In the space of just one year, Intense Coffee has become a popular meeting place in Luxembourg City’s vibrant Limpertsberg district.
A venture that for owners Tiago Ferreira (29) and Melani Gomes (31), both native Luxembourgers, was worlds away from their original respective careers as a trade union secretary and accountant. At the end of May 2022, after a three-year stint in coffee roasteries in Berlin, the couple embarked on their coffee adventure, opening Intense Coffee in Limpertsberg, and thereby making their dream of having their own business in Luxembourg a reality. And a big success!
“We’ve become popular in this neighbourhood. There are several schools nearby, so we get teachers coming in for a coffee break or to do their marking. People working in the area also like to pop in for a coffee or lunch. We also see a lot of locals, both during the week and at weekends.”
Open to everyone, every day of the week
To cater to as many customers as possible, Intense Coffee is open seven days a week. So, there’s no excuse not to stop by and sit at one of the tables outside, on a safari chair indoors or on one of the cosier benches by the large windows. On this particular day, a smartly dressed gentleman is sitting out on the back terrace, smoking a cigar: “He’s one of our regulars. He lives here in Limpertsberg and is 85 years old! We pride ourselves on being able to welcome everyone here, of all ages and from all walks of life. Intense Coffee has been designed with accessibility in mind, whether you’re in a wheelchair or coming in with a double buggy,” says the owner.
And, indeed, a look around us confirms this: We see young professionals on their laptops, friends chatting over coffee, a mother and baby, two businessmen in suits…
Coffee prepared with meticulous care
Tiago Ferreira has made it his mission to serve drinks of consistently high quality: “We work with Berlin roastery Kaffeekirsche, where Melani used to work, as well as with specialty coffee shop and roastery August 63, run by a fellow Luxembourger who is also based in Berlin. Every month, we have a different ‘guest espresso’ on the menu. We serve speciality coffees. Our beans are roasted more lightly than those you get at big retailers. They have more nuances, more aromas and varying degrees of fruitiness,” explains the passionate coffee connoisseur. At Intense Coffee, the coffee is weighed to the gram, the water temperature is precise, and each drink is meticulously prepared to the second by one of five baristas who undergo constant training and “will serve you the same espresso or cappuccino you enjoyed the day before.”
Vegan and sustainable
In this minimalist yet cosy café, with soft contemporary music playing in the background, you can also treat yourself to cookies, chocolate buns and other delicious cakes and pastries made in-house by Intense Coffee’s chef, who also serves up a menu of fresh sandwiches and light bites every day. Everything here is vegan, right down to your flat white, made with oat milk. Consistent quality and sustainability – it’s what Intense Coffee is all about!
6, avenue Pasteur – L-2311 Luxembourg