The Ultimate Berlin Specialty Coffee Guide

Surprisingly Berlin has an amazing amount of specialty coffee, I explored the best of what Berlin has to offer in the way of specialty coffee.

The real start of specialty coffee came from a man named Andraschko who moved from Vienna to Berlin, and opened his own eponymous cafe. He was selling estate coffee that became popular very quickly. Shortly after, many other people wanted to have a similar business. So he started distributing specialty coffee throughout the city. Once the specialty coffee caught on, the quality of coffee in Berlin got much better. The next ten years gave way to a new industry in the city. Following is the best specialty brew around town, as mentioned by the professionals, for the best taste money can buy. I was very lucky to meet these individuals, and have a taste of real quality.

The Barn Roastery

THE BARN ROASTERY, Schönhauser Allee 8, 10119, Berlin, Allemagne

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The Barn Café

The Barn Café, Auguststraße 58, 10119, Berlin, Allemagne

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Five Elephant

Five Elephant Kreuzberg, Reichenberger Str. 101, 10999, Berlin, Allemagne

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Bonanza Coffee Heroes

Bonanza Coffee Heroes, Oderberger Str. 35, 10435, Berlin, Allemagne

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Bonanza Coffee Roasters

Bonanza Coffee Roasters, Adalbertstraße 70, 10999, Berlin, Allemagne

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Café 9

Café 9, Eisenbahnstraße 43, 10997, Berlin, Allemagne

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Kék Ló

Kék Ló, Graefestrasse 65/A, 10967 Berlin

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Nano Kaffee

Nano Kaffee, Dresdener Str. 14, 10999 Berlin

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Tennis

Tennis Café/Bar, Reuterstraße 95, 12053, Berlin, Allemagne

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Westberlin

westberlin bar&shop, Friedrichstraße 215, 10969, Berlin, Allemagne

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Distrikt Coffee

Distrikt Coffee, Bergstraße 68, 10115, Berlin, Allemagne

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Isla

Isla Berlin, Hermannstraße 37, 12049, Berlin, Allemagne

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Café Kranzler

Café Kranzler, Kurfürstendamm 18, 10719, Berlin, Allemagne

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Five Elephant Mitte

Five Elephant Mitte, Alte Schönhauser Str. 14, 10119, Berlin, Allemagne

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The Barn

The Barn Berlin

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One of the longest running cafe’s on the guide, the barn focuses on quality first.They believe from farm to bar, every step of the process is important. One of the first roasters in town to present specialty coffee, The Barn encourages slow coffee culture, allowing guests to take their time and see where their money is going, and why their experience is of true quality. The Barn is truly something special. The owner Ralph focuses on every detail so the customer will have great satisfaction from the experience.

The Barn Roastery, Schönhauser Allee 8, 10119 Berlin
The Barn Café, Auguststraße 58, 10119 Berlin
Café Kranzler, Kurfürstendamm 18, 10719 Berlin

Five Elephant

Five Elephant Coffee Berlin

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Five Elephant has built quite a good reputation around Berlin, serving specialty coffee in a fine environment. The first location in Kreuzberg still has a strong local following, And the new shop in Mitte caters to the upper class. If you want the best cheesecake in town, and you want to spend the afternoon in one of the best shopping districts afterwards, check them out. Great friendly staff in a great New York style coffee bar.

Five Elephant, Reichenberger Str. 101, 10999 Berlin
Five Elephant Mitte, Alte Schönhauser Str. 14, 10119 Berlin

Bonanza Coffee

Bonanza Coffee Berlin

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Bonanza has come a long way. From a to go only location, now expanded with an in house roastery, and two locations, Bonanza is in the big leagues of Berlin specialty coffee. Owned by a true Berlinerin, It is not to be overlooked. The new roastery is tucked away in a back corner and feels like a nice escape from the hustle and bustle on the main streets. Tuesdays and wednesdays are the roasting days, and with a wifi bar, it’s a great place to escape and get some work done, with the smell of fresh roasted coffee in the air. There is also a location in seoul, So if you are in south korea, look them up!

Bonanza Coffee Heroes, Oderberger Str. 35, 10435 Berlin
Bonanza Coffee Roasters, Adalbertstraße 70, 10999 Berlin

Café 9

Café 9 Berlin

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Cafe 9 carries a special aesthetic to its hall. located in Kreuzberg near Görlitzer Park The cafe has a mixture of antiquity with modern quality. The floor is over 100 years old, the furniture is all antique,(and for sale at the right price) and the staff live and breathe their work. The cafe is endearing to the hard working spirit of the german culture. Fillip the master roaster got his start from working humbly as a barista for 4 years before investing his own money back into his passion for specialty coffee. A great example of young entrepreneurship. Now he roasts beans for several other shops around the city, as well as for his own cafe. Fillip also believes that cooperation within the specialty coffee community is essential to the survival of the coffee culture. Connected tot he success of cafe 9, The Markthalle Neun is a place where new specialty businesses in the berlin area can start a small stand to represent their products. It’s a bit like the halls in Downtown Los Angeles with the small pop-up shops. It’s wonderful to see what hard work and determination can do!

