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SPELT AND RYE BAKES FROM MASTER BAKER CHRISTA LUTUM — SOURDOUGH, BIENENSTICH AND EASTER LAMB CAKES

SPELT AND RYE BAKES FROM MASTER BAKER CHRISTA LUTUM — SOURDOUGH, BIENENSTICH AND EASTER LAMB CAKES

Good bread doesn’t need wheat. At Christa Lutum’s Bakery, the first woman leader of the Berlin bakers’ guild bakes everything from seeded bread and poppy seed croissants to sweet pine nut tartlets using only spelt and rye flour. Spelt in particular contains an abundance of vitamins, minerals and fiber, and is easily digestible. Lutum has been running her own bakery and café on Hindemithplatz in Charlottenburg since 2016. Every day from 8am, you’ll find traditional classics like spelt sourdough, fresh croissants, vegan versions of Berlin Splitterbrötchen plus organic cakes and pastries. The selection includes the award-winning “Hürlimann”, a round spelt loaf with a wonderfully golden-brown crust and soft center, created with (and named after) Swiss master baker Werner Hürlimann. Along with the vegan cassis tart, it’s a real go-to and is ideal for snacks and soups. For Easter, Lutum’s shop is offering classic lamb-shaped Easter bakes (in both white and black) and mini vegan Gugelhupf cakes in two versions: egg liqueur and nougat or lemon. If you can’t make it to Charlottenburg, Lutum also attends three farmers markets: at Thusneldaallee, Wittenbergplatz and Zehlendorf. Strolling around with a fresh pretzel in one hand and a cappuccino in the other – what could be better?

Text: Alison Musch / Photos: Arundhati Shenoy

Christa Lutum Bäckermeisterin, Giesebrechtstr.22, 10629 Berlin–Charlottenburg; map
Tue–Sun 8–18h30

Ökomarkt & Mehr at Thusnelda-Allee; map
Wed 12–19h 

Farmers’ market at Wittenbergplatz; map
Thu 10–17h

Zehlendorfer Frische Markt; map 
Sat 9–16h 

@christa.lutum

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COFFEE CIRCLE IN THE HEART OF BERGMANNKIEZ — HIGH QUALITY ROASTS FROM SMALL COMMUNITIES

COFFEE CIRCLE IN THE HEART OF BERGMANNKIEZ — HIGH QUALITY ROASTS FROM SMALL COMMUNITIES

Walking into Coffee Circle in Bergmannkiez, it’s not difficult to be entranced by the dark-green tiled floor or the matching minimalist interior with pairings of creamy whites. That is, if you’re not not eyeing up the selection of sweet treats and bakes or trying to get your head around which brew to order. Since opening in 2010, Coffee Circle has sold sustainable coffee with a positive impact. Roasting weekly here in Berlin, the team opened their flagship store in the same complex as their Wedding roastery seven years later, followed by a location in Mitte and finally a third cafe kiosk in the heart of Bergmannkiez. The team have gone beyond most others to bring intricate roasts and close the gap of economic inequality rife in the coffee farming industry. This is done by venturing to the most remote places to buy fresh beans at fair prices from small farms, forming personal relationships with suppliers and providing a platform for them in the coffee-obsessed European market. Don’t worry, if you’re not (yet) a coffee aficionado, the expert baristas will do the talking and advise you well.

Whether it’s notes of marzipan, rhubarb, cocoa or toffee you long for, the cafe’s range of roasts encompasses the lot, and there are options for your cafetière, filter or coffee grinder if you’d like to enjoy the brews at home. Overwhelmed and indecisive? Coffee Circle’s tasting packs are a good place to start, and are also available online. One thing’s for sure: at the Cee Cee office, Coffee Circle has us gathering around the machine to make our own brews each morning. Oh, and for every kilo of coffee they sell, the team donate €1 to projects in education, health and coffee cultivation in the places the beans originate.

