Man met Bril – Rotterdam (NL)

Rotterdam’s coffee legend Paul Sharo opens lovely café and roastery in converted railway arches.

  • opening times:
    Mo - Su: 9 - 18
  • wifi:
    Yes
  • urls:
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  • price check:
    Double espresso: €2,50 / Flat White: €3,50
  • machine:
    Slayer
  • coffees on offer:
    various espresso and filter roasts
  • milk:
    Campina
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The Rotterdam food and drink scene is certainly one of the most exiting in The Netherlands. To some degree maybe even more exciting than Amsterdam but you’ll be your own judge. In coffee, the city in the south of the country certainly is making big steps to match Amsterdam in terms of quality and diversity.

The bar

The bar

One of the most recent openings saw local coffee pioneer Paul Sharo open a brand new space for his Man met Bril brand. Located in converted railway arches in the Agniesebuurt just East of the stunning Central Station, Man met Bril focuses on excellent coffees that are roasted and brewed to perfection.

Jelle van Rossum, who gained a bit of fame in the coffee scene, is currently showing off his skills as a Roaster and Barista while preparing for the Dutch Brewers Cup in May. During my visit he served my friend and I two perfectly crafted filter coffees each and explained that he uses a slightly different technique for getting the most out of each cup. Indeed, he grinds the coffee slightly coarser for the v60 and pours the water, which is heated to 80ºC, over the grounds in one go, leaving behind a crater in the filter.

A lovely filter coffee

A lovely filter coffee

The result? A beautifully clean and fragrant cuppa Joe. Next to that, they also have a small selection of breakfast/lunch options, including a rather delicious pulled pork sandwich.

Paul, who previously ran a roastery without its own café, wants to offer the people of Rotterdam a chance to sample expertly crafted coffees while also being able to be a witness of the process itself. The Giesen roaster is in plain view and soon new benches will be finished in the workshop part of the venue to allow people to be more involved.

Man met Bril’s quality raises the bar in a city that is teeming with exciting projects and new food concepts and we’re thrilled to have recently featured them in our January ’15 tasting box.

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A delicious breakfast muffin

A delicious breakfast muffin

The espresso machine

The espresso machine

Coffee for sale

Coffee for sale

The roaster

The roaster

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