Alper Çuğun @alper

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Gentleman-Engineer, Coffee Snob, Traveller, Father of Twins nl•en•tr•de•fr•es•pt

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Lost for Words

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Lego Ninja Turtle Bollard
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Lego Ninja Turtle Bollard

Last week I ate some German herring that tasted like kitchen flooring. These ones imported straight from the Netherlands are the real deal.
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Last week I ate some German herring that tasted like kitchen flooring. These ones imported straight from the Netherlands are the real deal.

I paid a lightning visit to Heidelberg from Mannheim to sample some of the local specialty coffee. Well worth the tram ride! @coffee_nerd_hd
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I paid a lightning visit to Heidelberg from Mannheim to sample some of the local specialty coffee. Well worth the tram ride! @coffee_nerd_hd

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Another protest in the neighborhood targeting the Bundesdruckerei and Dumont (publisher of some local rags)
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Another protest in the neighborhood targeting the Bundesdruckerei and Dumont (publisher of some local rags)

Dutch wild oyster
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Dutch wild oyster

Pasta stracciatella with rucola and tomato pulp, divine
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Pasta stracciatella with rucola and tomato pulp, divine

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The @kalitausa style set proved too stylish for its own good and was not particularly long lived. Razor thin glassware is nice to look at, but not very suitable for every day use in a family kitchen.

Instead of getting another one which would probably die again anyway, I opted to go back to my old love, @the_chemex. Chemexes are made of a glass so sturdy that they withstand all kinds of abuse. The thickness is like a vase and people who don't know it makes coffee will use it as such. It's even possible to find one in a thrift store bargain bin gathering dust because of those same qualities: tough & unknown.

For home use I got the baby version from @coffeecircle which makes 1-2 mugs of coffee, more than enough for us. Most surprising after brewing a bit of @dropcoffeeroasters Israel Degfa Beloya from Ethiopia was how clean and tea-like the extraction of a chemex filter is. I had drunk this for years but I'd forgotten how much superior it is to the flimsy paper filters of other methods.

#chemex #coffee #thirdwavecoffee #ethiopiancoffee #coffeetime #specialtycoffee
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The @kalitausa style set proved too stylish for its own good and was not particularly long lived. Razor thin glassware is nice to look at, but not very suitable for every day use in a family kitchen. Instead of getting another one which would probably die again anyway, I opted to go back to my old love, @the_chemex. Chemexes are made of a glass so sturdy that they withstand all kinds of abuse. The thickness is like a vase and people who don't know it makes coffee will use it as such. It's even possible to find one in a thrift store bargain bin gathering dust because of those same qualities: tough & unknown. For home use I got the baby version from @coffeecircle which makes 1-2 mugs of coffee, more than enough for us. Most surprising after brewing a bit of @dropcoffeeroasters Israel Degfa Beloya from Ethiopia was how clean and tea-like the extraction of a chemex filter is. I had drunk this for years but I'd forgotten how much superior it is to the flimsy paper filters of other methods. #chemex #coffee #thirdwavecoffee #ethiopiancoffee #coffeetime #specialtycoffee

Doing our usual rounds last Wednesday coming back from coffee at @companionberlin, we found our entire street closed off for traffic with a fire truck and some dozen police officers standing around. The mood amidst the chaos was somber making it hard to get informed though we were more interested in getting the kids home anyway.

Police took a day or so to draw up the report for this specific accident which seems to have come down to one car not yielding to another car and going so fast that it was flung around, felled the street sign and also hit a cyclist who happened to be there. A driver was flung out of their car and the cyclist was severely injured.

I'm incredibly pissed off about this because it was obvious an accident such as this one would happen here. I pass this intersection at least twice daily myself on my way to work and the road is a madhouse at every hour.

The street itself is marked as a school street where drivers should take care to drive so that they will not hit children randomly running into the street. There are warning signs at both ends and even markings on the asphalt itself (pictured) depicting children. Nevertheless cars use this street as a rat run for Lindenstrasse and more than a few of them use it as a race track.

If the cars in the accident had driven with the care demanded of them, this accident would definitely not have happened and an innocent cyclist would not have been severely injured. Berlin needs to crack down on the out of control car culture now or there will be many many more innocent lives destroyed.

#berlin #traffic #car #bicycle #kreuzberg #adac #fahrradhauptstadt
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Doing our usual rounds last Wednesday coming back from coffee at @companionberlin, we found our entire street closed off for traffic with a fire truck and some dozen police officers standing around. The mood amidst the chaos was somber making it hard to get informed though we were more interested in getting the kids home anyway. Police took a day or so to draw up the report for this specific accident which seems to have come down to one car not yielding to another car and going so fast that it was flung around, felled the street sign and also hit a cyclist who happened to be there. A driver was flung out of their car and the cyclist was severely injured. I'm incredibly pissed off about this because it was obvious an accident such as this one would happen here. I pass this intersection at least twice daily myself on my way to work and the road is a madhouse at every hour. The street itself is marked as a school street where drivers should take care to drive so that they will not hit children randomly running into the street. There are warning signs at both ends and even markings on the asphalt itself (pictured) depicting children. Nevertheless cars use this street as a rat run for Lindenstrasse and more than a few of them use it as a race track. If the cars in the accident had driven with the care demanded of them, this accident would definitely not have happened and an innocent cyclist would not have been severely injured. Berlin needs to crack down on the out of control car culture now or there will be many many more innocent lives destroyed. #berlin #traffic #car #bicycle #kreuzberg #adac #fahrradhauptstadt

Kreuzberg does not look like the best place for these kind of posters. People here take their democratic duties very seriously.

I can't wait until these elections are over. I've never been this bored out of my mind during a campaign.
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Kreuzberg does not look like the best place for these kind of posters. People here take their democratic duties very seriously. I can't wait until these elections are over. I've never been this bored out of my mind during a campaign.

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We used the roof terrace for a company breakfast on one of the last warm days of the year. Amazing to enjoy the sun and food with colleagues while looking out over Kreuzberg. My contribution was the raw meat sandwiches at the bottom there or as it is commonly called: German sushi.
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We used the roof terrace for a company breakfast on one of the last warm days of the year. Amazing to enjoy the sun and food with colleagues while looking out over Kreuzberg. My contribution was the raw meat sandwiches at the bottom there or as it is commonly called: German sushi.

Taking every opportunity to drink one of these divine iced lattes as long as this summer still lasts.

A great Friday afternoon after having had the regular pasta/burger lunch in Markthalle IX we convened at @companioncoffeeberlin with (visiting) friends, family and babies all in tow. The biggest problem I have here is that I can't keep drinking their perfect coffee but thankfully they serve a wide range of excellent teas as well.

#berlin #coffee
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Taking every opportunity to drink one of these divine iced lattes as long as this summer still lasts. A great Friday afternoon after having had the regular pasta/burger lunch in Markthalle IX we convened at @companioncoffeeberlin with (visiting) friends, family and babies all in tow. The biggest problem I have here is that I can't keep drinking their perfect coffee but thankfully they serve a wide range of excellent teas as well. #berlin #coffee

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