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Berlin Coffee THE BARN @ brünch

Brunch without amazing coffee is just not the same.

Im pretty sure I am not alone when I say that the smell of fresh coffee in the morning is the best way to start the day (the smell of cinnamon buns is definitely up there too to be honest..!) You don’t even need to like coffee to appreciate the fact that the smell alone makes you smile.

I’ve become quite interested in coffee over the past two years and spent a lot of time in coffee shops working on my projects. Probably the best part of working for yourself 🙂 Naturally, I drank a lot of coffees and started to chat with staff and owners of various cafes about their story, different brewing techniques, ways of roasting, origins, types of coffee, etc.

By no means am I a coffee connoisseur but I do believe that I know enough to make up my mind about what is a good coffee and why and which isn’t.

Since I launched brünch, I have been working with some fantastic London-based, small-batch independent coffee roasters together including Volcano Coffee Works, Assembly Coffee, Bauhaus and Black Sheep Coffee.

All of them are different from each other and yet they share the same passion for coffee. Every time I speak to my coffee suppliers, their enthusiasm is infectious. Each of those roasters have their own story to tell, stories that I like to tell to my guests at brünch.

For my upcoming Berlin brünch at Nt’s in London Fields on the 10th of April, I am excited to be working with  THE BARN – one of my favourite Berlin coffee brands.

If you are into coffee and have been to Berlin you will probably know these guys. You can also get your hands on their coffee here in London now, for example at Prufrock Coffee on Leather Lane.

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THE BARN is one of the leading Specialty Coffee Roasters in Germany. They started up in 2012 and are now known for their uncompromised approach to quality.

There are no blended coffees at THE BARN, as they want to showcase every farm they work with, which is what we love at brünch.

Ralf, the owner of The BARN said he wants to introduce people to the individual flavour profiles, terroir and the work of each farmer – microlot by microlot. He wants us to taste the difference.

How THE BARN sources their coffees

THE BARN is working with specialists that collaborate closely with their coffee farmers throughout a season. This is very important as change and risk taking are necessary to improve the quality output of a coffee farm over a longer period. Coffee farmers are looking to build a sustainable relationship with a partner that visits their farm more often than just once a year.

THE BARN build a triangle relationship with the farmer and the specialists and are seeing greater results year on year so they say. Paying a premium and transferring a growing portion to the farmer is key in their value chain from crop to cup. ‘The better the coffee, the more we pay’ claims Ralf, owner of THE BARN.

 

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How they roast

Ralf goes on to say that everything they do is handmade. THE BARN roast on a 1955 Probat roast machine that has been fully overhauled and modified especially for them. With direct engines, a strong airflow and an oversized cooling tray they can produce a very clean coffee bean that is fully developed.

They don’t burn out acids to make a coffee taste less acidic. They work around the flavour profile of each individual coffee to retain their own character shaped by terroir and weather.

At brünch we will be serving their filter coffees, which are generally lighter roasted to work better for filter brews.

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I have seen it myself – All their coffees are being life-tested on a daily basis. Baristas note down on each shift what they taste like and how the coffees are running through the machines. Their head barista is part of the production roast team to bridge the link from roasting to bar – not leaving their evaluation just to extensive quality control.

I am excited to introduce you all to THE BARN at brünch on the 10th of April. Get your tickets now as seats are limited 🙂 x

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brünch – testbed for new Berlin brands & passionate people like us

brünch is not only about our amazing Berlin brunch spread. It is also a testbed for new brands and like-minded passionate people that want to trial their ideas and products, gain exposure and get feedback – from you.

This can be anything and anyone ranging from new Berlin (or German) drink brands to independent cool coffee suppliers, up-and-coming DJs, small artisan bread bakeries, local suppliers and independent venues. I want to give you all the chance to try something new and enjoy some proper Berlin vibes at my events. Therefore, whenever you come to my pop ups, please be open minded, try whatever is on the menu, ask us questions and let us know what you think.

In the past we have been working closely with hard-to-come-by German drink brands and small-batch speciality coffee roasters based in London. Some of our partners include(d) Club Mate, fritz-kola, Belsazar Vermouth, Volcano Coffee Works, Assembly Coffee and lots of other lovely independent producers and suppliers.

