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10 Feb 2014

Places to go: Zerno coffee house


Minsk city center can't boast a wide range of coffee houses. But there is a place just in the heart of the city, where you can find the best coffee in Minsk, according to different public opinions polls. Zerno coffee house, hidden in a nice small yard just along Independence avenue, attracts absolutely different people from young hipsters to well-off businessmen, not ready both morally and physically to live through a new day without a cup of coffee. What makes Zerno coffee house so special? Let's try to find out with The Minsk Herald.

Zerno coffee house

In the last decade coffee houses have definitely outgrown being just nice places for a cup of coffee before or after work. Lately they've turned into new city platforms for proclaiming modern concepts and trends, art and literature. In the information era it's not enough just to provide citizens with tasty coffee, as they are constantly looking for something new. But good high-quality coffee is still a foundation of every coffee house. Cozy atmosphere, nice service, pleasant playlists, free WiFi are its ingredients. Wouldn't it be boasting to claim that Zerno is a perfect example of a modern coffee house? We think, everybody should decide for themselves.

Inside of Zerno coffee house

When you enter Zerno, the first thing you feel is a very pleasant combination of smells: coffee, milk, cinnamon, biscuits, ginger and chocolate. It's because the counter is just at the entrance and you can choose whether to buy a cup of coffee and go further or to occupy one of the colorful wicker chairs and have a relaxed couple of hours. There are some cozy places at the windows, not so many, as the coffee house is rather small.

Zerno coffee house inside
Zerno coffee house inside

In the evening it can be really crowded and even noisy, but in the morning there're few visitors and the atmosphere is very relaxing and calm. Then you notice a blackboard above the counter with different types of coffee. If you hurry, you can confine yourself to a cappuccino or a latte, but if you have plenty of time, try something more interesting.

Zerno coffee house inside
Zerno coffee house inside


There are 4 different ways of coffee making, that you can try in Zerno. The pour-over and french press coffee are quite familiar, but what about chemex and aero press coffee? Have you tried them before? If you're mild coffee fan, eager to taste all the flavoring shades of  the coffee beans, try chemex, which supplies coffee with oxygen, due to its special form, and makes coffee taste more like vine. You can also try aero press, which is in fact the latest way of coffee making. It looks like a cylinder with a piston inside, and it makes coffee espresso-like dense in structure, opening fresh fruit tastes of the coffee beans. If you feel hungry, you can also try one of the deserts, which are really yummy.

Zerno coffee house - cakes
Zerno coffee house - cakes

After you've made an order and have a sit, music starts emerging slightly. Being unobtrusive and tranquil at first sight, it's very experimental and cutting-edge. Zerno seems to be the only place in Minsk where you can listen to not just lounge, jazz, pop music or blues, but some controversial underground IDM, jazz fusion, ambient and downtempo.

Moreover, there're different lectures on coffee culture that are held in Zerno coffee house. After attending one of them, you'll be able to differentiate between various sorts of coffee and even taste all of them. And if you're eager to learn more about architecture, you definitely should visit Zerno, as it's the only place in Minsk where you can watch some rare videos on architecture and take part in the discussion afterwards. The only disadvantage is that such events take place not so often.

Zerno coffee house is not an exception in Minsk coffee life, but it's a very positive and bright place. Being an example of a modern coffee house and providing us with high-quality coffee, it has somehow become a small center of creating and sharing ideas, spreading coffee culture and positive vibes, due to its pleasant atmosphere, nice service and playlists. As opposed to such coffee houses nets as Guru, Coffeebox and Coffeeberry, which are also worth talking about, it's the only one in Minsk. If you need some inspiration and energy, visit Zerno. Don't rush anywhere. Have a sit. Look around. Take a sip of coffee. Smile.

Zerno coffee house outside
Zerno coffee house outside


Zerno coffee house 
Adress: 46, Independence Avenue
Open from 9 a.m. till 11 p.m.
free WiFi
Coffee, tea, pastry

1 comments:

  1. we dont have such rooms here but looking at them really makes me wish if we really came up with them. that would make writing for superior paper writing service so much easier for me

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