Text: Rosie Gilmour / Photos: Coffee Circle

Coffee Circle, Bergmannstr.10, 10961 Berlin–Kreuzberg; map
Mon–Fri 8–19h & Sat–Sun 10–19h

@coffeecircle

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NY-STYLE BAGELS, CHALLAH AND BABKA — DELI CLASSICS AT MASHA’S

NY-STYLE BAGELS, CHALLAH AND BABKA — DELI CLASSICS AT MASHA’S

If you’re looking for an authentic New York taste experience right here in Berlin, Masha’s Bagels & Delicatessen has to be high on your list. Founder Alex opened this “Modern Jewish Deli” in July 2021 after starting to miss the delicious, freshly baked bagels she knew from her former NYC neighborhood. The selection at the Treptow cafe includes the classic salmon and cream cheese as well as more adventurous sweet bagels with peanut butter and jelly, and even vegan tofu and rocket. Alex bakes everything herself, including Jewish babka cakes and challah bread, with partner Nick in the kitchen to help make the perfect bagels. If you are one of the (surely rare) people who doesn’t like bagels, I’d heartily recommend the grilled cheese sandwich which consists of a trio of cheeses on toasted challah braided bread along with the surprising addition of homemade kimchi. As for the name Masha, it is a dedication to Alex’s grandmother, whose nickname was Masha or, as they say in Brooklyn, “Marcia”.

Text: Annika Hillig / Photos: Sophie Doering

Masha’s Bagels & Delicatessen, Bouchestr.15, 12435 Berlin–Treptow; map
Wed–Sun, 9–16h

@mashasbagels

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KAJUMI — DESIGN-FORWARD CAFE FOR TASTY BAKES AND COFFEE ROASTED IN-HOUSE

KAJUMI — DESIGN-FORWARD CAFE FOR TASTY BAKES AND COFFEE ROASTED IN-HOUSE

Even though Helmholtzkiez is around the corner from my home, I’m seldom in the area. More’s the pity, since I’ve been missing out on Kajumi. Opened in 2020, the cafe is decorated with so much attention to detail that it feels like every little nook and cranny offers something to discover. Designers Ebrahim Qayumi and Emilia Giulini wanted to create a timeless interior that gives objects and designs from the past a place in the here and now. If you know a bit about design classics, you’ll immediately notice the skid-base chairs designed by Swedish architect Sven Markelius and the Artek stools by Alvar Aalto. The palette of red, blue and yellow is strongly reminiscent of the color theory of Bauhaus while the hand-painted tableware comes courtesy of German ceramics legend Hedwig Bollhagen.

The food on offer doesn’t disappoint, either, with vegan tahini banana bread, crème brûlée cookies and lemon meringue tartelettes. I particularly recommend the rosemary chocolate cookie, with its perfect balance of sweet and salty. The coffee comes in three varieties, all roasted in-house. Just ask the baristas if you need help choosing. You can get all this to go, of course, but it’s worth spending time in Kajumi whiling away the hours watching passers-by on the street in front. The cafe also sells a cute range of postcards. One hangs above my desk – a reminder of the afternoon I spent in a sunny cafe on a cloudy day… 

Text & Photos: Sophie Doering

Kajumi, Dunckerstr.73, 10437 Berlin–Prenzlauer Berg; map
Tue–Fri 8–18h, Sat 9h30–18h & Sun 10h30–18h


@kajumiberlin

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44BREKKIE — VIBRANT BRUNCHES WITH BRIOCHE BUNS, AVOCADO DREAMS, COFFEE AND COCKTAILS

44BREKKIE — VIBRANT BRUNCHES WITH BRIOCHE BUNS, AVOCADO DREAMS, COFFEE AND COCKTAILS

It’s no secret we’re obsessed with brunch: it’s a meal we firmly believe shouldn’t be restricted to Sundays. And if you want a jammy coddled egg with a fresh croissant every day of the week, you should look no further than 44Brekkie, the Prenzlauer Berg brunch restaurant which now has a second space in Friedrichshain. We paid a visit to the original location and were greeted by friendly staff, a fresh shot of coffee and a really nice brownie served on a pastel ceramic plate. The Friedrichshain location opened on Gabriel-Max-Straße at the beginning of 2022 and, besides coffee and baked goodies, promises dishes that go beyond your typical brunch food. The chefs have given the classics a new twist: the “Egg Drops”, for example, are insanely soft brioche buns filled with scrambled egg, a secret sauce and cheddar cheese. To that you can add avocado, double bacon and garlic, salmon, or a combination of them all. Vegans, keep reading: the “Avomaniac” avocado sourdough bread is drizzled with homemade asparagus sauce and topped with fresh and flavourful greens. And if you really want to indulge, the cocktails are not to be missed either. All this is offered on a walk-in basis and you can also get the goodies to go by ordering online.

Text: Rosie Gilmour / Photos: Sissi Chen, Gonca Sapci & Büşra Yeltekin

44Brekkie
Rykestr.44, 10405 Berlin–Prenzlauer Berg; map
Mon–Fri 9–16h, Sat & Sun 9–17h
Gabriel-Max-Str.2, 10245 Berlin–Friedrichshain; map
Mon–Sun 9–16h

@44brekkie

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