In Portuguese spirits: a drink with the man behind GIN SUL

Nestled in an industrial building in Altona you will find the GIN SUL distillery. Upon entering, a spacious cool interior with azulejo-inspired tiles adorning the interior walls greeted me. I met up with the founder, Stephan Garbe, to get an insight into his entrepreneurial journey and his inspiration to create GIN SUL. I discovered a…

Social work, volunteering and arts: The road to fulfilment

With a “Hola señorita guapa!” – and a big smile in his mouth. This is how “Arne” welcomes us into his office. He is the general manager at Viva con Agua ARTS, a daughter of the NGO Viva con Agua, whose aim is to improve drinking water supply in developing countries. You are probably familiar…

Black, queer and proud: the musings of a Jamaican poet in Hamburg

Poet and LGBT activist in literature, Yohan SR Lee (29) grew up with his mother and grandfather in Kingston, Jamaica. Like many in the LGBT community in Jamaica, Yohan faced serious harassment throughout his youth. Despite this, Yohan excelled academically and won a scholarship for a master’s degree in Aarhus (DK) and Hamburg. He poured…

GernGeschehen: The cafe where the world meets in Hamburg

Just two steps down the level of the street, a small white door allows the entrance of customers to GernGeschehen, a lively cafe where internationals and Germans alike share drinks, organise language meet ups and cultural movie nights. Once in, a warm “Hallo” emerges from the nearest table to the doorway and welcomes the newcomer…

Time’s up for time zones: a Syrian entrepreneur and his global clock system

The future is here and it’s about time – literally. When Hussam Hebbo (31), a software engineer from Syria gone entrepreneur, once again got stuck scheduling appointments across four different time zones, he thought of a solution. hTime: an algorithmic clock that unifies time and rotates according to your location. We sat down to talk…

From maths to beer: four friends and their brewpub in Altona

Many of us have dreamed about it: opening up a bar with your friends so that you’ve always got the best things on hand: tasty beer, good people and your choice of music. For Francesco this became reality when he, together with three Italian and Spanish friends, opened up Malto: a brewpub in Altona. With Birrificio…

The Tastillery cousins go on a whisky adventure

It is 12.30 pm on a Monday and I have the smell of a 16 year old whisky in my nose. In front of me a tall shelf full of spirits, probably worth more than someone’s six month rent. However, this afternoon is not about day-drinking: in a cozy co-working space in the heart of…

Kill the plastic! Going zero-waste with Alana Zubritz

Alana offered me a bite. This was the first time I was consciously eating a zero-waste meal: toast with goat cheese and pear – delicious, by the way. In guter Gesselschaft opened its doors one year ago as the first zero-waste cafe in Hamburg. I had the opportunity to sit down with Alana Zubritz, one…

Dancing to the top in Hamburg

Dancers Silvia Azzoni and Alexandre Riabko left their countries as teenagers to study at the prestigious John Neumeier School of Hamburg Ballet. Little did they know that in Hamburg they would reach the top of the dance world, fall in love and find their home. In an exclusive interview for Gute Leute Magazine, the principal…