Shops in Berlin that sell bulk foods

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Do you know of a store in Berlin that sells bulk grains, dried fruit, etc., out of bins, a la the health food/co-ops stores of the U.S.?

I'm looking for field corn (called maiz blanco or "cacahuazintle") to make fresh masa dough.

Thanks in advance!!! :-)

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Hm, I was wondering the same thing. I guess that no such place exists?

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I have not found a bulk store in Berlin... Yet..

Perhaps we should open one?

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Your best bet is to go to any of the Turkish shops in Wedding near the Gesundbrunnen center.

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Thanks, globalgirl, I'll try that.

evilduck, we should totally open a vegan co-op here :) or get veni vidi vegi to start carrying bulk items!!

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Has anyone here had success yet finding bulk foods in Berlin? I started a new topic along these lines but just wanted to check in with this group to see if anyone has leads since this was first generated. Thank you.

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Hello,

Looking to buy bulk bags of brown rice, quinoa, maybe dried fruits and nuts... I use these ingredients so much and would like to save a little money..(Maybe) by buying in bulk even a company that ships it out would be fine if it still saves me some money ...any ideas?

thanks

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I imagine brookeb was after recommendations from experience, not a sarcastic link to a google search. The top hits on that list are shit anyway.

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exactly.. leave it to the TT "control" to be ...hmmm.. yes sarcastic is a nicer word then I would use!

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Quinoa


  • http://www.newstartcenter.biz/en/healthfood/grain-grainprodukts/grain-big-package/Quinoa-25-kg-DAVERT.html
    http://www.yatego.com/bio-rittergut/p,50894120b3344,5056af8e649146_4,bio-vollkorn-quinoa-10-kg-25-kg
    http://www.amazon.de/Reishunger-Quinoa-Wei%C3%9Fer-Bolivien-erh%C3%A4ltlich/dp/B007JKZGRQ/

Rice

  • http://www.yatego.com/bio-naturprodukte/19-00-00,1,,1,1,q,reis
    http://www.newstartcenter.biz/index.php?stoken=EBA1E4DA&force_sid=&lang=1&cl=search&searchparam=reis
    http://www.amazon.de/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_1?__mk_de_DE=%C3%85M%C3%85Z%C3%95%C3%91&url=search-alias%3Dgrocery&field-keywords=Reishunger+Reis
    http://www.reishunger.de/

Dried stuff

  • http://www.newstartcenter.biz/en/healthfood/nut-dryfruit/
    http://www.yatego.com/naturkost/getreide-reis/19-24-21,3,,1,1

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Hmmm... do you go to the Turkish and Asian shops in town? I find the prices to be ideal for buying the items you mentioned and you can easily buy bigger bags at most of them. For example, for rice I would hit up the Vinh Loi at Wittenberg Platz. [Edit: I just noticed you wrote "brown rice" - I would try the Turkish shop for that since I think it's not as popular in most Asian cooking!] They also have tofu (regular firm, soft, pre-fried, Sichuan-spiced, etc) and tempeh for very friendly prices, all kinds of rice noodles, and a generous selection of grains and spices for in Indian cooking. Most of these items are cheaper than in the regular grocery store.

I also shop at a few of the euro gidas on Potsdamerstr - the one I prefer is Potsdamerstr 152 next to U-Bulowstraße. They have all kinds of grains (some in bigger bags), plus lots of dried nuts, seeds, and fruits. Generally speaking, items are cheaper than the German stores + often w/ better selection.

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Quinoa is hard to find - i have never seen it in the Turkish shops, but rather in health food stores and Kaiser where it is expensive and available only in small packages. After looking at amazon.com, it would seem that Quinoa is expensive even in the US via bulk purchases.

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Quinoa is something originally from South America and is not found in most traditional "Old World" food. Probably the cheapest you will get is from one of those links. I saw a big bag of it at Metro before, but I don't remember how much it is and I can't guarantee that they would have it in a Metro in Berlin. I think we are going there tomorrow and I will have a look but I doubt it is much cheaper and you need someone with a Metro card to go with you if you want it.

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I had a look they didn't seem to have the big bags anymore, cheaper online.

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You can get it in DM, but not in particularly big bags.

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thank you this helps... it is still expensive online.. no way around it.. its sad that's its so expensive to eat healthier options... oh well...

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Brooke, what work are you doing in Berlin? If you have any access to Metro or some such place you will find the bulk prices much more palatable. I would also venture to Turkish markets, the seedier, the better, as in my experience, they have better prices and almost always carry everything family-sized.

