The Hamburg Guide

Researched and written by The Coffeevine’s co-founder Alex Kitain, this is the only coffee guide to Hamburg you’ll ever need.

Hamburg and coffee. It’s an interesting relationship that many people don’t know much about. But the truth is that the port of Hamburg is Europe’s number one destination for coffee shipments from all over the world and most of the coffees we enjoy every day will have passed through here at some point in their journey. In 2012, Germany alone imported 614 000 tonnes of coffee alone!

The City of Hamburg

The City of Hamburg

Still, when it comes to specialty coffee, Hamburg still lags behind other cities somewhat, but something truly great is brewing in Germany’s north and this guide will take you to all the places you need to visit. Researched and written by The Coffeevine’s co-founder Alex Kitain, who is a true Hamburger through and through.

Stockholm Espresso Club

Located in a quiet residential street in Winterhude, this fine specialty coffee shop serves only Koppi Roasters from Sweden and specialise in spectacular coffees that are both elegantly and expertly prepared. Also great for breakfasts.

Peter-Marquard-Straße 8, 22303 Hamburg – Read our full review here.

Outside

Outside

Elbgold Roastery

Although word of mouth suggests Elbgold’s coffees are somewhat inconsistent across its three outlets, the roastery is still a spectacular space that is probably the closest you’ll get to some of the most spectacular roasteries in San Francisco. It’s also the only place in Hamburg to host a Slayer espresso machine, although its not often used (inexplicably so).

Lagerstrasse 34C, 20357 Hamburg – Read our full review here.

Giant windows and lots of light

Giant windows and lots of light

Public Coffee Roasters

The only specialty coffee bar in the city’s Neustadt neighbourhood, Public Coffee Roasters is a small but friendly spot that is also one of the main outlets of Coffee Table Mags, the company run by Third Wave Wichteln co-founder Tho Keller. Public currently serves three espresso blends, a bunch of single origin filter roasts, and every last Friday of the month, there’s a cupping of coffees from different Germany roasters.

Wexstraße 28, 20355 Hamburg – Read our full review here.

The tasteful interior

The tasteful interior

Less Political

When Mika Neu and Filine Manthey opened Less Political in 2012, it was a real experiment and no one know if it had any future. Four years on, Less Political is going stronger than ever and has become a real haven for any coffee aficionado who wants to savour the latest offerings from the likes of Berlin’s Bonanza Coffee. A truly welcome retreat in a Latte Macchiato infested neighbourhood.

Sternstraße 68, 20357 Hamburg – Read our full review here.

The cozy inside

The cozy inside

Playground Coffee

The latest incarnation of local coffee hero Veljko Tatalovic, Playground Coffee first started out as a small ‘shop-in-shop’ inside Otto Burger in Hamburg’s popular university district. Its coffees have by far the most spectacular packaging of any roaster out there and Veljko and his team are currently working on a few really cool new projects, including a small coffee kiosk in the S-Bahn Station at the Rathaus and their own full-fledged coffee roastery in the city.

Grindelhof 33, 20146 Hamburg – Read our full review here.

Buy freshly roasted coffees Playground Coffee in our shop here.

Vejlko and Marc

Vejlko and Marc

Nord Coast Coffee Roasters

Certainly one of the most elaborate coffee shops and roasteries in town, Nord Coast occupies a former travel agency in close to the city’s beautiful Speicherstadt and harbour. Decidedly geared at both more refined and traditional palates, Nord Coast roast their coffees to suit customers from all kinds of backgrounds.

Deichstraße 9, 20459 Hamburg – Read our full review here.

Buy freshly roasted coffees Playground Coffee in our shop here.

The gorgeous bar

The gorgeous bar

Balz & Balz

The latest arrival on the specialty coffee scene is run by a sister and brother team that focuses not just on offering delicious coffees from the best German roasters, but also provide fresh and tasty homemade food. Whether you’re popping in for breakfast or a late afternoon Flat White, Balz & Balz is the new place to be!

Lehmweg 6, 20251 Hamburg – Read our full review here

View of the green outdoors

View of the green outdoors

Tornqvist

Run by one of Hamburg’s most notorious coffee nomads, Tornqvist is a temporary pop up space that has a very particular vision for specialty coffee. You can only order an Espresso, Flat White or filter coffee and there is no sugar. Linus Köster, the face behind Tornqvist handpicks his most favourite coffees that often hail from the likes of Drop Coffee and La Cabra and has a certain scientific approach to making his coffees that will leave you scratching your head. Amazing experience!

Detlev-Bremer-Strasse 46, 20359 Hamburg – Read our full review here

An exquisite flat white

An exquisite flat white


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