FEBRUARY 4, 2016
The Business of Coffee
When you spend a lot of time meeting people at cafes, coworking spaces and offices around the city, you start to develop favorites. Good coffee definitely has something to do with that. So I've gathered three spots that are great for a meeting during the week and serve a mean cappuccino. These 'best in threes' will be a regular feature around here so be sure to check back regularly!
The Hoxton, Amsterdam
Located in the center of town, the hotel is not only a safe suggestion for a morning meeting but one that is often met with great enthusiasm. Their lounge area boasts a whole array of bright-colored armchairs and sofas while the large table upstairs is great when you really want to get some work done. Their delicious coffees are prepared using none other than the locally-roasted beans of Lot Sixty One Coffee Roasters. Plus, there's free Wifi. Random tip? Don't leave without slathering your hands with The Hoxton's own Pen & Ink Hand Wash and Hand Cream (or buy a hand care set to take a piece of The Hoxton home with you). The Hoxton, Amsterdam, Herengracht 255.
Back to Black
This specialty coffee bar, coffee roastery, and concept store is hidden behind the busy Weteringcircuit, just around the corner from one of my favorite streets in Amsterdam, Weteringstraat (I'm going to dedicate a whole Photo Journal to it and you'll understand why). The owners serve delicious cakes and steamed cappuccinos in a wonderful homey/living room setting, the walls decorated with art that ranges from breathtaking landscape photographs to quirky illustrations. I have to warn you: if you manage to score a seat at the window when the sun's shining, you might never want to leave. And after one too many coffees, you may need to find your way to the restroom. Don't get lost in the jungle-like cave that is the basement! Back to Black, Weteringstraat 48.
The cool Scandinavian-meets-Japanese cafe, TOKI, is nestled on the corner of two quiet streets in the Jordaan, right around the corner from the Haarlemmerdijk. During the week, take a seat either by the window or at the iconic centerpiece of a table, fit with a Marmoreal marble top by Max Lamb and DZEK. Indulge in a coffee prepared with Bonanza Coffee beans from Berlin, or sample a Bellocq Tea all the way from Brooklyn, New York. Crafted to even the smallest details, this hangout is sure to have you coming back for more. And remember, go slow, go TOKI. TOKI, Binnen Dommersstraat 15.