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Fiaker Kaffeerösterei in Moabit. Photo: Carolina Löfstrand

Cozy Coffee in Moabit

Moabit may not be best known for it’s cafés. Therefore is Fiaker Kaffeerösterei a welcome addition in the quieter part of the neighborhood, on the border of Bellevue and Tiergarten. Choose between a real, Austrian melange or an Italian espresso, a French breakfast with croissant or a Tyroler style cheese variety. The very best of Austria and Italy in a homely setting with a cozy patio. – Carolina Löfstrand

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Find the Spontanfika table by looking for the orange cow.

Bored of planning which events to attend? Be spontaneous and join the next Spontanfika.

Spontanfika is Swedish for “spontaneous coffee break”, and that’s just what these events are. Never announced more than four hours in advance, Spontanfika is a very informal gathering of a diverse mix of people living in (or visiting) Berlin. The recurring theme of each fika is great coffee, since the meetups always are scheduled at spots from Berlinow’s list of the Best Coffee Bars in Berlin.

Be sure not to miss the next Spontanfika by liking their page on Facebook, or follow @spontanfika on Twitter or Foursquare.

 

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How to: Find Great Coffee

 

Top 10 Coffee Bars in Berlin

The Best Coffee in Town

Our criteria for this list are as follows: Quality of coffee, Price, Service and Atmosphere. Several of the establishments on this list are pure coffee bars, but among them are also some cafés that are eager to serve the best coffee possible.

Have you found a coffee bar or café that deserves to be on our list? Tell us, or share in the comments.

Do you consider yourself a coffee connoisseur? Join our panel, and help us in our quest to find The Best Coffee in Berlin. Apply here

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A cappuccino from Double Eye in Schöneberg. Photo: Esbjörn Guwallius/Berlinow

Berlin is not synonymous with great coffee. Is it impossible to get a perfect espresso or cappuccino then? No, but the best places are hard to find – that’s why you need this list.

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Double Eye

Akazienstraße 22, 10823 BerlinFacebookFoursquare

1.Just a hole-in-the-wall with, almost always, a crowd of fans gathering on the sidewalk, queuing for coffee or already sipping on one. You’ll get a perfect cappuccino, milchkaffee, espresso, or one of Double Eye’s special creations for a fraction of what it would cost you to get some awful coffee at Starbucks (the American chain’s branch on Akazienstraße actually had to close due to the competition from this small coffee shop). A cappuccino, served with a complimentary biscuit, is 1,80 euro.

Coffee 5 stars Snacks 4 stars Overall 5 stars

(stay)Last tasted 10/2012

Godshot

Immanuelkirchstraße 32, 10405 BerlinFacebookFoursquare

2.At Godshot you’ll meet a barista who’s prepared to discuss coffee with you. That way you’ll always get exactly what you want in your cup. Three or four kinds of coffee beans to choose from. If you’re really into coffee, you can join one of Godshot’s barista courses.

Coffee 4.5 stars Overall 5 stars

(stay)Last tasted 10/2012

No Fire No Glory

Rykestraße 45, 10405 BerlinFacebookFoursquare

3.The coffee, the atmosphere and the staff – everything feels just right at this café (even the trees have the right height). Choose between coffee beans from Copenhagen’s Coffee Collective, or Berlin’s Bonanza Coffee Heroes. No Fire No Glory moved from Friedrichshain to Prenzlauer Berg last spring. Significantly more seats than before makes the new location even better. No Fire No Glory features a good selection of home made cakes and sandwiches.

Coffee 4 stars Snacks 4 stars Overall 5 stars

(up)Last tasted 10/2012

The Barn

Auguststraße 58, 10119 BerlinFacebookFoursquare

4.Organic and locally produced are the keywords in this small café/coffee shop, which could be taken right out of “Portlandia”. The coffee is top notch, with perfect temperature and just the right strength (Well, almost always). If you’re feeling hungry, The Barn has a good selection of sweets and sandwiches to choose among.

Coffee 4 stars Snacks 4 stars Overall 4.5 stars

(down)Last tasted 08/2012

Five Elephant Coffee

Reichenberger Straße 101, 10999 BerlinFacebookFoursquare

5.On a leafy street, deep down in Kreuzberg, you’ll find this relaxed café and with an in-store coffee roaster. The coffee is superb, and you’ll kill for the cheese cake. If you like their coffee as much as we do, you can buy a bag of beans when you leave.

