Best of Oslo: Coffee Part 1

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There’s a dedication to coffee in Oslo that you don’t often see in other cities, where the coffee itself is the thing that is respected and revered. At times it feels like you’re more likely to find a specialty coffee shop than you are a second wave coffee chain and while you might find coffeeshops selling cocktails, tea and even records, the main focus is always on the coffee. There’s no avocado instagram lifestyle with coffee as the afterthought here, just seasonally roasted coffee and casual but informed service. In a country where the Janteloven is still heavily woven into their culture these coffeeshops might downplay their successes and achievements, but with Norwegians drinking more coffee than everyone except the Finnish, it’s maybe not surprising to find that they place it on such a high pedestal.

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Best of Tokyo: Coffee Part 4

Omotesando Koffee

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Now sadly closed, although you would have thought it wasn’t open in the first place, if like me it took you three times round the block just to find the place. In a tranquil overgrown garden and sign posted by a small metallic square sculpture, Omotesando is somewhat hidden from the casual passer by, it’s somewhat hidden from those who are trying to find it too. Fortunately we persevered and made our way inside, where we found a stripped down, but highly professional service.  Continue reading