Nomad, is a specialty coffee roaster based in Barcelona (Spain) but whose roots lie in a small coffee-cart born from a London dream
As often happens, the story of Nomad Coffee – one of the most famous specialty coffee roaster in Barcelona – begins with the story of a “simple” man. It’s 2011 and Jordi Mestre (the future founder of Nomad Coffee), Spanish by origins, has lived in London for a couple of years already, years spent working in the best coffee shops in the city. And then, one day Jordi decides to put everything he’s learned into practice and starts his own coffee cart, becoming a nomadic barista and serving coffee in some of London’s most legendary markets.
As you can imagine, this is how Nomad Coffee comes to life. The following year, Jordi signed up for Spain’s National Barista Championship, and he won first place in the final in Madrid, before reaching 15th place in the World Barista Championship in Vienna. It’s at this moment that his passion starts to shift towards the marvellous world of roasting, and Jordi lands his first job as a roaster at a East London based micro-roastery, Nude Coffee Roaster.
At this point, after a second win at the Spanish National Barista Championship, Jordi decides it is time to sell his coffee cart in London and reconnect to his roots: it’s finally time to transfer his experience to Barcelona and open in 2014 the first “proper” shop, co-called Nomad Coffee Lab, where coffee is the only item on the menu.
From there, it’s an exciting ride that still shows no sign of stopping. The Roaster’s Home – the first headquarters that also offers a training space – opens in Poblenou in 2015; Nomad Every Day, the third shop located in the centre of Raval, opens the following year with a new concept that gives room to Nomad’s team to both experiment with coffee as well as serving food and ice cream.
Not even the pandemic can stop them and it’s 2020 when the new roaster and headquarters Cal Nomad takes off: a completely renovated space that provides for greater production volume, as well as the conditions for hosting events and accommodate cupping, tasting courses, and professional training.
But what about the future? As Nomad’s wholesale distribution keeps growing in Europe and beyond, Jordi and his team can’t rest for a moment and continue to come up with exciting new ideas. A new project called Pa de Kilo (a bakery) comes to life, followed by the creation of a new shop called Frutas Selectas in the roastery’s former space. Many different projects held together by a single goal: the pursuit of quality.
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The Right Roast Coffee Club 2022 December 'PEOPLE'S CHOICE' edition