Never was I that excited for a specialty coffee place to open in Barcelona, nor in the whole world.
The three guys from Three Marks Coffee definitely deserve a special place on The Exploring Barista, because they have special place in my heart. Before I start showing off their café let me first get sentimental and all.
Three Marks Coffee is created by three guys, two Marco’s and Marc. One of the Marco’s and Marc were working at Nømad Coffee not so long ago. That’s where I had the honor to meet these guys. Their Nømad Coffee story starts way before mine and that’s why I learned so much from them when I started working with specialty coffee at Nømad in Barcelona. They were helpful, passionated and in my eyes professionals. But these guys were always modest and would never admit that. The other Marco came in later. There was an office above one of the cafés and Marco was working there on his own design project. I look back at the time at Nømad with such good memories. We all left around the same time and I always kept following them and I know that opening this café was not only a dream, but also a huge project. So proud I am of the three Marc(o)s that they did this and how!
Three Marks is located close to metro station Marina. The guys choose the location wisely, because there are no other specialty coffee shops in the area. So they focus on offering good coffee to the neighborhood. It feels like this spot was destiny for them, because of the street name: Carrer d’Ausiàs Marc. Can’t be a coincidence right? The shop is spacious and bright, due to lot’s of windows and natural light. Luckily the sun shines like 300 days a year, so lot’s of sun light will make the café feel and look warm. Even if the place is very industrial decorated. Grey and white colors are predominant. The touches of red, I am sorry I mean coral, the green of many plants and some brown tones coming from the stools and of course the coffee. Downstairs you find the bar, the toilet, a cosy corner next to the big window to sit down and a sturdy industrial stairs will bring you upstairs where you can find more space to sit. A large table where you can easily sit all day to get some work down and get caffeinated. Or next to the railing where you have a nice view not only outside, but also on the bar downstairs.
Marco, former roaster at Nømad Coffee, is now roasting coffee for Three Marks. They don’t have their own roastery yet, but I don’t think that will take so long. The guys are ambitious and they know what they want. When I visit the café they had two options for espresso; Costa Rica and Ethiopian. But next to using their own coffee, they also work with guest roasters. Espresso and espresso based drinks are prepared on the pretty grey La Marzocco Linea PB. There’s a Moccamaster present to provide you with batch brew. Two Victoria Arduino grinders for espresso and the Mahlkoning EK43 to grind the beans for filter coffees and extra beans. On the pretty designed menu you find not only espresso based drinks, but also filter coffee and cold coffees like iced latte, cold brew, frappetto and affogato. If you are not into coffee (is that possible?) or bring a not-so-fan-of-coffee friend there is iced matcha, iced chocolate, homemade kombucha and infusions. To fill your belly pastries, yoghurt with granola, toast and some sandwiches will do the trick.
IT’S ALL ABOUT THE DETAILS
What I loved the most about the café is all the small little details. You find books every where. You can find small little red (coral) things. If you ever visit the coffee shop and you sit on a stool, don’t forget to check which name it has! Maybe you sit on Yusepi his stool. Before walking in check the left wall next to the front door which is full of stickers. You will make Marc very happy if you bring some cool stickers. And maybe you find Marco’s bicycle under the stairs, which he can’t ride without a Three Marks sticker on it.