A review of a speciality coffee shop, Coffee Profilers, in Friedrichshain, East Berlin. Notes are by an amateur coffee enthusiast and shoestring digital nomad. Descriptions are equal parts coffee and remote-work suitability. Most photos are shot with a second-hand Fujifilm X100.
Located just outside Frankfurter Tor Station, Coffee Profilers is a great weekend hangout spot, especially on Sundays when half the city is closed.
Coffee Profilers is owned by a Greek, a detail that suddenly focuses your eyes on the Athenian columns in the centre of the cafe.
The seating area is divided into a front modern lounge at the front with high windows for natural ambient lighting; at the back is a single high table with a more cozy kitchen vibe. Either area, as well as the patio outside, is great for remote work and the cafe has Wi-Fi.
The cafe has filter and espresso options. Most of their coffee is from TAF roasters, but they have a rotation of other providers (hence the name). When I went, they even had a single-origin espresso, which is a rare treat compared to the usual espresso blends that help provide the complex flavour profiles that can survive the high-temperature and pressure extraction.
I tried their staple provider, TAF, as they had a Brazil single origin, on the menu. Most espresso roasts are blends to create the complex flavour profile that can survive both high pressure and temperature extraction so I usually go for a single origin espresso if I see it. I also customized as a double shot cortado (off the menu). The lovely Greek barista approved.
The flavour profile was the classic chocolatey and nutty, with a clear acidic kick at the end. The flavours somehow stayed distinct from the milk, and I’m not sure if it was the type of milk, or the profile of the coffee that resisted harmonizing. It could also be because the milk was mostly foam. Though it didn’t send me sailing into euphoria, it was a solid drink.
Their Story / What I like About Them:
I admit, the cafe won points before I even made my order when I saw they were featuring Ninety Plus Geisha beans. Having spoken at length with the founder, Ninety Plus’ long-term and inclusive approach to coffee growing that empowers locals and brings world champion baristas to pick and brew alongside local pickers is an embodiment of my coffee production ideal.
But those beans aside, I thoroughly enjoyed sitting indoors by one of the windows. Sitting there for over an hour, I saw a steady stream of people come and go. Many seemed to be regulars who popped in with greetings and a brief exchange before making their order. The smaller groups ended up outside to enjoy the warm weather.
Coffee Profilers seems to be okay with people working on their laptops anywhere in the cafe. I make special mention of this because I noticed other cafes (such as Five Elephant and Happy Baristas) having designated areas for peopel with laptops. It seems like even though the cafe is on a main road, being slightly apart from many of the other Friedrichshain cafes weeds out some of the trend-seeking crowds.
- Coffee: Pour-over, espresso
- Food: Pastries
- Cafe Space: About 20 inside and 10 outside
- Friends: Hangouts, catching up, readings
- Workspace: Individual coffee tables, high communal table, outside patio
- Remote Work: Wi-Fi available, maybe 1-2 plugs
|Address:||Karl-Marx-Allee 136, 10243 Berlin|
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