Athens: specialty coffee and herbs at Kaldi
Ever since last year, specialty coffee is really becoming a thing, even in the crisis-striken capital of Greece where the extra bucks are not enough for the average Joe to be investing them in gourmet coffee beans and what have you. Mind you though, the average Greek Joe will indeed appreciate good coffee and a smile, which is exactly what Kaldi is about.
This tiny, yet ultra minimalist space opened in the busy outskirts of Exarchia in the early spring of 2016 primarily offering roasted beens, fine herbs and coffee to-go. Coffee aficionados, Konstantinos Anastasopoulos and Grigoris Tsekouras, wanted to create a space in the city centre where they could share their passion with the Athenian crowd. They sourced some high quality beans, created a cosy and ultra stylish space and branded the place accordingly.
Actually, their goat logo is inspired by the legend of how coffee originated in our world. According to popular legend, the origin of coffee can be traced to the day (some good a thousand years ago), when an Ethiopian goat-herd named Kaldi observed his goats prancing and frolicking about. When Kaldi investigated, he saw that the goats were merrily eating the red berries and shiny leaves of an unfamiliar tree... that was later on to become what we know of as coffee today.
If you ever find yourself crossing the city centre through Ippokratous street, make sure you stop by and pick up your favourite brew (yes, cold brew is also available!). They also offer homemade cereal bars in all sorts of tasty assortments. Other patrons stick around with their laptop and make this their office for the day, as the place is super cosy and fun to hang out in.