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ÉS Deli: Fancy coffee to go

Offering specialty coffee for people on the go, ÉS Deli is the latest addition to the two-year-old ÉS restaurant, and part of the diverse gastro offering in Budapestʼs five-star Kempinski Hotel.

Brought to you by the family business of restaurant impresario Zoltán Roy Zsidai, who has restaurants in Budapest’s Castle District as well as the ever-expanding Spíler empire in Budapest’s seventh district party zone, ÉS Deli offers gourmet coffees and pastries in a swanky central Budapest location.

Coffee expert Máté Nezvál was given the task of selecting a blend that would entice coffee drinkers in the know. Nezvál, who uses Arabica beans sourced via direct trade, says that, as with wine, coffee flavors vary greatly from year to year. He says he favors the level of fruity acidity that he gets in the ÉS blend, made up of beans from Rwanda and Guatemala. The perfect accompaniment comes in the form of delicate pastries and gourmet sandwiches, also available from the deli counter.

Quick fix

Although located in the Kempinski Hotel’s rotunda, ÉS Deli is by no means exclusively for hotel guests. Budapest’s lack of proper coffee to go makes this a good choice for passing tourist trade and locals looking for a quick fix during their busy working day.

You can find the ÉS Deli on the ground floor of the hotel at V. Erzsébet tér 7-8 (phone: 061 429 3777).