It’s been exciting to see the growth in Berlin’s coffee scene in recent years, and like beer brewers, coffee roasters are coming up with an endless number of delicious varieties. Selo green coffee drinks are the one to watch. They are a sparkling, tangy and refreshing take on cold coffee and 100% organic and vegan. The new range of three drinks are produced from sun-dried unroasted green coffee beans mixed with lemon, agave, ginger, and gentian. The tangy yellow variety also adds turmeric and citrus, while the floral red version adds hibiscus and lavender. All three offer a unique thirst-quenching drink with no added sugar and as much caffeine as two espressos. And for those just wanting a clean boost, the Caffeine Water offers a pure energy shot. And, as if you need another reason to give them a try, they’re available in supermarkets all around the city — from Rewe to Edeka. Perfect the next time you need a cooling energy lift. (Text: Emily Miotke / Photos: Ciya Rädler)
You know the story: your friends are coming to Berlin and you immediately get visions of six-hour walking tours looking at sights in Mitte you know little about. But don’t fear: help is at hand with About Berlin. Produced by the Visit Berlin tourism board, this app offers over 200 location-based stories that let you dive into Berlin’s past, exploring everything from radical 19th century art movements to the green initiatives of the 2000s. Naturally, many stories cover the years of war and division, but even old tales of East versus West are given new life here. The app offers GPS walking tours, though the greatest joy is simply putting in your current location and exploring the history right around the corner. Opening it in my area of Neukölln, I was taken back to the 1930s and the monumental Karstadt department store that once stood at Hermannplatz. From Cee Cee’s Mitte studio, we learned about the original pioneering 90s club Tresor located nearby. The app offers a genuinely engaging experience for newcomers to Berlin – and it teaches us oldies a few new things too. (Text: Benji Haughton / Photos: Johanna Radermacher–Flesland & Çiya Rädler)
Traveling with children requires a lot of organization, ingenuity, flexibility and patience. So, how do you actually do it, apart from packaged, one-size-fits-all tourism? How do you ensure fun for the whole family? That’s exactly what “Tiny Adventures” affectionately explores. The journalists (and mothers!) Serena, Sarah and Tine have put together this book using text, interviews, photos and illustrations to paint a portrait of the traveling family. They tell the story of Julie, Anthony and Diogo, who trace their Portuguese roots and describe the adventure that is a trip around the world with kids. Helpful advice includes experiences with food while traveling, homeschooling, first-aid kits, extreme weather, and anecdotes about camping and train and air travel. “Tiny Adventures” is perfect for anyone seeking to travel with young ones looking for both advice and inspiration. (Text: Katie Burton / Photos: Holly Moxham & Gretas Freunde)
Did you know that multiple studies have found that cyclists are happier and healthier than people using other modes of transport? Well the happiness of Berlin cyclists is due to increase with the Radbahn Berlinproject. Started by non-profit organisation Paper Planes e.V, this initiative is set to transform the space under the U1 underground line into one long cycle lane. The dream: a cycle promenade with leisure and cultural amenities giving Berliners a hassle-free route between Kreuzberg and Charlottenburg. The project has already been awarded state funding for a detailed study and an initial 200m test run, so pump up those tires, tighten your brakes and get ready to rediscover the joy of cycling without restrictions. The project team have also released a book “Radbahn: Future Visions for the Ecomobile City” which sets out innovative solutions for a green and safe future of mobility in the city. With projects like this, the future looks bright for those of us born to ride on two wheels. (Text: Enzio Giljam / Photos: Paper Planes e.V., Radbahn Berlin & Reindeer Renderings, Radbahn Berlin)
Enzio Giljam is a Berlin-based DJ and music producer. Originally from the Netherlands, he’s been living in Neukölln via Friedrichshain since 2013.
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Berliners, it is said, like complaining: if you find yourself griping about the U-bahn or the dog mess on the street, that’s when you know you are part of the city. There’s living proof of this in “Pieces of Berlin 2014–2018″, Florian Reischauer’s second book of street encounters, based on the blog of the same name. The book is about photography: Reischauer finds strangers on the street and takes their photo with his ropey old film camera; but while the photos are charming, it’s the stories alongside that hook you – stories that show Berliners have a lot to complain about. It is clear that their number one concern is the cost of housing, and that becomes the main subject of the book which tackles issues such as displacement, gentrification and loss of public space. If you are looking for intriguing snapshots of Berliners,＂Pieces＂has many. But it is also an honest attempt at discussing the problems the city faces. It’s not all doom and gloom, though: Berlin-born Tobby believes “everything is going to get cheaper again, once a different city is hip.” Here’s hoping…(Text: Benji Haughton / Photos: Pieces of Berlin)