Ruda Café, La Latina’s hidden gem
Ruda Café is La Latina’s answer to Madrid’s ever-growing coffee culture. Tucked away on Calle de la Ruda, this cosy café serves speciality coffee all day long, catering to the needs of the new generation of coffee lovers who come from far and wide in search of quality and characterful charm.
One year ago this April, Ruda Café opened its doors to the public and has since made its mark on Madrid’s distinctive coffee scene. It all began when Ana, its owner, decided to unite her two passions – architecture and coffee – and transform what was once a Chinese corner shop into a light, open space lined with exposed brick walls and wooden shelves (her own craftsmanship), and bring a breath of fresh air to one of the city’s most traditional neighbourhoods.
Ana believes “coffee unites people” and so too does the intimacy of her small café, which invites strangers from all over the world to connect and share stories over their steaming cups of pure Arabica coffee.
The coffee itself is irresistible and the smell alone is enough to lure you in off the street. Forget ‘café con leche’: here you will find only the best quality filter coffee, cold brews and espresso, originating from Columbia, Peru, Indonesia and Ethiopia, to name a few. And if you don’t consider yourself a coffee connoisseur, don’t worry! Ana and her team – César, Roberto and Edu – will happily recommend you something to suit your tastes.
And the coffee isn’t the only thing worth trying on the menu. Whether it’s their homemade granola with organic yoghurt and local honey, their tomato and mozzarella on toast with Roberto’s own Italian pesto, or the delectable cakes and sweets made from scratch by Ana’s mother and sister, Ruda’s menu offers many delicious reasons not to be overlooked.
For Ana this has been a personal project, which she manages alongside her time spent working at her architects studio. When she is not there, you can most certainly find her at the café, busy behind the bar or happily chatting to her customers, creating the welcoming and friendly environment that people have come to know and love.
Another thing that adds to Ruda’s charm is its commitment to collaboration. As well as offering organic products and working with local suppliers, each member of the team also brings something to the table: César with his workshops and tasting sessions, Roberto with his homemade Italian recipes, and her mother and sister with their baked goods.
With only a year under its belt, this little café has already taken Madrid by storm and we can only expect great things (not to mention great coffee) in the years to come. So happy birthday Ruda Café! Que cumplas muchos más!
Ruda Café is located on Calle de la Ruda in La Latina, and opens weekdays from 8am – 8pm and weekends from 9am – 8pm.
Find out about their latest workshops and tasting sessions here.