The Village Coffee & Music Roastery – Utrecht (NL)

Utrecht’s most famous coffee shooting stars open a spectactular new space in a former prison, featuring their own roastery, restaurant and bakery.

  • opening times:
    Permanently closed
  • wifi:
    Yes
  • urls:
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  • price check:
    Espresso: €2 / Flat White: €3
  • machine:
    La Marzocco Linea PB
  • coffees on offer:
    Caffènation and own roasts
  • milk:
    Weerribben

PLEASE NOTE: THIS LOCATION IS NOW PERMANENTLY CLOSED

When this blog first went on air a few years ago, my main focus was Amsterdam. But, there were a few places outside of the Dutch capital that were grabbing my attention. One such place was The Village Coffee & Music in Utrecht. Run by coffee shooting stars Angelo van de Weerd and Lennaert Meijboom, The Village quickly achieved what many other coffee bars can only dream of. They became such a fixture in Utrecht that people travel there specifically to see them and only them.

The outside of the former prison

The outside of the former prison

I’ve been following the guys and their amazing staff over the years and every time I went it seemed that they were getting better and better and better, if that’s even possible. Recently, I heard they had opened a new location in a former prison and being completely unable to imagine what this exaclty entailed, I jumped on the train to find out.

The roastery

The roastery

When you think of correction facilities and jails you often think of ugly concrete blocks with watch towers and tiny barred windows. You think of inmates in orange uniforms working out in the yard and gangs waging wars over a few cigarettes. However, when you approach the former prison on Wolvenplein that literally overlooks a canal and is snugly nestled against a rather fine looking residential area, you cannot help but think: “Either Dutch prisons are a complete joke or this is all a lie.”

The view from the entrance

The view from the entrance

The redbrick building only has two stories with large windows and a fence that any child could climb over. If you didn’t know better you’d think this used to be stalls or a barn. Right at the end on the left a flag on a fence announces “The Village Coffee & Music” but unless you know what you’re about to encounter you might think it’s just a small coffee hut in a slightly weird location. NOT!

Cakes and view of the espresso bar

Cakes and view of the espresso bar

In fact, their new space is something you normally only find in London, New York or San Francisco. A huge bright space with a bar, an open kitchen, bakery and roastery inside and a spectacular garden out front. I couldn’t believe my eyes. Old trees provide shade from the sun while you enjoy a freshly prepared lunch and perfectly made coffee. Inside, there’s room for about 40 guests who can also visit for dinner.

Angelo and Lennaert really took things to a new level here. A refubished Probat roaster will soon be in regular use after Angelo received a two week intensive training from a US based coffee consultant who previously worked with Intelligentisa, to name one.

Barista at work

Barista at work

What’s more, Angelo also curates a regularly changing craft beer menu featuring delicious brews from the local area that perfectly complement the concept.

It’s incredibly refreshing to finally see such a wonderful space on Dutch soil. It’s been a long time coming and it just provides another great reason to visit the beautiful city of Utrecht.

The garden

The garden

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What our reader said

admin said:

Dear Alan. You're right. We were due to update this. Thank you.

Dr Alan Hart said:

Apparently this one is now permanently closed.


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