We have now entered into the third wave, a life where coffee isn’t instant anymore, where a dash of milk isn’t added and a sachet of sugar is no longer a thing. People love coffee not just for the taste and effect, but for the experience that comes with it. Tel Aviv has embraced this third wave, adapted it to its own lifestyle and have gone one step further.
What Is The Third Wave Exactly?
Don’t be afraid: it’s not some evil coffee dictator forcing you to buy expensive beans and thus enduring caffeine fixes and sleepless nights for eternity. This is the eco system where people appreciate coffee for more than just face value.
Third-wave coffee lives up to the highest form of culinary appreciation, so that you may enjoy the finer and subtle flavors, varieties, and the source of the beans.
It’s All in the Cup
Some say it’s all about the cup you drink the coffee in that truly gives you the experience. Many cafés and restaurants will offer the coffee to you in a ceramic cup unless you ask otherwise. Some true coffee experts will say this is right, but there is an art, an experience and perhaps even a better taste experience when the coffee is served in a glass cup.
Many cafés in Tel Aviv will give both options, and some will give only one or the other. Nahat Café in Kikar Dizengoff have their own unique set of cups for serving their beautiful coffee. They get their fun multi-colored mugs from a great company called Acme cup & Co, based in New Zealand. Nahat are the first to have them here in Israel.
Roasting it Just Right
When many cafés launch, they don’t focus on the coffee itself being the experience, but the place, service and setting.
Cafelix did something different. They started their own roastery right in the heart of Jaffa, Tel Aviv and started serving their own coffee in what ever style the coffee lover wanted. This was something that people hadn’t really seen in Israel. They source their own beans, roast them to perfection and allow you to be part of the third wave and a part of their experience. They offer their own blends, as well as single origins, that quite frankly keep their loyal customers coming back, and buying for all the times their customers cannot make it to one of their branches to enjoy at home.
When you choose cafelix, and you are watching them roast the beans in front of you, it makes you a part of the coffee experience and you aren’t just drinking a cup to stay awake, you are drinking it for the experience.
Tel Aviv is a vibrant city, and there is always something going on to feed the mind and soul. Many people’s greatest past time is sitting in a favourite café and just people watching. Grab a couple of friends, choose your favorite café in a cool area, order your favorite style of coffee and just sit back and enjoy the passing traffic. It is something that can be enjoyed for hours, all with your coffee in hand. Some great people watching spots are Café Habima, Café Landver on Dizengoff, and DaDa&Da on Rothschild Boulevard.
Your favorite coffee is nothing if you don’t feel at home. Our pick is the new branch of Bucke on Ahad Aham in Tel Aviv. They give a full rounded experience. Apart from offering great tasting coffee, they also know each and every one of their frequent customers by name, always say hello, and come and have a chat while your food and drinks are coming. The coffee sizes are huge so you won’t be left without your fix, and the place is so cozy, you won’t want to leave.
The Coveted Latte Art
Now, of course latte art does not guarantee a tasty coffee, but it does feed the eyes and your Instagram posts. Everyone is bringing in baristas who focus on creating beautiful latte art for their customers to add to the coffee experience. Weekends aren’t just for resting and seeing family, its about going out, meeting friends and family and enjoying food and drink together. When art meets coffee, the experience is all that better.
Some of Tel Aviv’s secret spots offer great latte art. They include Lucia Café, Cafelix, Mae Café, Café Castel, Lechem Ve shoot (Bread & Co), Café simon, Coffee Station and Nahat Café.