Vienna Coffee Festival 2019

Now it´s been a good ten days since the Vienna Coffee Festival warmly welcomed hundreds and hundreds of people (about 12,000 visitors in total during the 3-day long event) in the iconic venue Ottakringer Brauerei in Vienna. This January, it was my third time at the, as people labeled it “world´s coolest coffee event”. I couldn´t ask for a better company than the girls I went with – truly awesome coffeemates and we surely had a blast, and several espressos too.

So, in January 2019, the Austrian capital Vienna dedicated itself even more to its coffee culture. For the fifth time in a row, from the 11th until the 13th of January to be precise, the yearly coffee festival took place and today I´d like to fill you in on what my coffee girls and I were up to at this heaven of a coffee island in Vienna. This event stands for quality, sustainability and coffee trends and I´d like to show you why.

Each and every year, the organizers including many, many attentive volunteers at the Vienna Coffee Festival (VCF) ensure you´re having a blast at this yearly coffee event. Right at the entrance, you get a tote bag which comes in handy later on when you are about to collect a bunch of magazines, information material, some chocolate treats or cookies here and there and so on. Then, a wee bit later, the next thing you´ll probably notice at the festival right after walking up the staircase to the actual festival coffee stands, is the stage in the community/market area. This year, I sadly did not manage to watch any performances, however, I´ve seen some clips online and the Irish singer and songwriter Dave McKendry, for example, truly excited the visitors with his indie melodies. I´ve actually seen him perform a couple of times on the streets of Vienna already, so I am sure he nailed it at the VCF as well.

Amongst the exhibitors this year besides many others, were the following: Alt Wien Kaffee, Baileys, Gota Coffee, Dallmayr Kaffee, Fürth Kaffee, J. Hornig, Nespresso, Oatly, Röstwerkschaft… You would find coffee roasters, manufacturers, coffeeshops, distributors and famous coffee brands from different cities and regions from Austria like Vienna, Salzburg, Upper Austria, Burgenland, Carinthia, and Styria – to name a few. Every stand was super unique. I think, probably the most interesting part besides the endless coffee tasting (oh wow, we had a few cups indeed), is the part that you get to hear a story behind each and every product. It´s a bit of both really, coffee tasting and storytelling. Such an opportunity to ask all your burning coffee-related questions plus getting to know some insights and learning about coffee, its background, roasting, grinding and much more, is nothing short of precious knowledge. Moreover, it´s nice to have an actual face to the coffee brand and get to know the team and the creators behind a good you´re enjoying on such a regular basis. Cheers to that!

MY HIGHLIGHTS

One very special experience offered Dallmayr this year. Let me quickly show you some pictures in order to familiarise yourself with the setting and then I am going to explain what this was all about…

Coffee & Food Pairing

The chef who introduced us girls to some different matches – as in coffee, tea, and sweets – really made us curious about this whole coffee and food pairing process.

The lovely chef wearing all-white took us on a whole culinary journey accompanied by many stories. Imagine this: out of one single coffee bean, you get numerous kinds of aroma. As every coffee bean slightly differs, the outcome of variations is pretty endless. Such types of aroma go great with various foods, you just need to know which and how to best combine them. At the VCF for example, Dallmayr prepared four different variations for the visitors. We had two small cups of tea – fruits and herbs and two cups of espresso – a Brasilian yellow bourbon one and an Italian creamy, almost chocolaty one. The treats the chef and his team prepared us, not only looked amazing and special, they actually tasted like that as well. The teas came with the following: a dice out of yogurt and raspberry cream and a crunchy, sticky “Knusperheu” that had a bit of lemon, basil and mint taste in it. The espressos came with a glazed strawberry and the famous Italian almond confectionery Amaretti.
You can tell, we were all high on sugar and caffeine afterwards – cannot complain. 😉

This trend of food pairing actually has its roots in France. You are probably familiar with the famous combination of wine and cheese. That is actually the base of food pairing which inspired other cultures to do so too. Now, it´s pretty common to serve beverages with sweets – depending on where you go and on your choice and preferences of course, but at least it is not a rare thing. Amongst other well-known food pairing examples are the following: the Swedish ritual FIKA, the British tea time or the Italian Dolce Vita.

