Java is one of those places that is literally never empty. It attracts a diverse crowd – hipsters, young families, suits, elderly couples. On sunny days people sit on the sheepskin-lined benches outside, or inside you can perch on a bar stool by the large windows. It’s a great spot for people-watching, looking out on a busy neighborhood cafe and grocery strip and across to St Hanshaugen park.
First and foremost, the coffee is excellent. Some of the best in Oslo. The menu board is fairly basic, but the friendly, service-oriented baristas will make your favourite brew to order. There’s a simple but good selection of baked goods and snacks. Java sells its own brew of cold-drip by the bottle, roasted beans and coffee-making equipment.
I also really love the feel of Java. Clean lines, very Scandinavian, attention to detail in the artwork and tiling. In fact, Java was the inspiration for a very cute project called Piip-show, where the creators modelled a bird feeder on the cafe and broadcast a live stream of the feathered and furry patrons on state channel NRK.