With all my traveling I sometimes feel alienated to the city I am actually officially living in - Munich in Germany. Often I catch myself being here only for work and once the weekend approaches I am setting off for a new voyage. Result: Sometimes I walk in the evening through the center and wonder what all the new shops are about and other times I wonder where certain shops and restaurants have gone. It reminds me that Munich has lots to offer - not only to its citizens but also to visiting guests. And that's how I happened to discover a brand new coffee roaster and adjacent café in the Munich quarter of Neuhausen - Mahlefitz.
As a true coffee lover it was a task and pleasure to discover this place on a sunny Saturday. Before I reached the actual place I could already smell freshly roasted coffee - plus a fun sign and an inviting lawn in front of the café showed me my way. Inside Mahlefitz I was really surprised by its urban and cool look - something that is rarely found in Munich. The minimalistic, industrial inspired interior concept perfectly works with the transparency achieved by a large glass front separating the roasting area from the café. While you sip on your delicious coffee, you can actually observe how fresh coffee beans are being roasted just on the other side of the glass front.
But at Mahlefitz it's not all about show. Yes, they do have cool baristas making latte art or brewing exquisit drop over coffee while you are waiting at the coffee bar, but they also take you on a tasty journey through the various coffee growing regions of our planet. Coffee beans of various provenance and different roasting grades and techniques make for a hyper sensory experience for any coffeeholic. And the best: You can buy there own roasts directly in the café. So, if you are in Munich I can only recommend a visit to Mahlefitz if you love coffee. Order a cup of your preferred brew and if you like what you taste, don't forget to take a package or two with you. You know, for the coffee experience at home. Oh and if you need the right gadgets and tools: Mahlefitz also sells all refined and sophisticated coffee accessories for your barista experience at home.
I hope you enjoyed today's little coffee story and visit to Munich. Maybe with a cup of coffee in your hands. And now off we go into this Monday. Happy new week!
Photography by Igor Josifovic