Overall, there are about 300 key aromas which help to find the perfect match. Whether it´s tea with savory foods or coffee with sweets, it´s about harmony in the end. Just remember this: the more aromas of the same kind, the better to combine.

The Fantastic Coffee Machine

A further stand that enchanted me, was the one from ELBE which distributes Oro Caffè. They had the most amazing coffee machine ever! Can you imagine this model actually weighs around 90kg? I did spend a few moments just staring at it, to be honest… It was almost like a piece of art to look at, very shiny and powerful.
Another product of this coffee distributor headquartered in Carinthia made me curios as well. I did not take a picture, but the team there introduced me to their latest edition of a milk frother. With this product, you´ll be able to even froth cold milk which is great when you´re craving for an iced cappuccino in the summer.

Another thing, I really appreciate about the coffee festival, is the intercultural energy. You meet all kinds of different people sharing the same passion which is great for exchanging opinions and expertise, not to mention getting familiar with new trends and cultural specialties. This year, even a coffee stand from South America was amongst the exhibitors which served delicious coffee rum on ice in a reusable cup. Cups up for that!

Another highlight, I´d like to add to my list here, is one about storytelling. Nespresso Austria took the visitors on a virtual coffee journey through the magic of virtual reality glasses. The visitors could simply escape into a virtual world of coffee – like from production to consumption. While having this virtual glasses on, you instantly felt as you would join the farmers and distributors on the whole coffee value creation chain. You would see how they collect the coffee cherries, what they do with the beans and how this whole process from coffee cherry to the capsule actually happens. In addition to this little virtual coffee journey, Nespresso presented its newest limited editions. To make it less secretly what the latest capsule flavors actually consist of, they prepared a little “tasting exhibition” – on the second picture below you see how it looked like. For example, the purple capsule is a very fruity one and the aroma comes very close to this whole bunch of wild berries and raspberries in the jar next to it.

Besides the coffee tasting and chatting with fellow coffee lovers and coffee entrepreneurs, there are plenty of other things to do too! There are workshops and masterclasses that fill you in different areas of the world of coffee. You can learn so much directly from the experts and this setting allows yourself to improvise and experiment a bit too. I am always a big fan of the live sessions, such as the cupping challenge and the latte art competition. One of the pioneers when it comes to latte art are definitely the MUMAC mates. Every time I see them creating new latte art motives, I ask myself…could I do that too? I am so keen on learning at least the basics someday soon. Luckily I even managed to score a voucher, so one more reason to finally try it out, right? Thank you MUMAC Academy, we will see each other soon!

All in all, if you´re planning to visit Vienna around the winter season, it does make sense to add this coffee event to your exploring list. As January usually surprises us weather-wise, it might be good to know where to have a warm, safe, coffee option to go and have fun. Thank you, until next time!

A glimpse of coffee – Farm Girl London

Ohh Portobello Road, you are so so lovely! Purely. Every time I am in London, I manage to visit at least one of my three top favourite places. Those are Primrose Hill, Notting Hill and the area around Tower Bridge. All so magical and beautiful indeed.

Well, today I am happily sharing lovely content of one of the cutest coffeeshops ever with you. This post is about the coffeeplace Farm Girl, located in charming Notting Hill. And of course in one of those houses on the lovely Portobello Road. Wait, Portobello what? I am talking about the probably most famous road in Notting Hill. Fun fact, even a movie exists relating to this gorgeous area. 🙂  And just in case you have never ever heard anything about the (=my) beloved Notting Hill, go and watch at least a couple of scenes of the movie, be it now or later but do it!! The movie includes Hugh Grant and Julia Roberts, blue doors and even some coffee.

