Until fairly recently, the concept of “taking a coffee” in Spain was more of an excuse to get outside in the sunshine than it was about actually savoring a delicious cuppa joe. As a consequence, the quality of the coffee was never really of any relevance. But luckily for those of us who worship the caffeine gods and depend on them for our survival, Barcelona’s recent “third-wave coffee” revolution has changed the scene entirely.
Yassir Rais is one of the many coffee creatives to whom we owe a great debt. A qualified architect, he used his skills to recycle reclaimed materials and open Syra Coffee in Gràcia, a petite shrine to the joys of specialty coffee to-go. Yassir recruits the city’s most passionate baristas who grind beans from the legendary Barcelona roasters at Onna and steam quality fresh milk (vegan milk also available).
Pair with artisan treats – donuts from Lukumas and handmade Moroccan pastries – and you’ve got so much more than a “relaxing cup of café con leche.”