As this website evolves it was inevitable that I would look for coffee in other places than Iceland, if I had the oppertunity to do so. After staying mostly in Iceland the last few years this was a great time to find some good quality coffee abroad. I went to Germany back in 2014 I only found one good coffee place in Friedrichshafen after searching on foot only in the towns around Lake Bodensee.
I would do things differently now, and the EU deal on mobile phone charges changes things a lot while looking for coffee online. Now I can roam online on my local tariffs. That made my 2017 trip to Spain and to England even better and my search for the elusive perfect cup even sweeter.
The next days and weeks I will post about those places, mainly in Spain and England. My trip to England was short but I gained friends and had some awesome coffee while there. The power of Instagram, Twitter and Facebook is truly a marvel.
I went on the typical holiday in Spain during the summer of 2017. I was looking forward to the experience for a few reasons. The day time job was not that great and I needed a break. I also had the chance to take my 7 year old to the beach and stay in the sun for 3 whole weeks. And the prospect of new coffee experiences. The search for the best cup had now formally ventured out of Iceland and gone global.
My local places have been on the up and up, and the quality of good coffee is getting quite good now. And more is on the way on the local Icelandic coffee scene. But now it was time to try new things in Spain. My overall experience in finding coffee in Spain was very interesting. It was not that good actually. Mostly because of different styles in taste and how the Spanish want their coffee. But there are a few places in some places that have good coffee. Overall the Spanish want their coffee dark and bitter, just like I do, but there is one crucial difference between my taste and the Spanish way. The roasting of the beans is Spain is dark and makes the coffee seriously robust. So much so that you NEED sugar in the coffee in order to drink it. I found this to be true in most restaurants in Spain, in the area I was visiting. Torremolinos on Costa Del Sol, Malaga City and the fantastic town of Nerja in Andalucia.
But I did find good coffee along the way. I also tried to buy a bag of local coffee beans and I still have most that in my cupboard for the simple reason that nobody likes it. Too dark and the flavor does not agree with us here. A milder roast and I dont like to put sugar in my coffee unless I want too. England was another experiene all together. I found some fantastic local and trendy coffee shops who have some fantastic coffee on offer.