Barkas Coffee is a project founded in 2014 by the multidisciplinary design studio Barkas along with a few fellow collaborators.
Basically the idea of Barkas Coffee came because we were missing a good quality coffee product with nice looking packaging, at an everyday affordable price.
Normally people build brands to charge a premium price for a superior product and the coffee industry is no exception. We thought it would be nice to try and do the opposite. We wanted to create a quality everyday product, that everybody could afford to drink on a regular basis. Knowing more about design and consuming coffee, than actually producing it, we started Barkas Coffee as an experiment.
The experiment turned into a business and a proper coffee education for us. We are now selling our beans in cafe’s and restaurants throughout Copenhagen, in a few chosen retail stores around Denmark and in our own shop in Copenhagen. The idea is to keep developing the product range and to be able to offer Barkas Coffee in the most convenient and simple ways possible.
We are not religious about coffee, if people want it dripped, “espressed”, filtered or with milk, it’s really up to them. We just want to keep the quality good, the price fair and the product beautiful. After all, it’s water and beans, what’s really interesting is the stuff that happens around it. Enjoy!
We have three types of products. Ground coffee, whole beans and 0rganic whole beans. The ground coffee is medium roasted whereas the whole beans are darker roasted. They are 100% Brazilian Arabica beans with a solid structure and fine notes of caramel.
We have fine tuned our roast to be as versatile as possible, which means that our beans are well suited for various brews – espresso, filter, drip and french press.
The only thing you have to be aware of, is to grind our the whole beans right for the desired brew. Coarse for french press – Medium for filter – Fine for espresso.
In August 2015 we opened the doors for our first shop, based in Nørrebro, Copenhagen. It’s not a coffee shop – it’s a Depanneur. And what’s a Depanneur exactly? Depanneur is a French-Quebec name for a convenience store. The term comes from the French verb dépanner which means “to help” or “to troubleshoot”.
But a Depanneur is more than just a convenience store, it’s a cultural corner stone in the neighborhood. After living in Montreal we realized that Copenhagen was missing such a place. So instead of making a traditional coffee shop we made a Nørrebro-interpretation of a Depanneur.
Obviously we sell coffee in the Depanneur – latte, cappuccino, filter, whole beans, ground beans, you name it. But you can also buy other everyday goods and even have a beer at the counter if you like. Swing by and say hi, if you are in the neighborhood.