July 3, 2018

A Specialty Coffee Shop Tour of Valencia, Spain

Think of Spanish specialty coffee, and your mind might picture the metropolises of Madrid and Barcelona. But if you ignore the rest of Spain, you’re missing out. The third wave has spread throughout the Iberian Peninsula and there are several excellent coffee shops further afield.

That is why I would like to take you on a journey through Spain’s Mediterranean coast, from Valencia to Malaga. Stop 1: Valencia.

Lee este artículo en español Un Recorrido Por Las Tiendas de Café de Valencia, España

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Views of Valencia, Spain. 

Why These Coffee Shops?

Located on the banks of the Turia River, Valencia is a charming place with an extensive historic centre. But you won’t just find monuments here. Arts and culture thrive in this sun-soaked city, with exhibition halls, live music, and art galleries. Oh, and every spring, the streets come alive as the people celebrate the Fallas, week-long festivities that culminate in parades and the burning of sculptures.

And if you need a coffee to power you through all this? Never fear – you have plenty of cafés to choose from.

Selecting the “best” coffee shops is an impossible task, especially when there are so many new coffee shops opening all the time. But every single place on my list is a personal favourite, thanks to its excellent coffee, great baristas, and unique ambience. And who knows – maybe one of them will also prove to be your favourite Spanish café.

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Coffee cups and coffee at Retrogusto Coffeemates. Credit: Retrogusto Coffeemates

1. La Manera Coffee & Cocktails

This stylish coffee shop in the heart of Valencia offers great coffee, delicious food, and classic cocktails. Rustic chic meets industrialism, while large windows and plants create a sense of freshness. Settle down on a comfy chair and be prepared to relax.

WhereCarrer de Moratín 13
AtmosphereCosmopolitan
Espresso MachineSanremo Café Racer
GrinderSanremo SR70 Lx (2)
Coffee DrinksCoffee from D·Origen Coffee Roasters, served as espresso, cortado, cappuccino, Chemex, and V60
Must-Try DrinkChemex or a cocktail
Retail OffersN/A
Food & Other DrinksBrunch and casual cuisine, with vegetarian options; food is served all day until midnight
Nearby SightsLocated in the centre of Valencia, there’s no shortage of things to see. Wander around the Old Town (Ciutat Vella) on a sunny day, stop to enjoy the plazas, or dip into a museum or church
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Sit down for a coffee and watch the world pass by. Credit: La Manera coffee food & cocktails

2. Bluebell Coffee

You’ll find Bluebell Coffee in the trendy Ruzafa neighborhood, known as the Soho of Valencia. They opened doors in 2014 as a simple coffee shop, and since then have also turned their hand to roasting. But that’s not all that they excel at: Marina, one of the owners, was a runner-up in the 2017 Spanish AeroPress Championship.

WhereCarrer de Buenos Aires 3
AtmosphereRefreshing
Espresso MachineLa Marzocco FB80
GrinderMahlkönig K30, Mahlkönig Tanzania, and Compak E10 Conic Essential
Coffee DrinksEspresso, cortado, cappuccino, flat white, cold brew, V60, and AeroPress, all roasted in-house
Must-Try DrinkAn AeroPress brewed by Marina
Retail OffersRoasted coffee; the origins vary according to the season
Food & Other DrinksBreakfast & brunch – mackerel toast, mashed beet and pickled onion, truffle waffle, ham, arugula, organic poached eggs…; Blackbell craft beer, made in collaboration with Zeta Beer; Baltic Porter coffee beer
Nearby SightsThere’s plenty to see in this hip region, including bookstores, painting workshops, concert halls, and multidisciplinary artwork. For art galleries, check out the Espai Tactel and ColorElefante
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Lunch time. Credit: BlueBell Coffee

3. Retrogusto Coffeemates

An independent coffee shop that brews up a variety of coffees from national and international roasters. What’s more, it’s located in Valencia’s Central Market – a must-visit for those who enjoy architecture and great food.

WhereMercado Central de Valencia, Palcos 169-170, Plaza Ciudad de Brujas
AtmosphereNeighborly
Espresso MachineLa Marzocco GB5
GrinderVictoria Arduino Mythos One, Mahlkönig K30, and Mahlkönig Tanzania
Coffee DrinksEspresso, cortado, cappuccino, Chemex, and V60; the coffee is roasted by brands such as Nømad Coffee and Right Side Coffee Roasters
Must-Try DrinkEspresso
Retail OffersRoasted coffee
Food & Other DrinksN/A
Nearby SightsRetrogusto is located inside the Central Market of Valencia, a few meters from the UNESCO World Heritage Site La Lonja de la Seda, and just five minutes by foot from the Plaza del Ayuntamiento
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Martina and Paula, the women behind Retrogusto. Credit: Retrogusto Coffeemates

4. Dulce de Leche

A café for those with a sweet tooth. Not for nothing is this place called Dulce de Leche, which is an Argentinian sweet made with condensed milk that is very similar to caramel. Get ready to taste delicious homemade cakes, in addition to sandwiches and bagels. Oh, and you’ll also find good music, fresh flowers, and design magazines.

WhereCarrer del Pintor Gisbert 2
AtmosphereRelaxed
Espresso MachineLa Marzocco FB80
GrinderCompak E10 (2)
Coffee DrinksEspresso-based drinks, including cortado and cappuccino, with all coffee roasted by D·Origen Coffee Roasters
Must-Try DrinkEspresso
Retail OffersN/A
Food & Other DrinksCakes (try the carrot cake or the Belgian pure chocolate and dulce de leche cake), sandwiches, and bagels
Nearby SightsThe trendy Ruzafa neighborhood and Gran Vía
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Dulce de Leche, the Postcard Collection. Credit: Javier Ferrer Vidal for Dulce de Leche

Bonus Mentions:

Tried these four and thirsty for more? Check out Coffee Time Artisan Roaster in Ruzafa Market or Mayan Coffees on Carrer de Murillo.

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Barista pouring latte art. Credit: Tyler Nix

Valencia is marked by long days, hot sunshine, and great culture. It’s also famous for its food and drink: paella, oranges, the Agua de Valencia cocktail… but coffee-lovers, don’t forget to sip on a hot (or cold!) brew while in this gem of a city. You won’t be disappointed.

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All views within this opinion piece belong to the guest writer, who is a local of southern Spain, and do not reflect Perfect Daily Grind’s stance.

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