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Kaffi Hljómalind

Kaffi Hljómalind

Published November 3, 2006

Located on the corner of Laugavegur and Klapparstígur, the organic and cultural coffeehouse Kaffi Hljómalind prides itself on its non-profit, co-op status and on sending a positive message to society. Being a popular concert spot for the local hardcore scene, Hljómalind also hosts poetry nights and lectures and serves as a popular hangout spot for many locals who like to slurp down organic drinks while downloading music to their iBooks in a cosy and smoke-free environment.
The organic tea and coffee isn’t the only draw though. With all ingredients (without the butter, cream and cheese) not only organic but most of it free trade as well, the coffeehouse is ideal for those who like quality coffee and juices as they were meant to be made and eat healthy and nutritious meals.
Although the drink selection takes up much more space on the menu than the edible parts, the selection of cold and warm dishes is quite satisfying. The soup of the day, various sandwiches and home-baked cakes fill up the list of appetising treats.
After deciding whether to sit at a small table in the corner or choose to lounge in one of the old sofas facing the window, we ordered the vegetarian lasagne. It would have been a complete vegan dish if it weren’t for the cheese we chose to put on top. Mango and apple juice, organic of course, as well as a bottle of ginger ale were served for drinks.
Made just as you would do at home, the flavourful lasagne came with some salad, pumpkin and sunflower seeds, both very healthy, just as all other ingredients used for the cuisine. The plates and silverware, as well as all furnishing inside are second-hand, a mixture of here and there things, making the atmosphere even more relaxing than it would be lying in your own living room.
With full and satisfied stomachs, we unfortunately didn’t have the appetite to even look at the cake list. That delicacy will have to wait until next time. SJ



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