People call me a crazy coffee girl and I guess they are right. Instead of crazy coffee girl you can call me Ella. 30 years old and my life is all about coffee. And traveling, but later more about this. I started working as a Barista back in 2012 and since the first coffee I’ve made with a real espresso machine I knew there was no way back. My love for specialty coffee was born. Since this I’ve been working for several coffee shops in The Netherlands and in Barcelona. To share my knowledge and passion I started to give barista trainings and with over 12 years working in the hospitality industry, I also can be hired as a consultant. Since June 2018 The Exploring Barista is not just a blog anymore, it is my my brand and my company.

My love for traveling has always been there, but it really flourished when I moved to Barcelona in 2014. To be part of another culture with another language was such an eye opener for me. I wanted more of this. With a long term interest in offline- and online media I knew I had to combine all of my passions and that’s how The Exploring Barista was born in 2015. Work with me!



What makes me choose a destination for my travels?
Good specialty coffee shops and pretty places to sleep. And that’s exactly where this blog is about:

The best coffee shops and ho(s)tels on your travel destination.


With my expertise in the specialty coffee- and hospitality industry and the love for sleeping in ho(s)tels you can expect an honest and real review. Only places that I really love and made me happy will have a place on The Exploring Barista.

What do I look for in a specialty coffee shop?
Design of the café and interior, efficiency, atmosphere, customer service, knowledge of the barista, quality of coffee and food.

What do I look for in a ho(s)tel?
Design of the ho(s)tel, hygiene, comfortable beds, privacy, location and extras like free towels, game room, lobby or shared area.

On my blog you find only coffee shops, places to sleep and some coffee brewing posts. For more, you can visit my YouTube channel and Instagram where I share my experiences, give you tips and tricks about coffee and traveling as a solo backpacker, traveler, digital nomad and coffee professional.

For any questions, recommendations, tips, collaborations or just want to get in touch, fill in the contact form below. Or you can send a direct email to: info@theexploringbarista.com