Coffee - apparently the used bonanza coffee in the past but now use “my visit” which is a local roastery and also has a couple of its own cafes. Coffee was above average, but only down rated because the equipment and area is not well marinated. Equipment needs to be looked after. Food - quite expensive for small potion in my view. Good quality but difficult to rate highly and the price. Area - in an arch under the railway line. Nice area and has some outside seating which would be great in summer. Overall though it desperately needs some TLC. Paint peeling, floor well worn, generally a bit of a mess around kitchen and customer area. Could be a lot better.
Despite the name, and indeed the posterboard inside displaying the coffee harvest seasons and shipping periods in coffee-growing regions of the world, Pure Origins Estate Coffee don't roast their own coffee. They buy in from Bonanza, who are clearly producing some of the best coffee in Berlin. Unfortunately, at Pure Origins, they don't really know what to do with it. My flat white was too hot (though not scalded to the usual German level). Microfoam was passable, and the milk had been steamed not far above the right temp. It was served in a tumbler of the correct size, which was a good start - although a china cup would have been nicer - especially given the temp. The barista was abrupt and unfriendly, despite there being only a handful of customers (all sitting quietly at their tables already occupied). The space is interesting - a railway arch beneath Friedrichstraße station, open on both sides, and on the south side opening to a pleasant pedestrian area with a couple of trees - a welcome sight in this very central part of Mitte. The arch is beautiful and high, but the choice of black paint throughout was a big mistake that makes it feel far smaller than it is. Especially in winter it must feel very gloomy in here. Even on the early morning of a hot sunny day it felt a bit claustrophobic.
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