“Do you have wifi?” and, “Do you mind if we sit and work for a while with our coffee?” you ask, your bike propped safely outside this café (because Passatge Sant Benet is a wormhole of L-shaped calm very few will know about). “That’s, um, exactly what we’re here for.” So far, so good.
So you head over to lock your bike on C/ Lluis el Piadós between Rosas Crafts and En Aparte and when you get back you remember to ask whether your friend can come in with her small canine friend. You get another very friendly response and a stainless steel bowl filled with water (for the dog). For yourself, a flatwhite (yes, you’re that hip), and a double at that. It’ll have you singing from the rooftops. Do not have two.
True Artisan Café is run by Marzocco, and at first, that fact is a bit of a turn off. You know, brands and all. But once you’re inside, it’s hard to care. The marketing is minimal and as hand-made as their espresso machines, the staff are angels, and it’s immediately clear in this coffeeshop that if they were out for loud, obnoxious branding they would have made it far less hidden, tranquil and tasteful.