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“Es weihnachtet sehr...” ✨ well, at least in my apartment... I did my first #flatlayphoto yesterday and am really liking the result! Thanks for my dear friend Jasmin @himmijimmi being my hand 🤚🏻 model! 🎁
It’s two weeks until December, 1st and time to think about advent calendars 📆 It’s totally a thing here in Germany 🇩🇪 to have one for counting down until Christmas Eve...
There are all sorts of #adventcalendars , be it with chocolate 🍫 toys 🧸 or like this one of @19grams.coffee with coffee
☕️ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀ 24 different single origin coffees - filter or espresso roast - for each day and beautifully packed in these reusable round metal boxes.⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 📆 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀ Wanna have one of these advent calendars, too? Click the link in my Bio and get 5 € discount with this code: Coffee2020
I’m curious, are you a advent calendar DIY person or do you just buy, what’s offered to you in the shops?
This was last week in between all the trade show hustle... A fruity Kenyan espresso served as a Cappuccino at @machhoerndlkaffee in Nuremberg. Alas I didn’t have more time to check out the specialty coffee scene over there incl. @kaffehoerna that my dear coffee friend Nadja took over just recently. Well, I guess, I need to go back to Nuremberg. 🤷🏼♀️
The day here in Berlin started as dark and moody as this shot 📸 right here... but there’s a lot on my to do list that wants to be done ✅ Most of all my taxes of 2017 that I finally want to hand over to my tax accountant today - wish me luck guys! ☘️🤗✨
Happy Tuesday! 🙋🏼♀️
With myself becoming more professional and building my own brand around being a specialty coffee expert & coffee writer 👩🏼💻 I’m also spinning my head around different ideas 💡 of my coffeetography lately. For my articles and blog posts, but a lot also for my Instagram account. 📱
I’ve done several close ups of coffee beverages & drinks, shots of people brewing or making coffee ☕️ and shots at cafes, coffee shops & roasteries. But I love to try new things like flat lays, too. It looks so much fun creating such a colorful, diverse image. 😍 Let’s see with what kind of ideas I can come up with. I’m curious myself... ✨
Question to you guys: What kind of photos (and the stories behind) do you wanna see more of here? I love to hear your thoughts 💭🤗 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Have a great Tuesday! 🙋🏼♀️ I’m on my way back to Berlin now after an intense 10 days in Nuremberg working at Consumenta trade show and doing some research / taking photos & interviewing the people behind Chamer Land coffee roastery for @cremamagazin. 📸
Amazing 🤩 behind the scenes at @petracoffee in Istanbul 🕌
I love to sit as close to the action behind the (Brew)Bar as possible! Why? Because there’s so much to see 👀, to learn 🧠 and to talk 🗣
I love ❤️ to ask tons of questions about making coffee ☕️, preparing certain dishes 👩🏼🍳 🥘🍴and all... Who’s with me? Where are my fellow ‚I can’t get enough of your wisdom’ peeps? Raise your hands! 🙋🏼♀️
I should do more experiments... ⚗️🔬🧐
Seriously, doing that Chemex brewing Test in my kitchen and shooting that little IGTV video last weekend was so much fun!!! 🤗✨
This is the outcome of the photos I took after doing the experiment a second time. 📸 First time I was too busy talking and recording myself on video... 📹
You have no clue, what I’m actually talking about!?! 🤔😅
No worries, I’ll explain: I brewed some tea 🍵 roasted green tea - Hōji-Cha - from @obubuteafarms in Japan 🇯🇵 last Saturday. Nothing special, yet, I know... BUT! I used my Chemex (!) for brewing the tea! Woaaahh! Crazy Germans!!! 🤪
The tea turned out really well, tbh! Wanna see the whole thing aka the video? Check my IGTV!!! ☝🏻
Have you tried brewing tea with your Chemex, yet? Let me know in the comments!!!
Another personal post that feels like getting written down just perfectly today... 💫
I received feedback from one of my followers just recently: Why I’ve had promoted a certain coffee place that had just opened a couple weeks ago in a neighborhood that is pretty densely packed with cafes already... An area that is hit hard by gentrification in the past years a lot... A shop that is being discussed about for its attitude & approach... 🗣
The follower stated that I apparently didn’t care much about this issue... And you know, that hit me really hard! 😬 I felt judged for not having an opinion... I felt personally rejected. 😳
I know, it’s totally my business of feeling rejection... But I guess, this is part of becoming a coffee expert and influencer, too: People are expecting you to have an opinion, to like or dislike certain things and to judge.
