International Coffee Day is just around the corner! Although, let’s be honest, a lot of us celebrate our love for coffee almost every morning. It’s one of the most loved drinks in the world. Here are some places in Budapest you might haven’t heard of, to celebrate 1 October with a nice cup of coffee.
The legend says it all started with a goat herder in Ethiopia who saw the berries’ effects on his goats, then showed it to a local monastery. But to Hungary, it was brought by the Turkish. Starting from the 16th century, it was initially called “black water” or “black soup”.
The first coffee brewer in Pest could have been Cavesieder Blasius (Balázs Coffeebrewer). Originally, he may have been a “traveling coffee vendor” who sold his coffee on the street from a tray hanging around his neck, until he had enough money to open a permanent shop, according to indeedcoffee.hu. In the 18-20th century, coffeehouses became the place of social life, political and artistic conversations. Young people gathered, wrote poems here or planned a revolution for freedom.
Since 2015, it is celebrated on 1 October. It started as “celebration of the coffee sector’s diversity, quality and passion”, and this year has an important message. The International Coffee Organisation focuses on moving the coffee sector from a linear to a circular economy. The non-profit organization has rolled out a marketing and fundraising campaign urging everyone connected to the supply chain to support economic prosperity and environmental protection in the industry.
Here are some places to get a coffee in Budapest, that you might not have heard of.
Opened in 2017 near Déli Railway Station, this café’s aim is to make “Beauty, Peace, and Harmony a part of our lives”. They mix the flowers’ calming and charming smell and colours with the invigorating coffee. Those who sit in can enjoy a coffee sitting among large baskets and buckets full of flowers, colourful flower arrangements. They also pay attention to everyone’s needs, offering vegan options too.
A real hidden treasure close to Boráros Square. The little room (it only has 3 tables) makes a cosy little escape from the noise of the streets. Their baristas know everything about making coffee and are always happy to help you choose something that fits your taste. It’s a perfect place if you want to try coffees of different origin or roasting.
This coffee shop is every bookworm’s dream come true. The place is filled with books from the floor to the ceiling, and although it’s not big, its multiple rooms always feel cosy rather than crowded. Either sitting in for a few hours to work in the atmosphere of an antique bookstore, or to curl up on a chair with a good story and a pastry, Massolit is a perfect choice. If you are lucky, you can catch a reading event (both Hungarian and English).
Lastly, even though this is a more well-known café, it has a good reason for it. If you are a cat person, this café will have a special place in your heart. It has a perfect calm ambience with the most comfortable couches. And of course, a bunch of fluffy maine coons and playful ex-strays to keep you company.
Source: indeedcoffee.hu, International Coffee Organisation