Concrete chocolate and Sysikymi
You can enjoy concrete chocolate and extremely dark Sysikymi-coffee in downtown Kouvola. Naturally, our cafes and restaurants also serve food that is more mainstream.
The Papulaari coffee shop in the city centre is a combination of a delicatessen and a café. At Papulaari, you’ll get concrete chocolate, tea, coffee-making equipment, raw cake, other local delicacies and, most important of all, Kouvola coffee.
Kouvola coffee can be drunk in a trendy new cold version or in the traditional filter-coffee way. It can also be made aeropressed or using a Chemex maker. You can ask the barista at Papulaari how Kouvola tastes in its different forms and what the different methods of preparation mean.
Papulaari’s newest coffeee, Sysikymi, has been developed in cooperation with the Inka Paahtimo coffee roastery. It is a strong blend of coffee suitable as filtered coffee or espresso.
Sysykymi – also known as Susikumi (wolf rubber) - is roasted along Kymijoki River. It is described as being as black as the humour of the people of Kymenlaakso. Of all of Papulaari’s coffees, betonilatte (concrete latte) is a particular favourite with locals.
Along the same street, you will also find Olé and Betony. Ole has a very long history in Kouvola and us locals have enjoyed their steaks for years. Betony on the other hand is a newcomer in the restaurant scene in Kouvola. The locals have fallen in love with their cozy atmosphere and great selection of drinks.
Tex-Mex and Latin rhythms
The Neville Restaurant between the main library and Manski pedestrian street had a Tex-Mex menu before such food was widely known in Finland. Neville is known for its candles and relaxed atmosphere. During Kymi Brass, brass bands gather there to jam.
Rosso, which is on Manski, has descended to the ground floor and changed its salad table into one brimming with varieties of antipasti. In summer, the sunny terrace of Rosso and its adjacent Coffee House is a good place to enjoy the street atmosphere.
Ice cream and award-winning cake
Almost opposite Rosso is Rami's bakery, wich is known for its wide selection of cakes and teas. One of its favourite cakes is the meringue-topped lemon cake, which was entered in the Finland’s Best Bakery competition.
Its speciality is home-made ice cream. Flavour alternatives include coconut, pistachio, chocolate, toffee biscuit, mango sorbet and salty nut. The selection varies day by day. A special favourite is mint, a better version of which is difficult to find even in Italy, the home of ice cream.
It is rumoured that Rami’s owners went to Italy to learn to make their ice cream. Or perhaps it was the other way round?