Barako Káveház Budapest

It’s not easy to find specialty coffee shops on the Buda side, so when Barako, a closet-sized café, opened in 2014, it filled a void in Buda’s barely-existent craft coffee scene. The Filipino owner, Ryan Andres, eschewed the tourist-centric commercial areas of downtown Pest and set up shop here instead.

He imports the Barako coffee beans (a variation of the Liberica species) from land he cultivates in the Philippines. One of Barako’s specialties is siphon coffee, which involves an elaborate preparation process reminiscent of a high school chemistry class experiment. Aside from the spectacle, the highlight is a refreshingly smooth, delicate cup of coffee (actually, two cups). Barako also does hand pour-overs and espresso-based drinks, both hot and cold.

If you're planning to pull an all-nighter or are simply a fan of caffeine, I can recommend the "dead eye," which is three shots of espresso with brewed coffee. Once a year, Andres also serves kopi luwak, the rare and expensive coffee beans excreted by wild civets. He ensures that these coffee beans come from ethically-harvested sources in the Philippines.