Café 9, Eisenbahnstr. 43, 10997 Berlin

Kék Ló

Kék Ló Berlin

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Kék Ló is a small tucked away cafe in the outskirts of Kreuzberg. Truly something unique it is owner operated, mixing a passion for healthy food, conscious consuming upcycling fashion, and fine coffee. Chances are if you come in, you can meet the owner Virag, have a nice meal, and even buy a one of a kind piece of clothing that is sold exclusively at the cafe. The cafe is a great example of the creativity and innovative spirit Berlin carries. It’s really nice to see people follow their inspiration and give something back to the world with their creativity and hard work.

Kék Ló, Graefestrasse 65/A, 10967 Berlin

Nano Kaffee

Nano Kaffee Berlin

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Nano is just off the center of Kottbusser Tor. With all the action on the street it feels a little hectic sometimes. It’s natural to walk out towards Oranienplatz, and Nano is just on the way. Really friendly staff, a professional environment, but without over doing its presentation. It’s a good place to come sit and calm yourself for whatever the day will bring. In the heart of Kreuzberg, It’s a wonderful experience, and I would recommend it to anyone. Bring your German friends, they will love this place.

Nano Kaffee, Dresdener Str. 14, 10999 Berlin

Tennis

Tennis Café Berlin

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Tennis is a new local favorite. German owned and operated, It is a true Berlin beginning, in its first year of operation. Sundays offer vegan brunch, The bar offers coffee and beer, with cocktails made to order. With a great selection of indie rock vinyl, You will feel like you walked into your friend’s basement rehearsal space. The staff are quite friendly, And often locals bring their children around during the daytime. Max, owner of the bar brews five elephant coffee on espresso, while Urs, who also owns the bar, offering hotel beer for just 3 euros, or a sternberg for 1,70€ if you are feeling cheap. Also with a smoking room, it’s sure to become a Neukölln local favorite.

Tennis Café/Bar, Reuterstraße 95, 12053 Berlin

Westberlin

Westberlin Café Berlin

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After a nice sit down with Kai, the owner of Westberlin, I felt the coffee world of Berlin became very beautiful to me as a community. The shop was founded by him after his career in architecture left him feeling a bit stiff and isolated in his personal interactions with his clientele. So he opened a cafe, where personal interactions were a bit less formal, and the flow of work/people was faster and more organic. The name is derived from the old DDR days where the West was looked at like a foreign country and the name was just one word so that people would often skip over the entire idea that the other side of the city was a place. There is a map in the cafe showing the division before the wall fell, and all the streets on the west are blocked out as if they don’t exist. It was a real privilege to meet Kai and to understand life from a perspective I could only imagine.

Westberlin, Friedrichstraße 215, 10969 Berlin

Distrikt Coffee

Distrikt Coffee Berlin

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Distrikt Coffee in Prenzlauer Berg, shares an enjoyable atmosphere with great coffee. Serving Fjord roasters, They stay busy from open to late in the day. Serving mostly vegetarian options on their breakfast menu, It’s also a great place to start the day. A minimalist approach to interior design gives way for a pleasant, rustic feel to the cafe, and with outdoor seating, the restaurant has a decent capacity to serve its guests every morning. Really nice people who own the cafe, I think you will appreciate their taste to start your morning, wherever it will take you.

Distrikt Coffee, Bergstraße 68, 10115 Berlin

Isla

Isla Coffee House Berlin

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Isla got its start in a partnership with Cafe 9 (see the description above). Isla aims to use products that can be repurposed after their use. As most business owners know, quality usually provides less waste in the product, so if something is yielding too much waste, it is eliminated from the product cycle and either replaced with a more sustainable substitute or eliminated altogether. Open only for six months, this cafe already has a strong local following, as the reputation from their relationship with Cafe 9 precedes them. The coffee is often sourced from other roasters locally, encouraging the local specialty coffee market, and growing organically alongside other quality businesses. What a nice new place with such a bright future.

Isla, Hermannstraße 37, 12049 Berlin

David Humphrey is a Colorado native, living in Berlin. Photojournalist and avid life liver.
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