Berlin coffee break
Bonanza Coffee Roasters was one of the first places in Berlin to kickstart the new wave roasting and serving culture. Their coffee is worth the long walk (they are located a bit out of the centre) – in the steady hands of the barista beans and milk are magically transformed into a small piece of art, whether it’s an espresso, a cappuccino (oh how silky smooth it was!), a flat white or one of the filter coffee drinks.
Elegant and thoughtful interior, wood, design magazines and tiny treats from Black Isle Bakery. Baristas here are cool and collected, discreet, and do their job perfectly. And the coffee turns out just the same – perfect.
Address: Oderberger Straße 35, Berlin
Another roasting pioneer – they’ll tell you exactly where the beans in each packet of their coffee come from, how they’re roasted and why. Head to The Barn Roastery (Schönhauser Allee 8) to feel the gorgeous aromas of roasting. A sturdy wooden counter, huge windows, a roasting machine, sacks and sacks of beans waiting to be roasted, and a whole coffee-making station that locals love to try their hands at when the roastery is holding classes.
Meanwhile at The Barn Cafe (Auguststraße 58) you can feel what it’s like when there’s precious little space, loads of people aiming to claim it, but in the end everyone’s happy. At both locations you can enjoy lovely filled croissants, sandwiches, homemade cheese, carrot and Nutella cakes. Get ready to keep up a conversation, since there’s no music playing here, and silence can be awkward. To get to know more about coffee, apply for a weekend coffee course.
Address: Schönhauser Allee 8, Auguststraße 58, Berlin
In 2012 Cory Andreen, the owner of this cafe, was awarded the World Cup Tasters Champion title, and that shines through in each and every cup, made with exact knowledge of how and why. Unlike other places, filter coffees at Café CK are made with beans from the Norwegian Solberg & Hansen roastery, while espresso-based drinks use coffee roasted at Five Elephant – which is located just a few minutes away, so they are in constant communication about the flavours and nuances that often change, as new batches are roasted every week. Here they serve espresso in a whisky glass and filter coffee in a small decanter and whisky glasses.
Try their special biscuits, cakes, and why not even the organic matcha latte or cappuccino.
Address: Marienburger Straße 49, Berlin
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