Dateline, Berlin:

On Saturday, June 7th, and Cafe Imports are teaming up for an evening of coffees, beers, and music. Hosted by The Barn at their gorgeous roastery, this event marks the first time we’ve thrown a party of any sort on the European continent, and what better city than Berlin? Home to one of Europe’s most exciting contemporary coffee scenes, it’s a city David Bowie once called “The greatest cultural extravaganza that one could imagine.” We’ve longed for Berlin, dreamed of visiting and expanding our coverage there, and we can think of no better way to kick off our trip to Europe for the 2014 World Barista Championship in Rimini, Italy.

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In the tradition of past, excellently named events in partnership with Cafe Imports, we’re calling this one “Trans-Europe Express”, which is both a Kraftwerk reference and also an apt depiction of the coffees we’ll have on offer in Berlin. No fewer than 20, and maybe as many as 30 roasters from across Europe will have coffee available for tasting at this party, from countries like Poland, France, Norway, Greece, the United Kingdom, and of course Germany. Cafe Imports are the perfect partner for this event, as they’ve just opened their very first European office, based in Berlin and helmed by Gabriel Dunn.

Beer, we imagine, is an important component to any large gathering in Berlin, and for Trans-Europe Express we’ll have suds tastefully curated by the team at Heidenpeters, a fine beer seller that operates out of Berlin’s Markthalle 9 weekly night market. Expect a playful variety of ales from some of Germany’s best microbrewers, plus who knows, perhaps a drink or two expertly smuggled across the planet by our Portland, Oregon based Sprudge staff. 

Trans-Europe Express happens Saturday, June 7th at 5pm at The Barn Roastery (Schönhauser Allee 8). Admission is free. And come expecting hot tunes courtesy of DJ Sprudge, making our very first appearance ever in Berlin, with a forthcoming set the following week at the 2014 World AeroPress Championship in Rimini. 

Du bist verrückt mein Sprudge, du mußt nach Berlin. 

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