"You know what it is..."
Antwerp isn’t only home to most of the world’s diamonds, but also to the world’s best Black Gold. Coffee is taken quite seriously over here. And yes, of course we’ve got a Starbucks, but don’t waste your time trying to score a unicorn latte and visit some of our treassured coffee bars. Once in a while (read: at least once a month) someone with a heart for coffee decides to enrich our lovely city with a new coffee bar. June was no different, but oh boy it’s a real good one this time! Joke De Coninck, one of Antwerp’s most famous baristas, opened up the newest coffee kid on the block: Black & Yellow.
After working at Caffènation, the most famous coffee bar of Antwerp, for more than seven years it was almost inevitable for Joke to open up her own place. Apart from serving the finest cappuccino’s with free smiles, Joke also created a real Caffènation community online. She took over social media and put a smile on everyone’s face with her playful hashtags, like #caffenationgirls or #thereisnouseincryingoverspilledmilk.
Joke is also known by her alter ego, Black Golddigger. This is the name you can address her with when she’s standing behind the turntables as a DJ. As she also did on the opening night of Black and Yellow. If you’ve heard Joke spin the decks before, you won’t be surprised by the name of her bar. If not, just take my word for it: Joke is a huge fan of hip hop. Thank god this cool hip hop artist made a song about the colour of coffee and Joke’s favourite colour. It’s like it was written in the stars.
But enough about history, let’s step back into the now. Joke opened up her very own coffee bar in the shadow of the MAS museum. And anyone who knows Joke, or just follows her on Instagram, knows that her love for coffee is present in anything she does. And it always turns out great! Her first very own coffee bar isn’t an exception. Starting out of her obvious love for coffee, Joke wants to help everyone rediscover the black gold. Off course she will serve you a classic espresso or the perfect cappuccino, but apart from that Joke is constantly thinking of new ways to serve you your daily caffeine shot.
If it wasn’t clear yet: Black and Yellow isn’t your everyday coffee bar, which you realise as soon as you step foot into this new hotspot. Joke completely decorated the place herself and let her good friend Eltipo create the house style.
So forget about those typical ‘living room’ coffee bars and go check out Joke’s bar. If you want to know more about her take on coffee, you should keep an eye on her social media. So far we’ve seen a tequila-like coffee shot and black lemonade, cherry cola style, pass the revue. Yes, even the lemonade is based on coffee. We’re curious to see what’s next!
Also: sorry for sticking Wiz Khalifa’s Black And Yellow into your head, but it’s been stuck in ours ever since Joke opened up the place as well. Enjoy!
When to go where?
Nassaustraat 7, 2000 Antwerp
Monday to Friday: 8.30am - 5pm
Sunday: 10am - 6pm
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Text by Hanne Van Looveren
Pics by Irmy Coeckelberghs