As a self-proclaimed coffee lover, something which surprised me about Hamburg was how there was such a growing third-wave coffee scene there and its all because coffee is an integral part of this port city’s history as at the end of the 19th century, Hamburg was the biggest coffee market in the world with the first coffeehouse opened in 1677 while the coffee stock exchange opened in 1887.
The humble coffee bean has passed through its docks and warehouses for centuries as well as today in large quantities from countries like Kenya, Ethiopia, Brazil and Colombia heading for EU countries such as Sweden, Finland, Denmark and the UK. The Hamburg Speicherstadt district is still the biggest global trading place for coffee.
If you are a coffee lover like me, there are plenty of specialty coffee shops serving third wave coffee to try and here are three of my suggestions to visit whilst visiting the respective areas each one is located in.
Elbgold is the largest and most well-known third-waver of Hamburg and they are a roaster and cafe in one located in Schanzen-Höfe inside what was a historic cattle market that’s been up-cycled into a creative and culinary hub.
While in this area, explore all various restored industrial buildings that now host a unique mix of gastronomy, art and innovation, such as Ratsherrn Brewery and the Bullerei Deli & Restaurant which is run by German TV-chef Tim Mälzer.
Find it: Lagerstraße 34c, 20357 Hamburg, Germany
I absolutely loved the minimalistic Scandinavian inspired design inside Törnqvist in St. Pauli run by passionate barista and major coffee geek Linus Köster who has taken minimalism taken to the extreme, both in terms of the menu and the interior design.
He filters his own water and selects only the best roasteries in the Nordics for his coffee.
I adore the design of the coffee shop which has a central rectangular bar that offers a complete and uninhibited view of the equipment and baristas at work and which means you can watch your coffee being made and chat to the barista too.
A great place to stop for a coffee before exploring the St. Pauli area.
Find it: Neuer Pferdemarkt 12, 20359 Hamburg, Germany
Kaffeemuseum Burg (Museum of Coffee)
Located in the heart of the Speicherstadt district, where Hamburg’s coffee history is correlated with, you will find the Kaffeemuseum Burg (Museum of Coffee), an offshoot of a cafe and roastery founded in 1923, where you can learn interesting facts about the cultivation, trade and further processing of the popular coffee beans as well as simply enjoy a brew!
I particularly enjoyed the Dirty Chai and was pleased to see beans from all over the world here, including Kenya!
Combine a visit here with exploring Speicherstadt, the largest warehouse district in the world with narrow canals, bridges and streets and an area which is integral to the identity of the Hanseatic City.