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Nestled into one of Berlin’s most tranquil courtyards, coffee haven Father Carpenter has been flourishing into quite the institution since its opening in 2015, when it first caught our attention with cappuccino perfection courtesy of beans from Fjord, a roastery run owner Krésten Thøgersen in collaboration with Silo Coffee. Since then, Father Carpenter has overflowed into a “takeaway” branch next door and expanded its kitchen to offer a seasonal, regional brunch menu. Produce from Markthalle Neun is whipped up into the likes of vegan coconut granola with orange soy labneh and roasted portobello mushrooms on sourdough. But it doesn’t stop there — the team is going above and beyond to foster exchange and innovation within Berlin’s specialty coffee scene. Their recurring events, which are free and open to all, take the form of weekly cuppings and “The Backroom Talks”, a speaker series in which coffee industry stalwarts share expertise and experiences. Follow their journal and Facebook page to keep up to date. (Text: Rei Matsuoka & Anna Dorothea Ker / Photos: Daniel Farò)
One Potsdamerstraße-based establishment that’s lingered on our minds since the Gallery Weekend dust has settled is Berlinartprojects. Founded in 2006, the gallery’s curatorial program, led by Marie DuPasquier, showcases emerging and established artists across the full spectrum of disciplines, and is framed by dialogue and exchange between Turkey and Germany. This Saturday (27.5.17) sees the opening of emerging Turkish artist Buğra Erol’s first solo show, “Mind Your Wishes”. In a series of drawings sketched whilst traveling and canvases meticulously painted in the depths of last winter in Berlin, Erol represents the universes of his mind, tightly intertwining the personal with the political. Painstakingly detailed and laden with symbolism, the works evoke a sense of restlessness, alluding to journeys both physical and emotional — some completed and others not yet taken. Together, they leave us intrigued to see the directions in which both artist and gallery are headed. (Text: Anna Dorothea Ker / Photos: Buğra Erol / Berlinartprojects)
My love for Indian cuisine was ignited at the same moment as my love for the films of Satyajit Ray, in New York during the ‘80s. The films were playing somewhere on Second Avenue, and the food was being served around the corner on Sixth Street, in super cheap joints, one lined up next to the other, and all BYO. Then I discovered Trishna in Bombay, which surpassed them all. After came a long drought in my Indian culinary journey — I couldn’t find anything comparable, anywhere. And then, five years ago, I came across Buddha Republic in Charlottenburg. Here it’s the classics that work the hardest — freshly cooked and free of dusty spice mixes. There’s the mixed vegetable Sabzi Korma (made with real curry leaves), divine spinach with homemade cheese (Masala Palak Paneer), lamb chops (Shahi Seekh), prawns and marinated chicken from the Tandoori grill. Lamb Biryani from Hyderabad. The Persian host, an avowed foodie who grew up in India and has traveled through each of its states, knows each dish better than his cooks do, and takes care of quality control. There are fatally sedative King Cobra beers (8%), served in giant corked bottles. Even the odd violet glow bathing the restaurant feels authentic, though less Hindu temple style, more like the lobby of a boutique hotel in Bangalore. And that’s equally India. (Text: Jan Schmidt-Garre / Photos: c/o Buddha Republic)
Pairing timeless design with thoughtfully sourced materials and radical price transparency, Hund Hund creates collections for men, women, and yes, dogs. Founders Isabel Kücke and Rohan Michael Hoole met in Mumbai, India where the environmental harm and worker exploitation they experienced firsthand armed them with the desire to create affordable clothing in a humane way. By partnering solely with producers who share their ethical integrity and aesthetic standards, the duo keep quality, fairness, and value at the forefront of their brand. And the transparency doesn’t stop at materials sourcing: from fine linen and viscose tops to Spanish leather dog collars, detailed price structures break down exactly why each piece costs what it does. Minimal, detail-oriented design matched with affordability and elevated quality — every soft jersey shirt or solid leather collar is a win win. (Text: Devan Grimsrud / Photos: Lucas Christensen c/o Hund Hund)
Are you still sipping on “golden lattes”, or are you ready to to take your turmeric commitment to the next level? For those who’ve let the trend pass by, the turmeric latte is the sporty cousin of the matcha variety: lauded for its numerous health benefits, such as strengthening the immune system. Those who believe will feel it. In South East Asia and India, the place where the tuber – also known as yellow tulip or Indian saffron – originates from is considered holy. As well as adding turmeric to curry or a glass of warm milk, turmeric can also be enjoyed over ice, thanks to the start-up 26° North, who has created a fantastically refreshing summer drink from their Helmholtzplatz headquarters, based on a recipe from Java and made from 100% natural ingredients. Their “Kurkuma (Tumeric) Tonic” looks like lemonade but forgoes the sugar overload for the enticing flavors of ginger, lemon, black pepper, green cardamom and a pinch of Ceylon cinnamon. A perfectly unfussy, grown-up refreshment, and a good alternative to alcohol at the bar. The gin can stay at home, and so can the hangover. We’re hoping to see it become a mainstay in fridges around town this summer. (Text: Nina Trippel / Photos: 26° North)