You know the tiny coffee shop at Oderberger Straße, that was one of the shops starting third-wave-coffee in Berlin, right? Even if you don’t, you probably know the name Bonanza Coffee, because it stands for finest roasts that are used world-wide and in many cafés and restaurants throughout the city, like Borchardt and Cecconi? And maybe you’ve ordered some yourself through their online shop? Because sometimes, that little shop is just a bit too crammed. And also quite far off, if you don’t live in the northern districts. Here’s a solution: their gorgeous new café in a backyard off Adalbertstraße in Kreuzberg.
It’s a bit hard to find, and if I tell you to turn left into the side-street just before you reach the petting zoo, coming from Kotti, I’m sure all you’ll say is WHAT!?, a petting zoo on Adalbertstraße? But it’s true! Turn left, walk a couple of meters, admire the ponies, turn left again and reach a beautiful backyard with red brick buildings, one of them with a big, green gate, opening up to a giant, bright space: the new home of the Bonanza roastery.
Remembering the small space in Prenzlauer Berg I was outright stunned by the spacious room and elegant furniture – the back-wall, separating the café space from the roaster, is clad in oak wood and mirrors, on top the light floor, tables in a wood and steel mixture hold the coffee machines, displays of selected baked treats to go with your drink, a choice of machinery to make your coffee experience at home a lot better, and obviously their roasted beans to take.
I can see full on brunches happening here, maybe even coffee-coordinated-dinners, who knows! Needless to say, the coffee is delicious! These perfect, tiny foam bubbles in the milk! That balanced flavor! And the complementing apple pastry rendered sugar superfluous. Just two things, their opening times are a bit difficult, especially since I need a coffee most on Mondays at about 16:00 (a great option for that in the area: Companion Coffee), and admittedly, it’s a bit pricey with 3,50 for a cappuccino. I will reserve this as a treat.