Near the center of Berlin is a train station named Ostbahnhof. The station is one of the major connecting stations in Berlin. Only one kilometer away is a smaller subway station Strausberger Platz. This connects the east side of Berlin to the center of Berlin - the U5 line. In between the middle of these two stations is an empty pharmacy: "Andreas Apotheke".
In April 2018, we signed a lease to make this abandoned Andreas Apotheke into a brand new coffee shop...Uncharted Grounds Coffee.
One year ago, we landed in Berlin. Giving up our vision of opening a cafe in Copenhagen, we looked forward praying and trusting God to show us why we landed in this city. A month passes. Robert, the director of Ancora gGmbH reaches out to David (one of our community leader). "Do you have anyone interested in coffee or experience with coffee?" Robert asks. We get in touch with Robert. Nine months later we are signing the lease to this empty pharmacy in the center of Berlin.
The process has been an informative experience at the least. If you want something done, you have to push for it. Cafes don't open up overnight. And in Germany, paperwork and permits become your closest friend (or enemy, however you take it).
Since April, a team consisting of Robert (director), Dawn (consultant), and use have been meeting/contacting vendors, contractors, government offices and more to finalize the design and permits for Uncharted Grounds Coffee (UGC). This is a first for us. We don't have a degree in business. We are newbies. Thankfully Robert and Dawn have experience and connections that have helped tremendously. Like I wrote - it has been an 'informative' experience, learning how all of this works...it's really fun actually.
But okay, enough of the boring paperwork stuff...lets talk coffee.
UGC is aiming to be a third wave coffee shop, supplied by Uncharted Ground Roastery in southern Germany. The barista team is: Jeremy Stryker, Tim Lenz, Brie Sheard, and Simon Tito. Miriam will be the manager and Caleb the unofficial assistant manager. The team is spectacular!
The unique aspect about UGC is we will be employing refugees as interns. Coffee is an international trade that can be taken anywhere and immediately you can enter into the local society. We determine to give displaced people groups vocational opportunities and experience through the coffee shop. Not to mention community, friendship, and great coffee!
We aim to open this Summer 2018. We wish to share a date, but when you work with a third party, we can only progress so fast. So keep on the lookout for an opening date!