Tucked away on Schlesische Strasse, 19grams is a strong contender in Berlin’s growing coffee scene. Though it only opened its doors late last year, this little cafe will only continue to grow in popularity when word of their ‘Bloody good coffee!’ gets out. Despite its passive hole-in-the-wall exterior, it’s a welcome breath of fresh air on a largely unremarkable stretch of road home to numerous tacky late-night takeaway places. As a result, the shop front can be quite easy to miss, but their small chalkboard sign should point your way in.
As you may have already guessed, 19grams cleverly derived its name from the weight of a single shot of coffee, and aside from a small selection of sweets, that’s virtually all there is on offer. Now, in my opinion, it is better to do one thing really well, rather than be mediocre at a whole spread of things; and 19grams certainly delivers on that count. And not just that, the staff are friendly and knowledgeable, and their affection for good coffee is obvious. It should, after all they travelled from the other side of the world to share their passion.
The Tres Cabezas range of beans they use caters to all the coffee aficionados out there, boasting a wide selection of different intensities and aromas. First I tried the ‘Wild at heart’ blend as a cortado. The milk was velvety smooth and the coffee contained chocolate overtones and a caramel aftertaste. Next, I sampled the ‘Costa Rica – Villalobos Natural’ blend as an espresso macchiato. Quite different from that first cortado, this yielded a much more intense flavour. Though I am self-proclaimed espresso fanatic, if your taste preference is filtered coffee or the ever so scientific syphoned coffee, those are available too, by request.
19grams is more of a quick-stop venue than a lounge-about kind of place—something separates them from other coffee shops and their hoard of laptop users, mismatched furniture, and retro magazine stockpiles. Don’t worry too much about being unable to savor your java though, as (when outside temperatures are bearable) there are benches and steps facing the street to linger and watch the sun set.