Inspiration: Festival

3 shots to be a cafe racer

Check the crema in Amsterdam, London & NYC

coffee3Deep, mellow and without a hint of bitterness… bike fans and the coffee bean have plenty in common.

From the early ‘60s when Ton-Up Boys raced from one drinking establishment to the next for a cup of instant – or something stronger – the brew has been synonymous with riding culture.

Today the café racer scene is buzzing like a dawn riser after three early morning espresso double shots as the new Triumph Bonnevilles and their Custom Inspiration kits bring the sixties swinging back to life.

These days you don’t have to be a café racer to get more bang from your barista, with bike-friendly cafes in most major cities.

So if your pursuit of the perfect crema has ended in disappointment, why not head for central Europe later this month.

More than 100 artisan aficionados of coffee, tea and all treats in between will gather in the Dutch capital for the Amsterdam Coffee Festival.

Experts will hold masterclasses in grinding, tamping and tasting, open a 23-year-old tin of coffee beans and explore the colour palette of everything from cappuccinos to cortados.

The Festival runs from 18-20 March at Westergasfabriek.


Can’t make it? The London Coffee Festival runs from 7-10 April and the New York City Festival from 16-18 September.