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Blog 1610 Stempels Slowbrew 6 Finja Nissen

Meet the maker: Christian Becke, the man changing the coffee business

Hailing from Hamburg's hippest area Schanzenviertel, a little while back, three friends collaborated to create a brand of their own and what's common between all three of them was the passion for coffee.

Dis­cov­er­ing new ways to brew cof­fee, the end result of their ini­tia­tive is what we now know as the new niche cof­fee brand, Stem­pels’ Slow­brew. Their pri­mal prod­uct being the cold drip and the cold brew cof­fees that have been adorn­ing morn­ing desks all over for some­time now.

Intro­duc­ing this fresh, flavour­ful and healthy alter­na­tive of cof­fee mak­ing to Ger­many, the only 25 year old CEO Chris­t­ian Becke talks about being his own boss, com­ing up with inno­v­a­tive ways of brand­ing and the advan­tages coffee’s lat­est trend, cold brew. Dis­cov­er how work­ing around cof­fee can be even bet­ter while trav­el­ling, imbib­ing new café cul­tures and beans everyday.

When and how did you get the idea of start­ing a brand sole­ly around Cold Brews?
I used to work as a barista and was real­ly inter­est­ed in cof­fee. Espe­cial­ly new meth­ods of brew­ing cof­fee were fas­ci­nat­ing to me, so I decid­ed to start a busi­ness about cold brew cof­fee. I did research and found out that there are two broth­ers that already start­ed a busi­ness about cold drip cof­fee in Ham­burg. They are now my busi­ness partners.

What’s the dif­fer­ence between Cold Brew and Cold Drip cof­fee?
You make Cold Brew Cof­fee when you put water and cof­fee in one jar and wait for 12 – 24 hours (depends on the recipe), Cold Drip means that the water slow­ly drips on the cof­fee, drop-by-drop. It’s just a dif­fer­ent method of extract­ing the cof­fee. We got bet­ter results when we made cold drip coffee.

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What’s the ben­e­fit of this kind of cof­fee in com­par­i­son to reg­u­lar’ cof­fee?
At first you drink it cold. The cold extrac­tion has the ben­e­fit of the taste being less bit­ter and less acidic. The cof­fee often tastes more fruity or choco­laty than reg­u­lar’ coffee.

In many coun­tries slow brew cof­fee is a big thing where­as in Germany/​Austria it seems to be pret­ty unknown so far – what might be the rea­son for that?
Prob­a­bly because a lot of peo­ple have nev­er heard of cold brew cof­fee and there is no big play­er on the Ger­man mar­ket — yet.

Start­ing a brand is dif­fi­cult, even more so, is being all the man­pow­er behind it. How do you do it? What’s your career advice?
A lot of cold brew cof­fee helps a lot! No seri­ous­ly, it doesn’t feel so much like work when you do some­thing you real­ly love.

What would be the fla­vor of your dreams to add to your cof­fee?
The cof­fee bean has the the unique flavours of dif­fer­ent gro­ceries. Some sorts taste like blue­ber­ry, oth­ers like almond and some beans even taste like pop­corn… that’s the rea­son why I wouldn’t add any­thing to my coffee.

What sort of trav­el­ling do you do for adding more to your brand?
There is cof­fee all over the world. If you’re in the cof­fee busi­ness you can go almost every­where and you will find new meth­ods, spe­cial beans or inter­est­ing cafés. That’s prob­a­bly anoth­er rea­son why work­ing with cof­fee is amazing.

How can we imag­ine your work­day?
I wake up, show­er and have a cof­fee (usu­al­ly a hot one!). I open my lap­top, check e-mails and answer them. I often have to phone peo­ple because it’s usu­al­ly eas­i­er to reach peo­ple in the morn­ing. Depends on the day of the month, I have to meet cos­tumers, sup­pli­ers, work on the web­site or do finance… when you’re self-employed there is always some­thing to do and there is no day like the oth­er. Some days are packed with finan­cial stuff, some days you’re just in meet­ings with poten­tial cos­tumers. I real­ly like that it’s not the same every day. On the oth­er hand: if you don’t do your work, no one will do it for you, not when you’re sick and espe­cial­ly not on holidays.

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How much cof­fee do you drink a day?
I try not to drink more than 3 mugs.

A day with­out cof­fee is…
A scary day.

In five years you see your­self …?
Wait­ing for my cold brew coffee.

11 Oct 2016 · neubau eyewear