Back to the coffeeplace, shall we? Farm Girl is a café which is pretty well hidden, I suppose. Even I found it quite tricky to find and needed to go back because the coffeeplace is on the very beginning of the Portobello Road which I did not expect to be honest. So, you do not need to walk a mile in order to get some caffeine. Make sure to arrive late in the afternoon or early in the morning, it is a very busy spot though. (I guess not only but especially because of the hype on various social media accounts lately.) The food is amazing. I have not tried a whole meal expect some toast with british macadamia nut cream and jam which was delicious to my cappuccino, but I successfully spotted the meals on the tables next to me and every single of it looked like wow. And all super healthy as well. Vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free if you wish, Farm Girl knows how to handle intolerances. Speaking of food, they actually have just updated the menu, so I guess another reason for stopping by again soon.

Generally, Farm Girl is one of those places which provides you exactly the atmosphere the name stands for. A perfect fit, I think. It is the little hidden house including the facade, the farm alike looking furniture, the decor, the flowers, the “uniform” of the waiters and waitresses and many more – all fairly suitable to call the spot Farm Girl. Need to mention that I had the nicest waitress ever. She was so kind and asked me every five minutes or so how I am doing and if I wanted to have more drinks and so. Very attentive. I would consider the Farm Girl café as the ideal spot to get a little rest (during or after a busy day), to get a little country feeling and recharge your batteries. And besides, what makes your day more casual than strolling around the beautiful streets of colorfoul Notting Hill after having some delicious coffee, hm?

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Do not forget to watch the movie. 😉

 

Vienna Coffee Festival 2017

Where shall I even start? It was a blast. A festival fully dedicated to coffee is definitely a great start into the new year.

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This year was the third run for the Vienna Coffee Festival which took place in the well-known beer brewery in Ottakring, Vienna. The event did last for four entire days, one was trade only though. My friends and I joined the fun on Saturday evening to celebrate the great coffee madness together with some baristas. We attended the so-called ‘Hasta Barista Party’ – folks, that was fun! It was a really comfortable atmosphere including live music and people were constantly in the mood to dance. The stage did look amazing too 🙂 One fun fact, the baristas were pretty creative in terms of drinks and even served coffee beer! The first few swigs tasted a bit weird because you would not expect a liquid combination like this. As I like beer and obviously love coffee, I celebrated this drink called ‘Festivalbeer Muckefuck’ very much.

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The next day we headed back to the brewery around noon. We had pretty much the whole Sunday for exploring the coffee trade. So, we did not hesitate to take a look at some roastery stands and stuff. We enjoyed the latte art watching, tried different coffees and cheered on the people attending and running the latte art competition. Actually it was a national championship held at the coffee festival. All in all, it was a fun day including lots of caffeine for us girls 🙂 One of my favourite things was the lovely espresso martini. The boys wearing a bow tie really knew how to rock the bar and served us lovely decorated beverages. Even the process itself was fascinating to watch. 1,2,3,4, watch!

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What else? Well, what would be a coffee festival without gorgeous latte art? Of course we spent like two hours in the first row watching talented baristas preparing fascinating looking coffee. There was also a jury who watched them all the time and took notes on everything. Every movement needed to be watched exactly. I can totally understand why the baristas did not have calm hands during this, they looked so relieved afterwards. I can only say – as I probably do in every post 😀 – I´m more motivated than ever to finally attend a latte art lesson! My goal is creating a marvellous milky flower one day.

Besides the latte art championship and many more on the agenda, there was a cupping session for example. Cupping simply means coffee tasting with a spoon super quick and a little noisy. It´s like a professional way to discover the best quality coffee. You really need to concentrate to come to the cup of excellence.

The weekend was really fun, my friends and I had the best time. What I appreciate about such get togethers as well, is the change to meet and get in touch with so many coffee passionates. There were quite a few coffee owners, baristas I recognised again because of my weekly coffeeshop journeys. I am already looking forward to visiting the coffee festival next year. January is kind of a good time, although it is freezing, to start into a new year full of coffee excitement. Cheers!

