Since arriving to Finland, we have been trying to findanswers to this question: What is Finnishcafé culture? So far we’ve found outdoor market café stalls, café kiosks, afarmhouse island café, and a waterside café in an old fish-drying house, butcafes with La Marzocco espresso machines and aero press' are a bit harder tocome by in this town. That’s why we were intrigued by Good Life Coffee, a very young and very hip café onKolmas Linja in Helsinki.
Lauri Pipinen, the owner of this baby café (only 3 months old) treated us first to some espressos, then cappuccinos and then a cup of the famous La Esmeralda (ooooh, lucky us!). Although Lauri can make a mean espresso, we found out that he, just like the other baristas we have met in Finland, are all aboutthe filter coffee. Lauri explained that Finns drink a lot of coffee but that the coffee they drink is usually a mix of 10 different types of beans – and that doesn’t tell you anything about the coffee itself. Lauri wants to serve a 'proper 'or 'good' cup of coffee (good green beans, good roast, good barista = good coffee) and there are plenty of people in Helsinki that would say that this is exactly what he is doing.