Cafe Scene: El Cafetero
Subtly sneaked away from the clamor of Marszałkowska, El Cafetero is the neighborhood secret that all need to know…
A Family Affair
First born as a roastery overseen by a father and son, El Cafetero’s growing reputation all but demanded a café in which their results could be showcased. Headed by Milena, the sister of head roaster Konrad, it’s not just her coffee knowledge that has helped the café grow wings, but also the warmth of her welcome – after one visit, you leave with the million dollar feeling of being a seasoned regular.
Don’t let the Marszałkowska address fool you. Set away from the parping traffic and wailing trams, El Cafetero sits amid a row of stores found in the shadow cast by the back end of Pl. Zbawiciela’s iconic church. Presenting quite a sight, its patinated domes and intricate steeples have you thinking you’re somewhere cute and quaint like Vilnius or Lublin. Once the warmer weather hits, admire it from the bench that rests against El Cafetero’s façade.
For certain, that bench sees a lot of action – absolutely tiny in its size, four people are enough to make the interior feel crowded. But what a pleasant space it is: touting a wall of coffee-themed Polaroids and little hanging plant pots, you’re happy to dawdle in this light and bright feelgood space. If you’re in luck, that means snaring one of the window seats.
Neatly presented on the shelves by the entrance, discover the biggest glories of the El Cafetero brand. Bagged up and begging for your enjoyment, these are almost exclusively single origin coffees from Africa and Central and South America. Doing all the fancy filtered stuff, even those bamboozled by the coffee geekery will admire such standards as the silky flat white.
The tiled emerald green counter has been designed to leave just enough space for tempting tasties such as vegan-friendly chocolate and cherry tarts. You might be here for the coffee, but neither should you miss out on these little treasures.
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