In September 2012, Zim and Poppy, an Australian-British couple, opened what was then new in Barcelona: a cafe-restaurant serving well-prepared and inventive breakfast / lunch and speciality coffee, bringing a bit of Australia to Spain. Since then, not only has Caravelle become a must-go brunch spot packed with an international crowd but they now also brew their own beer using Australian (what else?) and Kiwi hops. In addition they open their doors until late for dinner when you can enjoy slightly trashy burgers (dixit the chef Zim Sutton) or flavoursome tacos. Everything here, from hot sauces to sodas and coconut bread is made from scratch with natural and fresh products. A hearty, bold and handsome cuisine where sourcing and craft are kings.
They apply the same philosophy to their coffee: working closely with Nømad Coffee, they use a guest roaster one week a month (The Barn, Right Side Coffee or local Tusell Tostadores were recently featured) and source their milk from a farm in L’Ametlla Del Vallès. Espresso-based drinks are made on a La Marzocco Linea Classic and they recently added batch brew filter to their menu with weekly-changing coffees. Add to this a relaxed atmosphere and a location in arty El Raval, Caravelle has it all. It is also the one and only place in town where you can grab a copy of Caffeine magazine – a well-know bi-monthly publication revolving around the speciality coffee scene in London & Europe.
What’s next? Constantly trying to evolve, the Caravelle team continues to work on developing their craft beer offering and is currently building a micro-brewery next door to their first site. Expanding and improving their coffee offering is also a priority, with plans to work with more guest roasters, focus on filter & soft-brews, and maintain a high level of barista training, working closely with Nømad roaster.
Address: Carrer Del Pintor Fortuny 31, 08001 Barcelona
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