Satan’s Coffee Corner
Arc de Sant Ramon del Call, 11, Barcelona
+34 (0) 666 22 25 99; facebook.com/SatansCoffeeCorner
The Pitch Barely a five-minute stroll from the Barcelona Cathedral, Satan’s Coffee Corner provides a respite deep in the heart of the city’s tourist-laden Gothic neighbourhood. Hailing from a family of coffee roasters in the wine-growing region of La Rioja, owner Marco Bartolomé first ventured out on his own with a takeout window in El Raval back in 2012 before moving to a small counter service inside a bicycle shop the following year. The bright and inviting space he has since grown into — a small wrap-around corner with floor-to-ceiling windows in a narrow alleyway — reflects his personality and enthusiasm for coffee, as well as his wacky charm. Shelves are stacked with packages of beans from Right Side Roasters, an exceptional local roaster, as well as a fine selection of magazines, art prints and succulents. The illustrated walls and ink-stamped takeout cups mirror Bartolomé’s tattooed arms.
What We Love The unimposing spirit of this place sticks with you long after the caffeine buzz has faded. That’s why I had to make a return visit before my trip to Barcelona was over. The first time I stopped in for a quick cortado (espresso cut with equal part warm milk), I quickly felt at home. It was easy to fall into conversation with Bartolomé and his staff, as well as the regulars. Bartolomé was one of the trailblazers in Barcelona’s recent coffee movement, but he has none of the pretensions sometimes associated your run-of-the-mill tattooed barista.
Don’t Miss Satan’s should be at the top of the list for any visiting coffee lover. But there’s much more to enjoy here morning, noon or night. The café has a diverse food menu that rotates depending on the roasts of coffee being served that week. Mornings feature a selection of quick bites: pastries, cereals, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and Montreal-style bagels. Or you can have a more adventurous breakfast such as sweet pierogi oatmeal (blueberry pierogi on almonds and cherries porridge). Soups and bocatas (sandwiches) serve a lunchtime crowd. Pop in later in the evening for oysters, whiskies and a selection of craft beers that includes Barcelona’s Barcino Brewers.
Drinks from €3