Making coffee fresh from their Diedrich roasters since 2010 – roasted no longer than three days prior – Five Elephant‘s founders have been embarking on a voyage to deliver Berlin’s best cup of caffeine. Tucked away on Kreuzberg’s Reichenberger Straße, the décor of the café reflects the emphasis that this company places upon their mantra: socially- and environmentally-minded bean sourcing. Neutral hues; minimalistic yet intimate furnishings; an underlining of travel and discovery, FE’s focus lies solely on customer experience. What could be more personal than sharing a bench with strangers, pondering the journey your coffee has taken from large loosely-hung maps?
Searching tourists to loyal locals, solo coffee evangelists to large groups of chattering acquaintances, Five Elephant promotes an inviting, down to earth environment – limited WiFi only serves to highlight their want for conversation and reflection by rejecting the oppressing pressures of social media. This also means that customers can share their experience with one another, and not the rest of the world. It’s not just freshly roasted coffee here either, the smell of freshly-baked dough will likely accompany it in drifting along the straße – weaving between the leaves of its trees as Five Elephant replenish their bakery. Their famed cheesecake a treat to be desired.
Five Elephant provide friendly, helpful and understandable advice to help educate their punters – offering bags of information on their beans from Ethiopia, El Salvador, Colombia and beyond. Discovering this new haunt in suburban Berlin is a delight to the soul as well as the stomach.