I don’t just come to Düsseldorf to study. As a Frahling lover, there is always something new to discover in the city. Who would have thought that you could find so many small, fine roasteries there? During my time as a student, I have discovered many nice cafés and coffee roasteries and would now like to share my favourite places with you.
The Coffee Private Roastery - Olga Sabristova
„Die Kaffee“ is located in Pempelfort, a district not far from the centre of Düsseldorf. Upon entering, we are greeted by the „La Marzocca“ espresso machine and the beautiful assortment of coffee beans. We see coffee beans from many a corner of the world, including coffee from Brazil, India, Costa Rica, Ethiopia and Nicaragua. Coffee can be ordered on the spot, packaged as beans or ground to take home. What amazes me about the concept of this café is the possibility of bringing your own food and mixing it with the house drinks. Something like this is very rare in the restaurant business and makes the place something special.
But I also find something special in the menu. As a lover of coconut, I order a latte macchiato with coconut milk. The coffee tastes wonderful, the coconut milk gently softens the strong flavour, but doesn’t distort it. In addition to the well-known espresso specialities from the portafilter machine, you can choose between different ways of preparing the coffee. My companion orders a hand filter coffee to try. You could also have had the coffee prepared in the Aero or French Press. As we learn in conversation with the extremely friendly and sympathetic shop owner, each coffee bean has its own taste, which can range from fruity to chocolatey-cinnamony.
If you are not yet familiar with the variety of coffee beans, you can try the different types of coffee in „Die Kaffee“. But I am also completely thrilled by the latte art of the house. The youngest of our group gets a Mickey Mouse painted on his cocoa, we women get a delicate squiggly flower. Very stylish and elegant! As they say, the eye eats, in this case, drinks, and we definitely enjoy our drinks.
All in all, it will be a great café visit and definitely worth a recommendation!
- Adresse: Schwerinstr. 23, 40477 Düsseldorf
- Öffnungszeiten: Mo – Fr: 9 – 19 Uhr | Sa: 8 – 18 Uhr geöffnet |
- Webseite: www.die-kaffee.de
The roastery „Vier“ is definitely one of the best cafés in town. There are two locations of „Vier“, one on Wallstraße and one on Marktplatz in the old town of Düsseldorf. Now, in the cold wintertime, it’s a wonderful place to warm up with a hot cup of coffee and enjoy the beguiling smell of freshly roasted coffee beans. The roastery itself is quite small, but extremely cosy. The interior is very rustic and charming in its own way. In the corner by the window, as in many other roasteries, sacks filled with coffee beans are piled up and give the roastery an authentic touch. To the left of the counter, you can see a small, secluded room where the machine is roasting the coffee beans.
The menu cards look like small wooden tablets with the menu engraved on them. The coffee selection is clear. Besides the well-known espresso specialities such as cappuccino, latte macchiato, etc., you can order filter coffee from Panama, Malawi and Zimbabwe. But you can also enjoy African teas, various spritzers and hot chocolate here.
I order a cappuccino, my companion a simple espresso macchiato. The coffee is pleasantly strong and tasty, the latte is fascinating and pleasing to the eye. What I particularly like here, apart from the good coffee, is the fundraising campaign. Right next to the cash register is a medium-sized blue water canister. You can get drinking water from it free of charge in the deposit bottles provided for this purpose. A small donation is requested for the water. The money donated is used to finance the construction of sanitary facilities, water wells and other projects in Malawi. A great cause and we donate directly!
