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studierendenWERKs’ student canteens have plenty of variety on offer! Our guests can definitely expect more than healthy, wholesome, and inexpensive meals.
Of course, our canteens aren’t just places for eating and drinking – people come here to meet up between classes and converse with other students.
You can also study here, but please be considerate to guests who are here to eat.
The “food traffic lights” evaluate and identify dishes using the standard colour-coding of a traffic light. We’re all familiar with the meaning of the different colours of a stoplight from everyday life. Here, the colours – as recommended by the German Nutrition Society (DGE) – represent the overall medical/nutritional value of the dishes. However, this does not denote an evaluation of their environmental footprint.
The system is easy to apply. Each dish is marked with a stoplight colour. The more ‘green’ dishes you choose, the better the composition of your meal. But if you’d like to use the full-fledged system for your eating habits, you don’t have to stick to only ‘green’ dishes. You can still achieve the full benefit from eating ‘red’ or ‘yellow’ dishes (occasionally for the former, more regularly for the latter – e.g. 10 % red, 30 % yellow).
This decision-making aid was developed in collaboration with Dr Peinelt of Hochschule Niederrhein University of Applied Sciences.
GREEN = Best choice! The more often, the better!
YELLOW = A good choice! Every now and then.
RED = Not too often! Best combined with green.
Children’s meals: We provide free canteeen meals for students’ children aged six and under.
If your MensaCard does not work, you can contact the cashiers in the major canteens at any time.
If you lose your MensaCard, we can block your card and give you the remaining value in cash if you tell us the card number. That’s why it’s so important to note the number when you receive the card and keep it in a safe place.
Important to note:
To use the Autoload process, you first need to register at one of the canteen cashiers. This involves signing a written contract (“Participation in direct debiting procedure” or “Direct debit authorisation”) between yourself and studierendenWERK BERLIN. To do this, we need your debit (EC) card to confirm your account details, your MensaCard and a photo ID with an address in order to identify and contact you in case debit notes are not paid. The MensaCard does not store either personal information or a profile of use. The MensaCard is only linked to the bank and account details provided in the direct debit authorisation to add money to the MensaCard. The process takes place in accordance with the data-privacy regulations of the Berlin Data Protection Act.
Cashless payment with the MensaCard
You can set a lower limit on your MensaCard, meaning that when the amount of money on the card falls below this value, the cashier will ask you if you want to reload the card. Your bank account will then be charged in the amount. It may take several days for the sum to be booked from your account. If you would like, you can get a receipt for this transaction. When registering, you can set the value of the standard reload amount yourself. To avoid abuse of the system, only one automatic reload may take place per day.
You can cancel the direct debit authorisation at any time by returning the MensaCard to a cashier; the remaining funds will be transferred to your bank account. You will then naturally receive a new MensaCard without Autoload, which you can reload at the reloading machines in the canteens and universities as usual.
You can pay without using cash in all of our canteens and coffee bars by using the MensaCard. This makes it easier for both you and us to avoid rummaging around for coins or exact change, shortens the lines at the cashiers and enables you to get on with enjoying your meal quicker. In dining facilities which have installed reloading machines for MensaCards, payments can only be made by MensaCard.
The MensaCard can be reloaded at the machines or by using direct debit (“Autoload”).
Where can I get my MensaCard?
At every cash desk in the canteens of the studierendenWERK BERLIN you will receive your MensaCard for a deposit of 1.55 Euro. Please hold your student ID card, a confirmation from the university, that you are ready to work. If you are a guest of the university, you also need a confirmation.
Protecting the environment, sustainable business practices, responsible use of natural resources and healthy eating – these are ideals which studierendenWERK BERLIN feels obligated to fulfil.
Mensa TU, Mensa HU Nord, Mensa FU II, Mensa Beuth HS, Mensa HTW Treskowallee, Mensa HTW Wilhelminenhof and the student accommodations and administrative building on Hardenbergstrasse have been successfully certified by EMAS, the environmental management system of the European Union.
