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Published March 23rd 2017
Can the flatpack giant make a good coffee?
Ikea restaurants are well known for providing such irresistibly cheap meals. Any problems like overcooked meatballs can be overlooked given the low prices. Up until now the only option for a coffee at Ikea came out of an automatic machine. At a discounted price, and with free refills, you could happily overlook the automatic machine quality taste. But now Ikea Tempe has introduced Coffika cafe - barista coffee with a barista price. We had to give it a go.
The new cafe is situated within Ikea's restaurant area. It is a separate unit to the food service area and has no dedicated seating of its own. If you want a barista coffee to go with your breakfast, you will have to line up twice. It opens at the same time as the main restaurant each day, but closes a few hours earlier.
Coffika sells coffee, tea, water, and packaged chocolate milk. The food in the cafe is different to what is offered in the normal food service area. It has a range of cafe food that you would find in most cafes: biscuits, muffins, pastries, cakes, banana bread and slices all at cafe prices or slightly cheaper. It has gluten free muffin and cake options. But being too early for morning tea when we arrived, we were only tempted by the barista coffee.
We ordered dine-in regular skinny cappuccinos with no sugar for $3.49. Take-away was also available. The service was friendly and efficient. Coffee was served in standard white cups and saucers. The first thing we noticed that was amiss was the large amount of chocolate powder on top of the coffees. It looked like there was a bit of an accident and the chocolate powder was spilt instead of sprinkled. The coffee wasn't hot enough, it was lukewarm. And the coffee itself didn't taste nice; the large amount of very sweet chocolate powder on top didn't help either. We ended up getting machine made coffees that we were much more pleased with.
I like the idea of a barista coffee at Ikea. There is certainly a captive audience there and places like McDonalds have done very well by introducing cafes with barista made coffee. Coffika is new so let's hope the problems we experienced are teething problems that can be ironed out because customers paying for a full priced coffee will demand top quality.