In the deepest darkest depths of Norway, lies a cafe owned by a half man half dragon.
No, it’s not Trogdor. He goes by the name of Wendelboe, Tim Wendelboe. I may have lied about the half dragon part as well… But he is the World Barista Champion of ’04!
I had only had Tim Wendelboe’s coffee once at Seattle CoffeeFest ’09. It was a Kenyan coffee (I can’t remember the farm) it was one of the best Kenyan’s I’ve had to date. Visiting Norway for the first time, I got the chance to visit the Tim Wendelboe cafe.
Meet Tim Varney, Wendelboe’s Head Roaster. He gave us a quick tour of the cafe, the 12k Probat, and the cupping lab.
The Probat is right in the middle of the cafe, where they roast 3 days per week.
The cupping lab has 2 single group espresso machines: a GS3 and a FB-70 (the only FB-70 single group ever made).
He gave us a taste of their new crop Esmeralda – need I say more?
It’s very low-key surrounded by some very interesting architecture.
Time for Wendelspro.
One of the baristas at the TW cafe, Chris Kolbu (Norwegian Barista Champion of 2008) served up a delicious shot of a SOE Honduras and some weird drink I have never had. It was a double espresso and a double espresso blended with a tiny bit of cream, really nice texture.
…He had a little misfire…
The space was a lot smaller than I imagined with very comfortable, but limited seating.
Brent says it’s BA. You figure it out.