All other canteens operate in accordance with EMAS’ environmental standards.
studierendenWERK BERLIN's dining establishments have sustainable practices, seen in these purposeful decisions and options:
Cooking with Sunflower Oil which Contains No Palm Oil
In November 2015, we stopped using palm oil for frying in any canteen of studierendenWERK BERLIN. It has been replaced by 100%-pure sunflower oil. This is another step towards protecting both the environment and health.
studierendenWERK BERLIN has had EMAS certification since 2015 and is committed to the sustainable use of resources. The elimination of palm oil in frying fat is another important step towards dealing more carefully with the environment.
There’s another advantage of this changeover – the health benefits. In conventional use of palm oil for food, trans-fatty acids are often produced as a result of combining other fats and oils. These are hardened fats made from unsaturated fatty acids and have been shown to have a harmful effect on health.
Native vegetable oils with predominantly simple and polyunsaturated fatty acids are much better for health.
Coffee Grounds as Natural Fertiliser
Approximately 40,000 kg of coffee grounds are collected each year at studierendenWERK BERLIN. An enormous quantity, and one which so far has been disposed of together with other food waste. However, coffee grounds are much too valuable to just throw away!
We are now offering to all interested parties coffee grounds as fertiliser – at no cost. This coffee fertiliser contains nitrogen, potassium, phosphorus and other important plant nutrients, just like commercially available mineral fertilisers. Fertilising with coffee grounds brings with it other advantages for the garden. For instance, it repels ants and snails – by entirely natural means, too.
If you are interested, you can pick up this valuable coffee-ground fertiliser during the regular opening hours of the canteen. It is not necessary to bring your own vessel, because we provide 5 or 10-litre buckets for transport – likewise free of charge. If this amount is too much, you can simply take away a partially filled bucket or bring your own container.
Simply visit one of the facilities close to you – the choice is yours.
Due to the strong demand in some facilities, we cannot accept telephone inquiries or pre-orders. We thank you for your understanding. Email enquiries are welcome: firstname.lastname@example.org
Climate-Friendly Vegan Food
Vegan food causes far fewer greenhouse gases than animal products.
Compared to conventional ground pork or beef, the greenhouse gases caused by a conventional vegan alternative made from soy produced in Europe are around 90 % lower, according to the Vegetarian Association of Germany. Likewise, for the production of one kilogram of soy-based meat substitute, a mere eighth of the land area is required in comparison to that needed for a comparable amount of beef.
Our climate-friendly vegan food is indicated on the menu with a small climate tree.
Our climate-friendly meals never use products which lead to a high ecological footprint during cultivation and production. For instance, we do not use rice, pre-cooked mashed potato, french fries or pre-cooked products such as broccoli corners or sesame slices. Furthermore, no frozen products, dry products or preserves are used. Grain products such as spelt, buckwheat, bulgur, millet and amaranth and other protein-containing foods such as nuts, vegetables and vegetable oils are essential components of the climate-friendly meals.
Between their introduction in April 2011 and September 2016, 2.3 million climate-friendly meals were sold, with ever greater frequency.
If you have any ideas or suggestions, please let us know via mensen@Stw.berlin
The canteens of studierendenWERK BERLIN are working to increase the share of regional products they use.
A central purchasing department is responsible for choosing and liaising with the suppliers of our foodstuffs. Care is taken to give preference to regional food. Since, however, we need large quantities for many foodstuffs, regional suppliers are often not in a position to guarantee such quantities at reasonable prices and delivery conditions. We get organic dairy and meat products directly from the Dahme-Spreewald area and from Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. 70% of the fresh vegetables and fruit we offer come from Germany.
For the environmental checks required for EMAS certification, data has been gathered on the CO2 balance for the food and drinks used within the studierendenWERK BERLIN canteens.
Enjoy espresso, cappuccino or classic filter coffee with a good conscience. Since 2010, many studierendenWERK BERLIN coffee bars have only been selling coffee that has been prepared with quality organic fair-trade coffee beans.
