The Unwritten Guide to Coffee & Cake: Amsterdam | Concerto

Welcome to the second installment of Coffee & Cake in Amsterdam. Today’s cafe find satiates not only your coffee craving and sweet tooth but also your ear drums. That’s because my next cafe discovery is housed inside of an expansive music store. With every record imaginable and loads of cds (for those of us who still use cds? anyone?), you can drift for hours discovering new music or you can sit with a satisfying cup of coffee and a delectable slice of cake. I opted for the latter.

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Meet Concerto.

In a few words Concerto is: friendly, enveloping, diverse, unpretentious, comfortably cluttered

[for those of you who are just here for the vital info, you can skip down a bit to where I answer the basic coffee and cake questions]

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Concerto takes up almost the whole block. If you are going just for the cafe, choose the last entrance (when looking straight on at the building).

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Once your inside, place your order and head upstairs to find a seat, or drift from room to room, exploring different musical tastes while your drink is being made.

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Unwritten Guide to Coffee & Cake_Notebook Writing_ConcertoThe nice part of Concerto is that it has the right level of background noise where no one can over-hear your conversation but it isn’t too loud where you can’t think. Many people were set up with their computers working, so wifi is an option for those of you who need your internet fix. They also regularly host musicians and album presentations, check out their calendar for the latest lineup.

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The coffee was definitely well worth the visit. Concerto brews Single Estate coffee beans, with two options to choose from. When I was there, Guatemala and Brazil were on deck. You could tell they were high quality and fresh beans because there was no bite to the espresso. It was smooth and full of complexity.

-The Coffee Questions-

What kind of coffee do they use? Single Estate, fair trade, organic/bio

How is it brewed? Espresso machine (la marazocco), filter coffee (Chemex).

What kind of milk do they have? Whole milk and soy milk, no koffie melk (a Dutch thing, essentially evaporated milk that blends nicely with coffee).

What’s on the menu? Americano, filter coffee, espresso, espresso macchiato, espresso doppio, cappuccino, coffee verkeerd, latte macchiato. With changing bean blends (currently a Kenyan blend for filter and Rwandan and Guatemalan for espresso drinks).

What’s the price? From 2-3 euro.

What sweeteners are offered? Organic, cane sugar.

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-The Cake Questions-

What’s on the menu?Apple tart, apple cake from Patisserie Kuyt, homemade carrot cake, spekkoek, diverse bio cookies, a few chocolate selections.

Are the ingredients bio/organic? Some, not all.

Are there vegan options? No.

What’s the price? From 1 to 4 euro.

How are the portions? The slices are decently sized, not very big but not too small either.

Other food options? They have a limited lunch menu with soup and tostis (essentially grilled cheese sandwiches for the non-Dutch reader).

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Concerto’s hours:

Monday: 10:00 – 17:30

Tuesday: 10:00 – 17:30

Wednesday: 10:00 – 17:30

Thursday: 10:00 – 20:30

Friday: 10:00 – 18:00

Saturday: 10:00 – 18:00

Sunday: 12:00 – 18:00

Address:

Utrechtsestraat 52
1017 VP Amsterdam

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