Wednesday, 8 November 2017

Coffee Collective and Meyers Bageri - Copenhagen

I’ve included both The Coffee Collective and Meyers Bageri together in this one post, although it could be argued that they deserve their own separate posts. My reasons for doing so is largely due to only having visited Copenhagen once, and the time that I did, I enjoyed them both together.

I’ll start with a little information about Meyers Bageri, the place to go for the best cinnamon buns (kanelsunrrer) in town (I am reliably informed). Meyers is owned by Claus Meyer, a chef, entrepreneur, baker and confectioner. In his bakery on Jaegersborrade you can buy organic bread, freshly ground flour, cakes and most importantly (for me) cinnamon buns. The bakery is tiny and can only accommodate 5 people inside at a time, pre-working hours and weekends are their busiest times, so if you’re a tourist try taking breakfast a little later.

Meyers has since opened in a number of locations across Copenhagen, a quick google map search will helpfully locate these for you.

Coffee Collective stocks Meyer’s produce, but it you visit late morning, as we did, you may find these almost all eaten and gone. However, we were welcomed to eat our gatherings from the separate bakery within Coffee Collective’s shop, but I would always check with them first that they are happy for you to do so.

Coffee Collective is one of the most popular coffee roasters in Copenhagen. They have three coffee shops (at the time of writing) and they also sell their coffee to other coffee shops in the area (see another coffee shop you can find their coffee in here).

The guys behind Coffee Collective are adherently passionate about fine coffee, and with this they are also mindful in their trading practises, making sure that the coffee they buy provides better living conditions to the coffee farmers they work with across the globe. They state their dream is that one day their coffee farmer in Kenya will a comparable (in status and living conditions) life to a wine grower in France. I respect this ethos greatly.

Coffee Collective roast their own coffee, which means that their coffee shops are serving to you the freshest coffee you can get your hands on. The coffee is lightly roasted (as opposed to dark roasted beans you will find in well-known chains) and is my preferred option when it comes to coffee.

Nearly every coffee shop I go to has a different opinion on what a flat white, a latte, a cappuccino (and the rest) should be. I took advantage of the friendly nature of the guy serving us and asked him to break down for me how their menu worked. A lot of the coffee shops in Copenhagen offered either a double or single shot of espresso in your latte, from experience in the UK this isn’t usually an obvious option and some shops differ in their standard offering, leading you to think that perhaps the smaller cup you got from somewhere else isn’t as worth it as the larger cup you got from another place but you ordered a standard latte from both. I quizzed the difference here between a latte and cappuccino (there being no flat white on the menu) and was told that the cappuccino contains less milk than the latte but the latte has a creamier texture. (In Layne’s you will find more milk in your cappuccino and in Starbucks they tell me the difference between theirs is that one has frothy milk and the other doesn’t).

The coffee was excellent and I couldn’t resist buying a bag to take home with us to enjoy it further at home.

We visited two branches of Coffee Collective whilst in Copenhagen, the one opposite Meyers Bageri on Jaegersborrade and the one in Torvehallerne (whilst suffering from a slight hangover) and it was excellent in both locations. Definitely check them out if you’re visiting.


170 Danish Krone (£19.67 for coffee) and 69 Danish Krone (£7.99) pastries

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