Koala Republic – Amsterdam (NL)

Smart food, a fun interior and great coffee are the characteristics of this super exciting new arrival in Amsterdam De Baarsjes

  • opening times:
    Temporary opening times: Mon: Closed, Tue - Sun: 10 - 18
  • wifi:
    Yes
  • price check:
    Espresso: €2,50 / Flat White: €3,50 / Filter: €
  • machine:
    La Marzocco Linea PB
  • coffees on offer:
    various
  • milk:
    AH Jersey milk & Eco Zuivel

Truth be told; 2016 was not a very exciting year in the Amsterdam coffee scene. Except for Lex Wenneker coming 6th in the World Barista Championships, founding Friedhats Coffee with his buddy Dylan Sedgwick and the opening of Monks Coffee Roasters, there really wasn’t much to report. It seemed as if everyone had run out of ideas and instead of coming up with exciting new concepts, many businesses just focused on opening as many carbon copies of themselves as possible. Until now.

Barista Nathan Greenfield

Barista Nathan Greenfield

A few days ago saw the opening of a super exciting new hangout in Amsterdam west named Koala Republic. Inspired by a previously somewhat unhealthy lifestyle, one that many people with stressful desk jobs suffer from, founders Hicham Batou and Khalil Jobally wanted to create a place where every item on the menu has lots of nutritional value, looks beautiful and tastes great. This is what they call ‘smart food’.

Korean Rasta

Korean Rasta

Hicham explained: “We have three profiles that people fit into: the koala, the eagle and the leopard. You see, everyone has different needs at different times of the day. Some people might want a more protein-rich diet while others need more fibres. The items on our menu can provide all of those things without any added sugars, preservatives or other nasty stuff.”

Details

Details

Items on the menu include things such as: Kungfu eggs Benedict, a delicious dairy-free pumpkin soup and an excellent and refreshing Korean rasta salad.

View of the space

View of the space

The interior is clean and playful with well-thought out details that make hanging out here really fun. From a table that you can only reach by climbing a ladder to resting your feet on swings, Koala’s interior feels like a modern interpretation of the jungle book in the concrete jungle.

How awesome is this table?

How awesome is this table?

When it comes to coffee, things get interesting yet again. The current house blend is made up of a Swiss water technique treated Ethiopia Sidamo decaf and a Colombia, Finca Cascada that contains 60% less caffeine than the average, and as Hicham revealed: “I change the composition of this blend on a regular basis. The idea is that by reducing the caffeine you can drink a lot more coffee without experiencing fatigue.”

Swings for your feet

Swings for your feet

Currently Koala Republic serves White Label and has Friedhats for sale but Hicham stated that he didn’t believe in always getting your coffee from the same roasters. “I want to be able to pick seasonal coffees that fit the mood and I can only do that if I am free to choose who I want to source my coffees from,” he said.

Upside down plants

Upside down plants

Koala Republic adds a very welcome new layer of flavour, quality and thinking to Amsterdam’s coffee scene, and in particular, to the city’s west, which has been overrun by burger joints and pizzerias but still offers few really exciting food options that aren’t expensive or pretentious.

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