Back to Black Amsterdam West: for good, black coffee with a story (and apple pie)

9 November 2017

Back to Black Amsterdam West for your dose of caffeine

Back to Black, you know, that nice coffee spot near the Museumplein, gets a second location! Soon the doors of this coffee walhalla will open in West on the Van Hallstraat. Owners Noortje Vlutters and Inge Bulthuis have traveled for many years and regularly enjoyed a cup of coffee in a local coffee bar in the other side of the world. Although they always recalled that they wanted to have a nice, homy coffee bar, it didn’t happen for a long time. Inge had an internship in Australia and became even more interested in coffee, after her graduation she worked in the coffee branche but it wasn’t what she wanted completely… Et voilà, after a tete a tete with Noortje there was Back to Black Amsterdam West. And we are happy about that, otherwise we would have to miss this spot!

The coffee that is served at Back to Black Amsterdam West is coffee they have selected and bought from different importers or even directly from the farmer. Bruno Souza is one of those farmers, his daughter studies in the Netherlands and works as barista in the coffee paradise, the Brazilian coffee served is from her father! So, coffee with a story!

back to black amsterdam westVery cool: Inge dreamed for years to roast coffee herself and to start her own coffee roasting facility and she did it! Back to Black Amsterdam West has its own coffee roastery on the industrial area of Amsterdam Westpoort. And besides the coffee roasting facility, you’ll find the bakery where they make all their pies. Oh my… It must smell delicious there!

try the apple pie at back to black amsterdam west

At Back to Black Amsterdam West you’ll order one (or more) of the homemade pies and cakes to go with your black coffee. They also have savory snacks like quiche and a snack with puff pastry. In the new location you can also have a grilled sandwich, nice! Tip: definitely go for the apple pie that has been made for 3 years with a secret recipe ;-)

Sustainability is also important for Back to Black Amsterdam West, so everything you can get here is vegetarian or vegan or made with organic products. They make everything themselves so they know exactly what is in their products. Thumbs up!

back to black amsterdam westNice: Back to Black might make you think of Amy Winehouse’s song, but that is not the inspiration of the name of the coffee bar. The name indicates that they are a third wave specialty coffee bar. Third wave is the shortest flow after Starbucks. At Starbucks you can order a pumpkin spice decaf half shot skim extra tall latte etc, but the third wave specialty coffee bars want to go back to the basis. The coffee itself, so without all additions. Black – Back to Black!

We’ll keep you posted about when you can taste the coffee in West!

Amsterdam Bucketlist
Canal Cruise by day or in the evening
A bike tour through Amsterdam OR Rent a bike by yourself
The best view over Amsterdam from the A’DAM Lookout
Visit Artis Royal Zoo
Rijksmuseum with the Dutch masters
Van Gogh Museum, a staple in Amsterdam
Stedelijk Museum for modern art lovers
MOCO Museum for street art
Photography museum FOAM
Amsterdam Light Festival (during winter months)
Cruise like a local with your own boat (great with good weather!)
Discover the Instagrammable experience WONDR
Red Light District tour
Get out of town and into the Dutch country side of Giethoorn

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Our favourite hotels:
Generator Hostel: the best poshtel of the city located in a park.
The Student Hotel: budget proof in trendy East.
Het Volkshotel: affordable and with a cool rooftop bar.
CitizenM: all you need is that XL bed (location near Amstel is great).
Motel One: budget design hotel with locations at
Hotel V: with two locations and a great restaurant, in the city center and East.
Sir Adam: with the coolest view over Amsterdam.
Sweets: a unique stay in former bridge houses.
Park Plaza Vondelpark: located next to Vondelpark and beautifully renovated.
Hotel Dwars: small scale around the corner of the trendy Utrechtsestraat.
Pillows Anna van den Vondel: great hotel close to Vondelpark.
Hotel Mercier: new hotel in the cosy and historic Jordaan district.
INK Hotel: lifestyle hotel in the heart of the city.
The Hoxton: favourite lifestyle hotel right on the canals.
Morgan & Mees: boutique hotel in Amsterdam West.
Conscious Hotel Westerpark: in a beautiful building at the industrial Westergas area.
QO Amsterdam: eco design hotel with a great skybar.
Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam: if you have something to celebrate this is the one.
Pulitzer Amsterdam: on the canals at the border of the Nine Streets and the Jordaan.
L’Europe: this hotel has the best spa with a view in Amsterdam.
Conservatorium Hotel: located in one of the most beautiful buildings in town.
W Amsterdam: with great restaurants and a rooftop bar with swimming pool.

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