Back in November, Lilian sent me a Süddeutsche article about the cafe, and we’d been planning on paying a visit ever since. But with December full of Christmas, sicknesses and holidays, we only got round to it this past weekend.
Café Kolonial is run by the same people who run Kaffee Espresso Barista, whose coffee I am a big fan of. The quality of the coffee’s the same, the interior and menu are, however, quite different. Inside, the cafe is a fusion of colours and colonial decor. Moroccan lamps, early 20th century European modernist advertising posters and a Turkish bar lend an international flair, and the old, worn stools and tables make it seem like a cosy coffee shop that’s been there for years (it actually opened at the end of 2013).
The coffee menu covers Austrian melange, creamy Überstürzter Neumann and Italian espressos, through to Turkish, Greek or oriental moccas. I ordered a mocca with orange blossom water, and it took some getting used to – orange blossom and coffee combined – but it was unexpectedly good. They also do mocca with rose water or cardamom – which are on my list for next time (though the rose water mocca sounds pretty wild).
The cafe also does vegan breakfasts, with fresh fruit, soy yogurt and muesli for around 7 €, which is pretty good. There are Weißwurst for the meat-eaters, and they have a selection of toasties and cakes on offer as the day progresses.
As with Kaffee Espresso Barista, the staff are coffee machine experts – if you need a new one, they can advise which one to buy, and if your machine’s given up the ghost, they’ll happily take on repairs.
If you’re after colonial flair in a cafe full of character, Kaffee Espresso Kolonial’s a lovely place to while away an afternoon.
Donnersberger Str. 39, open Monday-Friday 7am-7pm and Saturdays 9am-6pm.