Jun 29, 2015

Review: Berlin Coffee Shop - Episode 1 by Gerlis Zillgens

Follow Sandra and friends as they navigate life, love, and their late-twenties in Germany's hip Berlin.

In this episode, Sandra, a self-employed "finder of things," is in urgent need of a "real" office. Her parents have suddenly appeared on her doorstep and want to see the workspace they've so generously funded. What they don't know, is that Sandra's "office" is just a table in Captain's café "Coffee Shop" and she has used their money for other purposes.

Nils brainstorms a quick fix: how about staging her best friend, Claudi's apartment? There's just one problem standing in the way: Claudi's landlord. Things only take a turn for the worse when Captain tosses her and the Doric columns out of the coffee shop. Once again, Nils has a solution: the key to Captain's storeroom.

The Coffee Shop - a cozy café in Germany's capital, Berlin - just happens to be the best office in the world. From here, Sandra practices her quirky trade as a "finder-of things." She caters to customers who have lost or want to find something that's missing from their lives. Doric Colums as an engagement gift? Check. Missing childhood photos? Done. But in her quest to grant other people's wishes, Sandra suddenly finds herself in search of her own happiness - and of herself. Toss in a dead goose, and it's the perfect recipe for romantic disaster.

Berlin Coffee Shop is a new digital serial novel for fans of "Sex and the City," "Friends," and "How I met your Mother." The story is told in six parts, as each novella builds upon the next. Berlin Coffee Shop is produced by German publishing house, Bastei Luebbe in cooperation with TV production company Saxonia Media GmbH. 

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Review by Suze

Sandra has her own business, she finds things for people. If they have a wish, she tracks it down. That basically means she sometimes has to work and the rest of the time she spends in The Coffee Shop. The Coffee Shop in Berlin's owner, Captain, frequently hires a different Sweetie (handsome waiters, selected because of their looks, who will only stay for a short time) to serve both the customers and himself. Sandra's best female friend is Claudi, who describes everything that happens to her on social media. Sandra's male best friend Nils is a student, but he's also Sandra's assistant. That basically means they're hanging out together in Captain's coffee shop until there's a job to be done.

When Sandra's parents are visiting Berlin Sandra needs an office. Her parents are financing her company and she has to show them that she's a professional. When Claudi is stuck in public traffic the perfect opportunity arises. Claudi's apartment will become Sandra's office for the duration of her parents' visit. Together with Nils Sandra manages to convince her parents that Claudi's apartment is in fact her office. Her parents have big plans though, plans that might get Sandra in trouble even more...

Berlin Coffee Shop is hilarious. I frequently laughed out loud while I was reading this first part of the series. The setting is brilliant and the characters are all fantastic. I loved how Sandra keeps getting in trouble with her parents. She was digging a hole for herself that became deeper and deeper. It was really funny. Nils is always there to help her and together they're going from one uneasy situation to the next. It's all deliciously shallow and comical. I can't wait to read the next part as I'd love to discover how they will manage to talk themselves out of another dire situation.


  1. It looks good! thanks for the reccomendation

  2. The space is great. It's big, open, beautifully designed and, combined with the friendliness of the staff, creates a very communal and cosy atmosphere. coffee bar


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