travel files: Kaffebrenneriet coffee {company} in Oslo, Norway

by Jack on September 4, 2013

in Food, Norway, Travel, Travel Files

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This is Jack again, popping in with another great find from my recent trip to Oslo, Norway.  Normally when I travel alone I do my best to avoid chain restaurants.  If it’s just me, I figure that I can take the risk of a local place and if it’s bad then only I have to pay the price.  However, sometimes the chain restaurants can be a great surprise and this is the case with the Kaffebrenneriet line of coffee shops in Oslo, Norway.

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The company was started after their founder, Thomas, had spent a year exploring the US West Coast, from San Francisco up to Seattle, falling in love with the various espresso bars and coffee shops along the way.  Upon his return to Oslo he looked for similar style cafes and was disappointed to not find anything that captured the same feeling of warmth and comfort.  So in 1994, he bought an abandoned perfume store, renovated it and opened up his first coffee shop, Kaffebrenneriet, in Oslo, Norway.

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Kaffebrenneriet now has 27 locations throughout Oslo and it seems like any time you are craving a coffee or fresh pastry that there is a location waiting nearby.  Their stores are truly three shops in one.  The espresso bar offers the normal assortment of bar beverages, such as lattes and cappuccinos, plus they also offer 5 other brewing methods including my current favorite, the Aeropress.  Their boutique offers 20 different types of whole bean coffee, a wide assortment of teas and all of the various equipment and accessories a coffee lover could ask for.  They also have a full service bakery which accepts deliveries twice a day of fresh pastries and breads from their own bakery located in Oslo. The sheer variety of drinks and food had me wishing that I had more time to try more of their offerings.

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In my few days in Oslo, I visited 4-5 of their different locations and found the quality and experience to be similar in each case.  Each location is different in design and reflects the feeling of the local neighborhood plus had a large seating area which made working out of the coffee shop extremely comfortable.  (It’s tough holding business meetings at a coffee shop, but someone has to do it.)  Free WIFI, a great cup of coffee, and a comfy place to sit?  A traveler’s dream for sure!

When you travel what do you look for in cafes?  What makes you stop at some and pass on others?

 

Company Website

Location featured above:
Brynjulf Bulls plass 2
0250 Oslo, Norway

 

photography by Jack Fussell

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Papou September 4, 2013 at 1:57 pm

I once held a business meeting at a Starbucks 15-odd years ago in the Chicago area. I had never been in one before and before the meeting began (we were exploring businesses to get into) I watched customers come & go. As I watched, I thought, ‘How in the world can they stay in business? People will never continue to buy those expensive cups of coffee!’ Duh.

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Jack September 4, 2013 at 2:03 pm

That’s funny. Since I work out of the house I spend alot of time in coffee shops doing meetings and editing. Coffee may be expensive but it’s cheaper than rent!

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Maja September 4, 2013 at 5:45 pm

Oh yes, this is one of my favorite places in Oslo! I just love the coffee and the location. But I go to Starbucks too! ;) We just have two since a few months, so Starbucks is all new to us in Norway! :)

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Jack September 4, 2013 at 9:49 pm

Thanks for commenting. I still enjoy my Starbucks as well!

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kelleyn September 4, 2013 at 6:30 pm

What a beautiful shop!

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Jack September 4, 2013 at 9:50 pm

I totally agree. And they had great coffee and pastries also!

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Liz September 5, 2013 at 7:05 am

Lovely! I love visiting cafes when I am traveling!
I’m not a heavy coffee drinker but I enjoy espresso once in a while.
Good coffee and lovely ambience is a must!
:) Liz @ http://www.rusticpeach.com

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