At Java in Oslo, Specialty Coffee is For the Birds

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We at Sprudge have long admired Norway for its progressive approach to roasting coffee, child care subsidies, and 12-hour television features about firewood. But this stylish Nordic nation has done itself one better with its latest TV program, "Piip Show", a slow-moving "reality" show featuring a bunch of birds and squirrels hanging out … [Read more...]

Tim Wendelboe Releases 2013 Coffee Buying Transparency Report

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Our friends and partners at Tim Wendelboe have just released their annual price transparency report for 2013. These sorts of reports are becoming increasingly popular--Counter Culture Coffee have been releasing theirs for four years and Coffee Bean International have been releasing theirs for three. This is the third year of TW reporting the prices … [Read more...]

Solberg & Hansen Joins Criticism Of Russia’s Anti-Gay Law With “Rainbow Coffee”

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Norwegian roasting company Solberg & Hansen is releasing a special edition coffee called "Rainbow Coffee" in support of the Principle 6 campaign launched in conjunction with the Olympic Games in Sochi. The Principle 6 Campaign is supported by a growing number of Olympic athletes. The organization's website describes itself as "a campaign … [Read more...]

Meet Marcus & Martinus, Norway’s Latte Art Loving Tween Pop Stars

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Norway's eleven-year-old pop sensation Marcus & Martinus visited Kari Janne at Kaffikari in Ulsteinvik after a concert. The stars were given a VIP look behind the bar and even tried their hand at latte art. Their single "Leah" is available on iTunes. Sprudge spoke with Kari Janne, the owner of Kaffikari, who told us of Marcus & … [Read more...]

Oslo: A To Z Coffee Wins “Most Beautiful Book” Graffy

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Exciting news out of Norway - the coffee creatives at Kaffikaze picked up at prestigious award for "Årets Vakreste Bøker" (this year's most beautiful book). The award was presented by Graffill, a Norwegian creative communication organization. Ingri Johnsen (Solberg and Hansen) and Harald Johnsen Vøyle (Creative Director at Kaffikaze) accepted … [Read more...]

Now Reading: Tim Wendelboe Breaks Down Coffee Pricing

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The must-read coffee blog of the week comes to us from Tim Wendelboe, writing on his own Wendelblog. The World Barista Champion has published a two-part post entitle "coffee is cheap", in which he breaks down coffee's pricing structure, rails against those who complain about his coffee being expensive, explains why his own shop eschews Fair Trade … [Read more...]

Siren Invasion: Starbucks Expands To Scandinavia

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As per this feature in the Wall Street Journal, Starbucks is readying for a major expansion into Scandinavia: [Starbucks] will open the first in a series of stand-alone stores in Norway's biggest city, Oslo, next year and then expand to the streets and neighborhoods of Stockholm. The Seattle company currently has eight stores in the Nordic … [Read more...]