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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.

 

A Taste of Nippon in Berlin

 

(Japanese Tea, That Is)

Out of Nippon

Rhinower Straße 3, 10437 Berlin

Business Hours Tue–Thu: 12.00–19.00, Fri–Sat: 12.00–23.00 (open end), Sun 12.00–19.00

Web outofnippon.jimdo.com

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Tea brewing for geeks: When the thermometer drops to 70 degrees, it’s time to pour the water. Photo: Berlinow

I don’t want to pay two or three euros for some hot water and a dull bag of tea. That’s way I almost never drink tea at a café. To drink truly great tea you should go to someone that have a passion for tea. Out of Nippon in Prenzlauer Berg is such a place.

In a relaxed and tastefully decorated room, Out of Nippon serves probably the best tea you can find in Berlin. Imported directly from Japan by the shop’s owner, the Soba-cha is a delicacy. It’s roasted buckwheat tea, with a sweet nutty flavor and completely caffein free. Another treat is the Genmai-cha, roasted brown rice combined with green tea. This tea also has a nutty, almost salty flavor combined with the mild taste of the green tea leaves.

When you’re at Out of Nippon, take a few minutes to admire a tansu, an old japanese commode. The café also sell restored japanese furniture.

On occasion there are concerts and other events, check the website for details.