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Lake Area 2.0. accompanied with coffee

As I promised last weekend, there is still some coffee content for you which comes along with the year 2016. This one is about the Kaffeewerkstadt in the lovely tiny village St. Wolfgang which is a part of the famous countryside Salzkammergut in Austria. The Kaffeewerkstadt is a combination of a café which serves delicious food as well and a roomy store where you find endless decor stuff. It is very cosy and super ‘crowded’ with stuff but in a good way. Sure, you may have to look twice in order to find a free table or the table itself, but once you have sat down, you can capture the whole cosy and traditional atmosphere. 🙂 I went to this café with my younger sister right before the winter holiday season. Actually that was the best idea ever: we got the biggest table, the coffee was in our hands in a minute, the breakfast was super delicious and all in all, the little town was free from tourists, cameras and noise – we literally had it all for ourselves which was great. More than great and  perfect for relaxing and getting into the holiday spirit. Even some snow joined us.

FullSizeRenderFullSizeRender[3]FullSizeRender[4]As you can see, we enjoyed a caffé latte and a black one. Both super good, the people there really know what they are doing. The stuff is super friendly at the Kaffeewerkstatt. You may notice a difference when you are in a little town where everybody knows everybody, the people there seem much more relaxed than in a busy town café. My sister enjoyed the day too – some quality time every once in a while is always a good idea! Actually she is pretty into photography and took some of the photos attached in this blogpost. You can check out here online profile if you would like to see more. Whenever you are enjoying yourself in the beautiful lake area of Austria, make sure to stop by this gorgeous spot and say hi from cammy. This café is quite a good place to have a weekend brunch and to sit down for a few hours. So traditional looking and adorable corners to sit and shop.

So far so good, at this point I would like to wish you all a very haaaaappy new year! May your last days of this year be as good as the first ones in waiting 2017. 😉

Have a lovely New Year´s Eve everybody – it was a pleasure sharing coffee content with you in the past half year. You definitely are going to see and read more about inspiring coffee destinations next year – sounds way more dramatic than next week.  🙂 See ya soon & cups up!! Best, Carmen.

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The day I discovered Süssmund.

“Oh the weather outside is frightful
But the fire is so delightful
And since we’ve no place to go
Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow”

Snowy days, oh how I love them. I am so so soo happy we finally got some snow a few days before Xmas. As I am a winter person, the white little flakes do a great job in amazing me to be honest. Snow in combination with coffee is just perfect, is not it?

Well, today I would like to introduce you one coffee place which is highly valuable in the coffee world and also to me. About a year ago a tiny little spot in a Viennese pub called “The Brickmakers” got me with their tempting coffee corner called caféatelier. That was the lucky day, I actually got the chance to try the Süssmund coffee. It tasted like coffee heaven. From that day on, it happened to be my absolutely favourite coffee in general. Unfortunately the caféatelier literally disappeared a while ago. But do not worry, the story goes on. The man behind this coffeespot – his name is Nikolaus Hartmann who recently became a truly coffee passionate and coffee expert – started his own project. The project carries the lovely name Süssmund.FullSizeRender[5]

The Süssmund café is located in the first district right behind the Jewish Place of Vienna. Actually that place happened to be a supermarket in former times. I am truly thankful for my curiosity because otherwise my way probably would never led me to the caféatelier which convinced me for further exploring – finally to the special Süssmund.

The quality of the coffee is a blast. When you are entering this place – and during cold winter days you have to pass the curtain which stops the freezing wind first – you spot a bunch of grey boxes which represent the front side of the barista counter. As well as this, they are filled up with wrapped coffee material for sale. I really like the cute furniture including cosy pillows and flower vases. The Süssmund roasted coffee is available in a few other coffee places in Vienna too – I hardly know anybody who is not convinced of their famous filter coffee yet.

