Sunday 14 June 2015

Hipster Coffee - An introduction.

Over the last few months I have been exploring the hipster coffee hangouts in Prague and I thought I would write a short blog reflecting on my experiences by writing non-reviews. Non-reviews don't focus on the wares on offer but try to describe the atmosphere and ambiance of the place. 

What is Hipster Coffee?
A coffee roaster in Pražírna
Hipster coffee is ethically sourced. locally and lightly roasted (often on the premises) and lovingly prepared. It is usually prepared as a filter coffee using weird and wonderful devices such as the Chemix, the Aeropress, the Hario V60 or a vacuum pot. 
To be honest when I first started drinking this type of coffee I was not enthused. It didn't taste like what I had come to think of as coffee, but the flavour tends to grow on you; it is multilayered rather than one dimensional, unlocking the unique flavours of the coffee. I remember years ago my mum telling me that if you drink Diet Coke expecting it to taste like Coke, you will be disappointed. But if you think of it as a refreshing drink that is similar to, but different from Coke, you might be pleasantly surprised. It is the same with this coffee; my advice is to not think of it as coffee to start with, but to enjoy it as a different kind of drink something that is similar too but different from coffee. soon you will be hooked. 

What is a Hipster Cafe?
A hipster cafe is easily recognisable but in case you have problems, here is a checklist. Hit at least three of these and the likelihood is you are in a hipster place. 
  • More than one MacBook on the tables.
  • Majority of male clientele have beards so thick you might find endangered species hiding in them.
  • Female waiting staff wearing unfeasibly tight trousers or what I believe are called yoga pants. 
  • More tattoos on show than in an American high security prison.
  • Students 'studying' in packs of 2 or 3. 
  • Jugs of water on the tables. 
  • No sugar on the tables. 
  • More baristas and waiting staff than feels necessary. 
So click on the links below to find my reviews of each place. More will become available this week. I hope you enjoy them. 


Gill's (Under Construction)


Non Coffee 
Moment (Under Construction) 
La Bibiche (Under Construction) 

If you enjoyed these reviews, please check out my short story blog here and my story inspired by hipster coffee here

If you visit any of these cafes on my recommendation, please tell them why you came and if you enjoyed this blog please share it with your friends. 

If you would like me to review your favourite hipster cafe, let me know.