Sitting in her eponymous Kreuzberg café, Barcomi’s, on Bergmannstrasse with the aroma of roasting coffee wafting through the airy space, Cynthia Barcomi reflects on her success. She has often been credited for bringing good coffee and high-quality cakes to Berlin long before Starbucks landed. But building a food business here wasn’t always easy. Early on, finding funding as a female foreigner in Germany was difficult when locals were unaware of the delights of high-quality coffees and homemade muffins, bagels and cheesecakes. “I had to convince…
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