28 Mar '16, 3pm
In Potsdam, Serving Hugs At Buena Vida Coffee Club
The Buena Vida roastery is situated 10 kilometers outside Potsdam, while the cafe sits on a corner of the cobbled main street, Brandenburger Strasse, in the city’s Dutch quarter, a picturesque neighborhood built in the 1700s. The cafe itself is part of a red-brick building that stretches across the block, perhaps once home to a Dutch army general, suggests Berger. Its historic status restricted renovations to the space, but invited other sweet décor features: brass coat hooks line the walls, and a tap juts out from the wooden counter, below the brew bar (which also offers AeroPress and pour-over options). Windows look onto a square with a Soviet cemetery and St. Peter and Paul Catholic church. Wooden tables and stools line the walls, and a long, communal table occupies the center, welcoming large parties or, more commonly, encouraging small groups to buddy up.