Coffee culture in Switzerland has been around for a very long time. Since the 17th-century, coffee houses were meeting places in Neuchatel and Geneva, amongst other sites. And with the country being a blend of European cultures – German, French, and Italian – the coffee scene is quite varied and diverse.
The Swiss are amongst the top consumers of coffee on the planet, and almost three-quarters of the world’s coffee trade happens in Switzerland.
A little-known fact about how strongly the Swiss feel about their coffee is when the government decided to scrap their strategic coffee bean reserve. It sparked a viral reaction in its citizens as they consider a strong cup of coffee as vital to kick-start their day.
How do the Swiss like their coffee?
- Kaffe-crème: Add some cream to a perfectly brewed espresso had you have Probably the most popular form of coffee in Switzerland.
- Schale: This is a big bowl of coffee with some milk in it! Hot and milky, but neither as milky as a latte macchiatto nor as frothy as a cappucino. Great for those mornings where only copious amounts of coffee can help.
- Luzerner Kafi: This popular winter drink is a winner on those cold, dreary afternoons. Add a dash of wine to extremely thin coffee with sugar. What’s not to like?
- Espresso: Deceptively tricky to brew well, the ‘humble’ espresso is a universal favorite. Try it strong and dark as the locals do.
Where to drink the best coffee in Switzerland
Visit one of these coffee houses for a fantastic cup of coffee that won’t disappoint:
- Bocelli in Zurich: Bovelli is chic meets casual Italian coffee served with a smile. The classy cafe serves espresso-based drinks only. Bovelli works with renowned specialty coffee roasters in Switzerland to create a classic espresso and a modern option with a more fruity character.
- Mame in Zurich: Barista champions Emi and Mathieu have one goal in life – to create a perfect single-origin coffee for the regular café-goer’s evening brew. Mame believes that the café culture in Switzerland has transformed in the last few years, and they aim to bring the best cup of coffee to you and provide an incredible customer experience while doing it.
- Café Fruhling in Basel: With locally sourcing all their organic produce and roasting their coffee beans, Café Fruhling keeps sustainability alive while providing incredible food and drink. The cozy atmosphere of this cafe keeps customers coming back.
- Adrianos in Bern: An institution in Bern Adrianos is a chic, bustling café. Watching the beans roasted and prepped for your cuppa in-house every Tuesday and Friday is a special treat here.
- Boreal in Geneva: Boreal serves some of the best coffee in a chic, welcoming environment. With free Wi-Fi and great coffee, it is a fantastic spot to spend some time when you are in Geneva.