Imagine walking into a café where even on an island mound, good coffee is found.
Hidden in the far northern reaches of Germany, lies a small storybook town. Cobblestone lines the roadways, facades of crow-step gable houses tower over, and Brick Gothic cathedrals beckon towards the sky, reminiscent of a medieval time. Throughout the millennia, this ancient town has been raided, occupied, bombed, and set ablaze, and yet, Lübeck remained; independent & neutral; forever known as the “lovely” (i.e., Luibice) Free City; the gateway to Scandinavia. And in this UNESCO World Heritage Site, which produced greats like Thomas Mann (writer of Death in Venice & The Magic Mountain), Justus von Dohnányi (actor of Women in Gold alongside Helen Miren), and Dieterich Buxtehude (composer & inspiration to Johann Sebastien Bach), lies a kaffeerösterei.
[Königstraße 106, 23552 (Lübeck, Germany)]
ONE (a simple name, but with deep meaning) opened its doors to the public in the winter of ’14 by partners: Juliane Aigner & Aykut Kayabas. Don’t let their young age fool you. Both Aigner and Kayabas have been in the coffee business for over a decade. They know quality coffee when they see it (or should I say “drink it”).
Quality of Service:
Speaking of quality, I was given the royal treatment of café visits by the man-of-the-hour himself: Aykut Kayabas. He (who looked oddly familiar) and his stunning barista welcomed me upon entering, and once seated, engaged in amicable chitchat. After mentioning my interest in coffee, Aykut offered several samples of the select beans for me to taste. He, then, patiently explained the origins and roasting times of each product, and subsequently, invited me to the front of the store to pay homage to their glorious roasting machine.
Quality of Product:
Aykut’s beautiful sidekick served up a creamy cappuccino (2.80 euro, 300 yen, 4 dollars) made with their Espresso Klassisch (7% Robusta, 100% Fairtrade) blend with beans from India, Honduras, & Mexico. Its taste was as sweet as its price. As if the taste & price weren’t pleasing enough, each beverage is accompanied by piece of Fairtrade chocolate. I was so impressed with their espresso and their service that I purchased 250g of their single-origin Kolumbien, promising accents of orange. Liubice!
Quality of Atmosphere:
I stumbled upon this kaffeerösterei by following my nose. Just like La Caféothèque in Paris, ONE roasts all of their beans onsite and the rich, earthy aroma can be smelt from blocks away, alluring customers like bees to honey. What a glorious and ingenious sales tactic!
ONE stands for Organic, Natural, and Ethical, which is exactly the service, product, and atmosphere you will experience at this café, with a touch of Liubice. So, if you ever find yourself in the north of Germany, follow your nose and your guilt-free conscious to the small storybook town of Lübeck.
Helpful Coffee Tips:
Growing coffee, like cacao, takes a lot of sweat, blood, and tears. As a consumer, you are responsible for choosing sustainable beans that were cultivated by respectably paid farmers under ethical working conditions and not by exploited slave & child labor. You can guarantee yourself 100% guilt-free coffee by buying FAIRTRADE. Yes, it is slightly more expensive to go this route, but that extra money is going directly to the small farming cooperative, instead of the profit-hording middlemen. And you can rest easy knowing that your OrganicNaturalEthical petit noir is promoting ecological, economical, and ethical stability.
Now go out and impress people with your random coffee knowledge.
Fairtrade is more about the principle than it is about the seal. It is about sustainable production, good working conditions, and fair wages ~Juliane Aigner