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.

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

Where
Adalbertstraße 70, 10999

Atmosphere
Welcoming and relaxed

Espresso Machine
Slayer single group, La Marzocco Linea PB

Grinder
Victoria Arduino Mythos, Mahlkoenig EK43, Mahlkoenig Peak

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. 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.

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.

A V60 at The Barn Café Kranzler location. Credit: Sabine Wanka

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.

A barista prepares a drink at The Barn Café Kranzler location. 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 at Five Elephant. 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.

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.

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.

 

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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