So for our next event in February, I will be working with Bauhaus Coffee.

Bauhaus Coffee is super new in London’s coffee scene (website coming soon). It was launched by Max and his uni mate Ted. I met Max for the first time when I was just about to leave my corporate job. He and his two uni mates Gabe and Eirik had just launched Blacksheep Coffee and I was able to help them out a bit and learn about coffee and the art of roasting and brewing.

Over time, Max started to challenge the speciality coffee scene’s over-complication and pretension though. He and Ted got together to develop a  ‘no nonsense coffee’ as they say … bold words but we like that!

Bauhaus Coffee was born.

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It is inspired by the principles of Bauhaus production – roasted combining the love of the craftsman with the consistency of modern techniques. All their coffee is ethically sourced from single farms, estates and cooperatives as it says in their sales brochure.

We are curious and will give them a try on 28 February at the Brewer’s Bar in Dalston. Tickets out now via www.bruench.com

Future collaborations are in the planning and whilst I cannot say too much yet, I can guarantee you don’t want to miss this. So keep your ears and eyes peeled for my next events including Berlin supper clubs and Berlin film nights with some of the best Berlin cocktails you’ll ever have in London.

I am excited to see you soon.

x

 

Assembly Coffee Roast – Re-Shaping London’s Coffee & Cafe Culture

I am not a coffee snob, but I do like to have a good cuppa on a daily basis.

Since launching brünch in February 2015, I brushed up on my coffee knowledge and worked with a few quality coffee rosters together including Volcano Coffee Works – a leading small batch, specialty coffee roaster based in West Norwood, South London. The team is great – hard working, full of passion and they really know their stuff. To improve my coffee making skills I attended one of their barista training workshops recently, which takes place every Wednesday between 10am and 1pm. More information can be found on their website.

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Onny, General Manager at Volcano Coffee Works also introduced me to the recently launched ‘Assembly’ (March 2015)

Assembly began as a commitment to create a genuinely unique coffee roasting service responding to the evolving needs and ambitions of independent cafes.  He goes on to explain that Assembly recreates the role of the roaster so that it is not just one half of a transaction, but one equal part of a relationship involving all wholesale partners. 

Their goal is to acknowledge and value the diversity of experiences, knowledge and individual strengths of their peers in the industry. With a shared vision for creating forward thinking approaches to cafe culture, they have formed a collective where each individual’s insight grows the whole – called the ‘Assembly’.
Volcano Coffee Works are collaborating with Embassy East, Esters, Noble Espresso, Story Coffee, Mother’s Milk, The Wash, Three Wheels Coffee, Soho Coffee House and DunneFrankowski to create the Assembly – a hand picked group of coffee connoisseurs who all share a passion for excellent coffee and customer service.
A lot of research has gone into the new brand and design. The packaging is minimalist, focusing on the purity and quality of the coffee. The bright spot graphic included on the packages is unique to each coffee and visually communicates the sense of the blend to the customer—whether it is well-rounded and mellow, whether it might have more acidic flavors of fruits, or smooth caramels and chocolates.
We tested it and it really matched my experience of the coffee. Onny served the brew in specially design Assembly coffee mugs. The coffee was brewed in the new Techni Vorm Moccamaster which they wetted
 at the recent London Coffee Festival. I can testify that this is a truly premium new coffee label. Hence, I am super proud and excited to be working with Assembly at my next Berlin Brunch in Hackney Wick – come along and try it for yourself.
A few practical examples of the collective approach of the Assembly to date, include:


 



  • Group exercises such as designing a framework for group participation in green bean selection and roast profiling. Based on consensus on what best serves the objectives of our industry the group has created an Assembly espresso blend.
  • Opinion-led projects such as drawing on the collective experiences of the group to develop a consumer coffee learning curve to serve as a guide for promoting higher quality coffee in our daily interactions.
  • Opinion-led projects such as the development of coffee packaging which considers current practical obstacles, how information is best presented and aesthetic values

  • Creating a database to aggregate data gathered by cafes and serve as a source of insight to better inform our individual decisions as cafe owners.

 

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Contact me or Onny for more information about the Assembly at bruench@gmail.com or onny@assemblycoffee.co.uk

@AssemblyRoast

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