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Kaffa Roastery

Since it’s humble beginnings over 10 years ago, Kaffa Roastery has continued to provide Helsinki with high-quality coffee while remaining transparent about every step of the process.

Owner Svante Hampf and his childhood friend started the roastery in a simple shed after feeling frustrated with the quality and diversity of coffee on the Helsinki market at the time. In its early days, Kaffa produced coffee that was very different in flavour to what was commonly consumed in Finland, and that bold, adventurous spirit remains today.

If you happen to visit on roasting days, you can watch the bustling activity through the glass wall that separates the café from the roasting machine. Frequented by locals, it’s not uncommon to overhear the barista ask customers if they want their “usual” drink. The edgy vibe is enhanced with an always-unique playlist, unlike anything you would typically hear in a café. Cosy seating with ample space to spread out makes it easy to get comfortable and stay awhile.

To further highlight their continued efforts to pursue quality and maintain direct contact with farmers, Kaffa recently introduced the Kaffa Handshake. This stamp is placed on all bags of coffees which are processed from farm to cup with total transparency. This symbol provides consumers with the peace-of-mind that their support is felt on all levels.

Don’t miss a chance to talk to those behind the bar, since many of the baristas and roasters can be found here even on their days off. You might even catch the Finnish coffee legend Jarno and his partner Kaisa hosting the Sunday Espresso Club.

We enjoyed a smooth flat white featuring their El Eden roast from Colombia and Swedish brand Oatly oat milk.