For the past four years April Coffee only operated as a roastery, but now has finally opened a storefront at Ryesgade 86A in the Østerbro neighborhood. Founder Patrik Rolf is originally from Gothenburg, Sweden, but he moved to Copenhagen and started April in late 2016. For years, he focused on roasting beans and developing his line of products, but when the Coronavirus hit, the award-winning coffee brewer decided to open his own shop. His goal was to give back to the community that supported him, by making a place where Danes can come to chat about coffee and sample April’s full range of high-quality products – from pour-overs, to espresso-based drinks, to brewing gear for home or travel.
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April Coffee Roasters’ Flagship Copenhagen Store
Swedish founder Patrik Rolf first got his start working at Da Matteo in Gothenburg, but since then has gone on to become one of the world’s best coffee brewers. Rolf has won many awards for his coffee brewing and roasting techniques, and most recently he was the runner-up in the 2019 World Brewers Cup. When he moved to Copenhagen and started April in late 2016, he focused solely on roasting instead of creating a physical space. But when the Coronavirus hit, Rolf turned lemons into lemonade, and was inspired to take the extra time spent in lockdown and focus his energy on opening a shop. Quality and passion for his craft are of utmost importance to Rolf – he works with the best farmers around the world to source the absolute best beans. Also behind the coffee bar is Rasmus Madsen who took first place in the Danish coffee roasting championship last year.
Scandinavian Design Meets Japanese Aesthetics
Don’t expect to bring your laptop to do work at April – this is not your typical coffee shop with crowded tables and customers clambering for outlets. The sleek, sophisticated space feels much more like a designer store, an art gallery, or even a well-designed Scandinavian living room. A sunny yellow couch first catches your eye on the window; there are just a few chairs, a coffee table, and a bench inside. You might recognize the furniture – it’s handcrafted by Copenhagen-based designer House of Finn Juhl. Also on display are ceramics from Bornholm-based Mette Duedahl, work uniforms from Andersen-Andersen, and Japanese indigo partitions from Buaisou. To encourage you to feel at home, the baristas wear slippers. This is a place of zen – a place to put away your phone, relax, and sip on a great cup of coffee. On our visit, we enjoyed an incredible green tip gesha coffee from Finca Deborah in Panama, and a latte made with Thise milk.
Innovative Coffee Travel Gear
Alongside bags of coffee beans on the shelves, we stumbled across a new product we haven’t seen before: Japanese-style filter drip coffee packets. Pre-ground coffee is vacuum-sealed in a tiny sleeve the size of a tea bag, so all you have to do is place the filter inside a cup and pour hot water over it. This ingenious design is perfect for an airplane ride, train ride, or camping – as frequent travelers, we were ecstatic to try it out. The quality of the coffee blew us away, and for 27 DKK we thought it was well worth the price, especially when compared to the price of a cup of coffee at the airport, or with the hassle of traveling with all your coffee equipment.
Another product that caught our eye was April’s compostable coffee pod capsules, which are made to be compatible with Nespresso machines. We haven’t personally tried these capsules yet, but if the quality is anything like the filter drip packs, it will be a serious upgrade to the cardboard-flavored coffee pods you’ll find in your hotel room. One thing that seems clear from our visit to April: no matter where you are in the world, you’ll never have to drink a bad cup of coffee again.
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