All in all, I can truly recommend their coffee served with love, passion and know-how. Currently during the pre-holiday season you actually can spot some snow while you are sitting in the warm coffee gem Süssmund. Let´s enjoy this beautiful combination. 🙂

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At this point, I would like to wish you all a very happy Xmas and hope you can spend it with the people you love. Enjoy the holidays, relax and slow down a bit. Coffee might help you doing that. Well, happy Xmas once again and stay tuned, you will get to read more coffee posts soon. There is still some coffee content which needs to be shared with you in the year 2016.

A tiny bit exotic and vintage – Palm Vaults

When you are reading this, I was currently sitting in one tiny magical and pretty exotic looking spot in the London Borough of Hackney. The lovely spot I am talking about is called Palm Vaults. It just feels right to write down my thoughts and impressions just in the very same moment I am enjoying my lovely chai. The atmosphere at Palm Vaults is super relaxing. You literally feel like being at a vintage beach café on an island or it also could be in Bevery Hills or even Hawaii, I think. Why? Mainly because palms meet Christmas trees there right now. Imagine a combination of british vintage looking interior and a wee bit American vibes when it comes to cups, lights and plants – and the result is Palm Vaults.

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Well, drinking my coffee there literally felt like being on an island or somewhere similar to me. Chilled music, plants aka palm leaves in small vases on the tables, pink furniture and brick walls. Due to the early winter evenings it might seem a bit dark inside the café and you might get sleepy more easily but the interior as well as the cutlery, plates and stuff like that is more than bright. I really like the pink chairs, the brick walls and the lovely plants hanging above the desks which are hiding the lights – but just a tiny bit. All just matches perfectly together.

At Palm Vaults I enjoyed a dirty chai latte. The difference between chai and dirty chai latte is the amount of caffeine. A dirty chai offers an espresso shot and the, let´s call it clean chai, does not offer one. It is milky but not too sweet in that case.

FullSizeRender[2]FullSizeRender[5]FullSizeRender[3]Palm Vaults really got me from the first second on. The area where this coffeespot is located is not busy at all, it is actually quite calm for London. The staff is super super super nice. They really care about their customers, very keen eyes though. I asked for a glas of water and they instantly gave me a whole bottle. It was pink – super cute. And the cup was pink too. Pink is the general colour. Even in the bathroom.

I have to say, I am more than glad being able to spend some time in London right before the Christmas Season. Everything is sooo christmassy, very beautiful decoration in/outside everywhere. You may hear christmas carols and won’t miss the smell of Pimm´s served as Christmas punch when you walk along the Thames River, for instance. Actually, the barista ladies are setting up a Palm Vaults alike decorated Xmas-tree right now. Love that! 🙂

FullSizeRender[1]FullSizeRender[4]One more thing for you which you should not miss: Palm Vaults is really famous for their colourful beverages. You may get them in yellow, green and pink obviously. It depends on what you are asking for. Mine was white – I am going for a more colourful one next time.

I would describe Palm Vaults as the ideal spot to calm down and put yourself into kind of a holiday mode. Simply relaxable. Go there, spot some vintage stuff and enjoy a colourful beverage. Sure it is fun. Just be aware that they close quite early like 5ish. Have a good day everyone!

Kaffeeküche – My Love

My dears 🙂 Everyone who knows me quite well would say, it was just a matter of time dedicating a post to the one and only coffeeshop which makes it to my top three list of my beloved coffeespots in Vienna. Since forever, or so. During my Bachelor Studies at the university of Vienna I really went there every single day. Indeed, I am not joking. I have left there soo much money over the past three years, but yeah it is was it is. It was and still is so worth it, folks!

Kaffeeküche = coffee kitchen. I lost my coffee heart there the first time I ordered a latte. The cups are white, the logo as well and the coffeeshop is black from the outside with this huge window and the huge coffee machine you can admire while waiting. Actually waiting is the key word here. The Kafffeeküche only appears a very little amount of times during the day with no queue in front of it. A few paragraphs later on, I´ll tell you some secret time slots during which you may avoid queuing.

