May 31, 2014

A Coffee Substitute - Abandoned Malt Roastery (Part 3)

I have said everything I know about the history of this malt roasting company, so I will limit myself to show you the remaining pictures from this location.

Next up: The Abandoned Brick Factory. Stay tuned!

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3

May 29, 2014

A Coffee Substitute - Abandoned Malt Roastery (Part 2)

The original company, from which later the malt roasting businesses would emerge, was founded in 1829 as a company that produced fuel oils.

From 1842, the company specialized in trading spices, colors and colonial goods and became one of the foremost traders in Munich.

In the second half of the 19th century, the company grew to be one of the biggest food trading companies in Germany. The products in stock ranged from Champagne and wine, chocolate and preserved foods to candles and tea. The most important branch, however, was the import of coffee beans.

The main production facility in Munich included a coffee roastery, a winery, a jam factory, a cannery and it had an own railway connection.
The head office of the company was located right next to the Munich town hall.

In 1889, the company developed a new system to produce malt coffee, and the malt coffee production branch was separated from the other production lines with its own brand in 1892.

The photos you see in these posts are from one of the eight production facilities of the malt coffee company that were built between 1895 and 1910.
In 1906, the company was appointed "Purveyor of His Holiness the Pope Pius X. and the Holy Apostolic Popes".
In the 1990s, the company went bankrupt.

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3

May 27, 2014

A Coffee Substitute - Abandoned Malt Roastery

This one was a really nice add-on for a business trip I was on the week after my last tour.
I knew that the area I was going to is riddled with lost places and so I got there a day early, grabbed my gear and just went for a walk...and this was the first location I stumbled into.

I had checked the region on the internet and I knew that there were a couple of locations, but I found almost nothing about the conditions they were going to be in nor about names or what was produced there.
So it was really exciting to find this place. It was a djungle. The weather was great, and spring had really begun working on the plants. I was the only one there and from the looks of it, even graffiti "artists", homeless people and vandals hadn't been there for quite some time.

After I got out of there, I met a couple of senior citizens that appeared to be "natives", so I went up to them and asked them if they knew what this factory used to produce.
They immediately said that it used to be a coffee roastery.
So much, so good.
When I checked to find this "coffee roastery" on the internet, I found...nothing. Then it hit me! This was East Germany - they didn't really have coffee, they had coffee substitute!
So I checked for malt roasting companies and Bingo!
This was a malt roastery which manufactured coffee substitute for a large German company since 1906.

Here are the first impressions.

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3

May 25, 2014

Fixing Cars - Abandoned Auto Repair Works (Part 2)

Here are some more photos from the large construction halls.
Of course, we also headed up the stairs to the upper floor of the building. There we found the changing rooms and the wash rooms for the workers as well as some offices.
These rooms upstairs were also thoroughly vandalized, but there was still some opportunity to get a couple of nice shots.
On the way back to the car we checked out the heating plant building. It was pretty dark, but there were some nice remains from the original furnaces.

Part 1 | Part 2
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