Ladies and Gents, allow us to introduce you to Geneva’s black gold alchemists. Just like it was for Paulo Coelho’s Spanish shepherd, it was on their way back from a journey between Australia and Scandinavia that Fabien and Julian discovered their personal legend: coffee. The two own two places in Geneva, both of which are not alike. One is a cosy coffee shop on Rue du Stand, which serves espressos, cappucinos, provides free wifi, and where you can just sit and relax. The other is their workshop on Rue du Mont Blanc, where you can learn how to brew, sit and drink, or order to-go. While Fabien manages the roasting factory in Carouge, Julian and the rest of the team develop coffee-making techniques inspired by the whole world (infusion, french press, drip and other cool inventions). You will be served by baristas, coffee specialists, who other than selling you a cup of coffee, seek to share a culture and their expertise. Remember, Boréal is not a “muffinshop” or a sandwich place, even though you can actually have a snack. Coffee is the King. But why did they choose Boréal as a name? In French, Boréal means anything that has to do with Nordic culture, and our two boys wanted to reveal the minimalism of their concept.
Lastly, in our series “Geneva is boring on Sundays”, here’s a new episode for you: Boréal organizes tasting workshops upon reservation – only on Sundays.
Rue du Mont-Blanc 15, 1201 Geneva
Mon to Fri 6.45am-7pm; Sat 9am-7pm
Rue du Stand 60, 1204 Geneva
Mon to Fri 6.30am-9pm, Sat 8am-9pm, Sun 9am-9pm