. Hence, it is a perfect place to fuel up on the way to exploring the city.
Try their house blend which consists of beans from Yunnan and Ethiopia. However, there is a list of single-origin coffee as well if you want a pour-over coffee. Here, they take time to prepare you an ideal cuppa, but it’s worth the wait! If you are craving something sweet, some cakes and pastries are available too.
This article was originally written by Macau Lifestyle in February 2019 and updated by Leonor Sá Machado in August 2020.
Frappe: Easy Homemade Recipes
So, what is a Frappe exactly? Well, it consists of four simple ingredients: instant coffee, water, sugar, and milk. Essentially, the frappe is a cold coffee drink. It can be made using either cold water or ice cubes. As long as a result is a chilled coffee, everything’s fair.
The one defining characteristic of a frappe, however, is the thick foam that forms on top. This is achieved by preparing the drink in a shaker or otherwise whipping the drink before serving. Because of the foam, the frappe is served with a straw— that’s the most telling sign of the frappe. The same is true for frappe-inspired drinks, like the frappuccino.
History of Frappe Coffee
Frappe is a french term referring to chilled drinks. “Iced” drinks would be “á la glace,” so they shortened it to just one word in most cases: frappe.
These drinks were not uncommon in Europe starting the 19th century. This is when ice became more available for the general population. But the real explosion of cold coffee came about in Greece in the 1950s.
The inventor of this drink was promoting a cold version of hot cocoa. He would use powdered cocoa, milk, and cold water. He made it in front of potential clients and then presented them with the innovative drink. However, whenever he had a break, he would make it with a twist. He’d add instant coffee instead of cocoa to give him an energy boost.
The drink took the entire country by storm. In no time, it started appearing all over the world.
Nowadays, this drink is one of the coffee drinks favored by Greek people. They are generally biased towards cold coffee. This just a few decades after the invention of the Fredo Espresso.
The Freddo Espresso is somewhat of a more gourmet version of the frappe. Instead of using instant coffee, a shot of espresso is used. It is then sweetened and chilled simultaneously by adding a scoop of ice cream. Yummy!
How to Make a Frappe
Luckily for all of us, preparing a refreshing and energizing frappe is quite simple and can be done in a minute or two.
- 1.7 oz (very) cold water
- 1 oz of instant coffee (less/more to taste)
- 7 oz cold milk
- 2 tbsp sugar
- Ice cubes (optional)
How to make:
- Mix water with instant coffee and sugar. Shake vigorously using a shaker or an electrical whip.
- Once evenly mixed, pour milk and ice cubes. Shake again for at least 30 seconds.
- Pour. A thick foam should rest on top of the drink.
You can also watch this awesome video below.
What is a Frappe vs Frappuccino?
More known outside of Europe, particularly in recent times, is the frappuccino. A frappuccino is a drink inspired by the frappe, but that has adapted itself to the tastes of newer, younger coffee drinkers.
The frappuccino is actually a Starbucks registered trademark, meaning it’s technically an exclusive Starbucks drink. By merging frappe with a cappuccino, you get the frappuccino: a drink with all the refreshing qualities of the frappe with the delicious foamy milk of the cappuccino.
Over the years, the frappuccino has shapeshifted enough to be quite far from being just a mix between frappe and cappuccino. Nowadays, frappuccinos are sweetened and flavored with caramel and chocolate syrup and use whipped cream instead of foam.
A frappe, a simple drink sweetened with just a couple spoonfuls of sugar, seems almost contrary to the frappuccino.
Greek-Style Frappe Recipe
Even traditions change. Here, we’ll teach you a couple of ways of making this drink that is also common in its homeland of Greece.
- 1.7 oz cold water
- (Nestlé is the brand traditionally used in Greece) 1 oz instant coffee
- 1 tbsp sugar
- 1 tbsp condensed milk
- 7 oz milk
- 2 ice cubes
How to make:
- Start by mixing sugar, instant coffee, and water. Whip or shake thoroughly until completely dissolved.
- Add milk and ice cubes shake vigorously again.
- Pour into a tall glass.
- Now, add condensed milk and stir carefully in a circular motion.
Frappe vs. Latte
The original recipe is quite similar to the latte. It is a concentrated coffee in a drink that is mostly milk. And since we shake the frappe, it becomes frothy. Even the foamy layer on top of both drinks is similar!
The main difference, of course, is that frappe uses instant coffee, and a latte uses espresso!
A frappe mocha or mocha frappe uses chocolate syrup and/or whipped cream. It makes for a sweeter, dessert-like coffee beverage.
Mocha coffee is essentially the same. So, what’s the difference? It is prepared with brewed coffee or espresso instead of instant coffee. Mocha is one of the most popular coffee shop menu items.
To make this drink:
- Prepare a frappe as usual
- Add chocolate or cocoa into the mix
- Add whipped cream on top
- Drizzle generously with chocolate syrup
The caramel frappe is a caramel-flavored version. This drink is also prepared by adding whipped cream on top. This extra step is mostly done by fast-food chains. However, a hipster coffee shop will probably skip the whipped cream.
To prepare a caramel frappe, add caramel sauce to the mix and shake. Pour and add whipped cream on top of your coffee. Now drizzle with caramel sauce, and you’ve got yourself a delicious, refreshing caramel frappe!
Are Frappes Unhealthy?
