As you might know now, I am Dutch. In heart and soul. It goes through my vains, it’s in my blood. No doubt about it. And what else do Dutch people like except for cheese and a big cup of black coffee? Yes, bicycles. I love my bike and I can’t live without it, but I have been a bit lazy lately. Now the weather is getting better it’s me and my bike again.
Like Queens was already singing:
Bicycle bicycle bicycle
I want to ride my bicycle bicycle bicycle
I want to ride my bicycle
I want to ride my bike
I want to ride my bicycle
I want to ride it where I like.
And that’s what I did last Sunday. I went on a bike and coffee tour and it was, well let’s say windy. I choose the wrong day maybe, but I still enjoyed it so much. I tried to ride up Tibidabo, but that was a big fail. But failure is the opportunity to begin again more intelligently. What I actually was planning to do was visiting On y Va which I did.
You can feel the passion and love for cycling at On y Va Sports Culture Barcelona. Not just bikes inside, but the owner has his own cycling clothing line. Next to that I saw helmets, bike parts and accessories in this coffeeshop. Even the name is totally in line with the concept. Kevin, the barista, explained me that on y va is French and it means something like vamos, let’s go. This expression is what they use in Le Tour de France to motivate the cyclists.
This place was founded in April 2015, so still quite new, but people know to find it. Not just bike riders, but also locals are stepping in and trying the coffee, food and drinks that the owner and barista Kevin are serving. The coffee they use is from Espresso Mafia, Right Side or Café de Finca. Next to that they have delicious cakes. And some nice sandwiches, and gluten-free option. And let’s not forget juices.
I’ve tried a v60. The coffee was from Guatemala by Espresso Mafia. It was a good coffee, but I was missing some fruity notes, which I like in my filter coffee. I think these beans would be very tasty in an espresso and especially with milk. Next time I try a flat white. By the way, there is no decaf coffee to drink. But hey who does drink that. In my opinion decaf isn’t coffee, like alcohol free beer isn’t beer. Don’t judge me.
Another project that is keeping the guys busy is nitro cold brew. They produce their own nitro cold brew; Nitro Café. Cold brew coffee is cold coffee with a very long process where you soak coarse ground coffee in cold water for lot of hours, in this case 20 hours. Than if it’s nitro cold brew, it means that you add nitrogen to the cold brew (same as Guinness beer). This gives the cold brew more body and acidity, and it is more refreshing and digestive. I was cold today, but next time I will definitely try their nitro cold brew coffee.
The place has a really cosy atmosphere. Great service from Kevin and lovely products. I am looking forward to come back here.
ON Y VA
Carrer de la Ciutat de Balaguer, 45
Mo – Fr: 08.00 – 20.00
Sa: 08.00 – 14.00
Su: 09.00 – 14.00
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