Cake and a Coffee
Monday, June 24, 2013 at 7:50 AM
By Randy Pedersen
One of the most amazing sights in coffee houses in Germany is the incredible array of cakes and pastries. Apfelkucehn, strudels and decadent creations with local berries in profusion. Dessert is sold by the slice and the portions are generous. Bring your appetite.
Caffe latte is the usual accompaniment with these meal-sized desserts, although mochas and capps are enjoyed as well. Every coffee is served with a small chocolate or meringue. Just because you need dessert with dessert.
I have observed that many coffee houses serve espresso beverages made with super automatic machines. Machines that grind dose and pour the espresso without human intervention. Many more however take great pride in the craftsmanship required by an experienced Barista. Hand poured espresso is without a doubt the gold standard here. Interestingly the best desserts are found where the best espresso is poured and enjoyed by knowing locals. We have sought out such coffee houses and have been rewarded every time. By the way the service at these establishments improves greatly when you take the time to compliment the Barista and server on the quality. They are extremely proud of their craft and are honoured when you notice.
Lesson? Go local, go proud and go hand crafted every time.
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