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FATHER CARPENTER — COURTYARD BREWS, BRUNCH & COFFEE TALKS

FATHER CARPENTER — COURTYARD BREWS, BRUNCH & COFFEE TALKS

Father Carpenter is featured in our Cee Cee No.2 Book, which is available for purchase here.

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)

Father Carpenter Coffee Brewers, Münzstr.21, 1.Hof, 10178 Berlin-Mitte; map
Mon-Fri 9-18h, Sat 10-18h

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NOT YOUR STANDARD CAFÉ — ISLA COFFEE’S CIRCULAR SYSTEM

NOT YOUR STANDARD CAFÉ — ISLA COFFEE’S CIRCULAR SYSTEM

A refuge from the frenzy of a busy intersection on Hermannstraße, Isla Coffee Berlin is more than a lovely café serving excellent specialty coffee and delicious brunch on weekends — it’s also a lean machine utilizing its own systems to minimize food, water and packaging waste. Owners Peter Duran and Philipp Reichel (who’s also behind Café 9) share a personal commitment to sustainability and social responsibility: values which they’ve brought to life with Isla. By adapting the ideas of a circular economy and putting them to work through systems analysis and consolidation — they’ve created a new model for food service waste-management. The most tangible example of their processes starts with steamed milk left over from lattés and other espresso-based drinks. Isla keeps this milk to make fresh ricotta cheese and bread pudding served during weekend brunch. While any café can claim sustainability, Isla is using practical, measurable processes to reduce waste — all whilst increasing the quality of Neukölln’s coffee offerings. (Text: Devan Grimsrud / Photos: Luke Johnson)

Isla Coffee Berlin, Hermannstr.37, 12049 Berlin-Neukölln; map

Mon-Sun 8-19h

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IVY BERLIN: A CAFÉ & WORKSPACE INVITING YOU TO LINGER

IVY BERLIN: A CAFÉ & WORKSPACE INVITING YOU TO LINGER

“Laptops welcome” isn’t exactly an omnipresent sentiment in the eateries of this city. So for those seeking a workspace other than their kitchen table, the arrival of a café which encourages its clientele to stay on the wifi comes as a pleasant surprise. Ivy Berlin is a space in two parts: the tile-clad front café is a cosy place to down your espresso over the morning news or catch up with friends. Need to get to work? Step into the light-flooded “back office”, where oak tables by Nutsandwoods and an enviable Monstera deliciosa create a tranquil atmosphere. Productivity levels are taken care of by coffee from Bonanza or Companion tea, and to sustain your energy throughout the day, a simple menu offers generously prepared and thoughtfully presented snacks. We recommend the homemade granola topped with greek yogurt, fruit, chia and nuts. Or the avocado with fresh almond cream, coriander and chives on sourdough toast. Several hours and caffeine hits later, you may end up wishing this living room was indeed your own. (Text: Anna Dorothea Ker / Photos: Damian Tauchert)

Ivy Berlin Café & Workspace, Weserstr.44, 12045 Berlin-Neukölln; map
Tue-Sun 9-18h

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AKIKO WATANABE RECOMMENDS: PERFECT PASTRY AT CAFÉ KOMINE

AKIKO WATANABE RECOMMENDS: PERFECT PASTRY AT CAFÉ KOMINE

As everybody in and out of town talks about how Berlin’s gastronomy scene has evolved over the past years, I’ve always felt that beautifully and sensitively created Japanese pâtisserie – which usually comes not only with joy for visual presentation but with guaranteed good taste – was missing. When I happened to see the picture of the “matcha chou à la crème” from Café Komine, I simply knew I had to have it. When I did, it made me want to boast about the fact that I knew the best pâtisserie in town. Komine opened its doors in December last year, by a former cellist turned qualified pâtissier, Shin Komine, who trained at Le Cordon Bleu Tokyo. His creations are unlike anything that’s existed in Berlin until now, such as the beautiful “mont blanc”, a staple at Japanese pastry shops. It’s hard to choose your favorite from the selection on display, and it’s even harder to take your first forkful, inevitably destroying the most beautiful thing on earth. But once you do, the rest goes down faster than you can imagine. (Text & Photos: Akiko Watanabe)

Café Komine, Wed-Sat 12.30-19h, Sun 12.30-18h

Welserstr.13-15, 10777 Berlin-Schöneberg; map

Akiko Watanabe is a Berlin-based freelance coordinator and editor at Lodown Magazine.

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CLAUDIA SCHOEMIG RECOMMENDS: MERCEARIA AUS PORTUGAL

CLAUDIA SCHOEMIG RECOMMENDS: MERCEARIA AUS PORTUGAL

“In Portugal’s restaurants and cafés, the question asked by waiters after the meal isn’t whether you’ve had enough to eat, but instead whether you’re satisfied.” And satisfaction is just the feeling you’re left with after eating at the family-run Mercearia aus Portugal. Owner Júlia has managed to carve out a name for herself amongst Prenzlauer Berg’s many cafés, thanks to her fine coffee and an array of charming homemade tartlets and speciality cakes. The classic pastel de nata makes an appearance, and for more peckish guests, at least one warm lunch dish — such as Portuguese stockfish — is offered every day. Comfortably furnished with a view over Helmholzplatz, Mercearia is the perfect feel-good spot for a relaxing afternoon. (Text: Claudia Schoemig)

Mercearia aus Portugal, Dunckerstr.12, 10437 Berlin-Prenzlauer Berg, map
Mon-Fri 9-20h, Sat-Sun 10-20h

Claudia Schoemig has lived in Berlin-Prenzlauer Berg since 1998. In 2010, she founded her atelier Schoemig Porzellan.

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