So what happens when a tea lover goes coffee tasting at da Matteo?
Here in Sweden amidst the sea of seasoned coffee drinkers raised on coffee beans since infancy, I’m usually the sole hand that goes up at a party….”and tea for me, please”.
Drinking coffee is more than a lifestyle around these parts. It feels like a basic human right. The right to break multiple times a day to partake in the tradition of fika and drink coffee with colleagues, friends, and family.
Which means beyond a wide selection of coffees and brew levels you can get in a local grocery store, there are also specialty roasteries and brands which are environmentally-conscious, operate in sustainable ways, and work directly with their organic suppliers, thus cutting out the middle man.
da Matteo checks off all these…well…except the generic grocery brand part.
Winner of the prestigious 2015 White Guide “Café of the Year”, specialty roaster, da Matteo, is based out of Gothenburg and was founded by Matts Johansson (pictured left).
The name “da Matteo” is Italian for “at Matteo”, and Johansson had lived in Italy for several years and worked as a consultant within the café industry upon his return to Sweden.
da Matteo’s first café, Café Java, opened in 1993. Its second café, Caffé Espresso, was opened in 1995 and they were the first to serve Italian-style espresso and latte to Gothenburg’s residents.
da Matteo was born out of the desire to create meetings. We are trying to create these meetings with our staff, our products and our environments.
We want our cafés to be social and full of action, but also a place for a quiet moment in everyday life…Matts Johansson
But Johansson had always wanted to roast his own coffee and by 2007, da Matteo had its own full-fledged roastery with add-ons of a sourdough bakery and café at its Magasinsgatan 17A location in central Gothenburg. Today, the brand has five coffee bars and three bread stores.
As well as organizes coffee tasting sessions and barista courses.
When I was there, we got to sample coffee from different countries where they directly buy from coffee farmers such as Ethiopia, Brazil, Kenya, Colombia, and Guatemala. We also learned about their origins, their productions, and what to consider when roasting and brewing specific types of coffees.
The coffee tasting sessions at da Matteo are held on Sundays between 1pm-2.30pm at the da Matteo roastery on Magasinsgatan 17A with a minimum of four and a maximum of eight participants.