So you say you’re looking for an authentic, modern-European coffee house with German influences and a trendy interpretation of something that you’d find throughout many cities in Europe? For the real deal, you’ll need to head to Lithopolis. Say what?!?!? That’s right…the small town of Lithopolis, just south of Columbus, is home to Das KaffeeHaus von Frau Burkhart, or just Das KaffeeHaus for short, and this place embodies the feel and format that you’d typically find in Deutschland or any European country.
The shop is owned by Frau Amy Burkhart and Joe Contino, who have German and Italian lineage, and have travelled all across Europe. In fact, Joe is currently an active duty pilot in the Ohio Air National Guard and travels to Europe frequently.
The vibe inside of Das KaffeeHaus is totally modern and eclectic. The décor is full of attitude (as is evidenced by the hip artwork on the walls and the funky furniture), yet somehow feels very homey. The shop was inspired by coffee shops in Aachen, Germany, and many of the styles that are present at Das KaffeeHaus were borrowed from that region, including the modern Techno and Dub Step music that they play in the dining room. The televisions were tuned to the latest soccer highlights and European signage was abundant.
The menu seemed similar to an Americanized coffeehouse, with coffees, Espressos, and Lattes, as well as other hot drinks like tea and cider, and frozen drinks such as smoothies, too.
They also offer authentic German and German inspired pastries, which are made fresh daily. These are what would be considered typical German “street” pastries that would be found in almost any German KaffeeHaus. There are also a variety of fresh made bagels and kutchens, or cakes, available.
But the real star at Das KaffeeHaus is their German House Blend Kaffee ($1.70/med). I was told that they do not roast their own coffee beans because in Europe, roasting your own beans is done only by the poor, or those that can’t afford to have someone do it for them. Das KaffeeHaus gets beans from a company in Cleveland, and the blend is derived from Plum’s Kaffee based in Aachen, Germany. It’s a very typical German light (city) roast that is found throughout Germany, however it’s still considered bold by German standards. The flavors are wonderful and unique, and incredibly clean.
We sampled an Umstaz ($1.99), which is essentially a fruit-filled turnover. It was super fresh and filled with a delicious cherry filling. The pastry was light and was drizzled with a sweet icing.
We also tried a piece of their German Apple Cake ($2.49), which was amazing. I was expecting it to be heavy and dense like coffee cake, but instead it was light and airy, and was extremely fresh. It was a layered kutchen, with a soft middle layer of baked apples and a crumbly topping. The kaffee and cake together made a delicious mid-morning treat.
Das KaffeeHaus sells their house blend in half-pound bags to take home and enjoy any time. They also offer mugs, t-shirts, and a variety of European chocolates.
In addition, they offer many of the products that they use by Monin, which is a company that makes syrups, liqueurs, gourmet sauces and fruit smoothies & cocktail mixes. If you’re looking for add-ins or flavoring, they’ve got it here.
This sign hangs above the front door. Thanks for the warning.
Here are a couple of other points of interest you might want to know about Das KaffeeHaus vFB:
– A drive-thru is available for those who are looking to grab and go. You can even call ahead and they will have your order ready and waiting!
– They offer beginner and intermediate German language classes at the KaffeeHaus every Thursday evening at 7:00 pm.
If you’re looking for something unique and different from just your same old coffee shop, Das KaffeHaus von Frau Burkhart is just a short drive down Rt. 33. It’s a really cool place with a great atmosphere, and great kaffee!!
Das KaffeeHaus von Frau Burkhart is located at 45 E. Columbus St, Lithopolis, OH 43136 (Map). They’re open Monday – Friday, 6:00 am – 5:00 pm, Saturday, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm, and Sunday, 8:00 am – 2:00 pm. For more info, you can visit them on Facebook, or visit their website here.