Cologne’s coffee culture

Cafés in Cologne 18 coffee roasting houses and cafés that are worth a visit

Not all coffee is the same, and aficionados argue over the right preparation or the right machine.

Portafilter machine or fully automatic coffee machine? Espresso pot or classic filter machine? Coffee brewing has long become a philosophy. Trends range from Cold Brew Coffee to Deconstructive Coffee. Here, all components of the coffee are prepared individually.

However, the quality and freshness of the coffee is equally important for all coffee trends and preparation methods.

The roasting houses are differentiated by the type of production, single origin coffees and special brewing and filtering techniques. Most coffee roasting houses also run their own cafés. Just go on a coffee tour.

The following is a selection of 16 coffee roasting houses in Cologne:

1. Van Dyck, Ehrenfeld and Mülheim

Van Dyck is characterised by fair-trade coffee.

The coffee roasting house used to be a hairdressing salon, which is still apparent in the decor. The coffee style is chocolatey-creamy. The organic beans are fairly traded.

Address: Körnerstraße 43, 50823 Cologne-Ehrenfeld

Opening hours: Mon-Fri 9.00 am to 7.00 pm, Sat 9.00 am to 6.00 pm, Sun/public holidays closed            

2. Schamong, Ehrenfeld

In the Schamong café they still serve traditional coffee.

Cologne’s oldest coffee roasting house looks like a Hanseatic coffee counter – including a roasting plant and sacks of coffee. Not necessarily chic, but wonderfully traditional and cosy. Filter coffee and siphon coffee are also offered, even pads with their own coffee machine.

Address: Venloer Str. 535, 50825 Cologne

Opening hours: Mon-Fri from 9.00 am to 6.00 pm, Sat from 9.00 am to 2.00 pm

3. Coffee roasting house Jackson, Sülz

Michael Kühn in his second “living room”, his workshop

Michael Kühn’s passion is coffee, which is why the 56-year-old has opened a roasting house with coffee bar in a backyard in Sülz and named it after his nickname, "Jackson". In addition to his delicious coffee, he also offers a repair service for coffee machines.

Address: Ägidiusstraße 45, 50937 Cologne, Telephone 02 21/25935707

Opening hours: Fri 3.00 pm to 7.00 pm, Sat 10.00 am to 3.00 pm and from January also Wed 1.00 pm to 6.00 pm.

4. Coffee roasting house Ernst, Südstadt

Café Ernst sells no latte macchiato on principle.

At the Ernst there is a choice of two espressi every day, which are roasted in the room itself. In total, they offer five filter coffees and three espressi. Latte macchiato is not served from conviction.

Address: Bonner Straße 56, 50677 Cologne

Opening hours: Mon-Fri 8.30 am – 7.00 pm / Sat 10.00 am – 7.00 pm / Sun 11.00 am – 6.00 pm

5. Einspänner, Südstadt

At Café Einspänner, fair trade is important.

The "Einspänner" is a very small and rustic café in the south of Cologne. The special focus here is on sustainable cultivation and fair trade.

Address: Bonner Straße 13, 50677 Cologne

Opening hours: Mon-Fri from 7.00 am to 7.00 pm, Sat from 9.00 am to 6.00 pm and Sun from 10.00 am to 6.00 pm

6. Gliss Caffee Contor, city centre

The Gliss Caffee Group roasts all its own coffee, which is directly imported from coffee farmers and cooperatives. Only fair-trade coffee from organic cultivation is sold. There are also exquisite chocolates, biscuits and other sweet treats. All the coffees can be tasted. Seminars are also run on coffee, chocolate and wine.

Address: Sankt-Apern-Straße 14-18, 50667 Cologne, 0221 2508383

Opening hours:

Mon– Fri 9.30 am to 6.30 pm

Sat 11.00 am – 6.00 pm

Gang, city centre

7. Coffee Gang, city centre

 The "Coffee Gang" on the Ring is the boutique winery of Cologne’s coffee houses. It does not do its own roasting, but instead this is done exclusively at Johannes Bayer in Schwabhausen – where the Home Blend changes every two months. In addition, there is an extremely unusual guest blend waiting to be discovered.

Address: Hohenstaufenring 19, 50674 Cologne

Opening hours: Mon closed, Tue-Fri from 8.00 am to 6.00 pm, Sat from 9.30 am to 6.00 pm

8. Coffee Lounge, city centre

In the Coffee Lounge, guests are enchanted with delicious coffee made in the Italian style.

In the Coffee Lounge, guests are enchanted with delicious coffee made in the Italian style.

In this narrow bar in the middle of the city centre, the friendly owner Stefan Vornholt makes fine coffee out of his beans, a thick, fine-pored crema is placed in the espresso cup. The product here is focused not on regional tastes but rather on the classic Italian version.

Address: Apostelnstr. 28-30, 50667 Cologne

Opening hours:  Mon-Sat from 9.00 am to 6.00 pm, closed Sun

9. Heilandt Kaffeemanufaktur, city centre

A hip, urban café with fair-trade coffee specialities from their own roasting plant. There is also cake. "Formerly, there was no delicious coffee in Cologne," recalls owner Moritz Eylandt. He bought a great coffee machine and learned the craft. Roasting is the crucial part of the process. There are now many different varieties on the menu as well as accessories, barista courses and much more around the coffee culture.

