Opened in 1996, Det Lille Kaffekompaniet (The Little Coffee Company; DLK) was opened by four students at the local university who, longing to have a coffee shop in Bergen, pooled their student loans to establish a company. The rest, as they say, is history.
Since opening, ownership has changed and expanded a number of times, with baristas and passionate regulars joining the family. In doing so, DLK has ensured there has always been a close relationship between owners, baristas and regulars, forming a community that extends beyond the space and opening hours of the shop.
Based in a venerable old building in the cramped backstreets of downtown Bergen (close to the Fløi funicular), DLK offers a variety of coffees as a drip coffee (rotated daily), or as aeropress or french press on demand. DLK normally have up to 25 different sorts of coffees in stock.
Coffees are purchased from Solberg & Hansen, Norway’s largest specialty coffee roastery; Bergen Coffee Roastery, a local roastery that was just started by a DLK alumni; Supreme Roastworks of Oslo; Kaffa of Oslo; Den Gyldne Bønne of Oslo; and Stavanger Coffee Roastery.
The baristas at DLK are focused on being able to relate everything a customer might want to know about what he or she is drinking, and maintaining a respectful, yet lighthearted and jocular mood with their customers.
On busy days espresso has been known to flow almost continually, with customers lining up for as long as an hour. Like other social institutions that also happen to be coffee shops, DLK is often mentioned in the prospectus for houses being sold in the vicinity.
Det Lille Kaffekompaniet is open from 10-22 every day of the week.
Visit DLK on their website http://www.kaffekompaniet.no/