Germany — Mar 4, 2015

Schrippen Skandal

There’s a bread war in Berlin, according to Tuesday’s front page of The Berliner Kurier. Their feature goes on to explain that this baker is taking a stance against crummy, er… poor quality bread. He’s standing up to fraudulent baking establishments where the proprietors don’t even hand knead the dough.

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This is war!

To be fair, apparently “bread master” is a protected status in Germany; they certainly don’t take the craft lightly. Even at my favorite metro-stop franchise, Le Crobag — which I love for more than having a French bastardization of a name — the rolls sitting under artificial lights in major public thoroughfares are crisp and airy. And with infographics like this, who’s to argue?

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Roughly: Irregular texture indicates the work of a true Bäckermeister.

Read more! And if you’re curious about the best bread on offer in Berlin, a panel of foodies has just voted.