Coffee Shots – Amsterdam (NL)

Featuring the first Mavam espresso machine in The Netherlands, use-it-yourself Trinity Brewers from Australia and DJ decks you can play your own sets on

  • opening times:
    Mon - Fri: 8 - 17, Sat - Sun: 9 - 17
  • wifi:
    Yes (not in weekends)
  • urls:
    FacebookWebsite
  • price check:
    Espresso: €2,50 / Flat White: €3 / Filter: €1,50 (batch) / €4,50 (pour over)
  • machine:
    Mavam
  • coffees on offer:
    various
  • milk:
    Arla Biologisch

Almost every neighbourhood in Amsterdam has its own specialty coffee bar. Especially in West there is a massive concentration of some of the city’s finest places to get your caffeine fix. Many entrepreneurs are now thinking of venturing to Noord, because this part of town is already dubbed ‘the next big thing’ and if you get in there early enough, you could set the scene for others to follow.

The stunning Mavam espresso machine

The stunning Mavam espresso machine

But there is one last hidden corner of Amsterdam that had thus far been neglected, the Spaarndammerbuurt. Probably one of the city’s cutest and most curious neighbourhoods, the Spaarndammerbuurt is still typically amsterdams and is currently going through somewhat of a transformation that has seen the likes of De Pizza Bakkers arrive on its main thoroughfare. One thing that was still missing was a great coffee bar.

Entrance

Entrance

Coffee Shots founders Arnoud Aalbersberg and Corine Schmal initially set up their business as an app that would allow home baristas to find each other, exchange recipes and possibly even organise get togethers for fellow coffee lovers, but as Arnoud described: “The app got quite a bit of traction but over time we’ve learned that there might be a bit of hesitation to just go to someone’s house for coffee without really knowing the other person.”

Trinity Coffee Brewers

Trinity Coffee Brewers

Thus, in an effort to take the idea from online to offline, Arnoud and Corine found a lovely little spot in the Spaarndammerbuurt where they want to create a meeting place for locals and visitors alike. Arnoud went on to explain: “It’s awful when you go into a café these days and everyone’s just hiding behind their laptops. People don’t talk anymore. We want to encourage people to get to know each other, to catch up.”

Retail bags

Retail bags

But what’s most striking about the coffee bar is its equipment. Coffee Shots is the first place in The Netherlands to feature a futuristic Mavam machine that has the bulk of its equipment stashed away under the counter, it will soon offer nitro and cascara soda on tap and everything, including its Bunn batch brewer, is completely white.

Portafilter with Mavam

Portafilter with Mavam

At the back, there are some Technics 1210MK2 turntables that anyone can use to play a set or just a few tracks. There is a selection of vinyl on for sale or swap and the walls will soon be decorated with regularly changing art from local artists.

Arnoud puts a great emphasis on transparency and his retails bags inform potential buyers that 2% of all turnover will go back to the farmer. While the initiative is good, these sort of promises are difficult to translate into visible benefits unless you roast and sell several tons a month. But even for that, Arnoud has already got a vision. The team is currently looking for a suitable space where to open a ‘San Francisco style’ roastery.

Spin some tunes

Spin some tunes

For now, Coffee Shots, with its selection of single origins from Colombia, Brazil, Kenya and India and its stellar equipment is a welcome addition to the coffee scene here and just in time for this year’s Amsterdam Coffee Festival too. Once everything’s up and running properly you’ll also be able to get light breakfasts, lunches and snacks here to go with your cuppa Joe!

Time to check out the Spaarndammerbuurt peeps!

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