Kaffekos. (Kaffe = coffee. Kos comes from the Norwegian word koselig. You can read about it HERE)
For me, kaffekos is a critical factor, and a single word that describes the whole coffee experience.
It's the perfect combination of excellent coffee and an atmosphere where you're able to sit, relax, and really enjoy your drink. No feeling of being rushed, but plenty to see while you sit and sip.
A couple of years ago, a friend introduced us to his favorite shop in Oslo. And so began our courtship with Fuglen (The Bird) in Oslo.
Seriously, the place looks like a set straight from Mad Men. And if you like what you see, you can do more than just envy its retro-chic styling. Everything from the furniture to the lamps is available for purchase.
After having an amazing cup of coffee, stop by their shop a couple of doors down and tell them what you'd like. And if you're tight on luggage space, order online and have it shipped.
The shop got its start back in 1963. And taking a look around the place, one might notice that the decor pays homage to the cafe's 60's roots. In fact, I always half expect to find Don Draper lounging on one of the sofas.
Yes, the styling of Fuglen is cool. But that isn't what keeps us coming back.
As you would expect, Fuglen's baristas typically hit the hipster image on all cylinders. And yet, while their plaid shirts, wayfarer frames and perfectly tailored beards are iconic, they aren't so overpowering that you miss out on their exceptional coffee knowledge.
Yeah, these folks know their stuff.
And it's not just their knowledge and friendliness that makes this a frequent stop for us. It all comes down to the coffee they serve. Excellent equipment, proven expertise, and only the best beans.
If you see it on the shelf, you can try it in your cup. We typically choose something from Tim Wendelboe or Drop Coffee. On my last visit, I enjoyed Tim's Nano Challa Heirloom. Incredible.
Don't let the light color fool you. This was not at all weak. It was one of the smoothest and most flavorful cups I've had in quite a while.
But no matter what you order - pour over, espresso, coffee drink, or cocktail - you can expect a memorable drink and a memorable experience.
Yes, when we first stepped into Fuglen, we definitely found our Oslo dose of kaffekos.
Fuglen has cafe locations in Oslo, Tokyo, and New York.
For more info, check out Fuglen online. If you are in Oslo, this is our number one recommendation for the perfect combination of cool atmosphere and quality coffee.
Furniture and Decor: http://www.fuglen.com/lifestyle/vintage-design/