Van Baerlestraat 13, 1071 AM Amsterdam, Netherlands
Part-retail store and part-coffee bar, this capacious venue is an oasis for thirsty visitors to the Museumkwartier (Note: Amsterdam’s museums are top-rate, yet their on-premise cafés often fall short, particularly in the art of caffeinating).
Founded in 1994 and today doing the bulk of its business as a commercial roaster – the name means “roast master” in Dutch – Brandmeester’s is an older-school speciality brand that has managed to stay current. This is apparent in the Amsterdam boutique’s offering of no fewer than nine single-origin coffees, which can be purchased for home brewing or ordered by the cup and prepared via a panoply of pour-over methods (cold brew and iced coffee are seasonal).
Seating inside is limited to a single communal table, but space is usually available since customers tend to order drinks to go. Selling gear galore – from Hario hand grinders to Jura fully-automatic espresso machines – Brandmeester’s is also the city’s most promising one-stop shop for coffee equipment.
Reviewed by Karina Hof
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