Located amidst Berlin’s gallery district in one of Mitte’s hippest neighborhoods, THE BARN always draws a crowd. From their iconic logo to their rustic minimal decor and phenomenal coffee, it’s easy to see why. They have an extensive coffee menu, and each brew is made with the best possible beans, which are always grown and harvested sustainably and equitably. Not to mention, THE BARN has some pretty tasty cakes and pastries to boot. This spot has actually gained so much popularity that it recently opened up another shop nearby on Schönhauser Allee.
Bonanza Coffee Heroes prides itself on its unconventionality. The passionate people behind this operation use a combination of old and new techniques that fall under the umbrella of what they call ‘retro innovation.’ Something else that sets them apart in the coffee roasting game is that their strategy is to roast the beans as little as possible. They want the tastes of the beans to shine through rather than the roasted taste itself. The industrial chic interior provides a cool backdrop for savoring this highly distinctive cup of coffee. Plus, there is outdoor seating here, too.
Probably one of the prettiest coffee shops in Berlin, Father Carpenter Coffee Brewers is located in an historic building with a pristine courtyard in the heart of Mitte. The ambiance alone is reason enough to visit, and they serve brews made from Five Elephant’s roasted beans. Mixing shabby chic decor and industrial stylistic elements, the interior is utterly gorgeous, too. In addition to coffee, Father Carpenter makes phenomenal healthy breakfasts and baked goods galore. Come here for chia puddings, avocado toasts, and a variety of other interesting culinary creations.
Distrikt Coffee is the ideal spot to sample roasts from Berlin’s finest coffee roasters as well as others of note in Europe. They serve teas from Companion Coffee and brews made from THE BARN’s beans. Distrikt’s coffee is notoriously strong as they typically serve double-shot coffee. Plus, Distrikt Coffee has a breakfast, lunch, and weekend brunch menu, making it a good place to meet up with friends or do work with something substantial to eat. Menu options include açaí bowls, pancakes, and avocado toasts, salads, sandwiches, tartinettes, soups, and more.
Under the joint ownership of one German and one Czech person, Chapter One focuses on the production of slow coffee. In fact, the gadgets they use to make theirs might more closely resemble things you’d find in a science lab or distillery. Just a couple of options for your brew method include pour-over and Chemex-style filter coffee. They brew their teas with the same level of ceremoniousness and precision. The interior consists of warm and mismatched tiles, which also helps to add to the intriguing old-time science lab vibe.
Chapter One, Mittenwalder Str. 30, 10961 Berlin +49 (0)30 25922799