It all depends on what kind you’re drinking. The most basic of frappes will only have milk and sugar. These two ingredients can potentially be unhealthy. However, you can easily substitute for healthier foods.
For example, whole milk can be substituted for skimmed milk. Vegetable milk can be equally low in fat. Also, by reducing fat, you are crafting a much healthier beverage. The other issue is sugar, which is one of the most straightforward ingredients to replace. Use any sugar-free sweetener to make for a lighter, healthier coffee.
If those two conditions are met, then you can enjoy frappe without giving it a second thought. However, the amount of sugar and milk in a regular frappe is low enough for one to enjoy it once in a while without it being unhealthy! Enjoy yourself!
Do Frappes Make you Gain Weight?
Sugar and fat contain quite a few calories. An excess of calories will translate into excess weight. However, as we mentioned before, the amount of these two ingredients in a frappe is unlikely to contribute to weight gain. This is as long as it’s consumed in moderation!
A cup of whole milk has 146 calories, and two tablespoons of sugar contain around 100 calories. All in all, a tall glass of frappe has under 300 calories!
What’s more, if you swap whole milk for skimmed and sugar for artificial sweetener, you have a beverage under 100 calories.
Sherry Harris is the founder of Coffee Shop Lady. She writes about the best coffee beans from around the world, espresso machines, coffee makers, grinders, and showcases delicious coffee drinks and recipes.
What you need to start brewing coffee at home:
The best possible locally roasted coffee beans you can buy
There are two main markers that affect a coffee’s taste: the beans and the roast. Buy whole coffee beans from roasters who source from specific coffee-growing regions and show this off on their packaging, because highlighting farms and regions is a sign they’re investing in good-quality beans. Choose either a single-origin or a good blend to start. Single-origins show off the distinct characteristics of a farm or growing region, while blends tend to balance out flavors.
Freshly roasted beans will have the most flavor and will last you the longest. When talking to a roaster, ask about a coffee’s roast profile and find something that aligns to your taste. Coffee drinkers come in all forms, and one could argue that there are two main camps when it comes to roast styles. The first favor medium-to-darker roasts with bolder but ultimately more comforting flavors (basically coffee that tastes like a really good version of what your parents drank). The other type tends to focus on lighter roasting, higher acid (or fruit-forward characteristics), and even floral notes. The flavors of coffee are virtually endless, and exploring them is why you’re getting into brewing coffee at home in the first place.
Generally speaking, for good-quality coffee, don’t expect to pay anything less than $14 to $15, and often close to $20 for a 12-ounce bag (340 grams) of beans.
Assorted staff picks from Seattle Coffee Gear
A way to boil water
You don’t need a fancy kettle with a special spout. A tea kettle or something for your stove is just fine, while electric brewers tend to bring water up to boiling faster (and sometimes to a specific temperature). I reviewed a bunch of pouring kettles here in the past, and can recommend Bonavita’s electric kettle.
Bonavita electric kettle
A way to grind the coffee
Skip the cheap blade grinders in the appliance section of a drugstore or supermarket they grind unevenly. Instead, aim to get a decent burr mill grinder, as these will be much more consistent. I use a Breville smart coffee grinder because it can be programmed to a specific length of grind time. But I’ve also owned Baratza grinders such as the Encore and the Preciso. The Encore was a fantastic grinder and performed well for years, while the more expensive Preciso broke on me a few times (I sent it in to get it serviced, too). You could also use hand grinders, and I’ve reviewed them extensively. Personally, I wouldn’t recommend owning one if you plan to brew coffee every day at home — they’re best for camping or traveling.
Breville Smart Grinder Pro
A kitchen scale
To properly “dial in” or brew coffee to a certain specification, you’ll want to use a kitchen scale to weigh out both the ground coffee and the water. A fancy one with a timer and weight to the gram is probably overkill for most people. Just make sure whatever scale you use is sturdy and water resistant enough to endure a few errant splashes of liquid. I like the Hario drip scale because it comes with a timer, but for a budget option, I recommend the Etekcity digital scale.
Hario V60 Drip Coffee Scale and Timer
A timing device
A wristwatch or a kitchen timer is really helpful brewing coffee. You’ll see why below.
A good mug
Enjoying coffee is about the complete experience — sight, smell, and even sound and touch — so the drinking vessel makes a big difference. Get a nice vintage diner-style mug, or something to maybe swirl around the last few sips. Either way, pick a mug that makes you happy, because you’ve just made yourself a damn fine cup of coffee.
Coffee Culture: 9 Ultra hipster cafes in Tokyo you must visit
Looking for good grub in Tokyo? The capital city isn’t just about the ramen and sushi bars! These pretty spots will impress the hipster in you.
Amongst the smoke-filled izakayas and the bustling ramen bars, you’ll be surprised to learn that there are a few hidden cafes scattered around Tokyo that serve up some impressive coffee and brunch.
Curiously, Tokyo’s hipster cafe game is pretty strong, and as a testament to Japan’s fascination with minimalist interior decor, you’ll find that a lot of these cafes are aesthetically pleasing, with some original quirks thrown in to make them Instagram-worthy enough to go on your feed. We’ve curated a list of our favourites, so if you’re heading to the capital city of Japan anytime soon, you’ll want to take a few of these names down, for when you feel like a laid-back breakfast or brunch option that isn’t made of miso soup and rice.
Head up to the gallery to check out these top 9 picks of the most hipster cafes in Tokyo, Japan.