‘No decaf, no wifi, no fun for children.’ That’s what you read when you get in the Satan’s Coffee Corner, one of the most talked about third-wave coffee spots of Barcelona.
Satan’s Coffee Corner is a pretty cool place. The bar is open, the kitchen is open, the windows are from floor to ceiling, the place is basically designed so that the barista welcomes you and, once you’re seated, you feel like inside the bar: in front of you, there’s the espresso machine where he is preparing your coffee. Two steps away, on your right, there’s breakfast, created in situ by a Japanese chef (and artist).
The atmosphere is relaxed, and you can enjoy the omnipresent theme of Satan in several skillful illustrations by various artists.
Marcos Bartolomé opened Satan’s Coffee Corner a few years ago. ‘My great great grandfather had a coffee company that currently my uncles manage. It has nothing to do with what I do, but coffee has always been in my life. I came to Barcelona to study photography and I immediately started working at Federal Cafe. At that time they had high quality standards and that allowed me to learn new techniques. Later, I borrowed some money to start my first coffee corner. I was working afternoons and nights as the manager at Federal, mornings at Satan’s, and at the same time, I was helping others to open their coffee shops, such as Caravelle. I have not had a day off for the last 3 or 4 years!’ he says. In its beginnings, Satan’s Coffee Corner was just a window for takeaway coffee, without tables or chairs, a constant transforming space, in Raval, actually Barcelona’s smallest coffee shop. From there, he moved to the rear of a bicycle shop and, now, to a nice welcoming space in Call, pretty close to Plaça Sant Jaume.
Coffee comes from all parts of the world, from Ethiopia to Columbia and from Morocco to Jamaica, it is roasted by Right Side (Castelldefels) and Cafés El Magnífico (Barcelona) and varies according to the time of the year and the harvest of the respective countries.
Besides this cafe in the Gothic Quarter of Barcelona, you can taste the Satan’s Coffee near Plaça Tetuán, at hotel Casa Bonay. Anyway, just keep in mind that, here, affogato can be found at the bastards section of the menu, and decaff is not an option, you either drink coffee or you don’t.