The recipe at Sofi is simple: bringing together good things. Since opening at the end of 2020, the Sophienstraße bakery has assembled a team of keen bakers who take ancient grain varieties and combine them with a progressive approach to bread making. Part of a Berlin project called Slow whose aim is to reimagine hospitality, Danish Chef Frederik Bille Brahe (from Copenhagen’s Atelier September and Apollo Bar), bakery manager Sören Zuppke and baker Marisa Williams (Tartine in San Francisco) have arrived at a low-intervention baking method that reintroduces grains like “Waldstaude” rye and emmer wheat – varieties whose histories date back to 17,000 BC. The resulting menu includes a house sourdough, Danish rye loaves, tasty focaccia and double–baked croissants with almonds and blackberries. You can pick up these treats along with a Populus Nordic-style filter coffee from the Mitte shop, whose Danish-inspired interior blends the contemporary with the historic in the same way the baking does. For now the space is takeaway-only, but someday soon Berlin’s bread lovers will be able to enjoy Sofi’s memorable bakes on the spot. We can’t wait! (Text: Scarlett Peeters / Photos: Sophie Döring)
BERLINER ZAUBERKRAUT — SUSTAINABLE PLANT-BASED PRODUCTS FOR GREEN HOME CLEANING
While cleaning might not be one of your favorite chores, having the right soaps and detergents can really help get things spick and span – something more important now than ever. For keeping things both clean and green, the products from Berliner Zauberkraft are just the answer. Founder Julia Hammond has made it her mission to offer natural, nice-smelling and – crucially – powerful alternatives to conventional cleaning products. A trained designer, Julia is the founder of the Daheim Manufaktur kitchen and event space, and it was there that she began experimenting with vinegar for cleaning. Impressed with her self-fermented vinegar made from organic Brandenburg apples and fruit peel, Julia used it to create her multi-use cleaner, which also contains essential oils and extracts from local “witches” herbs like yarrow, nettle and lime blossom.
Their addition is inspired by medicinal plants which for centuries are thought to have magical powers. In addition to vinegar cleaner, the range also includes plant-derived dish soap and powder, while all the packaging is plastic-free, refillable and an eye-catching addition to any kitchen or bathroom shelf. Getting your home gleaming without the harsh chemicals – all it takes is a little witchcraft. (Text: Nicole Meckel / Photos: Berliner Zauberkraut & Savannah van der Niet)
Berliner Zauberkraut products can be purchased online, via Up and Coming and (Corona-permitting) at pop-up shop Hexenküche.
ALLOTMENT GARDENS FOR RENT — GROW YOUR OWN FOOD AND RECONNECT WITH NATURE WITH MEINE ERNTE
During the first lockdown in spring 2020, I decided spontaneously to join one of the public garden schemes offered in Berlin. There are quite a few options with various concepts but the one I joined is called Meine Ernte. The idea is simple: they rent large fields from farmers all over Germany and separate them into 40 or 80 square meter parcels for you to grow vegetables and fruits for a season (April–October) at a fair price. Two-thirds of your plot comes pre-planted with different veggies such as radishes, cabbages, potatoes, lettuces, carrots, and parsley for your convenience. On the remaining land you can plant anything you like. Like many of us, I spend most of my time in front of a screen, so it felt amazing to reconnect with nature and grow my own food. We were able to harvest plenty of fresh and delicious food without any prior experience in farming, and it tasted so much better than any store-bought produce – truly a win-win hobby! (Text: Sven Hausherr / Photos: Tammo Ganders for Meine Ernte & Sven Hausherr)
It turns out creating your own pendant lamp at home doesn’t require much in the way of experience or tools – at least not with one of the DIY lamp-making kits from Berlin-based Lu Interior and the Betonwerkstatt. This concrete-based cooperation began in 2015, and offers three lamp kits to choose from. You get all you need to make your pendant – including materials, tools and instructions – delivered to your door. Behind the concept are carpenters Luisa Haase-Kiewning and Lukas von Schwanenflügel as well as architect Clara Lerch, who saw an opportunity to let people create unique and timeless designs very simply at home. All you need is a free afternoon and you will end up with a design piece created from high-quality, locally sourced and durable materials. And best of all: you made it! (Text & Photos: Bui Luu Quynh Nguyen)
With three long winter months ahead of us, there’s no better time to stock up your pantry with some tasty treats from Kreuzberg-based Archipel. Delivering groceries from some of the city’s finest food purveyors, the platform is a descendent of Apocalypse Delivery founded by the Albatross bakery team during the 2020 lockdown. The latest service features an even wider selection of regional food and drink, with Kombucha from Roy, biodynamic eggs from Weide Ei, and Malaysian-inspired jam and sambal from Ma-Makan. In-house bakery favorites from Albatross are of course available (we love the sourdough baguette) with fresh beans from Kreuzberg neighbors Populus Coffee to accompany. Besides fresh food and pantry supplies, Archipel also sells a range of cute handmade mugs and egg cups for an extra special brunch. All this can be delivered to your door Monday to Saturday – just order by 14h the day before and one of the friendly cargo bike couriers will come by with your goodies. We can’t wait for our next basketful! (Text: Benji Haughton / Photos: Archipel)