Any Barcelonan likes days spent in el Raval. This neighbourhood, full of cafes, bars, restaurants, interesting people and all kinds of cultural offers, offers us this effervescence that defines the city of Barcelona so well. In the midst of this whirlwind we find an alley that is a haven of peace, located on Career de la Verge, is where Departure Coffee is located.
Although it opened just a few months ago, cofre lovers already have it on their list of recommendations in Barcelona, so if you’re also a coffee lover, this post is for you. The interest in quality coffee in the city seems to be increasing and the pioneers who offer it are a force that have achieved quality coffee. That’s why at Departure Coffee, they receive the already roasted coffee from SlowMov, where they use specific temperatures to enhance the notes of characteristic flavours in each grain. We were assured that the best way to taste it is with a filtered coffee made in a Chemed coffee maker which, by the way, is a beautiful one. In addition, coffee made in this way has less caffeine so we can drink more of it.
Departure Coffee is changing the typology of coffee, which is always served alongside a tasting sheet in which there is a brief text with the origin and specific characteristics of each type of coffee. Of course, those who prefer to mix it with milk will also find other known varieties on the menu; we recommend the cappuccino.
So, what’s with the coffee? There are several options, both salty and sweet. They have a very good selection of toasts where you can choose a base and add all the ingredients that you want. The avocado, serrano ham and cheese is a marvel and it’s noticeable that the products they use are ecological and from the area. If you’d rather have some sweets, they also have a wide variety of cakes and biscuits and they always have options for intolerants or vegans. In our case we tried a gluten-free cake made with orange, pistachio and almond that had nothing to envy from the cakes made with traditional flour.
The local was formerly a carpentry. After transforming itself into what it is today, they wanted to maintain the essence of the carpentry, and recycled some of the old wood and turned in into furniture. At the front door we see some impressive graffiti, and on the walls there is always an exhibition from graphic artists that changes every three weeks. On social media, they announce the inaugurations and it’s a good time to go, since they usually accompany it with live music or DJs.
Hours: Tuesday to Friday 9:00am to 9:00pm | Saturday 10:00am to 9:00am | Sunday 10:00am to 3:00pm
Text and Photos: Alba Duque