Norway: Coffee creations in the Oslo Kaffebar

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Coffee pioneer

In Berlin these days it's not difficult to drink good coffee. But when the Norwegian coffee connoisseur Kristian Moldskret opened his first espresso bar in the city, it was different. In 2010 when he opened his first independent coffee shop in Prenzlauer Berg, it was one of the city's first third-wave espresso bars.

Planet Berlin: Coffee with a design taste

Caffeine junkies

Norwegians are the second-highest per capita coffee drinkers in the world, beaten only by neighbors, Finland. No wonder that Norwegians demand a fine cup of joe, and prefer it lightly roasted to bring out the subtle flavors, and served black.

Planet Berlin: Coffee with a design taste

Fresh roast

Moldskret has discovered over the years that coffee quality depends on the bean. He attaches great importance not only to using quality equipment such as a high end coffee grinder, but also to good roasting. Depending on the harvest, he buys green coffee beans before having them roasted optimally in Berlin.

Planet Berlin: Coffee with a design taste

Diplomatic quarters

The Oslo Kaffebar in Felleshus, the pan-Nordic embassy bordering the Tiergarten, is also a Scandinavian design treat. With light woods and simple lines, it fits perfectly into the architecture of the award-winning joint embassy headquarters. Incidentally, the coffee bar has a big and bustling sister cafe at Nordbahnhof station.

The Oslo Kaffebar is located in the award-winning Felleshus in Tiergarten, the joint residence of the Nordic embassies. The cafe's founder, Norwegian architect Kristian Moldskred, offers ultimate coffee enjoyment.

Felleshus is Norwegian for 'community house.' This imposing structure near Berlin's Tiergarten park, designed by architects Berger and Parkkinen, features a sweeping turquoise copper facade and serves as the pan-Nordic embassy to the countries of Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland and Iceland. The building hosts a range of events, exhibitions, and a canteen featuring a lively lunch menu – and guests are always welcome. The Felleshus is also home to the Oslo Kaffebar run by Norwegian proprietor Kristian Moldskret.

The bright bar designed by the Felleshus architects and the pastel barstools contributed by designer Sigurd Larsen perfectly complement the aesthetic concept of the building, with its raw concrete walls and light maple wood. Following its debut as a popup store in 2014, Moldskred's Kaffebar has since become a permanent feature.

According to Kristian Moldskret, good coffee is the product of many factors, one of which is the quality of the water. "You can never make the same coffee in two different places. Norwegian spring water is totally different from the tap water in Berlin. After all, a filter coffee is 98 percent water," he says. But the star ingredient is the coffee beans, which Kristian Moldskred purchases from sustainable coffee farms in Africa.

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Third wave pioneer

He uses one kind for filter coffee and another for espresso. Moldskred and his team roast the green beans themselves, transforming them into delicious coffee specialties. Kristian Moldskred, who comes from a small village on Norway's west coast, first visited Berlin in 2000. Before moving to the German capital in 2009, he had taken up residence in Bergen, Oslo, Barcelona, Brussels, and attended entrepreneurial school in Boston. In 2010, he got his break with his first independent business, a café in Prenzlauer Berg.

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"That venture was one of the first 'third-wave coffee shops' in Berlin," explains Kristian Moldskred – a café that distinguishes itself from the major 'second wave' coffee franchises through careful preparation and high-quality ingredients. Two years later, he opened the main branch of the Oslo Kaffebar near Nordbahnhof in Berlin Mitte with his business partners Steve Morris and Benjamin Mosse – and it was that concept that won the heart of the Nordic Embassies