As a pleasant weekend surprise I was invited to visit Pori, a city and a municipality in the western coast of Finland. My first thought was the most important one: Is there good coffee in Pori?
The short answer is – Yes, there is! Porin Paahtimo (Pori Coffee Roastery) has a great selection of freshly roasted coffees by one of the old factory sites transformed into business and culture.
Their selection of coffees varies from single origin roasts to local blends, and the quality is great. Good care is taken in the roasting, and the cafe by the roastery serves well prepared caffeinated drinks. What makes the cafe cozier is the atmosphere that reminds you more of a local coffee house than a third wave artisan lounge, which will be more inviting to a wider audience looking to enjoy a coffee after their lunch or among daily groceries.
My first thought after walking in was “what is their chosen bean in the cold coffee”, and it was a natural Ethiopian Guji. Well suited and balanced with its sweetness for an iced coffee, I gave it my blessing.
With roasted coffee prices around 6 to 8 Euros, Pori offers a great selection and value for both single origin and blended beans. They even boast local blends, of which I took one with a local heart, designed for this summer. The entire packaging is written in the local Pori dialect, which makes it even more special for the occasional visitor.
If you happen to pass by Pori, or live in the Satakunta region, you should definitely support your local coffee roaster by popping in to their roastery shop, or buying some of their beans at the local store. Their quality was great, as we have tried both a blend and a single origin variety, and would recommend their coffee for anyone for an everyday use.