da Matteo, Gothenburg

da Matteo, Gothenburg

By Chris Kolbu

The first da Matteo coffee shop opened in Viktoriapassagen, Gothenborg in August of 1995. At the time, it was an Italian-styled espresso bar using imported espresso blends. After the manager and owner, Matts Johansson, got involved with specialty coffee in the year 2000, things started to change.

Since then, da Matteo has gone from one espresso bar to three coffee shops, as well as including both a roastery and bakery. Its employees have, among other accomplishments, won the Swedish Barista Championship three times (Christian Frändfors, 1999; Torkel Hultén, 2003; Mattias Björklund, 2009).

Using a 7 and 35kg Smart Roast, da Matteo roasts coffee from a wide selection of origin countries. They do direct trade with some of the farms they buy coffee from, and are working towards a more direct relationship with the others. Like The Coffee Collective in Copenhagen, da Matteo also regularly buy coffee from Edwin Martinez of the Finca Vista Hermosa farm in Guatemala.

da Matteos aim is to source the best coffee in the world, and prepare it to the best of their ability in order to create memorable coffee experiences. They see their mission as “creating meetings between people” and to use storytelling in communicating the world of coffee to their customers, says Matts Johansson.

“We drink so much coffee in the Nordic countries. To us, it’s all about people coming together: for a coffee in the morning at the office, or after work to catch up with friends.” People in the Nordic countries “use coffee as a reason to hang out.”

And in creating a space for those meetings, da Matteo coffee shops and places like them are an integral part of Nordic coffee culture.

Visit da Matteo at www.damatteo.se

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