Monday, 18 April 2016

Get ready, it's coffee time!

Mama Bear's favourite coffee shop: Koffie&Ik

Calm, cool, creative, coffee.

Love my large double latte to go!
It seems lately that the only time I have to write something is whenever Papa and Baby Bear head out for a Daddy day. So today on their trip to the zoo, I finally have a few hours to myself which means ample time to blog up a storm so I'm hoping to get a few posts written and ready to post for another month or so.

Today I'll start off with another hotspot post as the last one was so well received and this one is absolutely one of my favourites: Koffie&Ik.

First off, a quick list:
Pram and wheelchair accessible
High chair
Kid's toys
✗  Not always enough space to store a pram
✗  No changing table, but they do have an extra changing mat if you need it

Kids' amenities:

First things first: the Bambino. It is just the cutest thing to watch a toddler spoon frothed milk out of an espresso cup just like their parents do with their cappuccino or latte machiatto. It's like you're watching an imaginary tea party but this time there's actually something in the cup and at €0,70 it's definitely a bargain!

With that out of the way, let's get down to business. This place is usually full with people in their mid twenties slaving away behind their laptops and about two tables with parents (or friends) and their babies, including Baby Bear and myself. So for a place frequented by babies and young children it's a shame that there's only one high chair and no changing table. The high chair usually works out just fine, but the changing table is a bit of an issue when "someone" has dropped a deuce. I'm not asking for much, a foldaway desk/table would already be amazing.
They do however have a chalk board and some toys so that's always great to play with and most parents will travel with entertainment for their own baby anyway so baby toys really aren't that necessary.

Baby Bear putting himself in front of showing off the shop


Coffee!!! Hooray! 

Coffee is truly a celebration when it's done right and owner Robby always manages to procure and brew the stuff that hits the right spot. Every. Single. Time.
Personally, I am quite addicted to a large double latte to go, yet for some reason whenever I have lunch here I just go for a small single latte with lunch and another one for the road. It's weird how different situations call for different habits. The one thing Papa Bear doesn't let me change is taking home four Pastéis de Nata (Portugese custard tarts) those are a must and I am only allowed to deviate if they're already sold out.   

Now, lot's of coffee shops will also offer some sort of breakfast/lunch menu and the same goes for Koffie&Ik. The offerings are straightforward and simple but good. And while I sometimes wish there were more (vegetarian) variety, I'm a sucker for a hummus sandwich and Baby Bear loves it too.
The yoghurt with muesli and honey is magical. I mean unicorns and rainbows with golden pots magical. It cures jetlags when paired with coffee and was one of my pregnancy cravings without coffee. So simple, but sometimes it's exactly what I need as a delicious pick-me-up. 

Magical yoghurt, muesli and honey.

Overall experience:

Really everything about Koffie&Ik is just simplicity done right. It all hits the spot every time and the space feels calm, cool and creative so it's perfect to catch up on work and with friends which shows in the crowd. 

The creative environment, beautiful flowers on every table, amazing coffee and food; for me, this comes pretty darn close to perfection. There are only two things missing to make Koffie&Ik perfect to me: a changing table and a change in the menu every once in a while. Maybe a good suggestion for the latter is to have a frequently rotating menu with two or three specials?

Papa Bear's Parma Ham sandwich and the oh so addictive Hummus sandwich.

Well, if you're as excited about coffee as I am, head on over to:

The Netherlands

Open daily from 08:00-17:00

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