Or Coffee – Brussels (BE)

One of the European capital’s first specialty coffee bars, OR Coffee is helping Brusselians, to discover delicious coffee

  • opening times:
    Mo - Fr: 8 - 18, Sa: 9 - 18, Su: Closed
  • wifi:
    Yes
  • urls:
    FacebookWebsite
  • price check:
    Espresso: €2,20 / Flat White: €2,90
  • machine:
    La Marzocco Linea
  • coffees on offer:
    various Espresso and filter roasts
  • milk:
    Mik
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Being Brussles must be difficult. I don’t know of any other European city that is so loved and hated at the same time. No other city that tries to be in charge of things while its surroundings are completely at odds with each other (Flanders and Wallonia in this case). The funny thing is, I know a bunch of people who have lived there or continue to call the Belgian and European capital their home and they love it there!

The sunny outside

The sunny outside

However, there is something really fun about this metropolis. It’s extremely diverse and full of life. Its people have a ‘can do’ attitude normally found in cities like Berlin and Rotterdam that were razed to the ground during war or split across the middle for half a century. Naturally, not everything that comes out of this way of life is worth reporting on but Brussels has been making quiet progress to rival its smaller sister Antwerp to the north when it comes to having a decent coffee scene of its own.

Large communal table

Large communal table

One of the first specialty coffee shops to appear in the city was Or Coffee, part of a small specialty coffee chain based in Ghent. The shop, just off Beurs / Bourse is a cozy place with lots of exposed brick, high ceilings and a lovely terrace that allows for excellent people watching in the warmer months.

The coffees are all roasted at Or’s roastery in Westerem and founders Katrien Pauwels and Tom Janssens make sure their employees don’t just spend day after day steaming milk and pouring shots. Indeed, as head barista Dorien told me, everyone gets to visit an origin country and also gets sent off on research tours of other European cities like London, Berlin, Amsterdam or Paris. 

Jessica and Dorien

Jessica and Dorien

The coffees are mostly sourced directly from long-term partner farms and co-ops, allowing the team to build ever closer ties with them and continue to share knowledge and pledge investments in local infrastructure, education and other iniatives.

One thing I thought was really cute was how Dorien described some of the locals how come in for the first time and order a filter coffee. “We always advise them to drink it without added milk and sugar but some new customers respond ‘that’s not how you drink coffee!’ Sometimes we can win them over and the next time they come in they ask for a black coffee. It’s really funny to see how quickly it becomes a matter of pride to drink specialty coffee black.”

My Burundi V60 and my friend's Frappe

My Burundi pour over and my friend’s Frappe

Although the city has made some progress with regards to developing its own specialty coffee scene, Or Coffee remains one of the few really good spots that any visitor to the city should seek out.


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What our reader said

admin said:

Hi there Alfiya We can only review cafés that we can actually visit ourselves. If we have a chance to pass by we'd love to come and say hi! Best,

Alfiya Karimova said:

Hi guys, would you mind to take a look and possible review a new Coffee house Bocca Moka located near to Av.Louise? They have so varied coffee menu and lovely warm atmosphere. Would be interesting to read your opinion as they tried to recreate NYC style coffeehouse. And they have free wifi! Here is their website: http://boccamoka.com/ Thank you, Alfiya


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