FIND THE BEST THIRD WAVE COFFEE IN BERLIN AT THESE COFFEE SHOPS
1. The Barn
Anyone looking to sample Europe’s third wave coffee scene should start at The Barn. This Berlin institution is one of Europe’s, if not the world’s leading coffee shops. With their beans sourced from sustainable farms around the world, you’ll get a premium coffee experience from one of their four locations around Berlin. My favourite was The Barn Cafe in the heart of Mitte. Its central location brings a mix of Berliners and travellers together over a top-notch cup of coffee.
TIP: Select some of their freshly roasted beans to take home for yourself or as a gift. They can grind them for you based on how you prepare your filtered or espresso coffee at home!
2. Companion Coffee
This speciality coffee shop runs in partnership with Voo Store in Kreuzberg, Berlin. When I first moved to Berlin, I visited Companion upon discovering that the manager is Australian. Thus, I knew I’d be in safe hands when I chose to buy coffee here. Loyalties aside, the team at Companion Coffee are ambassadors for the speciality coffee movement, dedicated to working with coffee and tea suppliers throughout Europe and across the globe.
TIP: If you’re travelling with a friend who enjoys tea, don’t fret as an extensive tea selection is available.
3. Concierge Coffee
This hidden little gem of a cafe, only 15m², is located in a former concierge’s hut, hence the name. If you have more time to enjoy your coffee, choose to sit inside at one of the few tables available to customers. Here, you can watch locals come by as they escape for a few moments from their busy start-ups. Coffee isn’t the only thing that Concierge takes seriously. When I visit, my barista is sporting quite a fine moustache. Not just good taste in coffee, but style and flair in all aspects of appearances.
4. Bonanza Coffee Roasters
Bonanza is a must if you are anywhere near Mauerpark. This spot is no hidden secret but the coffee is definitely worth the wait as they arguably brew some of the best coffee in Berlin. Visit on a Sunday morning to grab a cup before crossing the road to the flea markets in Mauerpark. Bonanza has a sister cafe Bonanza Coffee Heroes that you can also check out.
When I lived in Berlin, I spent many mornings trying to perfect my coffee order in German at DoubleEye. (For the record, it’s “einem starken Cafe Latte bitte”). You’ll spot the cafe when you see the crowd of people drinking their coffee on the street in the quieter neighbourhood of Schöneberg. It’s likely you’ll have to queue (and keep both eyes out for a seat) but the well-organised crowd are mostly regulars. Inside the cafe, it’s standing room only. As one of Berlin’s oldest, high-quality espresso bars, Double Eye remains a “pit-stop” for locals who enjoy their single espresso before taking to the streets again.
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