It turns out that specialty coffee and craft beer have a lot in common. From fermentation to roasting and storage to flavor profiles, these two drinks are the product of the experience, passion and hard work of true artisans. This is confirmed by Perfect Daily Grind, one of the best references for editorial content on specialty coffee, who compare both drinks from the point of view of their elaboration and raw material in his article "Craft beer and specialty coffee: more similar than you think".
But since coffee, bicycles and beer also seem to go hand in hand, there is no denying that the three share a common thread and a community. Their connection has never been stronger: Mountain bikers and road cyclists always seem to be looking for a good place to enjoy quality food, craft beer and specialty coffee after a ride or ride.
This common thread is what has inspired the concept of Cafés Ciclista (or Cycling Cafe in English). These bike-inspired cafes and bars have been popping up across the country and around the world.
In close collaboration with Bicing Cafe ** we have made a list of what we believe are the best cycling cafes in Spain. It's not really a ranking, so there are no winners, neither better nor worse. It is a list of cycling cafés where you can enjoy both a dose of caffeine and a pint of craft beer. They are also places where you can enjoy good food, repair your bikes, store them, talk about cycling, and all surrounded by bikes, handlebars, wheels and jerseys. Always the central theme bicycles, specialty coffee and craft beer!
ON AND VA (Barcelona)
On y Va, in its two branches in Barcelona, is not only a cafeteria serving coffee called Third Wave (or specialty coffee) but also a bar-restaurant aimed at those who are passionate about cycling, especially road cycling. There is nothing missing here: good atmosphere, good craft beer by the guys from Bdegust, good food and of course good specialty coffee from
In On y Va their passion for bicycles goes much further, they have a concept of COFFEE & CYCLING SHOP, with a minimalist Nordic style where you can also buy cycling clothing and accessories. We cannot fail to mention that these proactive guys are the organizers of The Honor Race, a cycling event without support, without roadblocks or signs that On y Va has It has been popularized since 2016.
Photos: (c) On and goes Barcelona
EROICA CAFFÉ (Barcelona)
Eroica is an organizer of classic bicycle events around the world, and among others, they have a restaurant and cycling café in Barcelona. Founded by Graciela and Miguel, two great cycling enthusiasts, Eroica Caffe Barcelona ( @eroicacaffebcn) apart from being a specialty coffee hub roasted by the well-known Animal Coffee Roasters and an excellent taproom to try craft beers from The Hopsters brewers, has become a place to create community, share your passion for bicycles and participate in activities related to cycling, gastronomy and culture. In addition to all of the above, the great highlight is that you can enjoy good Italian cuisine!
Photos: (c) Eroica Caffe Barcelona
LA BICICLETA CAFÉ (Madrid)
La Bicicleta Café is in the Malasaña neighborhood in the heart of Madrid and looks like a creative workspace, a bike workshop for minor repairs and a meeting point for urban cyclists. It opened in 2012 as the first cycling café in Spain and was one of the first in Europe, after the pioneers LMNH (London) and Keirin Berlin. In addition to having excellent specialty coffee from the Flat Tire roaster, they have a wide variety of craft beers: Brunehaut (Belgium), Belmez Face (from the Madrid brand of clothing for climbers Belmez Attitude), CCVK , The Goose Farm (Segovia).
Photos: (c) La Bicicleta Café
THE FACTORY (Girona)
La Fabrica is the third of the successful business endeavors of former professional cyclist Christian Meier and his wife Amber, who also run the coffee shop Espresso Mafia and the famous bike shop The Service Course. Three concepts that revolve around cycling and that attract cyclists from all over the world. While Espresso Mafia focuses almost exclusively on specialty coffee (with its own roastery!), La Fabrica, apart from good coffee, is also known for its 'healthy food'. In a refurbished store-room, with a large table for sharing and a wonderful terrace, La Fabrica serves delicious breakfasts, copious brunches, which include a few options of gluten-free dishes, and of course delicious craft beers from the Girona people of The Hopsters. Both places enjoy some of the best cyclist atmospheres in Spain. It should be noted that this year the couple opened another branch of La Fabrica in Wilmslow, England as the same concept that revolves around cycling and where they also serve excellent specialty coffee, craft beer from the well-known Magic Rock Brewing
Photos: (c) The Girona Factory
LA BICICLETA CAFÉ (Castellón)
La Bicicleta Café is a 'coffee shop & beer house' that was born from the passion for bikes, the love of good coffee and pleasure to have a good craft beer listening to good music. Decorated with themes that pay homage to everything that has to do with the world of cycling and located in the heart of Castellón, it has become an important meeting point for cyclists in the area. They serve specialty coffee roasted by cycling fans, Cafe de Finca (Casteldefels). They also serve about 20 references of beers, many of which are craft beers of different styles and origins, including some of the best-known breweries in Valencia Zeta Beer and Castelló Beer Factory, both included in past editions of the Brewtal Box. We cannot fail to mention that La Bicicleta Café organizes cycling 'Training Camps' and they have a store with a 'Veló-boutique' concept called Maillot Noir where they sell garments and accessories for cycling cycling. many of which carry their own logo.
Photos: (c) La Bicicleta Café
** Article written in close collaboration with BICING CAFÉ, a platform dedicated to giving advice, recommendations and comparisons to fully enjoy your passion for bicycles and sports coffee.