Some of Norway's most talented baristas and roasteries are going head to head at food expo SMAK 2017 this week.
Today marks the opening of food expo SMAK 2017 at Norges Varemesse in Lillestrøm, with several Norwegian food championships covering anything from confectionery arts to the making of pizzas and hamburgers.
This is also where this year's national coffee championships are taking place all throughout the week, with events ranging from Classic Barista to Brewer's Cup, with finals taking place on Friday.
A coffee bar is also in place, offering a taste of no less than 11 Norwegian roasteries. For those who are not attending the expo, here's how you can still get a taste:
Et bilde publisert av Tim Wendelboe (@timwendelboe)
Coffeehouse and roastery situated in Oslo's Grünerløkka district, regularly featured among the recommendations when international magazines and newspapers are directing their traveling readers towards good coffee. Recently, Travel and Leisure listed this as one of the prime examples of the Norwegian capital's excellent coffee culture, noting that owner Wendelboe “is so obsessed with quality beans that he bought 17 acres of Colombian farmland”.
Et bilde publisert av Supreme Roastworks (@supremeroastworks)
Along with Tim Wendelboe, Supreme Roastworks is another Travel and Leisure recommendation, owing to the fact that world champion brewer Odd-Steinar Tøllefsen is the man running the Grünerløkka coffeehouse and roastery.
Et bilde publisert av Jacu (@jacucoffeeroastery)
A roastery based in Ålesund. While they do not have their own coffeehouse, they do open their doors in Parkgata 18A every Friday between 10 AM and 1 PM to serve coffee that has been roasted during the week.
Et bilde publisert av Black Cat Kaffe og Tehus (@blackcatkaffeogtehus)
A retailer with long traditions, selling both coffee and tea from their Oslo store situated in Grensen 3. This company has been selling coffee since 1905, the same year Norway got its royal family.
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Et bilde publisert av Shoji Igi (@staragold)
This roastery has a concept store in the Mathallen food hall in Oslo. Along with coffee beans and equipment, visitors can also try out different tastes and acquire some coffee wisdom from the knowledgeable staff.
En video publisert av Langøra Kaffebrenneri (@langorakaffe)
Not all roasteries stick close to the city. Langøra roast their coffee inside an old and tiny red storehouse (or "stabbur") at Hjelseng Farm in Stjørdal. They sell their coffee through their webshop, at fairs and through coffeehouses like Hendrix Ibsen in Oslo and Blue Bird Kaffebar in Stavanger.
Et bilde publisert av Kaffa Roastery (@kaffaroastery)
This roastery and tasting lab in Oslo offers regular coffee classes for budding baristas, while selling their beans through cozy places like Java and Fuglen in Oslo, and Verdensteatret in Tromsø.
Et bilde publisert av LIPPE (@lippekaffe)
Coffee equipment store and micro roastery Temperato, the company the Lippe coffee brand, is based in Holmlia in Oslo where they also sometimes offer tastings. Their coffee is also available through the Steam Kaffebar coffeehouse chain in Oslo and Stavanger.
While Norð have multiple locations where you can eat or drink coffee in Oslo, the place where they focus most strongly on coffee is their Norð Grünerløkka coffeehouse in Thorvald Meyers gate 72b. Here, you can participate in cuppings of new arrivals from their roastery and barista classes, as well as buy coffee equipment and filters.
Et bilde publisert av Den Gyldne Bønne (@dengyldneboenne)
This roastery is located on Vøyenenga in Bærum, and is available to taste at places like Jøndal Gårdsbakeri in Eidsvoll and Rå Smak in Asker.
Et bilde publisert av 👋 sanna (@sannavanno)
Coffee producer Pals are mostly about supplying cafes, coffeehouses, bakeries, restaurants, hotels and the like with coffee. However, they do offer both beginner's and advanced coffee classes from their factory outlet over at Pilestredet in Oslo.
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