Fenster – Berlin (DE)

New café in Kreuzberg where L.J. Springeling and his team expertly brew fine coffees and offer delicious brunches from guest cooks like the Taco Kween

  • opening times:
    Mon - Sun: 9 - 18
  • wifi:
    Yes
  • urls:
    FacebookWebsite
  • price check:
    Espresso: €2 / Flat White: €2,90 / Filter: €4,50 (2 cups)
  • machine:
    La Marzocco Linea PB
  • coffees on offer:
    Various filter and espresso roasts
  • milk:
    Brodowin

Right near the beginning of Kreuzberg’s cute Falckenberg Strasse, there is a new coffee bar that is truly true to its name. Fenster, meaning ‘window’ in German, is run by a Dutchman who previously worked with Bonanza Coffee Roasters in Berlin and Man vs Machine in Munich. When L.J. Springeling’s business partner offered him this location to open up a café, he didn’t have to think twice.

Outside seating

Outside seating

“I saw this place and I immediately knew what I wanted it to be,” L.J explained while getting one of his Marco SP9’s ready to go. “I love these brewers, not because I don’t like brewing coffee by hand, but simply because they allow me to brew a consistent cup, every time,” he went on.

L.J. Springeling with brew station

L.J. Springeling with brew station

Indeed, the setup at Fenster is minimalistic but highly functional. Two SP9s on an individual filter coffee unit by the folding window immediately tell you that the guys here want to present coffee to you in a different, even slightly futuristic way.

L.J. and barista

L.J. and barista

L.J. works with a small number of baristas, including a young man from Chile who said: “I’m probably the only Chilean making coffees in Berlin”, and has people like the Taco Kween come in and prepare brunch on weekends.

Our Mexican brunch platter was divine and brought back memories of my motherland’s rich cuisine. Even too much of Taco Kween’s homemade chipotle sauce couldn’t kill my tastebuds who were eagerly awaiting a mechanically brewed carafe of Five Elephant’s Colombia, El Progreso.

Wall decor and retail

Wall decor and retail

While the SP9, like an espresso machine and grinder, have to be dialled in every morning, L.J. likes playing around with the dosage to highlight different elements of each coffee. And, judging by his expert approach to coffee brewing, you can rest assured that he’ll have the perfect recipe worked out for each of his coffees.

Plants at the back

Plants at the back

We look forward to tasting some of his own-roasted coffees, something that he’ll be getting back into shortly.

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