Wake Up and Smell the Coffee - The Reykjavik Grapevine

Wake Up and Smell the Coffee

Wake Up and Smell the Coffee

Published August 1, 2008

Cafe D’Haïti on Tryggvagata 16 was established last April and has been steadily gaining fans ever since. Owner Metahulsen returned to Iceland from Haiti with wife Elda and now finds himself keeping Reykjavík’s caffeine enthusiasts on their toes. Elda is the very essence of Cafe D’Haïti, her arcane eyes and all-knowing smile acknowledge you as aromas smoulder around the shop.

Elda has applied Haitian interpretations to Turkish and Americano coffees amongst others. Makaya Bleu incredibly is the only type of bean the company uses.  Roasting the product on-site almost every day is the secret to the delectable taste and the cup of coffee itself is simply the outgrowth of a lot of love.

When you enter Cafe D’Haïti it as if Elda’s anticipating your very entrance and some of the customers describe her as the face of the company. Far from guarding the stove, Elda lets Grapevine wake up by smelling the coffee beans and nibbling on cardamom, which is derived from the ginger family and forms the Cafe Arabiskt (380 ISK), an acquired taste that comes highly recommended.


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