We are for a more resilient food production and consumption system, which preserves and restores natural ecosystems. We are searching for products which are produced without polluting or degrading the environment. Food which is not in competition with precious ecosystems. We want to demonstrate that ecologically sustainable agriculture can feed the world without damaging the natural environment or threatening human health. We take action to make sure our products are as sustainable, local and nutritious as possible.
Besides safeguarding that our products are from sustainable sources, we try to completely close the cycle and also ensure that the eventual destination of our food is sustainable.
We are on our way to a zero-waste kitchen and recycle as much as possible. Read more about our Greenhouse, the Biogasboat, and our urinal which produces struvite.
Nothing can beat a nice cold one with a beautiful sunset. But the beer tastes even better if there is a good story behind it! That is why we serve Gulpener.
Gulpener is a family owned brewery, the last major independent brewer of the Netherlands that is not owned by a multi-national. They've been focusing on making their company more sustainable for over a decade. They grow their wheat, hop and barley sustainably in the gentle hills of our own Limburg, all of their beers have a special sustainability certification and most of their special beers are organic!
In addition to Gulpener, we serve all kinds of delicious beers from Amsterdam-based brewers: De Prael, Oedipus, Brouwerij 't IJ, De 7 Deugden and Brouwerij De Vriendschap. These are all small and local brewers, that try their best to work organic and sustainably. Because the beers are brewed in the neighborhood, the carbon footprint by transport is minimal.
Lennart Clerkx is the founder of the company This Side Up and used to have his office here at de Ceuvel. This Side Up makes sure to have personal contact with all the farmers who grow the delicious specialty coffee beans. By minimizing the intermediaries, and thanks to the bonus This Side Up offers, the farmers are able to receive a price that is more than twice as much as certified fair trade coffee (let alone uncertified coffee).
We are also more certain that the money actually makes it to the farmer, making it possible for him to invest in better working conditions and quality of coffee.
The new harvest, arriving at the end of the year, has been co-picked and processed by our own barista Kuba. He spent a few weeks at origin co-picking and processing the coffee.
The coffee is roasted by Kees Kraakman of Stadsbranderij Noord. Situated a few hundred meters from us and delivered weekly by bike. So Café de Ceuvel is uniquely able to know the whole story behind the coffee, from bean to barista!
For a transparent overview of pricing and more information:
Just north of Amsterdam in the characeristic village of Zunderdorp is located the Zorgboerderij ‘Ons Verlangen’ (Care farm ‘Our Longing’).
Cows, sheep, horses, chickens, goats, rabbits and pigs are kept organically, with a good chuck of care and love. It is also a place for people with a disability to receive care while working on the farm. This is where we get all our milk and cheese.
And for the lactose intolerant cappuccino lovers among us, we also have organic oat milk and soy milk!
For more information see: zorgboerderijonsverlangen.nl/zuivel
The close observer sees a lot of big pots with vegetables throughout Cafe de Ceuvel. Inside are fermenting sauerkraut, kimchi and ginger beer. ‘Slow cooking’ through fermentation is an ancient and global cooking tradition.
Before a lot of our food was shipped in from warmer climates, vegetables were pickled and bottled for consumption in the winter. Furthermore, pickled vegetables would be taken along on long sea voyages as a durable food supply, but also as a medicine against scurvy and other infections. Cooking through fermentation doesn’t cost us any energy in the form of gas or electricity, only time and storage space, and that’s why our chef is giving new life to this almost forgotten practice.
Just like the rest of de Ceuvel, the Café interior was made out of upcycled materials for the most part.
Our neighbors of Logic Works have made a lot and done a lot of jobs for us in the Café and outside. Besides the beautiful boat banks on our terrace, they have also build the picknick tables of old wooden over plates and the massive tables made of trees felled in the Van Der Pekstraat, around the corner.
