Veggy Malta tried out Mestemacher, the lifestyle-bakery as they call themselves. Clearly this is a different type of bread than the traditional Maltese ħobża which we are accustomed to. I tried out two types of bread the Protein Bread and the Pumpernickel.
Let’s start with the Mestemacher’s Protein Bread. The first impression one gets is that the packet is small. Yet this small packet weighs 250 g. This means that it’s around half the weight of a ħobża (depending from where you buy your ħobża). The weight is the main thing about this bread. Just two slices of bread will fill you up. With five slices in the packet, each slice weighs around 50 g. Now having a look at the nutritional information, one sees that for every 100 g (that is two slices) there are 22 g of protein. Considering that an adult woman needs 46 g a day and an adult man needs 56 g a day of protein, that’s a good chunk of your protein requirement.  On the other hand eating two slices will only stack up 264 kcal from the 2000 kcal required daily.
Now many recommend to toast the bread before eating. I did otherwise. I put on it a slice of vegan cheese some lettuce and cherry tomatoes and bit right through it. Two slices of bread and a thumbs up.
The other bread I tried out is the Mestemacher Pumpernickel. This is a typical German rye bread from the Westphalia region. Preparing the bread undertakes a slow cooking process that can take up to 24 hours at low temperatures. The result is a very dark brown almost black bread.  More interesting than the colour is the colourful origin of the word pumpernickel. Pumpern is a German verb for “to fart” and Nickel was the name for the devil. So the word actually breaks down to farting devil. The metal nickel actually shares the same roots, since it was originally called kupfernickel (copper nickel) by a mineralogist who was have a difficulty extracting copper until he realised it was a completely different mineral. 
Back to earthy matters! Each slice of Pumpernickel (50 g) has 5 g of protein and only 190 kcal. It is a very filling bread and actually rich and sweet.
How much does Mestemacher bread cost?
There is a wide range of Mestemacher bread locally: Wholemeal Rye Bread, Pumpernickel, Wholemeal Rye Bread, Sunflower Seed Bread, Mixed cereals rye bread, Muesli rye bread, Fitness rye bread, Katen rye bread (the one with highest fibre), Sunflower seed rye bread and Protein Bread. Two new breads will be introduced in the coming months (Carrot protein bread and Almond protein bread). The price range is between €1.70 to €2.24 depending on the product.
The Mestemacher range is imported locally and distributed by Dical House and is available from all leading health food outlets / health sections.