But, please guys, judge for yourselves! 🙏🏻
The places & brands I’m suggesting, the recommendations I’m doing are all based on my personal approach: I love to explore new coffee (sometimes tea) related stuff. 🍒☕️😋 I love to check out new places, looking for trends & innovations. ✨
My heart ♥️ is wide open for everything and everyone. I try not to judge others for their approach and opinion... If you don’t like a place or certain people I introduce here, please don’t go there / talk to them! We’re all part of an amazing community! Let’s not judge each other! 🤗☕️✨ I’d love to hear your thoughts on this! Happy Monday! 🙋🏼♀️ Credits to @waytocoffee
What a week... 😆 It’s definitely been a while that I traveled to so many different places and cities, attended such a broad variety of events... All coffee ☕️ related! It already started Sunday night at Mr. Susan with some uber fancy coffee cocktails 🍹 prepared by @martin_hudak ✨
Followed by a short visit at Bar Convent Berlin thanks to @brewingbartender Timon 🙏🏻 with tons of new insights in regards of the coffee cocktail world 🌍 Amazing to see how even old fashioned (pun intended) coffee companies jump on that bandwagon of cold brew / signature drinks & coffee cocktails, too... 👍🏻
Tuesday was all about training my palate and Brazilian coffees that have a broader flavor variety than I ever expected🍑🍒🍊🍋🍓🍯
That the tea 🍵 world is catching up with the coffee world I got to learn just yesterday at CoTeCa in Hamburg... this bi-annual Coffee, Tea & Cacao Trade show showcases trends & innovations around the three. But what stuck with me had been what’s happening around tea... tea infused nuts 🥜 cookies 🍪 & popcorn 🍿 ... Tea Lattes pulled on a portafilter machine... During my travels through East and South East Asia 🗺 I came across Tea Cocktails already, when will I get to try them over here? 🍵🍹🤔
I’m curious how this week is going to continue... 💫 Right now I’m off to the Opening of the new @thebarnberlin... if they have Espresso Martini 🍸 also? Let’s see 😉✨
Istanbul. What an interesting destination to travel to you have been! ✨
Not only in terms of coffee and cafes, but also because of its people and the city itself, of course. 🌇🕌
Connecting to locals was and will always be the most important part of traveling to another country 🗺 or city 🌃 though. I’m extremely grateful for being able to connect with like-minded women like my Airbnb host and flat mate for a week Asli, when staying in Istanbul. 🤗 Those connections will be always worth skipping all the sightseeing and touristy spots.💫
Are you more of a bucket / check list or the individual traveler seeking to connect with locals? 🤔
The photo 📸 shows a Shakerato at @petracoffee, one of their many cold coffee signature drinks they’re offering. If you go to Istanbul, check out their big roasting facility - it’s beautiful 😍
Traveling doesn’t only mean leaving your city or country to go exploring another city or country... 🗺 ✈️🌎 For me it always has a major part of an inner journey, too. ☺️✨
This time even more and I can’t even really tell, why. 🤷🏼♀️ I only know, that talking to my wonderful coach & mentor @ines_festini a couple days ago, her inspiration as well as a certain book 📖 recommendation, are stirring things up tremendously right now. 🙈😳
I’m in the middle of a process, I’m not sure about how it’ll turn out, especially how I’ll be getting out eventually. 💫
It’s a process of surrender, letting go, going with the flow of life, speaking my truth and finding out about what resonates with my heart ❤️ truly... Are you as curious about the outcome as I am? Well, I sure know I am. Because I have no clue, yet... 🙈😅✨. ⠀⠀⠀📸 taken at @normcoffee in Cihangir area in Istanbul. One of a few specialty coffee shops over here. But, I love that they’re so much into Japanese Ice Brew or Flash Brew. ☕️❄️ I haven’t come across any shop in Germany who does that, yet... 🤔
When in Istanbul... 🕌
Thanks to several coffee guides my specialty coffee shop map 🗺 of the city 🌃 is pretty much packed... As it turns out most of the cafes & roasteries are close to sightseeing spots or places worth visiting, too! Lucky me! 🤗
I took this shot 📸 right here at @petracoffee in Nisantasi area, which is in walking distance to my Airbnb 🚶🏼♀️🏠 It’s a cappuccino with a single origin from Guatemala 🇬🇹 and a raw ball with peanuts 🥜 Perfect afternoon treat yesterday. Btw, the shop is an eye 👁 candy 🍭!!! 😍
This is how coffee ☕️ should be photographed! 📸
With the right setting, the right props and the right light. ✨
I fell in love 😍 with this garden at first sight! 🍃🍏And you know what, it’s in the middle of Berlin! A hidden gem in this city 🌃 full of people, this melting pot of cultures. Nature is among us, always! It will always claim its right to be in this crazy city, too.
These are not apples, but quinces, btw. 😉
Any hidden gems 💎 where you are?
