A review of an independent coffee roaster and cafe, Silo Coffee (Fjord Coffee Roasters) in Kreuzberg, 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. This is part of my Berlin Coffee Walk.
You can never be sure of what a cafe is like until you arrive. I used to check up on all the reviews and study the photos, trying to figure out the preferences of the reviewer to calibrate their review’s relevance for me. For Berlin, pared down the process to a few repeated places on lists and (feel free to judge) Google map recommendations when I searched independent cafes and specialty stores in Berlin.
I had no expectation when I walked to Silo Coffee. I thought I would be picking up a take-away coffee on the way to bouldering at Der Kegel (cheapest bouldering gym in the city, by the way), but the seats lined up on the sidewalk were a compelling reason to slow down.
Going in the early morning meant I could choose from any of the seating areas they had. The cafe has Wi-Fi and a few outlets in corners, so if you plan to stay long, look around before sitting down.
When I wandered in, the barista was so chill and friendly, I found myself sitting back down outside to study the menu he gave me. The coffee options include both espresso and pour-over coffee, which use their in-house roasted beans roasted under the label Fjord Coffee. I wanted something stronger, so I took my chances and asked the barista if he could make something with a 2:2 ratio drink espresso:milk. He happily obliged by showing me where he’d fill their cappuccino cup to.
When my coffee and croissant arrived, I was glad I was sitting on first sip. The smokey aroma was subtle and unfamiliar. Olive was the closest food I could compare it to after 3 sips, focused tastebud engaging, and intense inhaling. It’s not the usual nutty. It made me think of the sea, something savoury, borderline acidic. Chocolate wasn’t an adequate descriptor. Towards the end it becomes almost peach like, but not quite fruity.
Their Story / What I like About Them:
In some ways, Silo Coffee is typical of many places in Kreuzberg and East Berlin: hipster, passionately local, and resolutely focused on whatever philosophy the establishment stands for. Silo has an English menu that explains their philosophy of long-term partnerships with coffee growers and features the local producers they partner with for their food.
On a more pragmatic level, vegetarian options are available. 🙂
I asked the barista who helped me why he joined Silo, since he made an offhand comment about how he tried several cafes before settling on this one. He said that he appreciated how they had well-prepared food in addition to coffee, and I’ll take his word for it, since I only had a croissant.
- Coffee: Espresso, single-origin pour-over
- Food: Pastries, breakfast & lunch menu
- Cafe Space: About 40 seats
- Friends: Hangouts, catching up, readings
- Workspace: individual tables, coffee tables, window counter, outdoors, communal table
- Remote Work: WiFi available; some plugs
|Address:||Gabriel-Max-Straße 4, 10245 Berlin|
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