Located in the small town of Turku, a few hours west of Helsinki, is one of the oldest and busiest specialty coffee establishments in Finland: Café Art. Home to several Finnish Barista Champions, this family-run café even operates its own roastery.

The Haahti family has run the coffee shop since it opened six years ago. Taking over a beautiful space on the riverside, they set out with little prior knowledge of coffee. Since then, they’ve become an integral part of the Finnish specialty coffee scene. Mikko Haahti, responsible for the coffee at the café, is a two-time Finnish Barista Champion. Joona Suominen, one of the baristas, is also a former champion.

Juhani Haahti, Mikko’s brother, is responsible for the micro roastery. Turun Kahvipaahtimo is a small roastery, producing approximately 5 tons a year. They deliver coffee to several shops in various cities all over Finland, including Kahvila Sävy in Helsinki.

Black coffee is brewed on a Fetco. The coffee is naturally all roasted by Turun Kahvipaahtimo. The selection is predominantly a rotating selection of different Brazilian Daterra lots.

The Café Art espresso bar is built for speed: a four group machine with grinders on both sides and a well stocked steaming “corner”. A lot of care is taken with each drink, but at the same time, the speed of service is excellent. Both Mikko and Joona are, as their titles would suggest, excellent baristas.

If you are ever in Turku, Café Art is a must-visit.

The Café Art website: www.cafeart.fi (Finnish)