donderdag 15 juli 2010

Great coffee, lousy attitide

One of the best places to get coffee in Amsterdam is Tazzina on the Brouwersgracht 139. They serve their coffee with delightful Italian cookies. The place is familiar to locals for having once housed a bar with rather graphic homosexual wallpaper. The location is idyllic overlooking a draw-bridge, and it is conveniently located at the entry to the Jordaan. For a picture, check this:
http://maps.google.nl/maps?ll=52.381677,4.886298&spn=0,0.037766&z=15&iwloc=A&lci=com.panoramio.all&layer=c&cbll=52.381567,4.886167&panoid=f4xIIU_lGW_Dq8izTxd5gw&cbp=12,57.16,,0,5.1
Because it straddles two sides of a corner it's small terrace can capture sunlight for most of the day. They have had trouble with their oven, so I fancy their panininis cold rather than lukewarm. One of the best things about the place is that they package coffee to go including for your home mechanical espresso-machine.

Nevertheless, I am not the world's biggest fan of the place. On week-ends and lunchtime it gets very crowded. Worse, the owner is rather stingy--she grudgingly serves water in the smallest possible glasses (which are more appropriate to Dutch gin than water). This attitude is familiar from Flemish bars, but in Holland it is bizarre. This often embarrasses her employees. Moreover, she also enforces a tight ban on laptops. Weirdly this is unmentioned on the outdoor menus (or anywhere else visible), although it is claimed to be printed on the indoor menus. I haven't gone back to check this.

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