The Fairtrade sign signifies a fixed minimum price and a fair-trade bonus which farmer cooperatives receive for their products by working with Fairtrade.
The working and living conditions of small-scale farming families in the producing countries are sustainably improved. Within the fair trade system, Fairtrade International is responsible for the development of fair-trade standards and for supporting producer groups. In the coffee sector, small-scale structures are specifically promoted by Fairtrade, thus giving them new market opportunities and stable, predictable income.
Fair trade means that all organisations and companies involved in the Fairtrade chain must comply with international Fairtrade standards. These are inspected locally by the certification organisation FLO-CERT. Clear minimum requirements ensure that the production process and trading are carried out according to fair trade rules. This includes the improvement of living and working conditions, the payment of stable minimum prices and the fair trade premium for communal projects, the prohibition of discrimination, the promotion of small farm structures, the prohibition of illegal child labour and forced labour, environmentally friendly production methods, e.g. by prohibiting genetic engineering and promoting organic cultivation, long-term trade relationships, and better insights on the part of farmers into events on the world market.
From Take-Out to Have-In
The to-go trend has also in recent years become a fixed part of the canteens and coffee bars of studierendenWERK BERLIN. The canteens invite you to linger in their cosy guest areas. Nevertheless, the to-go cardboard cup is preferred by some guests. 2.8 billion paper cups are shortly used and then thrown away in Germany every year. Even if the paper cups are made from recycled materials, an enormous amount of paper cups still ends up in the wastebins.
The aim of the Coffee ToStay campaign is to significantly reduce consumption of disposable coffee cups. At studierendenWERK, customers who use their own cup or the CampusCup for their hot drinks have been receiving a discount of 20 cents on their drinks since April 2017. Each to-go cardboard cup also costs 40 cents in addition to the regular price of the drink since March 2018. For years, studierendenWERK BERLIN has successfully worked against the takeaway trend: In 2015, it was 64 percent, but meanwhile only one out of ten hot drink is sold in a paper cup.
An important bit of advice which helps us all out: many of our patrons take tableware with them around the campus. Please make the effort to return plates, dishes and glasses and so forth! This saves us the cost of buying replacements and saves our employees’ time.
Thanks in advance.
In the kitchens, the food services use exclusively degradable detergents that do not contain chlorine or phosphates. In the Veggie N°1 canteen, only organic cleaning products are used. studierendenWERK Berlin thus makes a big contribution to environmental protection. The available dosing techniques are constantly checked to ensure the lowest possible consumption of resources. Later this year, the detergents for crockery and kitchens will be replaced with eco-certified cleaners.
In our canteens, care is taken to keep food waste as low as possible.
Several years ago, the catering operations abolished their own central warehouses and switched to direct delivery. This means that every facility can make short-term and multiple orders during the week. No backlog of stock arises and thus no goods are spoiled as a result of being retained for too long.
The cooling technology in the facilities is state of the art. The large refrigerators have an alarm system. In the event of an event like cold store failure, the canteen management can react immediately with an emergency repair or by switching the goods to other available cooling facilities.
The largest portion of our food is subject to just-in-time production. It is always produced depending on how much has just been sold.
For components such as stews or goulash that require longer preparation, the quantity is planned so that these components are sold completely on the day they are produced. Since the guest structure in the canteens is relatively constant, the canteen managers can fairly accurately estimate the quantities on the basis of their experiences and the way the menu has been put together. The portion sizes for meat and casseroles are calculated according to need. Because guests serve themselves, they can take exactly the amounts they require. This means that hardly any food waste is left on the plate.
Cooked foods which remain in the kitchen area and have not been completely sold are offered as additional options on the next day or otherwise reused.
A high degree of freshness, variety in the menu, quality of the food, appearance and taste also play significant roles in making sure the food is eaten up entirely.
Most of the items that are still available after 2.30 p.m. are disposed of in the correct fashion. This is something which we are legally obliged to do. The ever-decreasing amount of food waste is collected and sent to a biogas plant, which then uses it to generate electricity.
studierendenWERK BERLIN obtains all its electricity from 100 % renewable sources. In addition, the following projects are in place to continually lower electricity consumption.
