‘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 and the atmosphere is mainly built around all this series of nice graphics and texts. The bar is open, the kitchen is open, the windows are from floor to ceiling, the space is designed so that the barista welcomes the people and, after you sit down, you can see everything being prepared for you. 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 an interview for All Those. 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 coffee, there’s breakfast, expressly created in situ by a Japanese chef (and artist), as well as soups, salads, sandwiches and sweets. Bartolomé creates his own blends, which change every season. And if you like, you can take them home. He gives each one the name of a rock star, such as Debbie Harry and Poison Ivy (the singer of The Cramps) and Divine. The idea is that customers will easily remember their favourite mix and be able to ask for it by name. The mystery is in the blending, which is why Bartolomé humbly claims he makes the best coffee in town (Timeout).
Cafe cortado with a homemade muffin with chocolate, fruit and almonds
The coffee of this week is Miraflores, from Colombia, produced by Diego Alexander Martin, with aromas of caramel, tropical fruit and almonds. ‘It’s a silky coffee, with defined, elegant and complex taste, with notes of nougat, and with a bilberry and sweet mandarin like acidity. Creamy with a long lasting taste of milk chocolate’ as they say on the table tents.
Besides coffee and food, there’s a magazine corner, in the café, with a very nice small selection, just in case.
There’s one more place where 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.