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Where morning happiness comes from artistic machines – Coffee Works offers cold and hot brews

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  • Zsófia Nagy

13/09/2021 1.52pm

With the aim of popularising specialty coffee, the owners of both the Bon Dia and My Little Melbourne cafés have just opened Coffee Works. These lovers of light roast coffee are now providing a full coffee experience near the Great Market Hall.

According to coffee aficionados Péter Balázsi and his wife, Dia, it is essential to have things in life that make us feel enthusiastic. The couple have been working with specialty coffee for almost ten years.

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Part of their diverse activities is coffee tuition, providing cafés with barista training. They have their own roaster producing Racer Beans and even serve innovative soft-serve ice cream at the Bon Dia outlet.

Photo: Koncz Márton - We Love Budapest

Recently opened in the same building as the Meininger Hotel, accessed from the street and the garage, Coffee Works features a contemporary interior and a handy terrace where students and businessmen gather over laptops and cold brews. 

Photo: Koncz Márton - We Love Budapest

Their classic specialty pick-me-up cold brew (HUF 1,250) takes some ten hours to make, the liquid from the Racer Beans dripping drop by drop from a huge cylinder. We tried this very strongly caffeinated drink without milk, just ice – at first, it had a rum flavour, then left a cocoa taste in our mouth.

Photo: Koncz Márton - We Love Budapest

Photo: Koncz Márton - We Love Budapest

Aussie cappuccino

With its rustic style and chocolaty aroma, our favourite was the Aussie cappuccino for 840 forints. A classic La Marzocco coffee machine makes the espresso shot for the drink, which is topped with Australian hot chocolate powder, then the whole thing is covered with milk foam. The results are chocolate drops soaking and bursting in the milk foam, which are not only delicious, but also fun to watch. 

Photo: Koncz Márton - We Love Budapest

Photo: Koncz Márton - We Love Budapest

Another option, batch brew (HUF 800), is similar to Americano, but its taste is much more complex. Drinks may be accompanied by delicious pastries from the nearby Butter Brothers bakery.

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Péter and Dia also feel it important to introduce new coffee-making techniques in convivial surroundings. Apart from an enthusiastic barista familiar with the latest technology, exciting, quality ingredients are put to good use with high-spec machinery.

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Along with the beautiful wood-lined coffee machine, the weird grinders, kitchen scales and timers, the brewing methods and temperatures produce countless aromas within the same drink.


Given also the evergreen recipes, the coffee here is consistent, your espresso or cappuccino should taste exactly the same on Monday as it does on Friday.

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If success comes from passion, then profit is also a consequence. If you pop in to Coffee Works, don’t expect just a plain caffeine dose, but let your imagination run wild and enjoy the different flavours of specialty coffee.

Venue information

Coffee Works
1093 Budapest, Csarnok tér 2
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 7.30am-5pm, Sat 8am-5pm 

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