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A Fish Market For The Soul – The West Coast Chronicles pt VI

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As far as coastal towns go, Bergen is notorious amongst Norwegians. Renowned for excessive amounts of rain, wind and other unforgiving weather conditions, it’s coastal location has for centuries made it a strong trade point for the fishing industry. During … Continue reading

A Declaration of Independent Coffee – The West Coast Chronicles pt V

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I’d dropped enough pins on Google Maps to cover most of Bergen’s commercial district with spots, now I had to find a viable route. I thought I had made some pretty meticulous choices, but on my way to my first … Continue reading

Bergen Be Mine – West Coast Chronicles pt. IV

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Fine, I hesitate to call this a ‘road trip,’ as Kennet and I were barely on the road long enough to experience Tool’s album ‘Lateralus’ in its entirety. I’m a sucker for the new electronic stuff myself, but when road … Continue reading

The Locals’ Guide to Harrogate: Independent Coffee Shops

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Ahh Harrogate: ‘The Best Place to Live in the UK’, ‘The Happiest Town in Britain’, ‘The Third Most Romantic Destination in the World’, Whatever you like to call it, we’re so proud to be able to call this charming little … Continue reading

She played me like a record – The West Coast Chronicles pt. III

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Sjokoladepiken (literally The Chocolate Girl) is without a doubt the girl of my dreams. She provides warmth, comfort and safety from rain and wind alike, melting my heart with excellent coffees, exquisite chocolate delicacies, and of course wine. Very important, … Continue reading

Cue Café Music – The West Coast Chronicles pt II

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I dedicated my 1st full day back in Norway to spending time with one of my closest mates from Secondary School, Erlend, as he was leaving for university the next day. Together we must have hit most of the known … Continue reading

Norway: a Cold Mistress – The West Coast Chronicles pt I

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28 years ago a young couple from Southern California, named Mark and Eileen, decided that fresh squeezed orange juice, avocados in season all year round and idyllic sun shining on the Pacific Ocean simply didn’t cut it for them. They packed … Continue reading

Barista Diaries: The View From The Hoppers – pt 1

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Here at Baltzersen’s we don’t just like to make great coffee; we also like to consume a few drops when we get the chance and share what we have discovered.  The capital of England is considered by many to be … Continue reading

The West Coast Chronicles – Prologue: Rob’s Going Home to Norway

Before Paul even hired him, Rob pitched the idea of a research trip to his hometown in Norway – covering a range of Norwegian coffee & cuisine culture Rob knows well from growing up there, and some establishments unfamiliar to … Continue reading

The Norwegian Committee of Coffee Enlightenment

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Besides endless pages of recipes, the Baltzersen’s now-famous recipe book has revealed a considerable amount of third-party material: mostly leaflets, flyers, and newspaper clippings. Most of them relate to recipes, cooking and ‘how to be a good housewife’ (different times, … Continue reading