Bocca Store – Amsterdam (NL)

After a decade of suppying coffees to some of the countries finest coffee bars, Bocca comes out of the shadows with a state of the art showroom and café.

  • opening times:
    Mon - Fri: 8 - 18, Sat - Sun: 9 - 18
  • wifi:
    Yes
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  • price check:
    Espresso: €2 / Flat White: €2,50
  • machine:
    La Marzocco Strada, Synesso
  • coffees on offer:
    various filter and espresso roasts
  • milk:
    Frisland Campina

In today’s world where everything that’s cool and hip seems to be attached to the word ‘indie’ – indie brands, indie mags, indie music, you name it – it often seems that big brands become more and more irrelevant if they don’t actively seek to reconnect with their target customers through a more local, personal and often physical approach. Just look at Amazon who recently opened it’s first bookshop in Seattle or supermarket chains like Marqt (in The Netherlands) who claim most of their products are locally sourced (debatable but you get the point).

View of the bar with four grinders

View of the bar with four grinders

Of course in specialty coffee most brands are local any way and even if they operate stores across the nation like in the case of Stumptown, Intelligentia or Blue Bottle in the US, they still create a completely unique character for themselves in each location.

Extracting a perfect espresso

Extracting a perfect espresso

In The Netherlands, one of the early pioneers in specialty coffee is Bocca, founded by the Simons brothers more than a decade ago. At first, like many coffee profs, Menno began roasting coffee on a small 15kg Probat roaster in his garage. Quickly, he started supplying local cafés and restaurants with his high quality and carefully roasted beans and before too long, Bocca grew to be one of the biggest specialty coffee roasters in the country.


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Menno and his brother Tewis take care of the brand Bocca and its business to business and business to consumer strategies while Menno is also involed in Trabocca, a seperate business that specializes in importing green coffee and maintains several high profile projects in places like Cabo Verde, Ethiopia and Indonesia.

4 group Strada

4 group Strada

Recently, the Bocca team opened in Amsterdam its own proper tasting, training and showroom. And indeed that’s what it is. Located in an unassuming garage on the Kerkstraat, the space is anything if not spectacular. High ceilings, lots of light and wood create a warm atmosphere that is completed by state of the art coffee equipment and some of the most talented baristas in town, many of whom even worked at our filter coffee bar over the summer. You know who you are guys.

Retail shelf

Retail shelf

During my chat with Menno the other day when we enjoyed a cup of Bocca’s very own Fogo espresso from Cabo Verde (one of the very few in the world to source small batch specialty coffee from these islands), he explained that the main raison d’etre of this space was to bring Bocca closer to its customers, be they entrepreneurs interested in serving its coffees or consumers who are keen to find out what’s behind the brand with the woman drinking coffee on its label.

Wood and concrete dominate

Wood and concrete dominate

Menno also stressed that him and his brother are not experts on how to create the perfect bar but they employ great baristas with decades of experience that help to advise customers on what to put where. No costs were spared to make this room superlative in every sense of the word. The Bocca store is the only place in the world where you’ll find a four group La Marzocco Strada, especially developed for them. There’s also a three group Synesso, a Linea used for trainings and every kind of slow brew equipment you can think of.

Seating corner

Seating corner

For any barista with the right ambition this place is a total playground and for any customer with any kind of curiosity about great coffee can just sit down at the bar and watch the magic unfold at the hands of local coffee legends like Vinni, Julia and more.

Oh, and I might add, the coffee’s also great!

All images courtesy of Bocca.

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What our reader said

admin said:

Hallo Reinhard, Bocca offers this coffee but it's very limited. I have only had it there. We have not had a chance to include this in our coffee box. Best, The Coffeevine

Reinhard Zabel said:

I'm looking for capverdian coffee. Do you offer this coffee in the next time? Or do you know someone who offers this coffee? Best regards Reinhard Zabel


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