A History of Coffee in Norway, Part One

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Ask about Norway and coffee, and the first thing that will come to most people’s minds—Norwegians included—is that the consumption per capita rates among the highest in the world.

But that’s not the full story. How did a small country with no real mercantile or colonial power manage to become one of the most avid consumers of coffee back when it was a hard-to-get luxury? And more recently: how did Norway manage to become a world leader in specialty coffee? More »

From the Archives
The Nordic Barista Cup: An Overview

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What originally started as a lighthearted contest between the barista teams of Denmark and Norway, has since 2003 gradually grown into one of the most forward thinking workshops in the world of coffee. More »

Finca Tamana by Tim Wendelboe

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Just in time for Christmas, Tim Wendelboe has published a book about his pioneering work with Elias Roa at Finca Tamana in Colombia. Improving quality at origin is widely considered the most important (and arguably, most difficult) step that can be taken to further develop modern coffee as a product and as an industry. More »

Wilfa Svart in South Korea

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Earlier this month, Tim Wendelboe took the Wilfa Svart Series (The PresisjonManuell and Malt) to the Seoul International Cafe Show, one of Asia’s largest coffee-related trade shows. More »

A Tim Wendelboe Review of the Wilfa Svart Presisjon

Tim Wendelboe Reviews the Wilfa Svart Presisjon

A couple of years ago, Wilfa asked me if I was interested in helping them develop a new filter coffee brewer for the domestic market. Since Norwegians are one of the biggest consumers of coffee per capita, and most of the coffee made in Norway is made at home on a filter brewer, I though it would be very interesting to see if it was possible to make a better machine than the ones already on the market. More »

Kaffebrenneriet, Oslo

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Kaffebrenneriet (‘The Coffee Roastery’) is Oslo’s longest-running chain of coffee shops. Since opening their first shop in 1994, a stripped space in Oslo’s Bislett area, Thomas Pulpan and Steinar Paulsrud have built a thriving business that is now the single largest purchaser of Cup of Excellence coffee for the consumer market—globally. Today,  KB has 27 locations, the vast majority of which are located in the Oslo area. More »