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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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Following your Passion – no one said it will be easy!

I was afraid to wake up one day and regretting not having tried, not having given it my best shot in realising my dream!

Everyone has dreams. Everyone has different dreams. Dreams can change over time… They give us a sense of direction, perhaps even a meaning in life to be very philosophical.

It took me about two years and a change in my personal life to build up the courage and leave my job to do what I wanted to do for a long time.  My dream has developed in response to me becoming more and more unhappy about where I was heading. I was getting very stressed all the time and I worked long hours in the office. That is not what I wanted. I could not see myself growing old in what I was doing anymore. I started to reassess my priorities and values and I came to the conclusion that I had to go my own way. And so far my journey has been incredible in so many ways. I honestly believe that it does not matter what age you are or what stage in your life you’re at! It is never too late to change course and do what you really want to do. We only live once.

Finding out what you are passionate about is not always that straight forward! For me, it is similar to falling in love. It cannot be forced but you feel it when you found i, you are willing to take risks and put your heart and soul into it.

Being able to set my own goals every day, play with new ideas and live my passion feels incredibly liberating. But building something of your own is also pretty hard work and can be quite a daunting prospect at the same time! No one said it would be easy. I learnt that it requires a lot of initiative, drive and positive mindset! The latter is the hardest in my opinion..Sometimes I wake up and think ‘what am I doing here? I can just about pay my rent, for the rest I am living off my savings and who knows if this is actually going to work?’

But when everything gets a bit too much and the dream seems to crumble because of self-doubt, I talk to people. I share my ideas and I share my worries. I guess my biggest worry is failure… especially knowing the statistics that about 50% of all small business start ups fail in the first couple of years. Well, that is great encouragement, isn’t it? But that is why I go on seminars, attend workshops, ask for help and advice from others who have gone or are going trough the same. It is good to hear that it is ok to be overwhelmed sometimes and to have doubts although you are doing something you love. It is also good to hear that it is ok to take a break from it once in a while. Those of you who know me well, know I work quite hard and I realise now that this is exactly why I fell out of love with what I was doing before. I burnt myself out! I am keen to not make the same mistake again but nurture my passion.  After all, if I cannot enjoy the journey, I will probably not like what I am creating either.

So when the sun is out, like today, I go for a stroll at Brockwell Park or Clapham Common and I realise how lucky I am. I feel I have grown more over the past two months, than I have over the past two years.

 

 

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Business Planning Workshop

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My fellow entrepreneurs at the CREATE programme

 

 

 

 

 

 

I encourage everyone who has found their passion and who has done their homework, to go for it and enjoy the journey. You cannot lose.

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I will soon let you know more about what I have been up to over the past three months, but I can say that much..2015 is going to be super exciting! I am working on a few really cool things and I look forward to sharing those with you in due course.

At this stage, I want to say a big thank you to everyone who believes in me, is part of my journey and let’s me be part of theirs. I am very grateful for all the support and advice I have received and am receiving.

Thank you x

 

 

 

 

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