Type of Place: Coffee (tea and chocolate) Store
Location: Wolfstraat 28; 6211 GN Maastricht
One of the oldest coffee grinders in the Maastricht region, Blanche Dael is a charming shop filled with a wide variety of coffee, tea, and packaged treats that make unique gifts for visitors and a delicious cup of coffee for locals as well. From the outside, the old-fashions wood trim, huge roaster, and scent of fresh coffee beans will pull you inside. Once there, you’ll find yourself surrounded by a variety of interesting treats and gifts. They sell a special Maastricht coffee blend, that is very good, as well as the famous(?) “Druim vaan Mestreech” tea, which tastes like drinking a bouquet of flowers. The chocolate sold by the shop is tasty as well, although I don’t know if they make it themselves.
Blanche Dael coffee and tea is the premier “gift coffee” for Maastricht and you can also find it at the VVV and other specialty tourist shops; mostly the nice ones that don’t sell tacky “dutch-girl” wigs. If you want a taste of it, you can also visit Coffeelovers; Maastricht’s answer to Starbucks. I don’t personally like Coffeelovers much (they brew their coffee stronger than I like), but many people swear by them and it’s one of perhaps two places you can get an American size cup of coffee. I prefer my Blanche Dael brewed at home where I can control how strong my beverage is.