Wednesday, 27 January 2016

Reykjavik Roasters - Reykjavik, Iceland

Iceland has a great food scene and thanks to the guys at Reykjavik Roasters they have a great coffee scene. Not only do they roast their own beans on site but they also distribute those beans to other coffeehouses and restaurants in Reykjavik whilst providing a specialist coffee consultation service.

Reykjavik Roasters take great care in trying to provide a higher quality cup of coffee, they have their minds set on traceability and also Eco friendly innovations.

We visited Reykjavik Roasters on our first full day in Iceland, after wandering around the streets of Reykjavik and visiting the church we were in need of a sit down and to defrost our toes. It's a short walk down the hill from Hallgrimskirkja, their shop doesn't immediately jump out of you but when I visited it was the blue one on the corner. (See below).

As soon as we walked in the smell of coffee hit us straight in the face, with this being one of my favourite aromas and the warmth with greeted us I immediately felt welcome. Inside is fairly small and at busy periods (most periods) it can be difficult to find a table to yourself. Just as we were about to settle with a chap on his iMac another table became free so we jumped up to have a window seat and cosy little table for two.

The coffees available are not too dissimilar to those in the independent coffee shops of the UK, I gladly spotted the flat white and quietly nodded in appreciation that they also served good filter coffee in chemex too.

The coffee was spot on, delightfully smooth quintessential of lightly roasted coffee beans, no bitterness and the milk was at perfect temperature too. A perfect cup in my opinion.

The staff were great, I'm still head over heels with the Icelandic I've never met a nicer nation of people. There isn't too much in the way of food, perhaps a few cakes and some pastries at breakfast time but I'd definitely recommend making a coffee stop (even if you don't need one) on your visit to Reykjavik.

They don't currently ship outside of Europe so if you're visiting be sure to grab a pack of beans, just like I did.

Check here for Iceland travel tips and for a recap on everywhere we ate.

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