The smell of coffee and herbs leads me up the stairs upon entering the shop INCONCEPT. On the top left, the cozy Cinta Coffee is hidden. A cozy coffee corner with an Indonesian twist.
Guido Leurs is the proud owner of Cinta Coffee, located inside the pop-up store INCONCEPT on the Coolsingel. Since the 19th of July this year, the entrepreneur from Indonesia has been able to share his passion for food and drinks through the coffeeshop, which means they don’t serve only coffee here. Cinta also serves lunch and other sweets. Think of muffins, brownies and vegan cakes. And if he’s got some time left, more often on the weekends, Guido likes to bake blueberry or Oreo cakes for in the shop.
In addition to the ‘normal’ coffee snacks, you can also find Indonesian delights at Cinta Coffee. For example, gingerbread, sponge cake and lemper with Indonesian chicken are obtainable. Noodles are a standard thing at the lunch menu and they are made to the Leurs family recipe. Eating and drinking are important aspects in the life of the family. Therefore, the name of the shop fits perfectly, Cinta means love for or loving in Indonesian. So, Cinta Coffee literally means coffee lover. And that passion for coffee (and food) is clearly noticeable.
The coffee is made in a special way. This technique is called Kopi Tubruk, an Indonesian way of making coffee. Tubruk means the clash between the coffee and the water. This technique makes the coffee more creamy and therefore more delicious. But the coffee that is used isn’t just a regular one, Cinta is the only one in the Netherlands to use and sell coffee beans from Brandzaak.
The love for sharing culture is nothing new to Guido. Before opening Cinta this year, he was already working on an English online blog. He also released the first English-language travel guide of Rotterdam this year, where he wrote, photographed and published everything himself. “I want to share the passion and love of Rotterdam with everyone,” said Guido about his busy life. And he pulls it off nicely. The mix of Rotterdam and Indonesia is clearly visible at Cinta Coffee. The cosiness of the two cultures comes together at this place. The two big wooden tables invite you to eat together as a family. Or sit down on the couch to chat with friends. There is also a chessboard on one of the tables, so you do not have to be bored. There is plenty to do at this cultural coffee bar.
Meanwhile, it is busy with organizing multiple events. For example, in cooperation with the shop INCONCEPT, hot drinks are distributed around Christmas to people living below the poverty line. For €1.50 you can donate a cup of coffee and you can write a message on a sticker for the cups. A nice and warm initiative that shows how important it is for Cinta Coffee to share passion and love. Guido got this from his mother who loved traveling, cultures and food. Noticeable is how the entrepreneur talks full of admiration about his mother. But also about everything planned for the coffee corner. The passion and love for culture, Rotterdam, Indonesia and food is clearly jumped from mother to son.
While I enjoy my soy cappuccino, Guido tells me about the new tea. There are now three new fresh flavors added to the menu. These only contain fresh products, which are only prepared when ordered. Striking is how one of these flavors contains the ingredients of ginger bread. There is the Indonesian twist again. And Cinta continues to expand, tells the entrepreneur. A grilled cheese sandwich has now been added to the menu, since today there is also a slow juicer (which is being experimented with a lot and I got to taste #score) and since this week soup is also offered.
Busy times are on the menu (pun intended), and therefore a part-timer has recently been taken to help the entrepreneur in the cozy coffeeshop. I drink my soy cappuccino and enjoy the unrestrained atmosphere. Surrounded by natural materials, Indonesian influences (such as Indonesia’s map at the counter), good food and very good coffee. Oh and let me not forget about the cosy overall atmosphere! In any case, I’m curious where Cinta Coffee is coming with in the future, because I already couldn’t tear myself away of this deliciously cozy Rotterdam/Indonesian coffee place to be.
Adres: Coolsingel 83 (first floor INCONCEPT)
Opening hours: Tuesday t/m Saturday: 10 AM – 5.30 PM | Sunday: 12 PM – 5 PM