US doughnut franchise eyes Norway

Norway finally seems to be attracting more international franchises and fast-food, for better or worse. The latest to announce its entry into Norway is Dunkin’ Donuts, the American doughnut shop that seems intent on modeling itself more like a coffee shop than the proverbial greasy spoon. Grease is, unavoidably, a key element behind the venerable […]

Statoil’s cost-cutting may cut out coffee

Offshore workers heading out to Statoil’s platforms in the North Sea may no longer get free coffee while they wait for their helicopter flight. Statoil has told its offshore workers that it spent NOK 3.3 million on their coffee last year, and needs to cut costs. “Incredibly petty,” Per Steinar Stamnes of Industri Energi, the […]

Popular bakeries join forces

Two of Oslo’s most trendy and popular bakery chains, United Bakeries and Åpent Bakeri, think they have a new recipe for success. Instead of competing against each other, writes newspaper Dagens Næringsliv (DN), they’ve cooked up a new deal to cooperate. It calls for a merger between the two, with United Bakeries selling five of […]

Friele brews profits on sale of coffee business

The Friele family of Bergen says they will reinvest the profits they’ll gain when they complete the sale of another 45 percent of their coffee business, Kaffehuset Friele, to DE Master Blenders (DEMB) of the Netherlands. The sale may yield as much as NOK 1 billion (USD 166 million). Neither buyer nor seller will reveal […]

Coffee break with top Oslo barista

AUDIO REPORT: Tim Wendelboe is undoubtedly one of the biggest names in coffee in Norway. He’s won awards, been written up in the New York Times and a host of other publications, and remains devoted to his highly acclaimed coffee shop in Oslo’s trendy Grünerløkka area. It continues to be a magnet for those seeking […]

Oslo’s coffee brews acclaim

The coffee in Oslo been attracting a lot of international attention lately. The Norwegian capital now ranks among the Top 10 “coffee cities” in the world and is grabbing a leading role in two new books in the works by American writers. They call the country’s coffee “unlike any other” and “the best money can […]

Oslo attracts more ‘coffee tourists’

Norway’s capital has established itself as a magnet for coffee lovers, with aficionados and baristas arriving from around the world to study various brewing techniques. Now the country’s coffee expertise is turning into an export product. Norwegians’ traditional passion for drinking coffee has evolved into a local art form, for brewing and serving it. In […]