Subscribe to our Newsletter

Get news and exclusives right in your inbox!

Privacy Policy

Why Coffee Lovers Should Head To Hamburg

Hamburg has an intriguing relationship with coffee unknown to many, including myself until a recent visit to the Northern German city. The port of Hamburg is Europe’s primary destination for coffee shipments all over the world from countries like Brazil, Colombia, Ethiopia and Kenya. The epicentre is the Speicherstadt warehouse district where most of the coffee is processed and stored.

Disclosure: I was hosted by the Hamburg Tourist Board, however, all views, opinions and photos are my own and remain a copyright of the Curious Pixie. This post also contains affiliate links whereby I may make a small commission at no extra cost to you. It helps with the costs of running my blog so I can keep my content free for you. Thanks as always for your support! See my disclosure policy here.

Coffee culture in Hamburg

The beginnings of Germany’s caffeinated city started with its first coffee house in the 17th century. It was the launch of the coffee stock exchange in 1887 which instigated their coffee world player status. During this period small eating houses opened for the workers likeVolkskaffeehalle (people’s coffee hall) and Kaffeeklappe (coffee hatch), a simple hatch in a wall to receive food and coffee.

Today Germany is the largest importer of green coffee beans with approximately 700,000 tons each year, making the city one of the world’s biggest coffee traders.

Hamburg is also booming with its third wave coffee, a phrase I heard a lot but a concept I was unfamiliar with. It’s basically a shift from the big coffee chains to treating coffee beans as an artisanal ingredient and appreciating the finest coffee the world has to offer. Some of the establishments championing the third wave I visited incorporate the whole bean-to-cup approach with onsite roasteries.

When you’re in need of a caffeine fix during a busy day touring Hamburg be sure to check out these places:

Best Coffee Shops in Hamburg

Elbgold Röstkaffee

Elbgold has been selling speciality coffee since 2004 and is the most well know third wave coffee house in Hamburg. The flagship store can be found in a former meat-packing house near the cool streets of hip Sternschanze. There are now six in total but the original has an onsite roastery.

With more than just coffee beans on the menu, the bakery is quite enticing too with breakfast bagels, home-baked pastries and cheesecake on offer.

Elbgold Röstkaffee | Lagerstraße 34c | 20357 Hamburg | Germany

törnqvist

Enter the minimalist world of Linus Köster at Törnqvist. Named after his grandmother, the very modern coffee shop began in 2013 from a beige VW van.

The focus is on the detail here from the filtration of his own water to sourcing single-origin beans from Scandinavian producers to a drink list you can count on one hand. Don’t go in expecting any newfangled sugar syrup laced coffees, it’s either a flat white, hand brew or espresso shot.

It’s stark black and white interior is trimmed by sleek and clear-cut edges, enticing passersby to investigate what the place is about. Be sure to drop in if you’re nearby.

Törnqvist | Neuer Pferdemarkt 12 | 20359 Hamburg | Germany

Kaffeemuseum Burg

Fancy a tour with your cup of coffee? All possible at the Kaffeemuseum Burg (Museum Cafe). It’s the perfect place for a stop when touring the Speicherstadt district, the home of coffee storage and processing.

The cafe and roastery were founded in 1923 and today it’s not just a place to enjoy a hot beverage. Book yourself on a tour and learn interesting facts about the cultivation, trade and processing of the coffee beans.

Kaffeemuseum Burg | St. Annenufer 2 | 20457 Hamburg | Germany

In guter Gesellschaft

This cosy cafe in Schanze holds a great USP of being a zero waste cafe by avoiding waste as far as possible. Everything is served without packaging. Reusable containers and recycling are mandatory and food waste is processed into fertiliser.

Expect to consume a guilt free menu of coffee, sandwiches, cakes, pies and salads. All fresh and sourced locally using organic quality ingredients.

In Guter Gesellschaft | Sternstraße 25 | 20357 Hamburg | Germany

For more information on Hamburg head to Hamburg Tourismus website

TRAVEL TOOLKIT TO HELP PLAN YOUR TRIP


Are you a coffee addict? What kick starts your day? Let me know in the comments box below.

sima

READ MORE:


PIN AND SAVE FOR LATER

2 Comments

  • Angie Silver 16th December 2019 at 9:18 am

    Sounds perfect for me!!

    • Sima Sthanakiya 16th December 2019 at 9:55 am

      Yes! You’d love all the cool coffee shops.

    Leave a Reply

    This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

    About Me

    About Me

    I'm Sima, join me as I explore, experience and eat my way around the globe. Inspiring you to escape the everyday through my adventures... Read More

    Sima

    Let’s be social

    Subscribe to our Newsletter

    Get news and exclusives right in your inbox!

    Privacy Policy

    DISCLOSURE

    Please note, this site contains affiliate links whereby I may make a small commission at no extra cost to you.This helps with the costs of running my blog so I can keep my content free for you. Thanks as always for your support! See my full disclosure here.

    NEXT TRAVEL ADVENTURES

    November 2019 – Hamburg | Seville | Grenada

    March 2020 – Panama

    Awards & Ranking

    Member

    BritMums
    Trips100 - Travel Blogs
    Trips100

    YouTube

    SHOP

    ×