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A Specialty Coffee Shop Tour of Berlin, Germany

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Germany’s capital city is a fascinating cultural hub that has something for everyone. Come here for sophisticated restaurants and cutting edge architecture or all-night parties and controversial street art. Explore decadent historical landmarks or improvised galleries.

Home to a large international community and a laidback atmosphere, Berlin has embraced specialty coffee. Both independent cafés and roasteries are thriving here. Let’s take a look at some of the coffee shops that stand out from the crowd.

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Bonanza Coffee Roasters Roastery and Café. Credit: Bonanza Coffee Roasters

Why These Five?

There is an almost overwhelming number of good cafés in Berlin, but I chose these ones for their dedication to quality, both in coffee and customer service. These cafés have great atmosphere and excellent choice of locally roasted and international coffees.

1. Bonanza Coffee Roasters

Opened in 2006, this roastery and café was without a doubt one of the pioneers in Berlin’s specialty coffee scene. They bring out the best of their beans with light roasts and serve the results in a bright, minimalist space hidden in a backyard in hip and lively Kreuzberg. With white walls, oak panels, and plenty of plants, this is a relaxing spot to sample filter coffee, espresso-based drinks, and delicious pastries. They also have what is arguably Berlin’s best hot chocolate.

Front view of bonanza coffee roasters

 Bonanza Coffee Roasters from the outside. Credit: Bonanza Coffee Roasters

Where Adalbertstraße 70, 10999
Atmosphere Welcoming and relaxed
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Coffee Offerings Espresso-based drinks and pour overs
Must-Try Drink Batch Brew 
Retail Offerings House-roasted beans
Food & Other Drinks Pastries and delicious hot chocolate
Nearby Sights Artsy Kreuzberg is home to many bars, restaurants, and underground cultural venues. Check out nearby Markthalle Neun, an international food market.

 

The interior of Bonanza Coffee Roasters in  Kreuzberg. Credit: Bonanza Coffee Roasters

2. Kaffee 9

Located in the entrance of the Markthalle Neun food market, this café and roastery is a favourite with locals. It has grown in size in recent years, but owner Philipp Reichel remains true to his vision. Through their drinks, events, and workshops Kaffee 9 aims to give their customers a better understanding of coffee. From Thursday to Saturday, it’s open until 10 pm, which makes it a great venue to meet friends.

coffee and milk served on a table

A coffee with milk at Kaffee 9. Credit: Sabine Wanka

Where Eisenbahnstraße 43, 10997
Atmosphere Casual and relaxed
Espresso Machine La Marzocco Linea PB
Grinder 2 Mythos One, Mahlkönig EK43
Coffee Offerings Espresso-based drinks, batch brew
Must-Try Drink Batch brew
Retail Offerings Home-roasted beans
Food & Other Drinks Sandwiches, pastries
Nearby Sights Markthalle Neun is an attraction in its own right. Step inside for international food and a lively atmosphere. Görlitzer Park is nearby and the area is home to many bars and restaurants.

3. The Barn

The Barn is one of the best-known specialty coffee roasteries in Berlin and their single origin beans are sold worldwide. The Café Kranzler location is one of my favourite coffee shops in the western part of Berlin.  When the sun is out you can sit on the terrace and take a break from busy city life to watch people pass by.

In addition to delicious pour overs and espresso-based drinks, they offer a changing monthly signature drink. One highlight signature drink included espresso, salted butter, raspberry jam, and little bit of milk. The staff members are always well-informed on the origins and profile of everything they serve.

man drinking coffee at the barn in berlin

Consumer drinking coffee at The Barn in Berlin. Credit: The Barn

Where Kurfürstendamm 18, 10719 Berlin
Atmosphere Sophisticated
Espresso Machine MAVAM
Grinder Victoria Arduino Mythos ONE, Mahlkönig EK43
Coffee Offerings Pour overs, espresso-based drinks, cold brew in summer
Must-Try Drink Changing monthly signature drink
Retail Offerings House-roasted beans from various origins
Food & Other Drinks Sandwiches, baked goods
Nearby Sights The famous boulevard of Kurfürstendamm with its many shops. Major public square, Breitscheidplatz. Bikinihaus shopping complex with views of the Berlin Zoo.

 

barista brewing coffee in a v60

A barista brewing a V60 at The Barn. Credit: The Barn

4. Five Elephant

This relaxed combination of roastery, café and bakery is like a second home for me. The smell of freshly brewed coffee and freshly baked croissants makes you happy to spend some time in the small spot between Görlizter Park and the Landwehrkanal. The coffee is consistently ranked among the best in Berlin and the cakes are just as good. Try the cheesecake with your pour over.

espresso based drinks

Espresso-based drinks at Five Elephant, Kreuzberg location. Credit: Sabine Wanka

Where Reichenberger Str. 101, 10999 Berlin
Atmosphere Welcoming and relaxed
Espresso Machine La Marzocco Linea PB
Grinder Mahlkonig K30
Coffee Offerings Espresso-based drinks, pour overs
Must-Try Drink Pour-over
Retail Offerings House-roasted coffee beans
Food & Other Drinks Cakes and pastries
Nearby Sights Görlitzer Park, the artsy neighbourhood of Kreuzberg.

Bar at Five Elephant, Mitte location. Credit: Magnus Pettersson for Five Elephant

5. Röststätte

In addition to their main location at Ackerstraße 173, well-regarded roasters Röststätte opened a second café location at Hackesche Höfe in 2018. Located in a backyard, it’s a great place to sit back and take a break from the bustle of the city. As well as filter coffee and espresso-based drinks, they serve delicious coffee cocktails. Come here for a delicious cold brew in the summer before exploring the many theatres, cinemas, and bars in the neighbourhood.

bottle cold brew served in a glass

Bottled cold brew at Röststätte. Credit: Sabine Wanka

Where Rosenthaler Straße 40-41, Hackesche Höfe, 10178
Atmosphere Elegant
Espresso Machine Victoria Arduino
Grinder Victoria Arduino Mythos ONE
Coffee Offerings Espresso based drinks, pour over
Must-Try Drink Coffee cocktails
Retail Offerings Home-roasted beans
Food & Other Drinks Cakes, pastries
Nearby Sights UNESCO heritage site Museumsinsel, Berliner Dom cathedral, bars and theatres.

 

Front view of Röststätte, Ackerstrassse location. Credit: Tai Lueckerath for Röststätte

Berlin is a rapidly changing city and its coffee scene is no exception. New cafés and roasteries are opening all the time here. But the competition just keeps standards of quality and service high.

These five coffee shops have demonstrated their ability to thrive in a competitive scene, so if you’re visiting Berlin for a holiday or plan to stay for longer, make sure to visit at least one of them.

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Written by Sabine Wanka.

All views within this opinion piece belong to the guest writer, who is a local of Berlin, and do not reflect Perfect Daily Grind’s stance.

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