Its the start of a new school term and one of my first days on my own again. Everyday starts with a coffee but today it started with a coffee and the time and space to enjoy it. It wasn't a necessity, it was a pleasure. I had an errand to run at Torvehallerne (the foodie mecca near Nørreport) and an hour to spare before a long overdue hair appointment back in Østerbro and so this morning's coffee was at Coffee Collective.
I always order the same, if I can, a large cappuccino with a single shot of espresso. Some days this is more difficult than others - a large cappuccino sometimes comes with a double shot - but the process of ordering is good Danish language practice! (The upside to any questionable customer service experience).
A seat in the sun alongside the busy cycle lanes on Vendersgade. The whirring of the bikes drowning out the sounds of building works across the street. Time to myself again.
Coffee Collective prides itself on its 'direct trade model'. Working direct with the farmers who grow the coffee and paying them 'above Fair Trade' prices for the extra work involved in growing the 'premium quality beans'. Its philosophy is that a better quality of life for the farmers leads to better quality of coffee. The farmers, the roasters and the baristas each play a part in delivering a coffee collective cup of premium quality coffee.
Cost - a large cappuccino (single shot) costs 35 DKK
Coffee hygge factor - 4 out of 5
Find out more at www.coffeecollective.dk