Open for a little over twelve months, hidden in the shadows of the construction site that is Ostkreuz S-Bahn, Happy Baristas has been quietly growing into a guaranteed go-to café in Berlin.Starting small with an ambitious coffee line up and a cabinet full of vegan-friendly cakes, tarts, and slices, the café drew an in-the-know crowd that quickly began to spread the word.
With a large floor space to fill, the décor is cozy and warm thanks to the British green palate. The interior is distressed with well-balanced wood furnishings with a level of chic minimalism that is usually reserved for intensely gray and austere spaces. The real highlight is the botanical feature in the middle of the space that hides a well-placed water filter supply. From floor to roof, a tree within a tree built from construction piping allows arms of indoor plants to creep over the surface illustrating a calm and shaded centerpiece as well as a functioning, help yourself a supply of chilled water.
Now operating a full-service kitchen with various egg dishes, a bevy of sandwiches from the Reuben to Croque Madame and daily soups, the food compliments the developed coffee menu well and reemphasises how unafraid of experimentation Happy Baristas just is. Testing a range of beans from around Europe as well as local favorites, the Barn and Bonanza, the brew bar and espresso machine are running hot, cupping well-balanced, light roasted coffee from V60 to double espresso into their ACME & CO cups (http://acmecups.com). For non-coffee-drinkers, a sizeable tea bar with seasonal fusions, cold drinks combining coffee and cocktails and playing with the concept of Nitro drinks, Happy Baristas will leave you feeling fulfilled and refreshed.
Mon-Fri: 08:00 – 18:00
Sat & Sun: 10:00 – 18:00
Neue Bahnhofstraße 32, 10245 Berlin
Words & photography by Ella King