It was time to go back to my roots. Time for some family and friends time in The Netherlands. But I never go back without crossing off some cafés back home. I still have a never ending specialty coffee shop list, but it’s good to have options right? One place that was very high on my list was White Label Coffee, and now I can cross it off!
You can find White Label in Amsterdam-West. Well, you can find coffee from White Label at several places, because they are also a roastery with wholesale clients. So, I’ve tried their coffee before in Breda at Kamu, but I was very curious to their own shop. It’s always good to go back to the source and that’s what I did last July. I went over for a coffee meeting with fellow specialty coffee blogger Dani from The Chill Bean.
When entering the store I got the vibe immediately. White, light colored wood, plants, carpets. Minimalistic Scandinavian interior with cosy details. By now you should know that I am a sucker for this kind of interiors. So, feeling home here wasn’t difficult. When you walk up to the centered bar/workstation the three group Spirit is smiling at you and was almost screaming my name to be touched. You might know now as well that I am a sucker for machines by Kees van der Westen (it’s a nostalgic thing). The shop is set up in different layers. When entering you walk up to the bar, and behind the bar you can go down to see the Giesen roaster and more down there’s a sitting pit and you will find the toilets here. I like all the different sitting possibilities at White Label. Options, I like them.
Time for a cup of coffee. I went up to the bar and asked the barista for a pour over. There were like four options to choose from. I decided to go for a coffee from Sumatra, because I never tried a coffee from this country. So, let’s be adventures and try something new. It was a well balanced coffee, but a bit flat and earthy for my taste. I prefer a bit more fruity, floral and high level of acidity in my cup of filter coffee. It was good to try and it did make me happy. I haven’t tried an espresso this time, but I will definitely do that next time. At White Label Coffee they make all their espresso shots ‘double naked’. For who doesn’t know what that means, let me explain it short and quick. There are three ways of pulling shots; with a Single shot handle with single sprout (you don’t really see this a lot in Specialty Coffee), double shot handle with two sprouts and there is the naked handle which basically means that there are no sprouts. This should result in a better extraction and less ‘channeling’ They explain it very well on their website.
After a nice specialty coffee chat with Dani I stayed a bit longer here to sit down with my laptop to work on my blog. White Label is a perfect space to get some work done and I am not the only one who thinks this. The place was full of people working on their laptop. I like that kind of atmosphere. It motivates and together with a cup of coffee it’s the perfect work environment for me.