Tamp & Pull (1) – Budapest (HU)
The friendly neighbourhood café serving premium UK beans
After almost a full day of running around the gorgeous city of Budapest and stopping at several wonderful coffee spots, I was finally about to arrive at the very last one on my list. Trust me, drinking more than 5 coffees in the course of a few hours can even leave someone as well trained as me feeling a bit edgy but I had a mission and I was going to accomplish it.
It was such as lovely day in the city, way warmer than I had initially anticipated and the sun was shining down in its full glory. For a while I stood on the banks of the mighty Danube, letting the gorgeous view sink in. Right across from me was the famous Gellert bath and to my right, the stunning palace that has some of the best city views of any building in the world. Without a doubt, this had to be one of the finest cities in Europe.
To get to my next destination I jumped on one of the old rattling trams that cruise up and down along the river and got off just past the main market hall. Tucked into a little side street next to the Nokia offices, is one of the cities very first specialty coffee shops, which most fittingly is called Tamp & Pull. Sadly, despite the wonderful sunshine everywhere else, Tamp & Pull was in the shade and a cold wind made it rather too chilly to sit outside. After placing my order with barista Jorci, I decided to find a table inside.
The venue itself is quite small, reminicent of those grab-and-go Espresso bars in London, but its decoration gives it a lot of character. A white board covered in graffiti decorates the wall behind the bar, old espresso machine parts are displayed on another wall and large black boards hang from the ceiling doubling as menus.
Tamp & Pull works exclusively with Has Bean from the UK and their selection of coffees was quite extensive. Amongst various single origins from Colombia and Bolivia to name a few, they also feature the Breakfast Bomb and Blake blends. I gave Jorci a sample of the coffee that we got specially roasted for the launch of our own coffee subscription, a Colombia Finca Las Esmeraldas by Single Estate, and invited him to try it out. Consequently we drank one cup of our own coffee and one cup of Has Bean’s Colombia. It was great to compare they two and try to spot the differences. Personally, I thought ours was a bit more fruity.
Jorci mentioned to me that when Tamp & Pull first opened, Budapest’s coffee scene was really nothing to rave about. Unlike many other cities however it leaned more on the Viennese coffee house culture, which of course has a lot more tradition than most other European coffee cultures. The third wave coffee culture, which is now taking Budapest by storm, is still completely different to what the city had to offer before.
This smaller location is where it all began for Tamp & Pull back in 2012. They also have a bigger outlet further north of the center, but I was told by a secret source that this location has the better baristas. Considering its close proximity to many of the cities main attractions, the river Danube and various large hotels, Tamp & Pull should certainly feature on your circuit while in town. Maybe try their current summer special, which is called Espresso Razzizo and consists of: a double Espresso, red berry puree, ice, lemon and lime peel. De-lish!