For the Love of Coffee
Germany is known for many fantastic things - majestic castles, fine beer and wonderful sausages for example, however coffee is not one of its greatest achievements. The strange, milky, layered concoctions that appear in front of you at many German cafés can strike fear into even the most open minded of foodies. With that in mind, it's astonishing therefore to discover that coffee is more widely consumed in Germany than water or beer.
Berlin has started to remedy this somewhat in recent years though, thanks to the large influx of foreigners, many of whom are Australians who - let's face it, know their coffee better than anyone. There are new cafes popping up in Berlin every other month, but there are more than a few that have set down roots and established themselves as serious contenders in the international coffee stakes. So with so many to choose from, we've selected just a few of the best for you. Make sure you work them into your plans while travelling around the city, because there should always be time for coffee.
Coffee roastery & cafe in Mitte
The Barn not only imports and roasts their own beans. they also offer coffee tasting experiences and supply their coffee to many of the hippest cafes across Europe. Their baristas are known for being extremely knowledgable on the black stuff and will help you choose a brew to drink in house or a bag of beans to enjoy at home or work. The Barn is located in Mitte in the historic barn quarter (Scheunenviertel). The address is Auguststrasse 58 in Mitte and it's open every day - weekdays from 8am to 6pm and from 10am on weekends.
Cafe in Prenzlauer Berg & coffee roastery in Kreuzberg
Bonanza Coffee has been around for more than a decade and recently opened at a second (and thankfully bigger) location in Kreuzberg. They make coffee processing look like a laboratory experiment and Berlin locals can't get enough of it. Their relationship with the hallowed bean begins at planting, continues through growing, trade, import and roasting and ends when they whisk your empty cup away from you. They also sell a selection of the most scientific 'brew gear' around on their website and wholesale their products to cafes across the city and beyond. Bonanza Coffee is located in Prenzlauer Berg at Oderberger Straße 35 and open every day - weekdays from 8.30am to 6.30pm and from 10am to 7pm on weekends. Bonanza coffee roasters & cafe in Kreuzberg is located at Adalbertstrasse 70 and is also open every day - weekdays from 9am to 5pm and from 10am to 5pm on weekends.
Coffee roastery & cafe in Kreuzberg
If you're a lover of all things cheesecake then Five Elephant is about to become your new favourite cafe. Consistently praised as Berlin's best, people will travel across the city for a slice. However Five Elephant is actually a micro roastery first, cheesecake mecca second. The team here source fresh sustainably produced green beans from the best growers across the planet and roast them all in house for their cafe and an ever growing wholesale market. You can even buy a bag to take home or buy it online when there's just no space left in your suitcase. Their address is Reichenberger Strasse 101 in Kreuzberg and Five Elephant is open every day - weekdays from 8.30am to 7pm and from 10am on weekends.