La Torrefazione, Helsinki

La Torrefazione, Helsinki

By Chris Kolbu

La Torrefazione is a café and roastery established by Jens Hampf, together with the owners of Helsinki based roaster Kaffa Roastery. Based in downtown Helsinki, the café has been an immense success since its opening in late 2009.

Jens and the others at “La Torre” are trying to change the Finnish perception of coffee as bulk produce, and make people aware of the differences in origins, among other things.

They serve a Fetco brewed filter coffee, but also offer three different sizes of French press, where the customer is able to choose from all the available coffees.

The head barista at La Torre, Roman Kolpatski, is the current leader of the National Barista Team (competing in the Nordic Barista Cup this coming August). Antti Mäkinen finished 3rd in this years’ competition and is also on the team.

Asked what their emphasis was on, the answer was a short sentence: “Good quality products”. A lot of work, expertise and knowledge condensed into a deceptively simple philosophy.

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