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Resurrecting this thread, and touching on what was joked about earlier, would anybody in the Berlin area be interested in starting a bulk buying co-op?

I'm challenging myself to cut my food bill in half this year, and my thinking was if a bunch of us go in for a big order from a wholesaler, we could potentially save a lot of money! I would also love to cut the organic rip off merchants (namely Vegans and Denns) out of my life once and for all!

Show of interest below please!

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I could be interested in a bulk-buying co-op. What do you have in mind?

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Dr. Pogo in Rixdorf is a relatively new shop and has purt-near everythang a mindful eater could want to wrap their chops around, including an impressive selection of bulk dried goods you can't seem to find anywhere else in the country (including dried split peas!!). They're also my go-to source for seitan powder and yeast flakes.
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Amazing idea!! What´s your thoughts? Let me know if you need any help!

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Sorry about the late reply, went without a computer for a little while!

I was basically thinking about trying to get a little team together in which everyone gets different roles/"homework," in regards to sourcing different products in bulk around the city/web internet.

We put big orders periodically, split the goods, cut out the middlemen and eat like kings!

Getting good quality herbs, grains and pulses would be the primary aim, but then again it might lead to some diversification, and its always good to have an excuse to have a beer/meal/chinwag while planning too, so PM me if you are interested!

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@moistintruder

I don't think you have fully thought this idea through, perhaps you can enlighten us where you aim to source and receive the kind of imaginary discounts you beleive can be had to allow us to live like kings.

In order for you to receive the so called discounts you will have a number of problems from the outset. Firstly, to trade with these types of wholesalers that do bulk you will need to have a registered business. You will either have to buy bulk as in 100's of kilo's of items and/or there could be a minimum order which could start in the thousands.

Then comes the issue of storage and distribution let alone staffing costs.

If it's a 10 kilo bag of rice you want instead of paying the exuberant prices for a 500g bag in the supermarket then almost every asian shop is cheaper and not forgetting the hundreds of Turkish shops scattered all over. For other more select items you can shop at places like CFT/Chouhdry near Tegel who offer a variety of pulses etc. For pasta and Italian stuff there's Centro Italia in Sophie-Charlotten-Straße near Schloss Charlottenburg.

Whether you will make any great savings or not I have no idea but there's also the issue of carbon footprint. Either way you will never live like kings.

If its a beer you want and a chin wag then why not start a new thread.

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Hi Sir Percy B. Thanks for the input.

While your comments are valid, I do think that you may have made the assumption that I have got a little bit ahead of myself!

Firstly, you are 100% right, I have NOT put a lot of thought into this! I thought however that this was implied, and doubly so as I would not be farting around on Toytown with half-baked ideas if I had! I would also implore you to re-read my previous posts, in which I talked about collective research, which I thought would have further implied that I do not yet have anywhere to "aim" supply wise and such. This is why I would love to get together with some like minded people to discuss the idea, and see if it is even viable!

I will give it to you that you have a fully valid point about the "living like kings," comment, and I guess tone is a tricky bitch on message boards. I thought it would be pretty apparent that small to modest savings are all you could hope for in a small scale project such as this.

Also, I am well aware of the fact there are a lot of Vietnamese/Turkish/Italian shops selling cheap in bigger bags, but the question is how much of that is bio? I wanted to cut the organic supermarkets out of the loop as I think they are opportunistic rip off merchants. Also, please inform me where you have seen, for example, a 10 Kilo sack of wholegrain organic brown rice around Berlin (seriously, I would love to know!).

Addressing scale, I am certainly not looking to start a business out of this (once again, I would not be farting around on Toytown if I was!), but more of a food buying collective. Realistically this would start with numbers in the higher single digits, in which labour would be split evenly between members and would not be more than a few hours a week. As for storage, at this scale you would simply split a haul and take your part home, so the only storage issue would be on the head of the individual member.

If it was even viable at all in smaller numbers, then you could start talking about more people and the "100s of KG" economies of scale, staffing, storage ETC. But lets not get ahead of ourselves...

At the moment, just to make it absolutely clear, this is simply a little idea in my head that I know I cannot carry off alone, one which I have absolutely no problems admitting may be dumb, overly ambitious, or even unrealistic on such a small scale.

However, I do not have the time to do everything myself, and it's my hope that it just may work with the right people to split the job with. And if it looks like it will work, I'll give it a go.

And at the very worst, I will have had a beer with a few people I never would have met otherwise.

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