Diana Ellinger

Artist and illustrator

Toma Café

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I love Madrid. I would even go as far as to say that I would quite happily walk the Madrileño streets wearing one of those white t-shirts that say ‘I ♥ madrid’ in big letters across my chest. But, there is just one thing that has been burning a hole in my heart, and I’ve tried to accept this but – the coffee is horrible:

…Please, no, not one of those scalding, shit tasting cafés con leche with the burnt coffee beans, and the over-fluffed bubbles of leche sitting on top like an airy puff of nothingness perched on top of a dirty sink. Yes your vintage furniture impresses me, and yes you play Architecture in Helsinki and have an extensive range of tostadas, but no you cannot make coffee.

After a month of searching with no satisfactory results – and no, not even the Lonely Planet or Google could help me out with this one – there is light upon my Malasña horizon! Two canny friends have let me in on the Toma Café secret. It’s a little hole in the wall in a little street very close to my favourite Plaza, Plaza del Dos de Mayo, and they love fixies, up-cycled furniture and most of all I would like to bow down to their espresso machine, their pouring skills and their fresh, high-quality coffee beans! Yay for coffee roasting hipsters.

Wow, am I obsessed? Needless to say, I have a cute little loyalty card and the morning stroll (it opens at 8am!!) to Toma has become my daily ritual. Sigh.



Author: Diana Ellinger

Independent creative – artist, illustrator and graphic designer.

One thought on “Toma Café

  1. diana! not sure if you remember me, but i am one half of the american duo you met a week or so ago at the toma cafe! i finally got a moment to scroll through your blog & your work & i absolutely love both! your description of the toma cafe is exactly how i felt too after relying on cafe con leche for days! also, your photography captures the emotional & cultural saturation of madrid i was trying to capture with the camera apps on my iphone (which probably isn’t the best way to go about doing that). what sort of camera do you use?

    anyways, i will most certainly be following your blog now! it was absolutely wonderful to meet you & i hope everything in madrid continues to be wonderful & subject to your enchanting photography!


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