Helsingin Kahvipaahtimo — Helsinki Coffee Roastery, as it translates from Finnish, has a very unique atmosphere. The old garage space hosting both the roastery and cafe has an unrefined, almost raw character. It’s filled with old, second-hand furniture, equipment and details yet everything is effortlessly blending with the new shiny machinery.
Owner Benjamin Andberg, who started out as a hobbyist roasting on a converted popcorn maker, and then went on to start (and sell) Kaffa Roastery. Now, he’s running HCR with Ulrika Hannula, the grand young lady of coffee in Finland. I (Kalle Freese, ed.) knew that coffee was what I wanted to do after attending a half-a-day barista course led by her four years ago. It’s great to see them running this small operation together.
Although the cafe is a bit of out the way it’s definitely worth the visit. We’d recommend trying one of the single estate coffees through AeroPress.
If you’re not too eager to venture out of downtown Helsinki, HCR also run a coffee shop in the Skanno furniture and design store in the centre of the city.