Exploring Malta for unique and power-packed coffee

exploring malta for unique and power-packed coffee

Coffee is a much-loved and popular beverage to kickstart the day. Coffee is a versatile drink as it goes hand-in-hand with sweets and makes for the perfect excuse to get out of the house and head down to your favourite café for a relaxing catch-up with friends and family.


Coffee has expanded and grown astonishingly since it was first discovered. History tells us that the beloved coffee bean was discovered in either Ethiopia or Yemen. As both countries talk of myths and legends of their own, it proves to be difficult in distinguishing which country found the little bean first. History also states that the consumption of coffee first began in the mid-1500s. The beans back then were roasted and similarly prepared to how they are now.

With Malta being a small country in the Mediterranean, it comes as no surprise that it has plenty of influence from neighbouring countries and migrants who settled on the island hundreds of years ago. For the size of the island, you won’t be short in sourcing cafes as the island offers an abundance. Having an array of traditional coffee styles from Italy, Turkey, Lebanon and France to just name a few, coffee has taken an even further step and is able to be prepared with different flavours and colours. Here, we take a look at where you can discover and enjoy unique and interesting coffee blends in Malta and Gozo that still give you that nice wake-me-up kick, but also an aesthetically pleasing look.

Java Café, Naxxar


This little gem is located in the heart of the Naxxar piazza. Bursting with healthy, delicious and aesthetically pleasing food and drinks, it is a highly recommended ‘Instagrammable’ spot. JAVA caters for a wide range of special diets such as vegan, gluten-free and vegetarian.  Serving an array of beverages, they offer their twist-on-coffee beverages such as the pumpkin-spice latte. 

Visit their website here to learn more. 

Kyoto Japanese Bakery, Sliema

Kyoto Japanese Bakery

Located in the bustling locality of Sliema, Kyoto Japanese Bakery serves traditional Japanese treats along with coffee and tea. One of their signature coffees is the matcha latte. Made with authentic Japanese matcha, not only will you taste the strong hints of caffeine, but also the distinct taste of the traditional matcha.

The benefits of matcha – Matcha is high in antioxidants, helps you to lose weight and boosts brain function. With all of these benefits, why wouldn’t you want to try a matcha latte?

A link to their Facebook can be found here

Caffé Berry, Sliema and Valletta

Caffé Berry

This popular cafe offers an impressive selection of coffee with an even greater selection of healthy takes on the popular drink. Known as their “power lattes”, you can expect a health punch when having one of their many lattes. One that they offer is the organic ginger latte which is made with ginger. Combining ginger and a milk of your choice, you can opt for an espresso shot if you need a quick and delicious pick-me-up.

The benefits of ginger – Ginger is anti-inflammatory, eases stomach pain and aids in anxiety, Alzheimer’s disease and depression.

A link to their Facebook can be found here


Charles & Ron Café, Naxxar

Charles & Ron Café

This chic and classy cafe offers both trendy fashion and delicious food. Along with this, they also serve an array of unique beverages and exclusive coffees. One of their speciality coffees is their pistachio cappuccino. With a generous serving of pistachio served with coffee and your preferred milk, this one will make you want to come back for more.

A link to their website can be found here

Busy Bee, Msida, L-Imrieħel and Sliema

Busy Bee Cafe

Located in three localities, Busy Bee offers an abundance of meals, snacks and sweets along with delicious speciality coffee. With an endless selection of desserts to choose from, try one along with their golden turmeric latte for a balanced, delicious and addictive superfood treat.

The benefits of turmeric – Turmeric lowers the risk of heart disease, improves memory, reduces inflammation and helps prevent Alzheimer’s disease.

A link to their website can be found here

La Nave Bistro, Qawra

La Nave Bistro

Based in the seaside town of Qawra in the perimeters of The National Aquarium, this gem offers an abundance of signature beverages. Offering superfood and chai lattes, signature shakes, caffeinated lattes and fruit and veggie smoothies, you won’t be short on choice if you need something to wash down your food.

Looking out into the Mediterranean sea, you’ll have a beautiful view along with delicious, unique and vibrant coffee. One of their superfood lattes is the butterfly pea latte. A coffee with a rich deep blue colour – thanks to the butterfly pea.

The benefits of butterfly pea – Butterfly Pea stimulates the brain, is high in antioxidants and relieves stress.

A link to their website can be found here.

Black Cat Café, ir-rabat (victoria), gozo

Black Cat Café

An intimate café based in the centre of Gozo in Victoria (ir-Rabat) that offers artisan cakes, high teas, a selection of vegan foods and homemade scones and jam. They also offer popular Australian treats for any Australians visiting the island (or anyone for that matter). Traditional Vegemite on toast and lamingtons are just some of the special treats.

Offering an array of superfood lattes, their beetroot and cacao latte looks simply stunning. A smooth deep pink with a perfect layer of baby pink foam, makes this coffee aesthetically pleasing.

The benefits of beetroot and cacao – Cacao helps lower blood pressure and reduces the risk of heart disease. It also lowers blood pressure. This latte is also full of plant extracts and valuable minerals which in turn, allows your body to release all of its happy hormones.

A link to their Facebook can be found here