See also http://www.logic.works/
The small (LED) lamps in the Café are designed and made by Flesj. They're old lemonade bottles with a lamp inside
See also https://www.facebook.com/flesjlampen/
In the middle of the Café, on the big pulley, hangs a huge lamp made out of a glass chalice and a grammophone bonnet. The lamp is designed by our neighbour Ulysses of the Valparaiso. The lamp is also for sale
See also https://www.facebook.com/glasinloodboot/?fref=ts
The Café was build by architect Wouter Valkenier, also known for Hanneke's Boom and Bret. The building consists almost entirely of upcycled materials, amongst which bollards from the harbour of Amsterdam, afore mentioned wooden oven plates, an old beachshack of the Scheveningen lifeguards, and a wooden floor from an old gym. From door stoppers to window frames, Wouter has managed to find almost everything somewhere.
See also: http://studiovalkenier.nl/
Because we don't serve meat, we work a lot with protein-rich food like mushrooms. The mushrooms we use are just from around de corner in Amsterdam-Noord!
In former seacontainers on an old industrial zone Wouter Hassing of Mycophilia grows our delicious shiitake, bolet royal and oyster mushrooms on wood splinters. The growing itself is also done sustainably using a biomeiler: a heap of shredded wood that generates warmth by decomposing.
For more information: mycophillia.nl
Our bitterballs and croquettes are vegetarian and have a special story. Willem Bosman Jansen of GRO produces bitterballs en croquettes made from oyster mushrooms, which they've grown on the coffee grounds of chain-store La Place and wholesaler DeliXL. Their snack assortment is called Terra Bites and is really delicious.
We thought: why would we make trucks drive around filled with bottles containing mainly water and sugar, when we can install our own sparkling water tap, and we can use that to serve our drinks?
We make our own sodas with the syrups of Leslie Dronkers (DD Cordials). So no Coca Cola or Fanta, but Elderflower, Ginger-lemon and Rhubarb!
For more information see: dd-cordials.nl
To keep up with the rest of our menu, all of our liquors were brewed locally in Holland, except for our rum.
Nothing beats a good piece of cake, after a delicious meal, or just as a snack.
We serve cakes from Sharp Sharp and Sweet Love Addiction.
Renate and Frank started their pie business ‘Sharp Sharp’ to bring vegan, sugar-free and gluten-free pies to a larger audience. With dates, nuts, ahorn syrup and fruits, they somehow find a way of making the most delicious pies, that make you forgot uou are eating something vegan or sugar-free.
Sweet Love Addiction
And for those that do want sugar or milk products in their cakes, we have cakes from Sweet Love Addiction. They make the most delicious cheese cakes and carrot cakes, ofcourse completely organic.
Our veggies have different sources, but all of them as local and sustainable as possible.
Mijn Stadstuin (‘My City Garden’)
In our quest for the stories behind our products, we have teamed up with Mijn Stadstuin. There is a special piece of land for De Ceuvel, where we are working with 25 volunteers to grow as many vegetables as possible, local and organic!
For more information see mijnstadstuin.nl
On a 5 minutes bike ride from de Ceuvel is the Salvation Army's organic vegetable garden called 50/50 Green. Apart from supplying us with local organic seasonable vegetables, this initiative serves as an apprenticeship where people with poor job prospects get working experience, so that they can slowly rehabilitate in our society.
For more information see 5050-workcenter.nl/
Greenhouse on the roof
If, after all these vegetables and herbs, we need any more vegetables, we are buying our vegetables from other local organic farmers!
If you are interested to learn more about urban farming and would like to join working on Mijn Stadstuin, send an email to email@example.com
All the grapes from our wines are grown organically and without pesticides. Some of our wines are also Vins Naturels (VN), or natural wines.
Some farmers choose to reuse old practices of the vineyard, which means there are minimal industrial interventions, they are working in harmony with nature and they add only a minimum of sulfite to their wine, and no other chemicals. Our importer ‘Vleck’ keeps personal contact with all of the farmers, and in this way we know exactly where our wines are coming from and how they were produced.
We work with only 'Old World' wines so they don't have to travel far. Besides this our housewine is delivered bag-in-box. You can imagine that a truck full of vacuum sealed winebags in square boxes has a much smaller carbon footprint than an equally large truck full of heavy glass bottles and lots of redundant space between the bottles because of their round shapes.
For more information see: vleck.nl