But first things first: now to the Coffee. As I told you in my previous blogpost, I am the kind of person who tends to order the same quite often. Now I need to say, for a year I ordered a milk coffee and from there until now, two and half years basically, I am ordering a double melange. Both are the finest, it just depends how much caffeine you want to have. A double melange is like the exact same thing as a stronger cappuccino and the milk coffee is more or less two thirds of milk and one third of actual coffee. At the Kaffeeküche you always have got the option of “einfach” (single) and “doppelt” (double) – pretty easy, either you go with the small cup or the big one. Just for the espresso there is an unique cup though.

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In general the Kaffeeküche is more common for take away beverages. Surely there´s some space to sit and read – they do offer free papers and magazines I recently noticed – but it´s mainly popular for the take away option. Actually I belong to the take away coffee customers, at least so far. In the near future I do wanna sit on the wooden barista bench and enjoy my coffee literally in the coffee kitchen. In facht I like spotting people while drinking coffee. That kind of inspires me, feels relaxing sometimes and simply is fun – coffee with good company is even more better. I do prefer my last thought more 🙂

You find the one and only coffee kitchen just about 1 minute away from the main university of Vienna and maybe 7 minutes away from the Law School. It´s at the so called Schottentor. The perfect spot for your daily dose of coffee. Like when you are waiting for the tram, the bus, the tube (okay is is located on the main level near the tube station and luckily other public transport options are also there). Wait, my list goes on – your daily dose of coffee before uni lectures, meetings, boredom moments, quick chats with friends, interviews, appointments and and and. Take your time though because there are usually three hours during the day when you do not have to wait. Do not take me by word though, maybe that changes and I cannot guarantee, but yeah I do notice many many many people there every time I pass this place. But that´s a good sign and heaven for the coffeeshop owner. So, thumbs up! Back to the ordering slots: I managed to figure them out quite well over the past years. As it feels right to share my secret knowledge concerning waiting and avoiding waiting, I´d like to give you a tip when it´s the best time slot to go there. Not 7.45 – not 12.45 or 14.45 and not 16.15. Try to make it shortly after 7 am, close to 9 am, maybe 2 pm and later on around 7.30 pm. The last slot is not really coffee time which brings me to my next point. Try the lovely snacks and juices as well, they are fresh all day long and you do not want to miss the “hot white schocki” (hot white chocolate) and the chai latte. The names for the beverages drawn with white chalk on their coffee menu boards are quite creative, you will notice them while waiting in the queue! 🙂

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The Kaffeeküche is pretty much ´student mode´ oriented. That means: they open quite early at 7 am and close at 8 pm during the week. So in any case you have classes super early or relatively late, your coffee is saved. Unfortunately no opening on a Sunday or during summer holidays in August and Christmas. That may change during festive days and so on, so better check their site first if you wanna avoid standing in front of closed doors aka the big window.

Why do I love this place so much? Simply, because the coffee tastes like gold. In that case it isn´t really the inside of a coffeeshop accompanied with delicious caffeine beverages, it is the opposite. It is the coffee itself which captured me. And I cannot deny it, it truly is the best coffee in Vienna. I am sure my flatmate and I would win the contest when it comes to competing the amount of the white coffee kitchen cups. Sure thing.

I could write about this coffee kitchen for ages… Nevertheless all things need to come to an end, may the coffee be with you. 🙂

 

High End Coffee – The Refinery

Happy Saturday to all of you! I am relaxing on the sofa right now and guess what I see, when I take a look out of the window ? Four letters, white colour – snow. It is actually snowing right now. I mean, how cool is that? Sadly it is super grey outside and pretty muddy as well…but who cares, we have snow and that is all that counts.

It feels like I haven´t written a post up here quite a while. Therefore I´d like to share my thoughts about a german coffeespot with you today. As I had the chance to visit Berlin a few days ago, I thought about sharing some detailed shots of the Refinery which is located near the well known Friedrichstraße in Berlin. Actually the Refinery considers itself as a place which serves high end coffee. A true fact though.

