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BREWING IN IMPECCABLE STYLE: COMPANION TEA AND COFFEE

BREWING IN IMPECCABLE STYLE: COMPANION TEA AND COFFEE

In 2013, Chris Onton and Shawn Barber took over Voo Store’s corner café space and turned it into a plant-filled oasis named Companion Coffee. Now, with the opening of their new café in Weserkiez, they’re striving to further expand the tea side of their business, applying the same ethical approach they take to sourcing high-quality specialty coffee: seeking out all that’s exceptional and working directly with small producers from around the globe. Alongside beautiful tea-stained wooden booths, floor-to-ceiling windows, and a gleaming La Marzocco Linea, a small curtain pulls back to reveal a tea room designed to host tea and coffee tastings. Starting this winter, the companionable team will experiment in the kitchen with a small seasonal menu of simple bites, but for now, you can enjoy a pastry from Mitte’s Black Isle Bakery or a grilled cheese sandwich alongside an exemplary cup of coffee or tea. And, just this Friday and Saturday (12.-13.10.2018), also Nasi Lemak, Malaysian curry puffs and homemade desserts at the Ma-Makan pop-up #5. (Text: Devan Grimsrud / Photos: Luke Marshall Johnson)

Companion Tea and Coffee, Weserstr.166, 12045 Berlin-Neukölln; map

Mon–Fri 8-18h, Sat–Sun 10-18h

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FORECAST FESTIVAL — IMAGINING FUTURE POSSIBILITIES AT HKW

FORECAST FESTIVAL — IMAGINING FUTURE POSSIBILITIES AT HKW

A soundtrack to the post-human future, an experimental science fiction radio drama, a critical alternative to traditional museology presentation: When six emerging talents are mentored by six luminaries in their respective fields, the results are bound to be intriguing. In May 2018, the Forecast Forum saw museum director Tulga Beyerle, curator David Elliott, video artist Omer Fast, musician Holly Herndon, artist Laura Lima, and curator and producer Peter Meanwell each select one ascendant young artist to mentor on a project in their respective disciplines of film, sound, radio, exhibition design and artistic intervention. Now the ensuing results are being presented at Forecast Festival, held at Haus der Kulturen der Welt this Friday and Saturday (12.-13.10.2018). To top it off, on 13.10 at 18h, the festival will present a new transnational project, Housing the Human. Prototypes will be presented alongside discussions on possible future scenarios across architecture, urban planning and design. The future’s looking — and sounding — bright. (Text: Anna Dorothea Ker / Photos (clockwise): Omer Fast, Chayanit Mathong (work by Alisa Chunchue), Frank Paul)

HKW – Haus der Kulturen der Welt, John-Foster-Dulles-Allee 10, 10557 Berlin-Tiergarten; map
Forecast Festival: 12.10.2018, from 18h, 13.10.2018, from 14h
Housing the Human: 13.10.2018, 18h

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SEVERINE NAEVE RECOMMENDS: DIE BAR

SEVERINE NAEVE RECOMMENDS: DIE BAR

There are some things you just can’t keep to yourself, as it would be downright heartless to do so. I’m referring to a gem of a bar, picturesquely located on one of the most beautiful squares in Prenzlauer Berg, right next to the historic Gethsemane Church, and surrounded by ornate stucco facades. As unpretentious as its name — Die Bar — sounds, its interior is charming; its guests spirited. Even if actors, artists, entrepreneurs or charming self-promoters come and go, by the end of the night, a mixed crowd ends up sitting together at the bar, discussing the meaning of life and sharing their favorite tunes. The delightful owner, Nina Traiser, has an eye for interior design, which explains the special allure of this small establishment. Apart from its unique style, the bar offers a very small but fine selection of cocktails and an outstanding assortment of gins that will satisfy even the most discerning connoisseur. It is Nina’s love for the details and the bartenders’ passion that make this place so enticing. If I didn’t already have a living room at home, this is the one I’d choose for myself. (Text: Severine Naeve / Photos: Pamina Aichhorn)

Die Bar, Greifenhagener Str.54, 10437 Berlin-Prenzlauer Berg; map
Mon-Fri from 19h, Sat-Sun from 20h

Severine Naeve is a freelance journalist and has resided in Berlin for the past six years. She works for NDR and MDR and has fallen in love with the soundscape of her adopted home: nothing inspires her writing more than the conversations she hears on the streets of Berlin.

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RE:HOF RUTENBERG — RETREAT TO THE SIMPLE LIFE IN BRANDENBURG

RE:HOF RUTENBERG — RETREAT TO THE SIMPLE LIFE IN BRANDENBURG

The elements of happiness? How about a beautiful landscape, fresh country air, good food and wine, an engrossing novel, a log fire to warm the night — and no reception. At Re:hof Rutenberg in Lychen, Brandenburg, going back to basics feels like a luxury. That’s thanks to the love and care that owners and artists Marieken Verheyen and Martin Hansen have dedicated to developing their two-hectare plot of land into a countryside getaway over the past three years. Amidst heritage apple and pear trees and an organic vegetable garden, a converted barn, old vicarage, spacious loft and three private ecolodges invite you to escape the demands of city life. The aim of Re:hof is to be as self-sufficient and energy-independent as possible. That means solar energy panels, dry composting toilets, and a plant-based filtration system to recycle waste water. Here, in the middle of the Uckermark Lakes Nature Park, with its pine forests, bucolic meadows, and crystal clear lakes, it’s all about doing nothing except getting cozy within beautiful interiors (designed in collaboration with the architect Peter Grundmann) with generous glass windows offering sweeping views out onto idyllic fields. A sauna, an outdoor hot tub and a small shop stocked with organic produce ensure you have everything you need to unwind completely. Ready to plan your next escape? Book here, and quickly at that — Re:hof’s calendar fills up fast. (Text & photos: Anna Dorothea Ker)

Re:hof Rutenberg, Dorfstr.23, 17279 Lychen, Brandenburg; map

Book here.

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KOCHTAIL — EVERYTHING YOUR KITCHEN NEEDS AND MORE

KOCHTAIL — EVERYTHING YOUR KITCHEN NEEDS AND MORE

When my son asked for an ocean-themed birthday cake, I went running around town looking for blue food dye. I ended up at Kochtail and found several shades of blue in paste, liquid and powder forms. This Mitte store is your one-stop shop for any and all kitchen and bar supplies you may need. Stacked floor-to-ceiling with over 3,800 different products, the store may seem overwhelming at first. But trust me, you’ll find what you are looking for and more — from myriad cookie cutters and icing nozzles to rare OXO and Riess products, measuring cups, Lodge and De Buyer cast iron pans, mint julep cups, bread proofing baskets and giant ice cube trays to kitchen staples like KitchenAid stand mixers and Vitamix blenders. Serious hobby chef and owner Joe Diliberto, an American expat, chose to follow his passion and retired early to open up this treasure trove of delights. His focus is on European- and German-made items, especially handmade or high-quality goods. If you get lost in the labyrinth, just ask one of the staff to help you. They are experts in cooking and baking, and friendly to boot. (Text: Rei Matsuoka / Photos: Pamina Aichhorn)

Kochtail, Invalidenstr.150, 10115 Berlin-Mitte; map
Mon-Fri 11-19h, Sat 11-18h

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