I finally found the best flat white in Berlin
Disclaimer: this is a sponsored post. I reached out to the owners of Cavolo Nero as, in my opinion, they make the best flat white in Berlin and have some pretty amazing pastries I’m sure my readers will love as much as I do.
Many of my newer readers may not know this about me, but I lived in Australia for 3 years after college. In Melbourne, one of the world’s coffee capitals, to be precise. And that’s how I became a total coffee snob, leaving Starbucks behind in favour of third wave cafes and latte art. It took me a while, but I’m very happy to say I finally found the best flat white in Berlin at a small Italian bistro on Brunnenstraße called Cavolo Nero. So I decided to interview the guys behind the cafe as part of my series, Berlin Stories.
But first off, what is a flat white?
Simply put, a flat white is similar to a latte, but with a higher coffee to milk ratio. As an absolute caffeine junkie, you can imagine that I am a fan of more coffee. But what I love the most about flat whites are their velvety texture.
Australians and New Zealanders argue over which country invented the flat white. One legend goes somewhat like this: a barista in the mid-80s ruined a cappuccino, served is as a novelty called “flat white”, and the name stuck.
Since then, the flat white has slowly started making its way around the world, becoming popular in other English-speaking countries. However, it is still a challenge to find something overseas that qualifies. So I definitely don’t take the term “best flat white in Berlin” lightly!
How I discovered Cavolo Nero
I first visited Cavolo Nero on one of those rare days where (shh!) I needed a double breakfast. It was rainy, I was tired, I was wandering Brunnenstraße looking for a caffeine hit before going to the office. I just stumbled upon Cavolo Nero, saw that a flat white was on the menu, and decided to order it. I also couldn’t resist one of the jam-filled croissants.
Since then, I’ve gone back to this cute bistro for lunch (Lasagna!) or just when I needed a break from being a marketing manager. Cavolo Nero serves breakfast, food, and drinks with lovely indoor and outdoor seating areas.
Interview with Julian & Fausto, co-owners of Cavolo Nero
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