When I started writing this blog, while we were still living in Cork, I was really looking forward to trying out all of what Malmo has to offer; from bakeries and cafes to farmers markets and restaurants.
It's taking longer than I had hoped it would. Moving country is expensive. We saved and saved for this adventure, knowing it would cost a pretty penny, and just about managed to make it last until Mountain Man's first paycheck came through the postbox (Yippee!). Eating out, buying expensive coffees and gourmet treats hasn't really been an option, so I've been cooking and eating in a lot.
On Friday night, we borrowed a friend's car (Thanks Lars!) and made our third trip to IKEA since we arrived here. As tends to happen when you visit IKEA after work on a Friday, neither of us had eaten and realised on arrival that we might not make it to the cash desks if we didn't get some food into our bellies. I use the word 'food' lightly here. Maybe it's a rite of passage...I'm really not sure, but I figured 'When in Rome...' and queued up for an IKEA hotdog. Never again. I think it must be the most revolting piece of 'foodlike substance' I have ever put in my mouth. Nasty nasty nasty. I know it's IKEA and it's cheap, but this stuff shouldn't be called food.
On a happier note, a dear friend from home arrived on Saturday afternoon to visit for a few days. Delighted to have an excuse to explore the city, yesterday we got her a rental bike and cycled around Malmö. Before she left Ireland, her brother in law had begged her to find a little place called Rosie's Coffee & Wine, where they sell Coffee Collective beans from Copenhagen (he’s a bit of a connoisseur it seems).
With a little help from Google we found it and cycled there after a lazy trip around Vastra Hamnen - Malmö's old harbour district which has been completely redeveloped and is well worth a visit, with views of the Oresund Bridge and Copenhagen.
Rosie's is a hidden gem! Canadian Jake explained to us how and why he spends, oh, at least 8 minutes making hand filtered coffee and how it is more like an aromatic cup of tea than the coffee most of us have grown up with. I have never observed such ceremony associated with making coffee. I was entranced.
Jake also explained why Coffee Collective is so special - they visit coffee growers around the world, strike up a deal with the farmers and sell beans direct to cafes and retailers. No coffee brokers, no middle men. A fair price for the farmer and real fair trade in action, 25% more than the fair trade price in fact; we like. Sadly, he had underestimated his coffee needs for that week and was only willing to part with one bag of beans for the brother in law (Other bags on the shelf had been roasted 2 weeks previously and were just too old to be sold as they would be sure to disappoint. Holy moses, that’s dedication)
Along with a very tasty latte I had an incredibly good Croque Monsieur, which really wasn’t a Croque Monsieur at all, as it had tomato, leek and mustard as well as ham and cheese, but boy was it gooooood. A beautiful side salad with fennel shavings, carrot, cherry tomatoes and salad leaves accompanied it, all for the price of 50SEK. Not bad for a very filling lunch plus some coffee education!
As far as I could tell, Rosie’s also sometimes sell organic veggies on the pavement outside, but on Sunday their focus was on coffee, tea, amazing cakes and buns and gorgeous savoury sandwiches and salads. They opened in April of this year, so they’re still a fledgling business, but I, for one, will definitely be back. Even if I have to cycle across town for the experience! Find them on Beridaregatan 8, Malmö, Sweden.