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“Bad service and crowded, but the coffee almost makes up for it”
Review of La Torrefazione

La Torrefazione
Ranked #89 of 1,537 Restaurants in Helsinki
Certificate of Excellence
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Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch
Description: La Torrefazione is a third wave coffee shop; by knowing our supply chain we can guarantee the quality and taste of our coffees. All of our baristas have taken a barista exam, they both know how to make coffee but also the story behind each of our coffees. To us, a great cup of coffee is a piece of art and all the steps on the beans way to the cup are important. We serve breakfast, lunch, salads and sandwiches. Our popular brunch is served during the weekend.
Finland
Level 4 Contributor
31 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Bad service and crowded, but the coffee almost makes up for it”
Reviewed 20 March 2014 via mobile

This is a very tiny coffee shop located on the second floor of the building. The spot is a bit hidden when you're on the street, but is definitely well-known amongst the locals since the place is almost always packed to the max.

They offer brunch and lunch as well as just regular coffee and other drinks with different pastries. The coffee and pastries are really good, as well as the lunch salad that I had a hard time finishing because of its size.

The service on the other hand has been pretty bad, and adding this to the very busy feeling I have when sitting down for a coffee, I'd rather enjoy my coffee elsewhere. I also find it ridiculous that people have to carry their coffee cups and other things they've bought to the table themselves, when you can barely walk in this place without bumping into someone - not to mention the gastronomical prices you're already paying.

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  • Chinese (Traditional) first
  • Chinese (Simplified) first
  • English first
  • Finnish first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Korean first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
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English first
Helsinki, Finland
Level 5 Contributor
54 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Great sandwiches with a nice view to Aleksanterinkatu”
Reviewed 13 March 2014

Well, the view is nice if you're lucky to get a table by the window. This place is almost always crowded but I can't wonder why. Somehow there is a really nice atmosphere and the sandwiches and salads are great! Staff is sometimes really helpful and friendly but it depends a lot on a person and a day.

  • Visited February 2014
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Seattle, Washington
Level 3 Contributor
14 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Wonderful brunches and coffee”
Reviewed 23 February 2014

This place is one of the best for a breakfast/brunch in Helsinki. We go there every time when visiting the city. The location is perfect, the staff friendly. They serve brunches (several kinds, to suit different tastes), smoothies, pastry and very good coffee.
The opening hours are a pleasant surprise (the place was open even on a public holiday when everything in the city seemed to be closed). The place is not too big, so if you plan a visit as a company of 4+, it makes sense to reserve a table in advance.

  • Visited February 2014
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Saint Petersburg, Saint Petersburg City, Russia
Level 2 Contributor
9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
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“Delicious smoothie”
Reviewed 6 February 2014

A cosy and relaxed coffee place. It is on the first floor so you feel like above the fuss of this shopping street.
I pretty liked berry smoothie which was big and very delicious and refreshing. Coffee was also good. Didn't taste any of the food.
The place in the evening was quite busy, thought enough seats for all the people. The girl at the encounter, while fast and efficient, was also very, very nice, giving everyone a sincere smile)

  • Visited January 2014
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Hercules, California
Level 3 Contributor
16 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Good but busy lunch service”
Reviewed 9 January 2014

We had a mostly enjoyable lunch at La Torrefazione, although the service was a bit Jekyll and Hyde at times. The experience started out great--although there was an English menu on the chalkboard outside the restaurant, the menu inside at the counter was only in Finnish. However, the staff were extremely patient and kind to translate for us, offering explanations of all of the options. They also found and reserved a table for us while we were in line to order, so no need for us to wander about searching for a place to sit with drinks in hand. I had a fairly good linguine dish with chicken that was flavored with lemon and capers, which came with a small side salad. I also ordered a cup of jasmine tea, which was legit loose leaf in a strainer.

The experience soured a bit, though, as the lunch hour grew busier. Our plates were cleared at an alarming rate--sometimes before we had even completely finished. My tea strainer, which I had set aside, was whisked away immediately, so that I no longer had an option to refill my hot water for a second cup. So, despite the pleasant cafe atmosphere, it didn't seem conducive to hanging out and enjoying a drink, at least during the lunch hour rush.

Visited January 2014
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