Address: Bismarckstrasse 41, 0221 56958322

Opening hours: Mon-Fri from 8.00 am to 7.00 pm, Sat and Sun from 10.00 am to 7.00 pm

10. Kaffeeprinzen Rösterei, city centre

A small but very fine café with roasting house. 15 different, self-roasted coffee varieties and specialities are on offer here.

Roasting house and coffee bar

Martinsfeld 53a, 50676 Cologne

Tue-Fri 10.00 am to 6.00 pm and Sat 10.00 am to 3.00 pm

11. Die Rösterei, city centre

In the nice small café on the Aachener Strasse, not only do they serve delicious coffee but also breakfast and a weekly changing business lunch menu as well as evening meals.

With moxxa.caffè, they offer a fair-trade coffee which is roasted here in Cologne – and thus an alternative to conventional coffee.

Address: Aachener Straße 22, 50674 Cologne, 0221 - 222 066 830221

Opening hours: Mon-Sun from 10.00 am to midnight.

12. Kaffeemanufaktur, city centre

Cologne’s Kaffeemanufaktur

Passion is still alive and kicking in the brand new Kaffeemanufaktur run by Meike and Georg Hempsch. Both of them show their knowledge not only with standard filter coffee, but also with "Espresso Colonia" and Cappuccino. A small selection of breads and home-baked pastries completes the offer.

Address: Dürener Strasse 123, 50931 Cologne-Lindenthal

Opening hours: Mon-Fri 9.00 am to 7.00 pm, Sat 9.00 am to 4.00 pm

13. Käffchen?, city centre

Andreas Lau and his team sell 40 single variety coffees for coffee lovers. They also offer not only coffee accessories and delicatessen items, but also coffee seminars and special tastings.

Address: Neumarkt 36-38, 50667 Cologne

Opening hours: Mon-Fri 10.00 am to 7.00 pm, Sat 10.00 am to 6.00 pm

14. Cu'd'oro, Old Town North

In this small café there is strong, original Italian coffee made from Robusta beans with aromatic crema. In addition, there is a small selection of baked goods, sweet and savoury, some of which are baked by "Mamma".

Address: Krefelder Strasse 7, 50670 Cologne, Germany

Opening hours: Mon-Fri 7.00 am to 7.00 pm, Sat 9.00 am to 6.00 pm, Sun 10.00 am to 4.00 pm

15. Mahou, Porz-Wahn

In more than eight wooden barrels, the coffee roasting house of Mahou stores various freshly roasted coffee beans near the Cologne/Bonn Airport. As a more environmentally friendly alternative to the coffee bag, the coffee company Mahou offers pharmacy bottles for a deposit, which can always be freshly filled. In addition to the fixed blends No.1, No.2, No.3 and No.7, and the seasonal autumn coffee "Black Label" (available from October every year), every customer can compile their own blend to suit their individual taste.

Address: Heidestrasse 8, 51147 Cologne

Opening hours: Mon-Fri 9.00 am to 5.00 pm, Sat 10.00 am to 2.00 pm

16. Galestro, city centre

The espresso bar on the square in front of the railway station is the first to be opened by Galestro. The secret of Italian coffee specialities is the combination of Arabica and Robusta beans specially roasted for Galestro in Turin.

Address: Bahnhofsvorplatz 1, 50667 Cologne

Additional points: Mediapark 7, 50670 Cologne // Am Neutor 8, 53113 Bonn // Benratherstr. 18-20, 40213 Düsseldorf

Opening hours: Mon-Sat 7.30 am to 9.00 pm, Sun 10.00 am to 8.00 pm (varies by branch)

17. Woyton

There are already six branches in Cologne, but every Woyton is individually designed. Here, they also sell milk from dairy farmers and place a great deal of importance on sustainability.

Address: Antonsgasse 7, 5066 Cologne

Additional locations: Schildergasse 67, 50667 Cologne // Breite Straße 80-90, 50667 Cologne // In Cave 6, 50667 Cologne // Bismarckstr. 44 / Ecke Brüsseler Strasse, 50672 Cologne

Opening hours: Mon-Fri 8.00 am to 8.00 pm, Sat 9.00 am to 8.00 pm, Sun closed (varies by branch, some also open on Sundays)

18. Starbucks

The range of offerings at Starbucks is equally wide across all its branches.

Starbucks marked the start of the coffee boom in Germany. In Cologne there are several branches, and roasted coffee can also be purchased for use at home.

Address: Trankgasse 11, 50667 Cologne

Additional locations: Hohenzollernring 70, 50673 Cologne // Am Hof 3, 50667 Cologne// In Cave 4, 50667 Cologne

Opening hours: Mon-Thu from 7.00 am to 9.30 pm, Fri 7.00 am to 1.00 am, Sat 8.00 am to 1.00 am and Sun 8.00 am to 10.00 pm (varies by branch.)

Source: (Status: 03.03.2018), "Cafés in Cologne"


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