Mahlefitz opened in Neuhausen in January 2014, and has caused quite a stir on coffee forums around Germany.
Mahlefitz celebrates the art of coffee, from bean to cup. The team of three buys small quantities of the world’s best, freshest beans, mostly from organic or biodynamic plantations. Coffee is brewed for exactly 90 seconds at 97°C using an AeroPress, and the result is surprisingly mild. Sometimes as pale as tea, the coffee is packed with flavour. Whereas Italian beans are often dark roasted, resulting in a strong, bitter coffee, Mahlefitz’s light roasted beans are smooth and fruity – meaning there’s no need for milk to take the edge off.
The very knowledgeable Sebastian was more than happy to talk through the various beans on offer and advise on what to try – and I recommend sampling a brewed coffee (served straight, no milk or sugar) to enjoy the full flavour of the coffee. While it’s definitely a cafe for coffee lovers, there’s nothing snooty or intimidating about it – the team’s simply keen to impart their wisdom and share their love for excellent coffee.
The pastries were also pretty heavenly – Mahlefitz’s pain au chocolats wouldn’t have been out of place in a Parisian bakery.
The interior is minimalistic, modern and industrial. Concrete lamps hang from the ceilings, the walls are clean and white, and the black floors add to the cafe’s sleek, roomy feel.
Mahlefitz holds a coffee tasting event on Fridays (6pm, reserve here), which includes a tour of the roastery and the chance to try a variety of Mahlefitz’s beans. Sign up for their 10am tours on every second and fourth Saturday of the month, where you can learn more about different brewing methods – including ceramic coffee drippers, cafetieres and AeroPress.
Oh, and it’s well worth paying a visit to the bathroom when you’re there – it definitely has one of Munich’s more unusual toilets.
Nymphenburger Str. 51: U-Bahn Mailingerstraße
Open Monday-Friday 8am-6pm, Saturdays 9am-5pm