Admittedly, one could say something like… another speciality coffee in Mitte?! But then, let’s be grateful for the many delicious coffee options we have! And thankful that the growing competition forces coffee enthusiasts to come up with distinct concepts, sophisticated food menus and pleasing interior designs. One result of the growing struggle to set yourself apart from all the other third wave coffee places in Mitte (check our guide on Berlin’s best coffee spots here) is this haven: Distrikt Coffee at Bergstraße.
First, it has a beautiful interior design – wooden and black steel tables and chairs are placed in front of raw brick walls with a particularly pretty tile floor in the back room. This clean industrial and slightly vintage look is done well here, with simple green glass vases adorned with modest flowers breaking the strict feel.
I didn’t come for the coffee, to be honest, but for the breakfast, and wasn’t disappointed as the menu features current breakfast favorites: homemade granola, smashed avocado on sourdough toast as well as toasted banana bread with caramelized nuts and syrup. We started with spicy baked beans on sourdough with cheese and butter (6,50 Euro, vegan option available) and buttermilk pancakes with lime syrup nuts and homemade compote (7,90 Euro). The baked beans featured everything comfort food needs – a silky texture, a satisfying heartiness and a punchy sweetness with a marvelous aroma from the slowly melting butter, however, they could’ve been a lot spicier (even for my sensitive taste buds) to live up to their name. The indeed wonderfully fluffy plate of pancakes, though, had the perfect balance – a nice touch of salt in the batter, with the freshness of yoghurt pairing well with the crunchy caramelized nuts, tart compote and the airy cakes.
The flavors of both our dishes helped us overlook the somewhat conservative plating of the food – I mean wouldn’t you rather dig in to a nice little stack of pancakes?
We were quite filled by these two dishes, but when I passed by the counter I saw them: small jars filled with a doughy mix, an inquiry with the staff confirmed my hope…it was bread pudding! Of course, I needed to try it. Seriously, why is it so hard to find this beautiful dish in Berlin? The sight brought back to mind the best bread pudding I ever had and craved ever since. Distrikt Coffee’s pudding is made with pain au chocolate, a secret you’ll only find out after you dug your fork in to the heavenly mix. It is very good. (No, not as good as… but delicious enough to make you very happy and a grey Berlin winter day a lot more bearable, believe me.)
Oh, the coffee, why yes! It’s good, yet strong – very strong, all drinks are served with double shots, unless you ask them not to. They’re using different beans from international coffee roasters like Ozon London, The Barn Berlin and many more with public cuppings happening almost every Friday at 3pm – check their Facebook page for more info. Their tea is coming from Companion Tea in Kreuzberg and is served in beautiful porcelain cups.