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Wannabe Baristas Learn to Pour the Perfect Cuppa at Berlin’s Distrikt Coffee

Distrikt Coffee, Berlin (Photo: Robbie Lawrence)

What’s the only thing better than being served really, really good coffee? Learning how to make it yourself, surely. This is just part of Distrikt Coffee‘s modus operandi. The trendy Mitte café might be a new kid on a scene crowded with trendy cafés – it opened in September 2014 – but it’s already making headway with popular courses for wannabe baristas.

Distrikt Coffee Berlin
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Unsure of how to make an espresso? Then “Espresso 101″ is for you. Ruminating over the difference between a flat white and a latte? Then sign up for the “What’s the Difference?” course.

Distrikt is the brainchild of British expat Sophie Hardy and Lubeck native Hannes Haake. And while this might be their first venture into the world of coffee, the two spent years as passionate amateurs going from café to café, acquiring a taste for the very best brews.

District Coffee Berlin
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Besides fun classes, Distrikt’s popular menu serves things like granola and crushed avocado on sourdough bread and a flavorful pulled chicken sandwich. And of course, piping hot espressos, lattes and macchiatos.

Distrikt Coffee Berlin
(Photo: Robbie Lawrence)

These are served in a very beautiful space. It’s all copper pipe lighting fixtures and exposed brick around here. Interestingly, the building was empty when Hardy and Haake took it over, so they aren’t entirely sure what it used to be. The two say that they’ve heard it started life as everything from a bakery to an art gallery, and joke that it may have been both at once. This is Mitte, after all.