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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.

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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

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Three Berlin Brunch Pop Ups Later – A Small Update

Oh wow. Time flies. Apologies for the radio silence – it’s been quite manic over the past few weeks.

I am now in the South of France enjoying some down time while working on new exciting ideas for brünch. What better place to get a creative and hatch plans.

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Since my last post, I have hosted three pop up events – in Battersea at The Doodle Bar, in my beloved Brixton at Brixton East 1871 and finally in Hackney at Stage 3. How did I manage that?!?!

I can tell you it was a proper roller coaster! Haha Not all went according to plan but what does anyway? But then seeing it all come together on the day and my guests having a great time is such an amazing reward and reminds me why I have decided to do this.

As you know, I want to introduce you to new quirky places that remind a bit of Berlin – hidden gems in buzzing communities that tell their own story. The Doodle Bar is definitely one of those. I love the half warehouse half bar style, the outside ‘Beach area’, ping pong tables in the ‘Yard’ and the massive Doodle chalk wall, which became a piece of brünch art by the end of my pop up there on 29th March.

The Doodle Bar and my friends who helped me out that day were amazing and made this a special one to remember. People kept on dropping in until we ended up being about 50 people in total. Amazing. Guests included Spooncereals, the GrubClub, The Brick BoxSnactThe Social PantryCulinary Canvas and more fabulous people.

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A week later – Easter was around the corner and I decided to host a Berlin Easter Brunch. I am a big fan of Easter. It is a beautiful time of the year and the Easter Brunch in Berlin is kind of a big deal. So I returned to my beloved Brixton to take over Brixton East 1871, one of my favourite venues in the area – chunky wooden beams, exposed brick work, large glazed windows, a massive and old clock on the side of the loft-like space, staircases up to a little cute terrace, wooden floors and above all, a story to tell.

Both events at The Doodle Bar and Brixton East sold out completely and were lots of fun. But I tell you, it was a lot of preparation in the run up. There was not much time in between the two events, neither did the venues have a kitchen nor crockery nor cutlery.

So I borrowed knives, forks and spoons from the Impact Hub Brixton, where I am a member. For my Berlin Easter Brunch in Brixton I ran the bar for the first time myself, well my lovely friends Jo and Ash did. I bought cocktail glasses, I borrowed wine and water glasses from the South London Women Artists and Volcano Coffee Works, a small batch local coffee roaster in West Norwood, supplied the coffee and helped me out with all the coffee gear including cups and saucers. What would I have done without them?

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One of the things I love most about what I do is the people I meet along the way and what I learn from the pros. I went to Volcano Coffee Works a few times before the event and I learnt heaps about coffee. They introduced me to art of coffee making and roasting, brewing and cupping. It is super interesting and oh that smell of fresh ground coffee in their roastery is just the best.

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Last but not least – two days before I left to France, brünch ventured north of the River for the very first time to take centre stage at Stage 3 in Hackney, at the ground floor of the Hackney Empire. The roller coaster started right there. My housemate’s car, which I usually use to transport my pop up from A to B was not available, my friend’s van, who offered to help me instead, broke down the day before my event and I realised two days prior that it was the Virgin London Marathon that Sunday, which meant I could not drive from South to North between 9am and 7pm. Surprisingly I kept my calm. Lol Since I left my corporate job I have become quite relaxed about stuff – I think I have gotten the hang of this entrepreneurism (is this a word?). Things simply don’t always go according to plan and you know what…that’s ok!

So I called around starting with friends via FB, I even called my plumber for help. In the end, the boyfriend of my friend drove me across town, the car filled up to the top, at 7pm on a Saturday evening to offload my gear for the next morning. What a trooper. All worked out well and we had a Happy Ending 🙂

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For more pictures, check out my Gallery and visit me on TwitterFacebook or Instagram.

For my next event on 4th of June I have teamed up with the Streatham Food Festival to bring you a German-inspired Summer Feast in the heart of Streatham @BoyceDaRocca. Get your ticket here.

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