If you also think, that cup of coffee and good book is a perfect combination, this article is just for you:) Kahawa – is a unique, new place at Cyryl Ratajski Square in Poznan, where all good things are waiting for you. When I first opened the door, I felt the real coffee aroma and I saw all my favourite books in one place. I couldn’t wait to tell you more about it. Kahawa apart from great offer (including their own roasting place:) and well-designed interior, has also THIS something – atmosphere! You go there and you know, that you want to stay longer. This atmosphere is created by people who are working there, you can see passion and commitment to what they do. So many things made me curious that I asked the owner – Bartosz – for short interview.
Let’s start from the beginning…how you came with the idea for creating such place as Kahawa?
The idea came from my observations of similar coffee places in different European cities, mainly in Berlin. At the very beginning of my cooperation with the interior design studio – Starzak Strebnicki from Poznań, I organized trip to Berlin, where we spent all day visiting various places and…of course – drinking coffee. From the very beginning, the project was well prepared. I must say, that it was a very successful cooperation, based on great ideas and compromise. What was also extremely important, they seriously treated my budget and wherever possible, they were searching for a cost-effective solution. I can honestly recommend this studio.
The name itself – Kahawa – in Swahili – the most popular language of East Africa – means simply: coffee. I wanted to combine my two passions there – passion for Africa and for coffee. Also, this word is catching in the ear easily, it was just perfect.
What kind of coffee I can order in your place?
At the moment we only offer Arabica coffee from Cameroon. Soon, we are expecting to have coffee from the Democratic Republic of Congo and Peru. We try to offer coffee, that is coming from a particular place in a particular country. The name of the coffee: Santa, Oku, Belo is nothing but the name of the village in Cameroon, where coffee plantations are based. All our coffees are selected by me from the plantations.I am buying them by myself in Africa or South America. Everything because I want to be sure that the farmer who produced it, with a great deal of work, received the right amount of money. The roasting method is such a compromise between the expectations of customers and my favorite ways of doing that. From our “conservative” coffee machine we can offer almost all possible espresso types and latte coffees – as well as more and more popular alternatives methods: drip and chemex. You can taste it almost as well as wine and discover some unusual flavors. With this method, even after the first try, you can easily guess whether coffee is from Africa or from South America.
Own roasting place seems like a challenge, why such a decision?
This is a consequence of taking care of our final product quality. Roasting has a tremendous impact on the taste that we get in our cup. The same green seed burns differently in the coffee machine, differently in drip. Fighting for quality is the best we can do for our guests. Besides, the job of roasting coffee is a really exciting adventure, very aromatic and varied. The coffee roasting time is really important for the aroma and the taste. The coffee, that you can drink or buy in Kahawa “does not waste time” in complicated distribution states. Thanks to the repetitive roasting options, we can offer our customer the exact products, that he liked the most.
Finally – books. The ones, that we can find on your shelves are really great. It’s easy to notice, that with the publishing market you are up to date.
Books – this is my next passion, almost all my adult life is related to books and I could not imagine my life without them. Let’s be honest – coffee and books just fit perfectly. Apart from coffee roasting, selling and serving, we offer customers a choice of books, counting on the synergies of both departments. We plan to organize book promotions and authors meetings of course with our coffee.
I am very happy to observe that we can enjoy places like that one in our city. I love discover them and share with you my thoughts. Kahawa is the one, I strongly encourage you to visit.