The discussion about where to have the best coffee in Berlin is a highly emotional one, supporters of the Third Wave Coffee movement demand elaborate technical brewing methods and lovers of the Italian style ask for the softest foam – we’re left in between: Appreciating a cold brew on hot days, as well as a comforting espresso with smooth milk as a pick-me-up on slow work-day afternoons. Lucky for us, Berlin’s coffee scene is thriving to say the least. While the ultra-hype might have cooled off over the past two years, having a delicious coffee is still a big concern for many of us. In this list, we’re covering our favorite places (sorted from A-Z) for a caffeine kick, from new-comers like 19 grams, big hitters like The Barn, to the established institutions like Double Eye. Just to make sure you’ll get a good coffee wherever you are. (At least almost, beyond the park is a whole other story.)
Ralf Rüller and his crew have installed themselves as the reference point for Third Wave Coffee in Berlin, despite only being open since end of 2010. But their distinct interior style and serious devotion to the art of coffee making (and maybe one or two exaggerated “scandals” about their policy regarding strollers, dogs and/or laptops) has made them to internationally known ambassadors of Berlin coffee enthusiasts. Read our reviews here: The Barn and The Barn Roastery.
10119 Berlin Mitte
Schönhauser Allee 8
10119 Berlin Mitte
Located just off Mauerpark, queues are common at this stalwart of coffee culture. Founded back in 2007, this very small venue hosts not only a coffee bar but also their own roastery, providing delicious beans to many of Berlin’s cafés and for you to take home. Read more in our interview with Yumi Choi.
Cory Andreen is an award-winning Barrista who opened this coffee place in Prenzlauer Berg in 2009. Besides offering delicious coffee for you to enjoy, Andreen is eager to educate his audience in the art of tasting coffee and arranges regular cuppings with treats from roasters from all over the world.
Under Czech and German ownership, this cafe’s specialty is slow coffee, offering a Siphon Brew Bar with a huge beans menu for you to choose from. But don’t fret, the staff is always available to guide you through the coffee specialities to find the brew of your liking.
Shawn and Chris, the barristas behind Companion Coffee, came to Berlin to do coffee – starting out at The Barn in 2010, they went on to start their own bar a year ago. Located inside of Kreuzberg’s fashionable concept store Voo on Oranienstraße they are serving the best coffee in Kreuzberg 36 – see more in our review.
The agency-people working in this classic Kreuzberg industrial-turned-office-loft structure must have jumped for joy when this very small coffee placed opened its doors just at the street-entrance of this yard last year. Taking their name from the former inhabitant of this 15sqm hut, their flavorful coffee is a big hit by the canal.
Serving strong, double shot coffee in a beautiful industrial yet pleasant interior on Bergstrasse, Distrikt Coffee is a new addition to Mitte’s speciality coffee scene. They mark their territory with much more than delicious brews of beans roasted by The Barn Berlin, Belleville Paris or Ozone London, and serve delicate tea by Companion Coffee, breakfast and the very rare treat called bread pudding!
Double Eye is (arguably) the oldest cafe in Berlin serving high-grade coffee. Having opened in 2001, they’re excused from not having a proper website or Facebook page. There is also no “proper” seating, but that’s how espresso was meant to be drank anyway.
FATHER CARPENTER COFFEE BREWERS
A new kid on the blog, this little coffee haven keeps us giving reasons to visit Münzstraße. Tucked away in the courtyard, they’re serving delicious coffee brews using Five Elephant’s roasts. Read the full review here.
Besides making the best cheese cake in Berlin, Five Elephant is famous for excellent roasting and supplies many of Berlin’s prettiest cafés (see Aunt Benny or Westberlin) with coffee. Their beans are direct trade, meaning they deal on a one-to-one basis with the growers. And their cheese cake…
Godshot in Prenzlauer Berg is about more than coffee. Owned by Kai-Uwe, a self-trained barrista, Godshot is also a popular destination for wine-lovers – hosting a regular traubenreich wine bar after finishing the caffeine-business in the evening.
NO FIRE, NO GLORY
No Fire No Glory is also located in Prenzlauer Berg’s Kaffeeviertel. They not only offer very good coffee drinks in a laid-back atmosphere, but also super-yummy sweet treats made by Laura of Tausendsuend.
This one might feel a little ab vom Schuss as we Berliners like to say, but its pairing of a super-relaxed atmosphere with a reduced yet refined coffee menu make it a top-choice when roaming the streets of Mitte-Nord.
Until the arrival of Australian owned Silo and its signature red coffee cups in Friedrichshain was sans third wave. Supplied with beans from The Barn, this lovely place has just recently ventured into the art of elaborate breakfast making.
10245 Berlin Friedrichshain
Another really tiny, easy to miss coffee place in Kreuzberg, which are all about mastering the art of espresso, or “bloody good coffee”, as they call it. Read our review here.