Dinzler Coffee Roasters and Autobahn Reststop, Germany

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This post was originally published on July 9, 2015 and updated on October 29, 2019.

Several weeks ago our friends invited us to a daytrip to the nearby town of Rosenheim. Although R-Town was great, this post is about our pre-Rosenheim stop at Dinzler Coffee Roasters. Dinzler is located at an autobahn rest stop, of all places, just off Autobahn A8 in Irschenberg, a little less than an hour south of Munich.

I admit my husband and I had stopped at this particular exit before on our way home from Chiemsee. That time, though, we only stopped at the gas station. We had no idea that, if you drive past the gas station and the McDonald’s, you would arrive at a wonderful place that is no typical highway rest stop. Thank goodness for friends who were born here!

The day was chilly and rainy, but the scenery was grand.

Here are shots from Dinzler’s parking lot:

Though Dinzler has a counter in the big room just inside the front door for takeout coffee and food for travelers on a schedule, we opted for the upstairs dining room experience with table service. Aside from delicious coffee roasted by the Dinzler clan, they also serve up fresh, wonderful food prepared on the premises:

The service is friendly and fast, despite a crowded dining room and too few really overworked but cheerful wait staff. Since the weather didn’t permit, we weren’t able to sit outside on the terrace chairs with a grand view of the Alps in the distance. We could see them out the window, however.

After brunch we perused the joint. They have a walk-through area where you can learn about the company, the coffee-growing industry, and their coffee roasting operation (I SO wanted one of those burlap coffee bags, but I controlled my klepto tendencies):
The end of the circular walk-through is a catwalk over the roasting operation. Since it was Sunday, though, nothing was happening that day.

Of course, following the catwalk leads you right into the gift shop, which made me happy. Of course I bought some beans to take home. I’ve since found an organic market in Munich that sells them, too, so I don’t have to drive an hour to get the fresh stuff. Although I might if I had to.

If you’re interested, click here for a video interview of the family who owns/runs the place. It’s in German with English subtitles. Click here for the company website, which is in German only but has a lot of photos of the place.

In addition to the restaurant and roasting facility, they have meeting rooms and party venues. They host art exhibits and concerts and run barista training courses as well as a children’s programs. And they have two other locations as well. Very enterprising family, I think.
After our lovely time at Dinzler, we had a lovely rest-of-the-day in Rosenheim, too. But I’ll regale you with that tale and accompanying photos in a future post. Right now I have to go get my coffee!
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