With summer ☀️ coming back for a couple days next week in Germany - at least weather wise - this calls for some last cold or iced coffee drinks for the season, like an iced Flattie ☕️🥛 or an Espresso Tonic 🍹
Btw. I’m taking off on another coffee journey on Tuesday ✈️ Where? I won’t spill the beans just, yet... 😉✨ Happy Sunday, y’all! 🙋🏼♀️
Perfection. In the cup. And in life... ☕️✨
With @berlincoffeefestival being over now for a couple days, the excitement and happiness that everything went well with my projects & events settled and gave way to some negative self-talk, doubts and worries accompanied by feelings of not being able to be the coffee professional I eventually want to be and not being good enough. Again. This is a never ending story, I guess, of Mel, the freelancer being on her own, tossed out into the world with no one around supporting her, struggling to make ends meet, taking on just another side job and to just feeling exhausted of everything that’s going on in her life right now. I’m exaggerating, of course. This is the reality I’m facing right now, though, hence I’m sharing it here. It’s not all bubbly and golden and full of good coffee ☕️ all the time here... I tell you... hope, everyone is well! 🤗
This is not your usual #affogato ! ☕️🍦 This is ice cream 🍨 made from the coffee flower... 🌸
No other cafe that I know of is as creative as this - @scandinavianembassy in Amsterdam! ✨👌🏻
Using all parts of the coffee plant 🌱🍒☕️ as an ingredient for their delicious 😋 creations or pairing coffee with food 🥘
In prepping for ‘Coffee meets Power Food’, THE exclusive pop-up dinner for @berlincoffeefestival, I’ve talked to Nicolás, owner of Scandinavian Embassy, about Coffee & Food pairings in a cafe environment and high quality specialty coffee being the new wine 🍷 for fine dining. 🍽
Check the #linkinbio for the article I’ve written for my own blog. 👩🏼💻
“Coffee cocktails are the future” - Martin Hudak @martin_hudak ☕️🥃 Part of my journey within specialty coffee has always been exploring all the amazing possibilities that come with mixing coffee, be it espresso, filter coffee or #coldbrew , with other ingredients such as sirups, lemonades, juices to create some delicious coffee mocktails or to add some Booze for even more crazy possibilities! ✨
During my coffee travels I’ve always loved to try-taste those drinks because it showcases the creativity and craft that are behind both, the coffee AND the bar culture. 🤩
For the exklusive dinner event ‘Coffee meets Power Food’ that I’m hosting with chef @michaelhoffmannberlin we teamed up with the cool 😎 guys from @philosoffee.de to create a sparkling ✨ Aperitif as well as this 👆🏻simple, yet, amazingly delicious coffee cocktail 🍹 for everyone attending ‘Coffee meets Power Food’ on September 1st!
Check out www.coffee-meets-powerfood.de for more info and tickets!
Attention Coffee folks and @berlincoffeefestival attendees... 🌱🍒☕️
Announcing the espresso tour I’ll be hosting on August, 31 in the afternoon!
Meeting point is at @arabica.germany in Kreuzberg at 2 pm! Wanna be playing around with a Slayer espresso machine? This might be your chance!!! ✨
2nd stop of the tour: @nanokaffeeberlin. Love the shop of Ramin! He’ll be talking about the sensory part of espresso for the tour. 👅
3rd stop of the tour: @companioncoffeeberlin inside @voostore. Shawn and Chris are not only into tea 🍵 but also espressos from across Europe. Wanna know how to dial in a new espresso? This is your chance to learn from the experts! 🤙🏻 📷 Photo credits @companioncoffeeberlin go to Hello Sheila agency.
The specialty coffee tours are done in collaboration with @wheninberlin
More info on www.berlincoffeeetours.com
Berlin Coffee Festival attendees listen up... 🗣👂🏻
This is to tell you that I will be guiding two specialty coffee tours to some of the best filter coffee & espresso experts in Berlin district Kreuzberg!!! ☕️✨
⏰ when? August, 31st at 10 am for the filter coffee tour and 2 pm for the espresso tour!
Join for some #coffeetalk and #geekiness while sipping on some delicious specialty coffees! ☕️😋
Swipe to the right to see which places are on the filter coffee tour...
1. @kaffeekirscheberlin, the roastery at Böckhstraße, which is also the meeting point at 10 am on the 31st!
3. @bonanzacoffee ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 🤔 why join?
Berlin-Kreuzberg is one of the most densely packed district with third wave cafes & coffee shops as well as specialty coffee roasteries. We just wanna make sure, you’ll get as much insights from the experts themselves brewing cup by cup for their customers each day! Be it for your home brewing adventures or your own future shop! 😉✨
FYI: I’ll release the espresso tour dates in a couple days... stay tuned or have a look at berlincoffeetours.com