Joaquim Costa, 43
A café, a teashop, a library and a gallery bang in the smush of trendy up and coming, although up and come is probably more accurate, El Raval – the other side of La Rambla to the Gothic Quarter.
Most importantly is that they have a bunch of teas to choose from – which I’ll get to in a minute. But they also have pretty comfortable black chairs (although sadly made of non-vegan leather) and free wi-fi. And books.
During the day this place is fairly quiet and you could quite happily sit for an hour or two drooling over a laptop, confabulating with a dear friend or cohort, absorbing the contents of a disgustingly good or appallingly bad novel or just watching folk this and that beyond the large windows.
Now on to the teas. You can select from Indian teas, classic teas (such as Darjeeling or Earl Grey) along with an orange pu-erh and there are three greens to choose from: Barceloneando, Strawberrry Fields or Moroccan Mint.
There are infusions such as Calm (verbena, orange, clemantines and chamomile) or Monsoon Wedding (lemongrass, verbena, chamomile, mint and petals), or Simply Red which despite probably reminding many of us of a bloated English ginger dickhead with a voice like a trodden on fart and a face like a sack of boils fighting, is in actual fact a type of rooibos with toffee-like tones.
There is also an Arabic tea (black tea with fresh mint) and a chai with milk.
Tea prices start from €1.70 and soya milk is available at a supplement of 0.30 euros.
The rest of the menu contains granizados (straweberry, orange, lemon and fresh mint) and there are batidos (smoothies) made with yogurt that come in a variety of amalgamations such as banana and nuts, strawberry and cream, and coconut and pineapple.
Batidos with soya milk are available in either mango and banana or strawberries and mango and cost €4.
During the day it is very quiet but night times hot up when locals come in for coctails.
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