Sprudge Maps launched in 2020 as a free service for coffee bars to list their own user submitted, user controlled information. Unlike Yelp, Google, or similar listing services, on Sprudge Maps the cafes themselves manage every part of the listing process, and can easily update information as they please for everything from gear to hours to daily offerings. We think of Sprudge Maps as an open, ongoing collaboration between Sprudge and the world of cafes—this project is 100% free to use thanks to support from Pacific Barista Series and La Marzocco.
After a successful public beta—with nearly 700 listings worldwide!—we’re moving into a version 1.0 of Sprudge Maps here at the end of 2022, with improved usability, regularly updated collaborations with Apple Maps, and these here weekly-or-so Sprudge Maps Spotlights. Let’s dive in today and learn more about Swerl Coffee Club, a charming coffee project in Falkenberg, Sweden.
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Introduce yourself to our readers—tell us about your cafe!
Swerl Coffee Club started as a rolling coffee-bar, custom built by us, in a creamy blue Mercedes Benz van from 1972.
Founded by me, Beatriz, and my partner Daniel, in the coastal town of Falkenberg in Sweden, Swerl is a combination of everything we think is best in life. Really great coffee, tasty breakfast, and meaningful relationships are what we hope to achieve day by day.
Every month we search for the nicest specialty-coffee from European roasters and serve it with care in our coffee-bar, together with gluten-free cakes made out of our own milled flours. We strive that you always leave happier than you arrived.
What equipment do you use in your shop?
We serve espresso from a three-group La Marzocco Strada EP that we had to lift into the bus with a fork-lift when we re-built the van, and that we will probably never be able to remove from the bus. ;) There are two grinders for espresso, both are Mythos One (one from Victoria Arduino and the other from Nuova Simonelli), for all other kinds of coffee grinding there is the Mahlkönig EK43. We do mostly batch brew since we are able to achieve beautiful extractions with the 3Temp Hipster, that allows us to customize each recipe in much detail. In case of hand brewing, the Origami Dripper is our go-to, using an Acaia scale and the Fellow EKG Stagg.
Which roaster or roasters do you serve?
We actually have our own subscription where we send out personally curated specialty coffee from two new roasters every month to our subscribers. This allows us to rotate the roasters and coffee a lot in the coffee-bar. Some of our absolute favorites at the moment are Manhattan Coffee Roasters from Rotterdam, 19 grams from Berlin, Friedhats from Amsterdam, and Coffee Collective from Copenhagen. Koppi from Helsingborg is, of course, an all time winner!
We are currently about to open our own roastery and start to roast ourselves on a Giesen W15, so very soon our own roasted coffee will be served at the coffee-bar along with all the other amazing roasters.
What is the neighborhood like where you’re located? What’s some other cool stuff nearby?
Our Mercedes bus is located right by the beach—we have our own little garden and outside area where customers can hang out with a really nice chill vibe. The beach is definitely the most attractive feature of the location, but there are also some great food places, such as Beach House by Globalize doing the meanest smash burgers in the region and of course, Lilla Napoli, serving the most authentic Napoli-style pizzas in Sweden.
Did you close during a mandated Coronavirus shutdown, and if so, for how long?
There were no shutdowns in Sweden, and since we are serving coffee from a mobile coffee bar we were thankfully not greatly affected. Some of our friends that had physical spaces were unfortunately slightly more affected.
How has Coronavirus impacted daily work at your cafe?
The cleaning procedures were already in place, so due to Sweden’s easygoing policies, what we had to deal with the most was finding a clear way to keep distance between customers and create a safe environment for everyone.
What’s something cool or unique about your cafe you want folks to know?
Swerl is on wheels. We love the freedom and flexibility that comes with being mobile—besides the Mercedes bus converted into a coffee bar, our roastery will soon be built into a mobile container. We are all about letting the good coffee roll!
Is there a community organization or charity you’d like to shout-out as part of this feature?
Yes, Bean Voyage is doing incredible work in Costa Rica with women empowerment in coffee. They have a human-design approach in the work they do, creating true value for participants. During COVID they not only found a way to keep their work running, but also created help packages to those in need in the community.
Photos by Swerl Coffee Club, used with permission