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Zamalek, Cairo, Egypt.
Segafredo Coffee: Essential for the Daily Grind
With a plethora of coffee shops ranging from international chains to local companies available in the area, Segafredo comes highly recommended by many coffee enthusiasts for its sharp, no-punches-pulled coffee
The café is barely a sliver of space fitting a coffee bar, and room for three or so clients to order. Yet this particular locale makes a truly good cup of coffee, be it your favourite cappuccino or a milky latté or a good, strong cup of black, it promises to give a caffeine pick-me-up. For those who fear caffeine on an empty stomach, the café also offers a tasty array of sandwiches, cakes and cookies.
While many coffee joints insist on adding syrups and flavours to every drink, Segafredo can satisfy the coffee enthusiasts with its non-bitter and straightforward drink. Be warned; a shot of macchiato is very much a shot: despite its tiny container, it will knock you out and leave you sleepless if you’re not used to the heavy stuff.
Segafredo is an Italian coffee bean chain with branches all over the world. The tiny perimeters of its Cairo branch are disappointing considering the label's international reputation; it’s a pity the Italian cool isn’t translated into the Zamalek café’s interior and atmosphere. On the other hand, the coffees are moderately priced, ranging between 9LE and 18LE, and sold in efficient to-go cups that do not leak.
While Segafredo may be too claustrophobic for a long and lazy coffee date, the fast service at the front counter makes it a perfect spot to pick up your coffee and go. Unfortunately, its location on 26th of July Street right next to a No-Parking sign and a bus stop make it virtually impossible to park, unless you park in the next-door Mobil Station or miraculously find an empty slot in the parking under the bridge,
Coffee, Java, Joe – no matter what you call it, we can all agree that a cup of it can make or break your day. Coffee houses like Starbucks and Costa have been on the top of the coffee game with a branch on almost every corner, and people have been flocking there for their coffee every time; but now there’s a new player in town.
Turkey-based coffee house, Espresso Lab, has arrived to Egypt, at Point 90 Mall New Cairo to be exact, offering you the unique opportunity to play mad scientist in creating the ideal coffee for you.
With a rustic, industrial aesthetic, Espresso Lab offers a relaxing and inviting environment with mostly wooden seats besides giving off a friendly vibe, it’s a great place for studying, working, or just lounging around drinking your cup of Joe.
The venue is of the self-service variety, where there are two bars each with their own set of features; the first has your typical large espresso machine, with an assortment of both savoury and sweet items and some cold drinks, while the other is where the ‘lab’ part comes in.
We picked up one of their signature cold brew coffee (30LE) from the main bar, which came in a small glass bottle reminiscent of a glass whiskey flask; the coffee itself was pure concentrated coffee devoid of any additions which had a strong flavour and a slightly acidic aftertaste.
For something from the other side of the spectrum, we had some hazelnut hot chocolate (32LE), which had a sweet, rich texture with a good amount of foam on top, and hazelnut providing a nutty aftertaste.
Looking into their assortment of sandwiches, we opted for the roast beef (35LE). Heated in a toaster oven, it had warm crunchy bread that contrasted with the melted gooey cheese in the middle perfectly, which in turn complemented the earthy roast beef slices and the addition of the tangy pickles and mayonnaise.
To satisfy our sweet tooth, we ordered the chocolate (40LE) and raspberry (40LE) cheesecakes; despite the rather small slices, they both had a rich heavy texture, which made them well worth the price. The chocolate had a creamy, smooth taste, while the raspberry had a slightly tangy aftertaste that complimented the coffee flavoured crust on both of them.
We then moved to the espresso bar, where you can choose one of six different coffee beans – to be made in one of six different ways, including everything from French press and Chemex, to Aeropress and cold brew. The options allow you to adjust everything from the sweetness to the acidity of your coffee and we went for the Syphon (27LE).
With a smooth texture without the strong aftertaste, the coffee had a nice sweetness to it without being too watered down; we opted for some Irish syrup as well as some steamed milk to turn it into a latte which only enhanced the beverage even more.
Espresso Lab provides one of the most unique customisable coffee experiences you can find in the capital; as well as being great place for to grab a quick coffee and bite to eat, it’s also place where coffee snobbery is more than welcome!