I've written about Gourmet Coffee before. It's my belief that they make the best coffee you can find in Tallinn. Shielded from the rumble of the city, out in leafy, affluent Kadriorg, it's the perfect hideaway from everyday stresses. I've gone in there feeling worn out, and come out feeling replenished and shiny again. The reason? They make coffee from beans that they import, and this control over the purchasing process means they are able to ensure consistently high quality. The prices reflect this, but it's worth it, even if for a treat.
I had the salmon and cream cheese salad - the salmon and cream cheese whirled into a heavenly fluffy mixture, with decorative flakes of what I thought was onion, but possibly included something else too. Alongside this was fresh lettuce, adorned with a drizzle of thousand-island dressing. It's common, particularly in Tallinn for some reason, to find lettuce drowned in a sea of dressing - and it's a mystery why. It actually costs more to use more dressing, so it's not a saving - with dressing, less is more.
For dessert, I had to try the Napoleon cake, having seen it in the cabinet. The cakes are usually made by an external contractor, but this tasted freshly-made when it reached me. The strawberry jam and the thin layer of cream moistened and complemented wafer-thin flakes of pastry. The effect was to remind me of egg custard tart, bought for me as a treat after school in Wem, by my mum. Cake is comfort food, and perhaps all comfort food is so because it takes us back to childhood.
Gourmet Coffee has always had high standards, and seems to be maintaining them superbly.
Was it expensive? It's not something most people can afford every day, but it's priced at roughly the level of Kohvik Komeet, so for what you get, the price is fair.
Would you recommend it? Yes.
When should you go? For a lazy Saturday afternoon, if you have that sort of thing.