Coffee 4 stars Snacks 4 stars Overall 4 stars

(new)Last tasted 09/2012

Bonanza Coffee Heroes

Oderberger Straße 35, 10435 BerlinFacebookFoursquare

6.Prenzlauer Berg’s most popular coffee bar. Bonanza has, well deserved, a good reputation among urban tourist and locals. Their coffee drinks are always of high quality, even if they, like us all, can have a bad day. The enthusiasts that run Bonanza roast their own beans to perfection, and also supplies them to a few of the other coffee bars on our list.

Coffee 4 stars Snacks 2.5 stars Overall 3.5 stars

(stay)Last tasted 09/2012

Antipodes

Fehrbelliner Straße 5, 10119 BerlinFacebookFoursquare

7.Excellent Kiwi coffee, with organic beans from Kings & Queens coffee roasters in Berlin. Their flat white is strong enough to keep you going all day.

Coffee 4 stars Snacks 4 stars Overall 4 stars

(new)Last tasted 10/2012

Röststätte

Ackerstraße 173, 10115 BerlinFacebookFoursquare

8.When you’re done drooling over all the shiny, new espresso machines in the store, head for the café counter and order an espresso. Röststätte serves some of Mitte’s best coffee, roasted by hand in the combined store/café.

Coffee 4 stars Snacks 3.5 stars Overall 4 stars

(new)Last tasted 10/2012

Oslo Kaffebar

Eichendorfstrasse 13, 10115 BerlinFacebookFoursquare

9.Are you missing your Norwegian coffee? Do not despair. Kristiania Espresso might be gone, but Kristian is still making excellent espressos and cappuccinos at his new place, Oslo Kaffebar, just steps away from Nordbahnhof. In co-operation with Bonanza coffee roasters, the coffee bar has created a special roast – the Oslo Blend.

Coffee 4 stars Snacks 3 stars Overall 4 stars

(new)Last tasted 10/2012

Cafe CK

Marienburger Straße 49, 10405 BerlinFacebookFoursquare

10.Prepare yourself for a very strong cup of coffee. Cafe CK uses 20 grams of coffee (or more, if you want it even stronger) in every drink. You’ll probably need something on the side, we recommend the carrot cake. CK also has a branch in Voo Store in Kreuzberg’s Oranienstraße, but this review is for the café in Prenzlauer Berg. CK uses coffee beans from Bonanza.

Coffee 3.5 stars Snacks 4 stars Overall 3.5 stars

(down)Last tasted 07/2012

Up and Coming Coffee Bars

The following coffee bars serve quite good coffee, but doesn't make the cut for our list just yet.

Chapter One Mittenwalder Straße 30, 10961 Berlin

Passenger Espresso Oppelner Straße 45, 10997 Berlin

Goodies Warschauer Straße 69, 10243 Berlin

Giro d'Espresso Knobelsdorffstraße 47, 14059 Berlin

St Gaudy Café Gaudystraße 1, 10437 Berlin


The original version of this article was first published on 2010-10-18.

 

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Taste Festival

Berlin Taste Festival. Photo: Esbjörn Guwallius/Berlinow

The Taste Festival in Berlin is a ten day long event, celebrating design and food. The festival is a must for food enthusiasts as well as industry professionals.

Ever wondered where your food comes from, before it ends up in the supermarket or on your plate? At the Taste Festival you can learn about the sourcing of ingredients. Find out more around the experimentation behind the dishes and the cultural significance of dining.

The ten day program includes presentations, workshops, mini-markets, film screenings and parties. One of the more interesting events, in our humble opinion, is the Berlin Coffee Society presentation on Friday June 8th. Cory Andreen, the current German SCAE Cup Tasting Champion, will hold a talk about “the forgotten taste potentials and qualities of coffee”. Single-origin coffees will be freshly brewed cup for cup with an old preparation method at the Coffee Society’s Brew Bar. You will also have to chance to try cascara, a coffee cherry tea with a real natural sweetness and notes of plums and raisins.

 

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Antipodes
 
Flat white from Antipodes in Berlin. Photo: Berlinow

Finally a Decent Flat White

Been looking all over Berlin for a decent flat white? At Antipodes, you’re in for treat. Their flat white is strong enough to keep you going all day. The coffee beans are organic, roasted by Kings & Queens in Berlin. Hungry? Grilled sandwiches and soup is on the menu, as well as some delicious cookies. – Berlinow

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