Lad os mødes til kaffe

I think it is fair to say in my time here thus far I have undertaken a comprehensive survey of the coffee on offer. Danes are great consumers of coffee, with one of the highest per capita intakes in the world (fourth on most online rankings). The type and quality of coffee on offer varies greatly, and so does the price.

I have found a couple of really nice coffee bars, selling espresso coffee the equal of the best places in Wellington. Happily flat whites are on sale, and are recognisably the antipodean style, unlike a few flat whites I tried in the UK. Coffee bar is really a good name for these places, as food options are pretty limited. Though I can usually keep M happy with a plain croissant. You certainly pay for the quality, a flat white will set you back on average 35kr (NZ$7.50). It’s a fairly steep price, and certainly not a daily habit! Though many places sell ‘klippekort’, a pre-pay coffee card which can save you 10kr or so per coffee. A coffee at the larger chains, Baresso or Starbucks, will cost you about the same. But, it’ll be rubbish.

I don’t mind paying for a good coffee here. The staff at the places I like are lovely. Because it’s Denmark, I know they are being paid a decent wage for their expertise. I’ve spent long enough earning crappy hospitality wages not to begrudge them that! Admittedly I’m not usually there at peak-times but I’ve never seen one of these places busy like the busy you get down-under. Instead the staff seem to have the time to make each cup perfect. As well as espresso they are often serving the ‘new’ coffee trends, like chemex (which I like) and aeropress (yet to try, must do soon!).

Widely available here, and significantly cheaper, is filter coffee. Usually the quality is good. Turnover seems to be high, so I haven’t yet been served a cup that had that lingering-in-the-pot-for-hours-taste that makes filter coffee awful. Even cheaper are those little automated coffee machines, but unless you are stuck at Ikea, I guarantee you that a better offer can be found nearby. And if you are stuck at Ikea – well, you should definitely go with the Ikea experience and pair it with meatballs and a mini kanelsnegl.

As for taking M to cafes, he is used to it, and as long as he has a snack, or a toy car to play with, he behaves well. They don’t serve fluffies/babycinos here. But, as is so often the case in Denmark, they like to give kids stuff. So a wee glass of milk is often offered for free. M prefers the cold milk, and it keeps us free from the marshmallow demands, so we are all happy.


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