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HIGH-END COFFEE FOR THE NEW YEAR: AUGUST 63

HIGH-END COFFEE FOR THE NEW YEAR: AUGUST 63

What could be better than the intoxicating aroma of freshly brewed coffee on a rainy January afternoon? With the arrival of August 63 in Mitte, you can savor Berlin’s finest coffee and bring home the highest quality roasts. From the tangy-sweet Costa Rican filter “Los Cipresses” to the nutty-chocolatey espresso “Communidade Serra Nova” from Brazil, the roastery offers a selection of seven sophisticated specialty coffees. But it doesn’t stop with the fantastic flavors of the beans, all lovingly roasted in Berlin; the producers are hand selected with care. Managing Director Ken Braz emphasizes sustainable trade and absolute transparency of origin. Their online store explains each product individually and provides insight into its sourcing and production as well as the specifics of its region of origin. It is precisely this dedication that ensures their beans’ quality and the fact that all their coffees have been awarded high cupping scores – the rating system of the Specialty Coffee Association. Our show stopper was The Ethiopian “Dikitu Lot#1”, which will catapult you into seventh heaven with its floral aromas and subtle raspberry notes. Not convinced yet? You can sample the entire range at ice cream shop Spoonful’s coffee pop-up at Auguststraße 63 in Mitte until the end of February.

Text & Photos: Arne Meyer

Pop up August 63, Auguststr.63, 10117 Berlin–Mitte; map
Wed–Fri 9–17h, Sat & Sun 10h30–18h

@august.dreiundsechzig

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CONSIDERED DRINKING CULTURE WITH THE MINDFUL DRINKING CLUB IN PRENZLAUER BERG

CONSIDERED DRINKING CULTURE WITH THE MINDFUL DRINKING CLUB IN PRENZLAUER BERG

What looks like a classic wine shop from the outside is actually just the opposite: The Mindful Drinking Club in Prenzlauer Berg offers a curated selection of alcohol-free alternatives for every taste and a more conscious drinking culture. Here you’ll find single-origin juices from the Uckermark region, verjus, fruit sparkling wines, wine proxies, various types of kombucha, non-alcoholic sparkling wines, beers and much more. Whether you’re looking for a gift for a pregnant girlfriend, the perfect pairing for the first dinner party of the New Year, or simply want to know why shrub (drinking vinegar) tastes so pure, Jennifer Kiessling, who has been involved in the development of non-alcoholic alternatives and pairings for several years, and her co-founder Max Lielje offer private tastings in their store, showroom and workshop space. For those who prefer to taste their way through the range at home, there are alcohol-free tasting packages such as the “Null Komma Null Prozent” or the “Prosit in Pink” with sparkling Sparkling Rosé, a Hamburger Pomquette and the Yamilé, an exceptional rosé from Muri. Whether you never drink alcohol, drink very little, or are just curious, a visit to this great concept store is definitely worth it.

Text: Natascha Hamel / Photos: Mindful Drinking Club & Dannie Sorum

The Mindful Drinking Club, Prenzlauer Allee 31, 10405 Berlin–Prenzlauer Berg; map
Thu–Sat 12–19h

@mindfuldrinkingclub

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LASTING LUXURY FROM LA BANDE: ELEGANT & TIMELESS STYLES IN SILK

LASTING LUXURY FROM LA BANDE: ELEGANT & TIMELESS STYLES IN SILK

Sustainable – it’s a word that’s overused a lot these days, especially in the fashion industry. Making a garment involves a lot of factors, many of which are not taken into account when branding clothing “sustainable”. One thing’s for sure: the longer you wear a piece of clothing, the better it is for the environment. And that is exactly Claudia’s approach. After many years in the fashion industry, the designer decided to start her own venture, breaking from the seasonal model and focusing on timeless basics that you can add to over time. The brand is called La Bande and operates a direct-to-consumer model, meaning you buy straight from Claudia. This helps avoid overproduction and keeps prices down. Claudia gets the silk directly from Italy and manufactures the pieces in Berlin (!) and near the Polish border.

Thus far there are nine styles in eight colors to mix and match. For me, the clean-cut blouses and tunics are a personal highlight. Elegant enough for festive occasions, they also go well with business outfits and can be casually styled for everyday looks. The kaftans, robes and silk trousers, meanwhile, are perfect for making an entrance, while the slip dresses and silk shorts serve casual leisure moments and summer looks. That’s the good thing about Claudia’s material-of-choice, silk: it cools in summer and warms in winter. Whichever piece you pick you can be sure of two things: you’ll know where it comes from and that it will last you a long time. You can order the styles online or write Claudia to make a personal appointment. 

Text: Nina Trippel / Photos: Johanna Kirsch & Nikk Martin

La Bande

@la_bande_berlin

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FRESH, FESTIVE AND FLORAL: CONTEMPORARY FLOWERS & GIFT SETS FROM BLOOMON

FRESH, FESTIVE AND FLORAL: CONTEMPORARY FLOWERS & GIFT SETS FROM BLOOMON

Festive foliage doesn’t always have to take the form of a wreath or a tree. For more modern floral arrangements for the dinner table and beyond, it’s worth checking out bloomon. This flower delivery platform features stylish bouquets, such as the elegant “Atelier Merry Bunch” with classic winter amaryllis surrounded by elegant flowers in red and pink. If you want something fresher, the apricot-hued “Original Holiday Crush” may be right up your alley. Or there’s the contemporary and long-lasting “Flowergram Festive Spirit Wood” with dried flowers that makes a nice alternative to the Advent wreath. You can also choose round versions of this with the “Flowerstones” that make for eye-catching additions to your coffee table or sideboard. Also in the collection are the gift sets – beautiful vases, chocolates from Berlin manufacturer Sawade and soy wax candles – which you can get delivered to you or your loved one. And because the flowers stay fresh for up to 10 days, you’ll still be able to enjoy them in the New Year. Don’t have time to order before the festivities begin? You can still print out a gift certificate.

Text: Natascha Hamel / Photos: bloomon

bloomon

For delivery in time for Christmas place your order by 17h30 this afternoon (22.12.). New Year’s deliveries take place on 29.12 & 30.12. You can find all delivery dates for each design online.

@bloomon.de

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FESTIVE BOTTLES AND BUBBLES — CHRISTMAS POP-UP FROM SOMA VINES

FESTIVE BOTTLES AND BUBBLES — CHRISTMAS POP-UP FROM SOMA VINES

In need of a bottle or two for your Christmas gathering? Then be sure to stop by the Soma Vines pop-up store at Otto Restaurant this week and next. While chef Vadim Otto Ursus and his team take a well-deserved Christmas break, the natural wine connoisseurs will move in to supply you with bottles and bubbles for the holidays. Since 2018, Daisy from Norwich and Antoine from Marseille have been creating, importing and distributing natural wines and bubbles with Soma. They’re organically grown, unfiltered and free of chemicals and additives. At the pop-up Daisy and Antoine will be on hand to help you find the perfect wine for Christmas, the dreamy days that follow and, of course, New Year’s Eve. They also sell posters depicting their various winemaking projects. Come by, say hi and get ready to finish the year in style. Cheers!

Text: Alison Musch / Photos: Savannah van der Niet, Poster: Rocketfuelled! Studio & Cate Gowers

Soma Vines pop-up at Otto, Oderbergerstr.56, 10435 Berlin–Prenzlauer Berg; map
20–23.12.2022 & 27–30.12 14h30–20h

@somavines.selections
@otto_berlin

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