Topography of terror & Berlin Third wave coffee

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What better way to kill the day’s spirit than visiting an exposition about how Germany tried to eradicate Warsaw from the face of the earth. An exposition set up in the ruins of an old Gestapo headquarter about the city we now call the Phoenix of Poland. 85% of it’s structures utterly destroyed or wiped from the face of the earth but also it’s population reduced from 1.3 million to one thousand in the aftermath. A very grim part of history overlooked by other dark sides of the WWII era. An exposition about the ruthlessness of the nazis, the industrial genius and efficiency used for war, but also the power of hope, and the resistance in the eye of despair. It introduces you to the butchers of Warsaw, some of history’s worst war criminals but also some of the less known heroes such as Stefan Starzyński.

A reminder that we live in a twisted world were theses things happen. A thing for everyone to go get their heart torn on. Especially those of German blut und polish vorname.

The next day decided to follow the words of a wise man and go have a good coffee. Like, real good. The wise man being a 30 year old half-drunk Australian, with whom me, his brother with the killer mustache and two young Austrian girls on an eurotrip drank quite a bit I must say. Dan told me he was quite the coffee nerd, asking me if I likes coffee. Told him I was crazy for the stuff but merely an enthusiast, not a big buff or one of those “purists” I just know to enjoy a good cup is all. He told me the best coffee he had in Berlin was off-circuit, a small place called Linnen nearby the Elderswalter station. And there it was, simply decorated, truly nice German gentleman at the barrista telling me it’s not so easy to get good joe in Berlin. He says he’ll make me something simple, elegant but nothing to impress. Just what he makes himself when he gets to work.

A 2€ tasty cappuccino. Perfect foam, perfect temperature, fresh taste, not too bitter.

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As time goes by, Third wave coffee is attacking Berlin, nesting itself in small shops, some with cold drip, some with V60, all those keywords the total coffee nerd loves but someone who just likes a good cup can’t make sense of.

All in all Berlin has a surprisingly good list of very upscale, quality-wise, coffee joints, open up google and start tasting !

Question is, what will you drink this morning ?

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