The windmill at studierendenWERK BERLIN is located on the roof of the Mensa TU Hardenbergstraße and can be seen from the campus courtyard. It is a Braun Antaris-type small wind turbine with a maximum generation capacity of 4.5kWp. The electrical energy it generates is used completely via a heating cartridge in the buffer storage for hot water production in the Mensa TU Hardenbergstraße.
Solarworld Photovoltaics Facility
The system is also installed on the roof of the Mensa TU and has a maximum output of 6.0kWp. The generated electrical energy is fed into the canteen network.
Dimplex Solar Thermal System
This has a maximum output of 30.64 W/m² K. The heat energy it generates is also fed into the Mensa TU network via a buffer store for the generation of hot water.
The wind turbine, photovoltaics plant and solar thermal system are tangible environmental measures being put in place as part of the implementation of the Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS) at studierendenWERK BERLIN.
Do you have an environmentally friendly and economically viable idea? Contact
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Three prices apply at the canteens and coffeebars of the studierendenWERK:
Lowest price for students of Berlin universities, for which the studierendenWERK BERLIN is responsible.
The subsidised price for students only applies to enrolled students at Berlin universities, for which the studierendenWERK BERLIN is responsible. Furthermore, this price also applies to students which fall under the responsibility of the Studentenwerk (Student Services) Potsdam (Potsdam University, Potsdam University of Applied Sciences, Film University Babelsberg as well as the Wildau and Brandenburg University of Applied Sciences).
Unfortunately, it is not possible to offer subsidised prices to students from universities in other federal states.
Medium price for the staff/members of Berlin universities, for which the studierendenWERK BERLIN is responsible. This price can only be offered when an employee identity card or a confirmation of the respective university can be presented.
The highest price applies to guests of Berlin universities and universities of applied sciences.
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In the canteens and coffee bars, the studierendenWERK BERLIN offers guests a varied and diverse range of products daily at the different university sites in Berlin!
What we offer in the canteens:
The first vegetarian canteen "Veggie N°1" offers guests a wide range of vegetarian means with a high content of organic produce.
The products offered in the canteens varies depending on the size of the establishment.
When selecting our products, we pay great attention on high-quality produce and careful preparation. We also ensure that our offers contain all vital vitamins and minerals and that these are preserved throughout the preparation process. We always take into account the latest nutritional-physiological findings.
In most canteens you can put together your own meals and choose from the various components. Only in the smaller canteens we have to serve fixed or partial menus, due to a lack of space.
What we offer in the coffee bars:
When selecting our products, we pay great attention on high quality produce and careful preparation. We also ensure that our offers contain all vital vitamins and minerals and that these are preserved throughout the preparation process. We always take into account the latest nutritional-physiological findings.
The additives are marked in the studierendenWERK BERLIN. The following markings apply:
The other addiitives are marked in the studierendenWERK BERLIN. The following markings apply:
The allergene sare marked in the studierendenWERK BERLIN. The following markings apply:
You can give back your MensaCard at every checkout of our canteens. You will immediately receive the remaining credit and card deposit – if it is a deposit card.
Ihnen geht es sicher wie mir: die Zeit, in der es endlich Spargel gibt, wird sehnsüchtig erwartet. Im April ist es dann endlich so weit und bis in den Juni hinein können wir uns an diesem gesunden Gemüse erfreuen, das nicht nur etwas für Feinschmecker ist.
Nun beginnt sie wieder: die Saison von Pfifferlingen und Steinpilzen ist eröffnet. Ab ca. Ende Juni bis in den Spätherbst hinein können Pfifferlinge gesammelt und gekauft werden, die Steinpilze kommen Ende Juli bis Anfang August hinzu.
Das wohl bekannteste Gewürz der süßen Küche stammt ursprünglich aus Mexiko und Teilen Mittelamerikas.
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