In preparing for a trip to Germany, we re-watched the movie A Coffee in Berlin (trailer here). Spoiler alert: the main character has difficulty finding a cup of coffee (as well as other difficulties).
As decaf drinkers ourselves, we know it’s not always easy to find the lead-free coffee in other places, but we always try. For some reason, no German speaker can understand us when we say koffein-frei, and in all the places we went, no one had koffein-frei. Maybe because we went to third-wave coffee shops (you know, the high-end, fancy-dancy, posh, hipster-type places with really good coffee and nice places to sit). I didn’t even know the term third-wave coffee before this trip.
What we discovered is that not only do these specialty coffee shops not have decaf (and we gave up asking), but most of the proprietors are native English speakers, from the US and Down Under. We would go in with our best German only to be answered in English.
We loved the courtyard of Father Carpenter, even though we arrived before their 9 a.m. opening time. Really? Don’t people need coffee before then? I did find my chai latte not at all spicy, but I hear the cappuccino was pretty good.
Then we tried Five Elephant (no “s”).
This little shop is near the beginning of the canal walk mentioned in the previous post.
My favorite, though, was The Barn. We were actually able to speak German, but the coffee tasted the very best here.
Of course, we had to sample the real liquid staple of Germany, too…