Locals Only Barcelona | Satan's Coffee Corner, El Raval

How about a tall, dark and handsome coffee? Served by a tall, dark and handsome young man? From a handsome vintage shop in the ever-changing and ever-cooler Barcelona neighborhood of El Raval?

Don't let the name fool you, Satan's Coffee Corner, isn't a date with the devil, nor a trip to see Hades, on the contrary a local coffee shop with a lot of good stuff, be that espressos, cortados, flat whites, cappuccinos or mochas, served with a smile and a flannel shirt and cut-offs.

Marcos -  a former barista at Australian owed and Barcelona based coffee hotspot Federal Cafe - is son and grandson of coffee roasters from La Rioja, Spain, and now with two and half years in Barcelona, is the young entrepreneur responsible for all the fuss as of late on Carrer del Peu de la Creu. Locals, tourists, day-trippers, even Spanish movie stars have stopped by this humble yet rustic chic take-away window for what's being called the best coffee in Barcelona. Opened since June of 2012, Marcos has rapidly amassed a loyal following, in person and on social media outlets of the interweb. A rather daily occurrence of bloggers snapping pictures, a phone call from Vogue España, or loitering friends swapping wooden stools from inside the hybrid boutique/coffee workshop to the sidewalk, whilst others perch on the curb for a moment of chatting can be witnessed.

So how did I discover the best coffee in Barcelona? The Cafe Cat, that's how. Sally another coolhunter and city expert was kind enough to share her beloved secret with me, and she knows her coffee and tea (a relative of hers invented the Cona). After one flat white, I was hooked and we proceeded to meet up a few mornings (well late mornings - ah the life of a freelancer) to discuss our plans to take over the blogging world, sit around on farms and live or not live with men. She's since moved back to England, where colder temps and pumpkin patches will fill her days, but thanks to that little lady I'm able to pay it forward to you all, so that you too can enjoy the best coffee in Barcelona, as well as what may be the friendliest and most guay (cool).

Hand stamped coffee and tea cups from Satan's Coffee Corner, Barcelona. 

The Devil at work. Satan's Coffee Corner. 

Marcos explaining coffee or BS'ing with clients. Check out the old school coffee grinder on the right-hand corner. 

My first of many flat whites made with love and fresh Catalan milk by Marcos....er Satan. 

The other interesting characteristic of Satan's Coffee Corner is its blends; Marcos hasn't sold his soul to one in particular. Every month he tests, tastes and picks from 2 origins (selected from Cafes El Magnifico), and then names the monthly winner after a leading "lady" from history's past. This month, September, is Divine of John Waters' (Baltimore whoop whoop!) films, a blend of 70% Indonesian Sumatra Blue Batak and 30% El Salvadorian Santa Julia beans. August was Joan Jett, 80% Peruvian and 20% Indian...you get the picture.

Just your average Friday around noon at Satan's Coffee Corner, Barcelona, Spain. 

For all those coffee geeks and beanhunters out there, Marcos uses a Marzocco GS/3. If you are more in the mood for retro shopping and design prints, check out Aimee's portion of the shop Grey Street, dedicated to the cutesy, cool and interesting of local artists as well as afar.

Who:
Facebook Satan's Coffee Corner
satans.coffee.co@gmail.com
+34 666 222 599

When:
Mondays - Fridays 10:00 - 18:00

What:
The Best Take-Away Coffee in Barcelona
Cash Only
NO Decaf

Where:
Carrer del Peu de La Creu 25 (Raval)
08001 Barcelona


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