You realize you’ve more or else developed an opinion about coffee once ‘third wave’ has become part of your daily lexicon. More than a trend, third wave is bringing back the passion in making and enjoying a ‘damn fine cup of coffee’, as Agent Cooper would say. Once in a while, a ‘new generation’ place pops up and reminds us where we actually started. Fekete is one of them.
Conveniently located right across Eötvös Loránd — the oldest university in Budapest, Fekete (which translates to ‘black’) specializes in third wave artisan coffee. You can call it ‘hipster’, but these guys have somehow managed to put ‘passion’ and ‘taste’ back into coffee brewing, right where they belong. Beyond daily commodity, beyond energy boosts.
Their coffee supply is fueled by The Barn Coffee Roasters, a premium Berlin roastery sourcing fresh seasonal coffee from micro-farms. We tried their latte and the truffle & berry notes were actually noticeable in taste, not only on the label description. What’s nice is that you can also buy your own pack, if you’re in need of a caffeinated souvenir. They’ll grind it for you on the spot.
Their coffee range is balanced: you can get the classics, but also the hip brews like aeropress and chemex. If you’re tempted to get introduced to the new kid on the block, try their cascara — a cherry-coffee bean brew in a league of its own. It’s not coffee, it’s not tea - but hey, all the more exciting, right? Couple that with a golden croissant or homemade quiche from their food-bar, and Fekete makes a good breakfast or brunch option for your stay in Budapest.
Depending on how much time you have on your hands, you can opt for a cozy drink in their inner courtyard or go for an express take-away coffee from the small front pop-up store. At 1,5 euros for an espresso and 2 euros for a latte, the prices are more than reasonable. But hey, we’re in Budapest after all.