I was picking my way through the wreck that is Chausseestrasse, trying to get to Bondi Cafe. Two women walked passed me, lovingly cradling white paper coffee cups with what looked like the word “Oslo” stamped on them.
There was a lot of love in that embrace between woman and cup. As I turned the corner onto Eichendorffstrasse, there it was: OSLO kaffe bar. The styling of the cafe vaguely reminded me of Nordic Bakery in London but when I stepped inside there was no food bar a heel of dried up loaf cake.
“Do you sell food in here?” I asked “Like croissants or cake?”
“We used to have croissants.” the barista replied “but our focus is coffee.”
I looked at the black board behind her and tried to work out what I wanted. Instead of Lattes and Cappuccinos, there were ratios 1:0, 1:1, 1:2, 1:3 indicating the ratio of espresso to milk. I order the 1:2 single origin Ethiopian coffee for €2.90 (the blend is €2.60).
I was told to expect a strong blueberry aroma. A comment which brought to mind my wine diploma, when a red wine might be described as having tobacco and leather notes. Attributes I could find no trace of when tasting the wine. Looking at my classmates, they would all be vigorously agreeing with the pronouncement while I scratched my head in wonder.
I wasn’t expecting blueberries, I’m no Roja Dove. But as I sipped from my Oslo cup, the coffee seemed at first vegetal, then savoury and finally there it was: blueberries! I didn’t know if it was the barista’s power of suggestion or if I my nose is evolving. A special cup of coffee indeed, which I drank on the slightly raised platform with nostalgic furniture listening to Björk on vinyl (which if “you ask nicely” you can buy- there is no end to the depths of hipness in Berlin).
OSLO was using Landliebe milk when I was there which is not as good as the non-homogenised Ökodorf Brodowin milk used at The Barn but a huge step up from the long life stuff that a lot of places insist on using (Something I don’t understand? Fresh organic milk retails for €0.90, a coffee is usually €2.50 plenty of space for a healthy margin).
Lovely place, which would be even better if there was something to eat alongside my blueberry coffee.
OSLO Kaffe Bar