A year ago I explored Berlin for the first time and damn it was love at first sight. So many cool specialty coffee places that I just had to go back this year. 3 more days in Berlin. I’m still not done with this city!
There are so many coffee places in Berlin, that I have a never ending to-visit-list. Last year I’ve been to 10 places (check the blogpost here). This trip I’ve been to four new ones. I really can’t get enough of this city. To make my stay even more comfortable I’ve stayed in the pretty Vienna House Easy Berlin, (Storkower Str. 162). Super easy to reach by metro and tram. I’ve really had a good time here. I could totally relax here after a day in the busy city, so I would be full of energy for the next day of exploring.
Next to the fact that the hostel looks pretty, there is friendly staff and the location is great, I also liked the little bag on the bed. When you hang this on your door in the night, the cleaning staff knows that they don’t have to clean your room. It’s like taking the green choice. When you come back in the afternoon they left a green apple in the bag on the door. How cute is that! Because I was staying alone in the hotel I only got one pillow and a individual duvet. I understand it’s better for the environment, but I just like cuddling up in my double bed, so that was a bit a pity.
After checking out the hotel I was in desperate need of a cup of coffee. It was already 3 pm and I still didn’t had any caffeine in my body (and I was up since half past 6!). My plan was to go to The Barn Roastery (. I haven’t been there last year, so I thought that would be a good first spot. I always love the coffee from The Barn Berlin. I’ve took a double espresso from Rwanda (Huye Mountain, washed process, red bourbon). It was really tasty, but the Rwanda espresso I had from Bonanza at Toki was a bit more interesting. That said, I had a really good experience at the roastery. Friendly staff, tasty cakes and a good atmosphere. The place looks great. Very industrial, but still cosy.
The next day was my only full day in the German capital, so I wanted to enjoy it the fullest. It was time to catch up with my friend Tia and our first stop was Bonanza, the roastery (Adalbertstraße 70), in Kreuzberg. I really love to wander around in the neighborhood and that was the plan for this day. Well let’s first start with coffee at Bonanza. It took me some time to find it, but it was worth the search. What an amazing location!
Because I’ve already tried the Rwanda espresso (Tumba PB) from Bonanza at Toki in Amsterdam I’ve decided to take a Rwanda filter (Gatare). My friend took a Colombian filter (El Carmen). After the experience of the incredible fruity acidic espresso, the filter couldn’t reach that level. It wasn’t as acidic as I hoped for. Doesn’t mean it wasn’t a good coffee, because it definitely was. I think the Colombian filter was more balanced and interesting.
Fully caffeinated it was ready for some shopping. When in Berlin and you would like some good prices clothes and shoes, I can recommend to visit the Zalando outlet (Köpenicker Str. 20). Only 15 min. walk from the Bonanza roastery. Getting hungry from the shopping we filled our bellies at The Bowl, great food but horrible service so I’m not recommending it.
For our afternoon coffee we walked all the way to Happy Baristas (Neue Bahnhofstraße 32). What a lovely and beautiful coffee place. We also got lucky, because the weather was amazing that day and with cold brew season started, I say easy choice. I’ve sipped a nitro cold brew on the terrace of Happy Baristas and a happy barista I was.
It was Thursday that day and if you are familiar in Berlin you know that Thursday is food market day at Markthalle Neun. It was about time to get some food in our bellies again. And it was finally time for my first club-mate. Heard so much about this drink and I think the bottle looks really cool. I have to say I really love this drink. A good combination of flavors, not too sweet and also quiet refreshing.
Friday was my last day in Berlin and I was really sad to leave already. Three days is way too short for Berlin, even if you have been there before. Tia and me decided to get our morning caffeine at 19 Grams Chaussee (Chausseestraße 36). Again what a beautiful shop. Spacious and lot’s different places to take a seat. We found our comfy chairs upstairs and I’ve ordered a double espresso from Peru (Huabal Select). 19 Grams is using coffee from Tres Cabezas, also from Berlin. This espresso was super tasty and it was a pity they run out of these bags, otherwise I would have brought one back home. It was delightful to be here because of the friendly and helpful staff.
I finished my Berlin trip at Father Carpenter for a refreshing cold brew. It was made with a coffee from Colombia and FC is using coffee from Fjord. I have been here the first time I visit Berlin, but by that time it wasn’t cold brew season yet. So, last time I had a cold brew from a bottle which was okay, but I prefer a homemade brew. This one was so much better and really tasty. A perfect way to finish my trip even if I wasn’t ready to leave one of my fav cities in Europe. Berlin I will be back one day, because I love you!