As previously mentioned, I do like to take more time for my breakfast, even during the weekday. Even going all the way to Mitte from my beloved Kreuzberg home before 9am to get myself some poached eggs is worth it if they’re as delicious as at Father Carpenter Coffee Brewer.
I was surprised to see that the place was actually full at 9.30 on a weekday, and I snatched the last free table in between families visiting Berlin, locals having a business meeting while sharing the brioche breakfast burgers, and couples celebrating spring with a serving of banana bread. Oh, and I finally got a look at their new to-go place across the yard, where you can not only get their cakes and food to go, but also buy the lovely sky-blue cups and their own denim aprons.
2016 has been a busy year for this small café: not only did they start their own roasting company with Silo, called Fjord Coffee, but their very own Chloe Nattrass won the German Barista championship! And they built a huge kitchen, which opens up loads more possibilities to make this place the breakfast-eatery-du-jour. It still doesn’t seat a lot of people if the weather isn’t good enough to enjoy your order sitting outside, so come early.
I went for the eggs florentine, the classic vegetarian version of eggs benedict, where the bacon is replaced by spinach (7 Euro), but it was a hard decision since there’s a banana and walnut loaf on the menu, which comes with coffee grounds and honey in mascarpone (5 Euro), as well as some spicy beans served with crusty bread which I would’ve topped with avocado and a poached egg (12,20 Euro with extras). It’s been a good decision, though, the hollandaise had the right balance of creaminess and lemon touch. I’ve enjoyed the grilled cheese, which is – for whatever reason – called two cheese grilled toastie on the menu, a couple weeks back, for which you can choose from Manchego, Roquefort, Provolone, and Bergkäse (6,50 Euro).
So yes, perfect spot to devote way more time to your weekday breakfast than you probably planned to. But also for a pick-me-up in the afternoon, or a quick fix in your lunch break.