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Coffee Recommendations From the World’s Greatest Restaurant Chef

Remember this time last year when Nestle announced that about 30 percent of the approximately 2,400 of the world’s Michelin-star-restaurants were using their Nespresso pod system for their coffee service?

Copenhagen’s Noma, regarded as the world’s best restaurant four of the past five years (2nd place last year), was not among them. As Brian W. Jones of Dear Coffee, I Love You chronicled last April, Noma chef René Redzepi takes a hard line on coffee, as he does with every other culinary element of the restaurant, which includes inventive Nordic dishes like caramelised milk and cod liver, and beef tartar with ants.

(more: Copenhagen’s Coffee Collective to Include FOB Price on Retail Bags)

Noma gets its coffee from Oslo’s Tim Wendelboe, brewing it to order with a size 03 Hario V60. It is all very serious.

Now in a recent travel guide for  Copenhagen published by the Telegraph, Redzepi makes it clear that he doesn’t just care about coffee in his own quarters, recommending multiple coffee bars in the city as destination points. The full story includes dining, lodging and sightseeing tips from the globally renowned taste expert, but here’s what he’s got to say on coffee:

1) Coffee Collective at Torvehallerne

The Coffee Collective at Torvehallerne

The Coffee Collective at Torvehallerne.

This is the smallest and busiest of the roaster’s three retail shops, right near the Nørreport station, with a diminutive drinks menu of black coffee and espresso. Redzepi recommends it in part for its proximity to other cool stuff, saying:

Places to enjoy a morning coffee include the Coffee Collective at Torvehallerne – an upscale market space that’s well worth a tour. Once you’ve spent an hour or two at that market, nearby there is a great museum that very few people know about called Arbejdermuseet. It translates literally as ‘the worker’s museum’ and is a terrific little gem where you can see how the working-class of Denmark would arrange their homes.

2) The Copenhagen Coffee Lab


A less-than-year-old multi-roaster bar, micro roastery and consumer lab space at Boldhusgade 6. Tie your visit in with a cocktail, says Redzepi:

A great place for a late afternoon drink is the wine bar Ved Stranden 10. It has outdoor seating on the canal and if the sun is out, this is the place to sit, have a glass of wine and unwind. Right next to here, there is also another great coffee shop – the Copenhagen Coffee Lab – a neo-classic spot filled with uber coffee-nerds obsessed with these golden drops.


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