The first coffee place I went to after starting this blog was The Reykjavik Roasters in downtown Reykjavik, close the iconic tower of the church on the hill, Hallgrímskirkja. The place was half full, A Kind of Blue by Miles Davis was playing at 9 in the morning on this mid September day.
Was greeted by a new member of staff I had not seen before. Ask for an Americano and had to mention that they keep the creme of the coffee in the cup. After Reykjavik Roasters changed their name from Kaffismiðjan, the new owner wants the coffee to be smooth and with a nice follow through and an even taste. So the bitter creme was the main change to the place since the now owner bought out her partner and founder of that coffeehouse.
Policy of the place was kept similar but the issue with the creme on top. It has to be a good sign when the only difference of opinion is a small change in texture and taste of one drink. I like the new approach to their own gourmet coffee and I understand it. A bitter cup is an acquired taste it seems.
Most people do not give this any thought and just accept the coffee as it comes. But this change has made a huge impact on me. I have to remember and ask for the creme to the the bitterness I seek from only this place, there is just something about the flavor when it changes and mellows into a great coffee.
As usual the music is good there, but if you don't like it, then your simply change the vinyl album yourself and take charge of the place. I also like the fact that one can influence the mood of the place. The seats are not many, and it is common to share a table with strangers there. I have met all kinds of people there, both tourists and locals. It is the only coffee house I know of at this time that you can loose your personal space and might need to share a table and a conversation with people one has never met.
The regulars are all types of people and full of knowledge about everything. Find one.. chat to him.
ps... The coffee was awesome as usual.