Tuesday, March 13, 2012

The Basjoe CoffeeShop On The Kloveniersburgwal 62 hs.

 James outside Basjoe Coffee Shop in 2003.

Last week Richie told me had sad news about our favourite coffee shop, the Basjoe and the two special men, Leo and James. who owned and ran it with love from 1989.

Apparently James, one of the owners had sold the best coffee shop in Amsterdam, one we have been going to since it opened in 1989.

James and Leo, two brothers, started the lovely coffee shop in April 1989, the same time Richie moved here.

The Basjoe was an incredible place, the brothers were such excellent hosts, and there was a lot of love for everyone who visited their shop.

This was reciprocated by all their many loyal customers from all over the world, who visited them every year.

The last time I could visit there was in 2007 they had no wheelchair access, before I was so handicapped, we went there every day after our work was over.

Leo, sadly died from bone cancer in the summer of 2010, it must have been so difficult for James to carry on running the coffee shop on his own.

No wonder James has sold the coffee shop, it must have been so difficult for James going there every day and suddenly no Leo for the first time since 1989.

It’s a tremendous shame that the Basjoe is no more; it’s been sold to someone who will want to make it their coffee shop.

Good luck to them, if they make it a good place to go they will do well for as long as Leo and James from 1989 to now.

That’s over twenty years of happy people; customers and Leo and James.
James, Herrad and Leo in Basjoe 2003. 

Bon chance to the new owner of the coffee shop on the Kloveniersburgwal 62 hs.


Travelogue for the Universe said...

Oh I wish I could have gone there. Thanks for taking us there in honor of these men. Prayers for their families and friends,mary

Herrad said...

hi mary,
it was a beautiful place, full of love.