On our second day in Amsterdam, K and I met up with my cousin Charlene and her boyfriend George who’ve been travelling around Europe for the past few months. Unfortunately the first few days we were there, the weather wasn’t particularly nice to us with intermittent showers. After the four of us struggled through a morning of rain at the Albert Cuyp Market (eating stroopwaffel and poffertjes!), we ran into the warm and inviting CT Amsterdam Coffee & Coconuts for lunch and to dry off!
Coffee & Coconuts is a multi-storey cafe, built in what used to be an old movie theatre. The interior is all about exposed bricks and wooden beams, green plants, comfy couches, low coffee tables, and even squishy bean bags on the upper levels to chill out on.
The clientele ranges from young friends having a catchup to business people having meetings. There’s quite a few people sitting around on their Macbooks doing a bit of work as well, taking advantage of the free Wifi. The cafe is definitely very hip and cool, and I feel a bit conservative in my practical travelling outfit!
We started off with some drinks all around for everyone except K. My cousin and I had a tea each (herbal for her, black tea for me) and George had a coffee. Having heard horror stories about the quality of espresso coffees around Europe when compared to the high quality coffees we get in Australia, we were doubtful about whether the flat white would be any good. George gave it the two thumbs up though, so Aussies take note – go to Coffee & Coconuts for decent espresso coffee if you’re in Amsterdam!
I really liked the way the style of teabag that my Black Treasure Tea came in. It was very thin and almost paper-like, but most interestingly, rather than being attached to a dangling string, the teabag had slots at the top through which you thread a chopstick to suspend the teabag in your glass. The chopstick then allowed you to swirl the teabag around for maximum steepage, before removing it altogether. Simple, but clever design. The only downside was that the tea itself wasn’t very strong – or there was simply too much hot water for the small amount of leaves in the teabag.
K’s Harry Nillson coconut came out quite a bit later than everyone else’s drinks, to the point that we thought that they had perhaps forgotten the order. Served with a simple squeeze of lime, the coconut had a huge amount of coconut water in it, and fresh young coconut flesh that you could scrape off the insides with a spoon. This was a surprisingly fresh coconut, and was positively comparable to some of the coconuts K had in Malaysia only one week earlier.
The scrambled eggs and avocado on sourdough seem to be Coffee & Coconuts signature brunch dish – almost every other person around us seemed to have ordered this dish. I could see why it was so popular though as the eggs were ridiculously smooth and creamy. However, there really wasn’t enough avocado on the sourdough.
K had the CT’s burger which had a super tender and juicy beef patty. The burger itself was quite small, but by the time you ate the thick beef patty, you were left comfortably full. I thought that the semi-melted cheese was a particular highlight, but the bun itself wasn’t anything special – a brioche bun may have worked better.
In line with most of the meals we’ve had out so far, K and I also decided to order a salad to share. Feeling too lazy to go downstairs to check out the daily salads in the display cabinet, we chose a random salad off the menu – the summerbeet salad. It wasn’t quite the green leafy salad we were expecting, but it actually worked quite well with its natural crisp sweet flavours in the beetroot and the strawberries. The horseradish dressing was very light, and really helped to enhance and highlight the sweetness of the salad.
I wanted something warm after having battled the cold and the rain all morning, and decided that the soup would hit the spot quite well. The sweet and spicy corn soup was Mexican in style, with a slight chilli kick through the chipotle oil. Mostly though, it was simply a tasty herbed creamy corn soup, with some added texture through the fresh chives and popcorn scattered on top.
Coffee & Coconuts is a really cute hipster cafe in Amsterdam, and wouldn’t be out of place amongst the Newtown or Surry Hills scene in Sydney. The pricing is extremely reasonable when compared to some of the tourist-trap cafes in central Amsterdam, and you can visit knowing that you will be eating amongst locals, not other tourists. I’d definitely go back!
CT Amsterdam Coffee & Coconuts is located at Ceintuurbaan 282-284, Amsterdam.