Coffee in Belgium: prices, brands, the best coffee shops in Brussels and Antwerp
Coffee along with chocolate is the real passion of the Belgians. Every year, the country imports about 40 thousand tons of coffee beans from Kenya, Ethiopia, Brazil, Guatemala, Mexico.
History and traditions of Belgian coffee
While still a colonial power, Belgium owned coffee plantations in Rwanda and the Congo. Subsequently, having lost them and not being a producer of raw materials, the country began to develop coffee-roasting production and reached the highest skill in it. So talented professionals work in Belgian factories that the robusta or Arabica blends created by them drive crazy even those who are indifferent to coffee.
The most famous Belgian coffee brands include Cordesa, Miko, Onur. But perhaps the most distinguished brand in this category is Liegeois. It was founded in 1955 and is considered one of the best in the world market.
Particularly characteristic tastes and aromas are obtained using special processing of grains and changes in proportions in which different types of raw materials are combined. Varieties are masterfully mixed, the resulting mixtures are flavored with syrups and liquors, hot chocolate and cream are added to them. The result is a divine invigorating drink with an incomparable aroma.
Belgium: 6 places for coffee lovers
The passion for coffee is combined with another all-consuming passion – chocolate. By the way, Belgium can compete with Switzerland or Germany in the production and consumption of cocoa delicacies. So it is not surprising that there is a tradition to drink coffee without sugar, biting a piece of chocolate, and sometimes even using it in the preparation of the drink.
Each Belgian on average consumes about 7-8 kg of coffee per year.
To get acquainted with the rich coffee culture of Belgium, it is best to go to one of the local coffee shops. Moreover, in such small and atmospheric establishments you can order honey, liquor, freshly squeezed juice, cheese and even a special mini omelet for a fragrant drink, not to mention delicious cakes and pastries.
Where to try coffee in Brussels
Café Capitale serves fine Belgian coffee made locally roasted at a price of around 3-4 €. An interesting feature of the interior is the shelves by the huge windows, where you can put a cup, and expanding the chair, sit comfortably and look at the beautiful streets of Brussels. In addition to the cafe itself, the establishment has a store on Rue Ernest Allard 39 and its own roasting factory on Rue Haute 231. The cost of 200-250 grams of coffee is from 10 €.
Address: Rue du Midi, 45
Karsmakers Coffee HouseAround the year, Karsmakers has a lot of visitors: through the glass roof, the hall is warmed up by the sun’s rays, and in the wintertime the room is added to the room by the crackling fire in the fireplace. Not only do they offer excellent Belgian coffee, the staff is also considered the most attentive and friendly of all the restaurants in Brussels. Be sure to try the local branded bagels with all kinds of fillings (9 €) and homemade cakes (about 3 €). The cost of a cup of coffee is on average 4 €.
Address: Rue de Trèves, 20
Aksum coffee house
Aksum Coffee HouseAksum Coffee House is a real temple of Ethiopian coffee, located right at Grand Place in the center of Brussels. Here they prepare a drink made from freshly fried beans with an incredibly rich aroma that is felt even on the street.
Stylish authentic interior is another hallmark of the coffee shop. The painted ceiling, carved wooden tables, ceramic coffee pots and other colorful details add special charm to the place. If you do not consider yourself a coffee connoisseur, be sure to check here at least to try the famous passion fruit pie or unusual South African wine.
Address: Hoedenmakerstraat, 17
Other coffee places in Brussels
A La Mort Subite – Lait Russe coffee is prepared here (“Russian coffee” with the addition of a large amount of milk);
My Little Cup – delights guests with a variety of wonderful coffee, served in charming blue cups and accompanied by delicate cakes (the cost of the drink is from 2 to 4 €);
Or Coffee Roasters is a popular place where you can try and buy locally roasted coffee (pack price from 10 € per 350 grams, which is very inexpensive for Brussels).
Where to taste coffee in Antwerp
Antwerp – the heart of Belgian coffee production, the main port city. The owners of the local coffee houses personally go to the plantations, where only the freshest and highest quality raw materials are selected, and then the best craftsmen roast them in accordance with the original standards. That is why Anverpen coffee is so highly regarded.
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Caffènation, Belgium There is hardly a better-known coffee establishment in all of Belgium than Caffènation. Its owner Rob Berghmans not only many times became the winner of professional competitions (his trophies adorn the whole wall in a coffee shop), but also began to supply his own roasted grains to other establishments across the country, starting his own production.
The coffee menu here is truly huge and unusual. For example, you can try Iced Black – with ice and lemon.