[Photos: Thomas Copsey.]

138’s monthly breakfasts have become something of an institution in Munich, bringing together our network of media, brand and industry friends together to talk shop and get some delicious morning nutrition at the same time.   

COVID, naturally, threw a spanner in the works but shortly before Germany announced its latest lockdown measures, we decided it was time to reconnect with some of our local industry friends – following the state’s guidelines and adhering to the hygiene regulations of course – and to treat them to a tasty pre-Lockdown Episode II version of the 138 Breakfast.

Offering our contacts a healthy, nutritious way to start the day has always been a priority, with mueslis, drinks and bread usually sourced from the local bio market. However, around the time of Germany’s first lockdown we couldn’t help but notice a new business open just round the corner here in Munich: Servus Resi.

It’s no secret that food packaging contributes to a host of unnecessary waste (anyone else go mental when they see “Bio” bananas wrapped in plastic? What, that yellow skin they come wrapped in ain’t enough?!). Zero-waste shopping has started to become an increasingly prominent part of society’s wider focus on increasing sustainability, so when we saw Servus Resi – Natürlich Unverpackt we wanted to find out more about who they are and what they offer.

Chrissi, a 36-year-old Munich native trained as a nutritionist,  knows the value of quality, unprocessed, locally-sourced produce and, equally, the importance of reducing waste. In 2019, she decided it was time to put her passion into practice and set about turning her dream into reality. Then COVID came, but she went ahead nonetheless.

Starting a new business at a time when the world is experiencing an unprecedented global pandemic is nothing short of a challenge, but due to the zero-waste concept and the fact that as a ‘essential items’ store they were able to stay open, the storm is being navigated.

Flakes, nuts and grains grown organically and produced locally sit in towers from which you fill up your own containers, while cosmetics are microplastic-free and made by small German manufacturers. Of course, Servus Resi also offers fruit, vegetables, tea and a host of other produce from the region that you can fill up your own glass containers with.

We were so enthused by Chrissi’s concept and passion for what she does that we immediately ordered the lion’s share of our breakfast buffet from her, and will continue to do so once Lockdown Episode II has passed allowing us to recommence our monthly breakfast routine.

If you’re in Munich and are keen to reduce your weekly waste, make sure you swing by Servus Resi and load up on some tasty regional produce – just remember to bring your own containers!