Double Dutch Café featured in Daily Herald

Last week, the Double Dutch Café was featured in an article by the Daily Herald newspaper.

In case you missed the article, here is a link for you. We’re very proud of what we do!

We have everything to jumpstart your day with the best coffee on the island and a whole range of fresh healthy breakfast items. No time for breakfast? Grab a fresh made juice or smoothie and you’re on tiur way in no time.

Or come by for lunch and enjoy the famous lunch buffet and salad bar. Don’t forget to take a delicious cappuccino to-go in an environmental friendly biodegradable cup and lid.

Too tired to make dinner? Grab homemade soup and a rotisserie chicken on your way home for the family. Just add a fresh salad and you’re done!

Double Dutch Café in the daily herald

The weekender section of today’s Daily Herald has a great article about the direction and intention of the coffee we serve daily.

It’s not about adding water to ground coffee or inserting a coffee capsule into a machine. It’s about the Third Wave Revolution of coffee. Yes, that’s a thing, really.

Don’t get us wrong, using capsules to make coffee is not wrong. It’s very convenient and easy and quick. But it doesn’t get you the best coffee. Great coffee, sure.

So if you want to learn about making the best coffee on St Maarten, come to the Double Dutch Café and have one!

Coffee is 98.5% Water

The most important ingredient in great coffee is not the coffee bean nor the ground coffee nor how you make it. It’s the water.

The Specialty Coffee Association (SCA) and other sister organization all over the world have done a lot of research into the effect of water on a good cup of coffee and all have come to very similar results:

  • no chlorine
  • low calcium & sodium
  • neutral pH

The best water for your coffee is sometimes what comes out of the tap, if you live in a couple of very lucky countries. For most people, a water filter is highly recommended, or the use of bottled (mineral) water. But beware: mineral water can also ruin your coffee no matter what you use or how you make it.

Pay attention to the little label on the side of the bottle and look for this:

  • 6.5 < pH < 7.5
  • 75 mg < dissolved minerals < 150 mg
  • low sodium (Na)

On this island, Volvic mineral water is the best we have been able to find. Evian is among the worst.

Now some may want to use water cleaned through reverse osmosis, because it is the cleanest. But that water is so clean it lacks important aspects for your body to be able to taste the coffee properly. The pH is fine but there is hardly any calcium or sodium and it completely lacks the important dissolved minerals. So while it may make a fine coffee, you can tell from the crema layer in an espresso or filter brew that the water is not good enough.

Source: SCA

See also No Pressure Coffee blog

New espresso beans coming soon

We’ve been working with a single kind of beans for both black and milk-based coffees since the opening. That is perfectly fine, but it is about to change. Most people who drink black coffees (espresso, americano or long black) will appreciate the new beans!

  • Black coffees benefit from the increased acidity and sweetness of a medium or even light (aka “blonde”) roast.
  • Milk-based coffees benefit from a darker roast (such as an “Italian” or “French” roast), because the warm milk softens and smoothens the strong bitter taste in these coffees.

While we haven’t made a choice yet, we’ve tried some samples of a Rwandan and Ethiopian roasted bean from Malongo and the results were very promising. Over the next month or so we will continue to try both beans for a longer time and see which one we prefer and which one our customers enjoy more.

So if you like an excellent espresso, please stop by our coffee shop inside Market Garden, Simpson Bay over the next few weeks and do let us know your opinion of our espresso! The barista on duty will be able to tell you which bean we are currently using.

Frozen Coffee

When you are not in the mood for a warm cup of coffee, we offer you the choice of an Iced Coffee, made fresh, or a frozen coffee or “Frappe”

frozen coffee
Frozen coffee with chocolate sauce