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The thing I probably like the most at this coffee gem is this awesome coffee shelf. There´s loads of coffee filter machines, brew stuff and whatever you might need when preparing coffee beverages. Furthermore I appreciate the lights of course. I´ve completely fallen for such light bulbs the past few months. They put every inside place onto a higher level and just look adorable. In general, the Refinery focuses on tiny little decor details. Either there are some vases on the walls, wooden boards for glasses at the very back or lovely flowers on the desks. Also you may find some papers and the very famous coffee focused Standart magazine to grab.

I enjoyed an amazing cappuccino and my great company a flat white each. FYI – if you are living a vegan lifestyle or not tolerating lactose and stuff, they make it up to you with almond, soya or lactose free milk. Nice 🙂

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Just in case you are wondering what we had on our plates there, on the left you see a delicious chocolate brownie with almonds and a carrot cake on the right. I can recommend both!

Especially on a rainy day, when you are strolling around the streets of Berlin and you might wanna warm yourself up, the Refinery is definitely worth to visit. A pretty cosy place, lovely people and a nice calm atmosphere. I also need to mention that we went there at around 4 o´clock on a Tuesday. It was already dark outside which is sad ´cause you get tired more easily during the day…but I heard that coffee has the power to solve such feelings, am I right?

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Sunday Mood – The Barn

Is it Sunday already? Unbelievable how fast this week passed by. My week was pretty exciting though, got to know really nice and awesome people, attended concerts and had some time to collect a few pictures for upcoming posts  – all in all, I managed to do a lot. To be honest, more spare time things than studying or work. But today I am back with a new post which is all about the german coffeespot called The Barn. It is in Berlin and I promise you it is insane in a good way, of course – you would not expect a place like that when you´re walking down the Auguststreet. It is at the very end of the street and it promises you, let´s called it a coffee trip, at its best.

As I mentioned a few times before, where when not in Berlin do you find the hippest, most alternative but amazing concept stores and coffeeshops? I am not even 55% familiar with this city yet, but I´ll do my best in terms of exploring and presenting you some lovely (maybe with secret potential sometimes, sometimes not) spots. 🙂
The rest of the post is splittet in three sections. Easier for you to get a good overview, I guess.
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The Coffeeshop
The Barn offers loads of types of coffee. I did need some time to make a decision. The staff is really friendly, they seemed very happy answering all my questions about the different beans, coffee strength and all that stuff. One member of the Barn recommended me a Colombian filter coffee. I basically felt a wave of caffeine getting into my blood.  A bit strong though but absolutely delicious. And I love it when coffee tastes a bit “flowerish”. Beside the filter coffee you can get super good cold brew and iced latte. I also like the cups, plates and glasses they use. The beverages look much more attractive in a cool cup, don´t they?
As well, the Barn provides super yummy pastry – forget the calories and go with some cookies! I mean, who would deny a cookie out of peanut butter and lingonberry?
Additionally, the whole coffeeshop is super bright from the inside. I really appreciate the big desk out of wood accompanied with little stools in front of the huge window. When you turn behind your back you´re able to capture the whole coffeeshop which is nice.
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The Roastery
It opened approximately four years ago and from that day on, everyday was a step further of developing and creating delicious and qualitative coffee. You are able to see the whole roastery when you pass the barista desks. It´s not that big, more or less minimalistic designed but it´s cool that you can see all the machines and stuff you need to roast. Also you can buy the unique Barn products directly here. Learn from the best, try and feel proud.
Workshops
Definitely on my bucket list. If I had to choose a place abroad which builds up my skills as a barista and develops my latte art skills at the same time, I´d choose this place. Hence I have no idea how to create arty looking latte art but I think I can at least create a spiral or something. Currently they offer 5 different workshops – you may find more details here. I like the option of selecting between beginner and advanced courses. Which one would you choose?
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