- Address: Marktplatz 12, 40213 Düsseldorf
- Opening hours: Mon – Sat: 9 – 7 pm | Sun: 11 – 6 pm
The „Caphe House“ has its own very special charm and can be found in the Japanese quarter of Düsseldorf on Oststrasse. The unusual spelling of the word „coffee“ alone provocatively draws attention even before entering the café. But the ambience is also super inviting. For smokers, there are cute DIY seats made of wooden pallets and soft cushions in front of the door. Through the glass door you can see the long counter behind which the wonderful coffee specialities are prepared. Another eye-catcher is the large poster next to the menu board. It shows the different proportions of milk, water and milk foam that each coffee speciality owes its genuine taste to. Right next to the cash register, which is also located at the counter, you also have the best view of the house’s selection of cakes and snacks, which you can enjoy with your favourite coffee. But my absolute favourite spot in the „Caphe House“ is the somewhat hidden retro corner, which looks like a 1950s living room. From here you can see the house’s roasting machine. Here, coffee beans from all over the world are roasted and served to visitors in liquid form. Those who want to continue enjoying the roasted bean at home can purchase the packaged coffee beans, which can be found on the shelf next to the roasting machine.
In addition to the very good coffee, the beautiful latte art and the delicious pastries, the „Caphe House“ also has Wifi access, which invites you to stay longer.
- Address: Oststraße 49, 40210 Düsseldorf
- Opening hours: Mon – Thurs: 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. | Fri – Sat: 9 a.m. – 10 p.m. | Sun: open 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
- Website: www.caphe-house.com
Like the „Caphe House“, the coffee roastery „Röstzeit“ is located on Oststraße, but unlike the „Caphe House“, it has no Asian influence. You enter the café and are greeted by the roasting machine and the bags filled with coffee beans. I order the Panama Geisha hand-filter coffee, the most expensive on the menu. But the coffee is well worth the money! It tastes sour but mild at the same time. The full-bodied taste of the coffee unfolds on the tongue a few seconds later and surprises with the almost momentary disappearance of the perceived coffee acidity.
Actually, I don’t like coffee without milk and sugar, but I drink the Panama Geisha straight and with great pleasure. I am thrilled at how delicious a filter coffee can taste! My companion opts for a cappuccino, which is also not to be scoffed at. The espresso needed for this is made on the La Marzocca. In addition to the two preparation methods already mentioned, you could also opt for the French Press, but we’ll leave trying that out for our next visit.
We order a cake and a bagel to go with it. The snack range is comparatively large. Not only do you have a choice of at least four different homemade cakes, but you can also opt for sandwiches, baguettes, flatbreads and piadini. The ambience is modern, the place spacious. You can sit at the tables, but also directly opposite the counter at the high bar stools. The roasted beans, which undergo a gentle long-term roasting directly in the shop, are offered packaged for sale for home consumption. The countries of origin of the coffee beans are Ethiopia, Brazil, Guatemala, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Malawi, México and Panama. Quite a range, in my opinion. If you’re lucky, you can watch the coffee beans being freshly roasted as you enter the café.
The „Kaffeeschmiede“ is located in Oberkassel, a district of Düsseldorf that is particularly popular due to its rich selection of old buildings. The „Kaffeeschmiede“ coffee roasting house is located in just such an old building. The old building splendour of this location is not only characterised by the high ceilings and the spacious rooms. Some of the furniture has been adapted to the old building style. A special eye-catcher is the beautiful seating area at the back of the café. This is furnished with an antique chest of drawers made of dark wood and beautiful carvings.
The coffee here is excellent. I order a Tanzanian filter coffee. It tastes wonderfully strong and is served with a small pot of milk. Most of the coffee beans are roasted in a cosy hall in the neighbourhood next door. This is where the owner holds his coffee seminars, where you can learn a lot about the coffee bean itself, roasting and the history of coffee. The roasting process is a gentle long-term roasting process that almost eliminates the stomach-damaging acids in the coffee beans. As I learn in my conversation with Mr Fejer, he uses mainly highland Arabicas in his café, which indicates the good quality of the coffee beans. From my conversation with the owner of the coffee forge, I can clearly hear his love and passion for coffee.
Not only the coffee is prepared with the utmost care. The pastries served with the hot and cold drinks are also homemade and super delicious. The croissant we get to try is the best I’ve had the pleasure of tasting so far. It’s nice and crispy on the outside, but doesn’t fall apart the moment I bite into it. On the inside, it’s nice and buttery – soft, but not too greasy. I’m really excited about the quality of what this place has to offer and happy to have found my way to this place.