A review of Lots Coffee House, a coffee stall between Salamanca and Lista neighbourhoods in northern Madrid, an area where government office workers rub shoulders with university students during lunch rush hours. 

Cafe Overview:

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The only table to enjoy a cortado at Lots Coffee House is on the sidewalk — Photo by Athena Lam

Up in the leafy streets of northern Madrid, Lots Coffee House took me over 40 minutes of meandering to reach. By the time I wandered onto the right block, I was ready for that shot of espresso. I was not quite prepared for the lack of seating (the grand plan was to sit down with my prize drink and write).

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Lots Coffee House caters to the morning and afternoon rush hours for office workers — Photo by Athena Lam

Unlike many of the other well known specialty coffee shops in Madrid’s emerging scene, Lots Coffee House set up shop in an unassuming area with lots of trees and little traffic, or so it seems depending on the time of day. Its size only serves to emphasize its outlier status. When hmm’d and haww’d at the options on the blackboard menu, I asked Fernando, the barista-owner about the area. Just then, a few people in suits came in to order take-away coffee.

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Lots Coffee does their own roasting and its owner / barista has a farm in Guatemala — Photo by Athena Lam

Fernando explained that the large buildings around were offices and government buildings. Down the block was a university campus, though students made up less of his clientele.

In the end, despite all the temptations of hand brews and various roasts, I still went with the Spanish cortado. Fernando, who spoke English, asked me whether I wanted a single or double shot. I hesitated, knowing that it would be the first of three coffees that morning. He grinned when I opted for the double shot traditional and took his time with the extraction. The resulting drink was a spirited kick, which may be too acidic for some. I appreciated how the milk mixed with the coffee to give body without diluting its complexity.

Their Story / What I like About Them:

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Lots Coffee roasts — Photo by Athena Lam

After having walked all the way, I was reluctant to move on to the next cafe immediately. So instead, I studied every item in the small shop. To my left, the handful of items, from single coffee bags on display to snacks and bottled drinks, were carefully selected. To my right, were three plastic containers showing green beans, semi-roasted beans, and roasted beans.

Fernando invited me to pick up the containers when he saw me peering into them and we ended up in conversation about his experiences with coffee. He had done distribution and had travelled a bit and admitted to experimenting with roasting, saying he was still learning about all the different varieties. It wasn’t until later, when I did a bit more research that I learned he not only owned a farm, but also did cold brew. His quiet tone radiated an appreciation for the entire process of coffee creation, but betrayed nothing of his other endeavours, such as owning a cold brew brand as well.

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If you are lucky enough to see these seats empty, stay a while and enjoy! — Photo by Athena Lam

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Green beans on display for anyone who passes by — Photo by Athena Lam

Good For:

  • Coffee: Espresso, hand brew
  • Food: Light pastries
  • Cafe Space: 1 table on the sidewalk
  • Friends: If you have a walk around the neighbourhood
  • Workspace: Nope!
  • Remote Work: Yes wifi, but no counter to enjoy it. 🙂
Address:  Calle del Gral Oraá, 40, 28006 Madrid
Website:  http://www.lotscoffeehouse.com
(Closed Sunday)
Mon – Thurs: 8:00 – 17:00
Fri: 8:00 – 13:00, 14:30 – 16:30
Sat: 9:00 – 13:00

If you liked this post, check out my Madrid Coffee Walk!

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