A strong statement to say the least. But I have been thinking about it for a long time. Compared to the places I have been to, and taken their newly relocated place into the account, the statement stands.
There is a reason I drive 16 km for a cup of coffee and a scone. From the outskirts of Reykjavik to the Hafnafjörður harbour area. I have been to their newly renovated and relocated place three times now. Once with my wife, once with a friend, and once by myself to work and write this blog entry. My weekness is Americano and it is served by Pálmar, the owner as a double espresso with a small metal cup of steaming water on the side. So I actually have to make my own Americano cup. I can play around with the flavor and strenght. Makes the experience far greater than just a cup. There is never just a cup, but still.
I love the experience of trying to make the perfect cup myself. If you don't want to do it, just as the barista to do if for you. As this blog is about not only the cup, but the search for coffee and the search for the experience itself. This place offers both. The best coffee in my opinion and the best experience.
Pálmar is a former coffee barista national champion of Iceland in coffee cup art. He really knows his stuff. Mentored by the queen of the Icelandic coffee scene, Sonja Grant.
His partner David is an English gent, who bakes the most amazing brownies, scones and all kinds of things on offer at Pallett. According to David, most from his mothers own recipes.
The place looks very relaxing with large tables, sofas, small tables, all a mix match of used things. No designer or slick feel about this place. It is large space with many plants and flowers that gives it warmth and genuine good feeling. Weather you sit there alone working on a computer, or with friends, the place is alive and welcoming. It has this cottage feeling you don't get very often in Iceland. Old desks, a teddy bear sitting in a small kids chair. A real treat for the soul.
The music playing at one time was classic American soul, the next time it was English post punk and early 80's music. All mellow with a slight attitude.
Another thing I have to mention is the chocolate. The best chocolate I have tasted. You can choose from various types of chocolate. From Madacascar, Mexico and other countries. 54% chocolate or even stronger. And there is a genuine difference between the types. I had a taste between two types that looked similar, but it was worlds apart.
The chocolate alone is worth the trip to Pallett Kaffikompany.
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There are many placed to go and and experience coffee and atmosphere. So far this place hold the number one spot.