The only reason to visit Schwarzenbach is their store next door to the coffee shop. Wonderfully untouched and old fashioned fine food retailer offering verities of tea, marmalade, chocolate, dried fruit, and other specialties. The coffee, though—despite the whole show of the roaster at the window—is rather disappointing.
Coffee drinkable but not to NZ or AU standards. Lots of love in the roasting let down by the front desk. And this is possibly the world's most expensive coffee!!! A capachino (close to a flat white in size etc) was just under 6 euro!!! Jinkies batman that's insane . We went twice cause it's the best of a bad bunch but they could learn a lot from a decent barista.
This tiny little coffee bar next to its flagship roastery and food store can be given "institutional" status. Expect to spend some time in the street waiting for a satisfied customer to finally leave, but once inside, the feel is classic with emphasis on drinking coffee, reading or chatting quietly with a friend. Coffee is normally served with traditional shot of sparkling or still water with a small biscuit. It's full of flavour with well prepared milk and foam. Arguably the best in Zurich.
The Schwarzenbach Kolonialwaren Kaffeerosterei is truly a Beanhunter "Coffee worth travelling for..." Schwarzenbach have been roasting coffee since 1864, the fact that they are still in business roasting and serving coffee indicates that they have been serving and satisfying customers needs for many years. I had to queue up for a table but it was worth the wait. The coffee was excellent with none of bitterness or burnt flavours so often found in coffees served in this region. It left me with a very pleasant lingering taste of a beautifuuly roasted and perfectly extracted coffee The texturing of the milk was good. We also ordered a hot chocolate, normally I would leave this off Beanhunter but it was absolutely sensational, I did not know a hot chocolate could be so good. The cheesecake was also of extremely high quality. Simply visiting a roastery that has been operating for so long was a great experience. The shop they run next door specialises in food from all over the world. You can source dried fruit, spices, honey, nuts, tea, flour and numerous other items from more countries than I can mention here.
In a city full of super-automatics, Schwarzenbach's Teecafe (located next to their store @ 19) is an absolute delight. It has a wonderful atmosphere, in an absolutely gorgeous part of the city (right near the Grossmünster), but even better: the coffee. They have their own roastery (on site) and with a broad range of blends to try. My Short Macchiato was served up promptly (with water on the side) with some beautiful leaf latte art in the perfectly portioned stain of milk. Having not had a decent coffee for some weeks (since visiting Flat White and the Milkbar in London), the sight of the barista pouring silky, smooth, and shiny milk into a drink (before mine) was seriously exciting! The macchiato to drink was absolutely wonderful. If you are in Zurich, and want some great coffee, it is a must see.
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