Getting coffee in germany∞
I may have gotten quite deep into coffee in the last year.
And thus I had a problem: Given that my information is mostly from english-speaking regions, when I’m lucky from the UK, and when I’m unlucky from the USA. Most shops and suppliers that are talked about there are at best impractical here, so what do I do? As an aside, I try to avoid amazon if possible, so the easy options there are out.
This is my little collection of tips and shops that I found useful so far.
First, your city may have local roasters and coffee shops that sell coffee beans and equipments! I found some locally and now have “my own” roaster from whom I get most of my coffee.
If you know me and you are interested, feel free to ask which roasters and café’s I’ve been to!
Given that I want to avoid amazon, I had to relearn a bit how to find things On The Internet. Funnily enough I found https://idealo.de quite helpful. I can sometimes find shops there that are difficult to find using regular search, and they let you search by product name.
To find local specialty cafés I found https://europeancoffeetrip.com/?s=Germany to be quite helpful, they listed a few cafés that I did not find via searching and have some pictures of the cafés they list.
Shops that deliver using DHL (because “Packstationen”):
They sell both coffee and some equipment, e.g. I only found them because I wanted an aergrind grinder delivered from germany.
I tried their coffee and it was a bit interesting, but not too amazing. May be me, because coffee is complicated™.
They also sell coffee and some equipment. Have bought equipment from them which was nice, they even sent a small hand-written card, so I think they’re still a small shop.
They seem to roast only a few times a year and then have that coffee on their website for a long time. I am rather confused by that, because as far as I can tell coffee “degrades” as soon as it was roasted, even if it packaged.
I have not tried their coffee though, so they may still be a nice option. I certainly liked the small touches in their deliveries.
Coffee and equipment again, have not tried them yet. They seem very “fancy” (and expensive).
They mostly sell equipment related to doing latté art. They seem to be the only german seller of “WPM” milk pitchers, which are supposed to be fancy and things. And they sell those “loveramics” cups that they use in barista competitions.
Oh, and if you want certain Timemore products (like their scale), you may be better off using https://aliexpress.com rather than amazon. I ordered my scale there for half the price that was shown on amazon. It took a few weeks, but arrived without issue.
And that’s it, so far! I’ll update this when I find new interesting things.
(Last updated: 2021-11-03.)