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“Nelson's favourite meeting place” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Oso Negro Coffee

Oso Negro Coffee
Ranked #1 of 9 Coffee & Tea in Nelson
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Cafe, Canadian
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Good for: Dining on a budget, Scenic view, Families with children, Local cuisine, Kids
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Brunch, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
Nelson, British Columbia
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9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Nelson's favourite meeting place”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 3, 2013

Oso is the social hub of Nelson for people of all, and I mean all, ages. The line-up for coffee may reach out the door, but everyone is always in a good mood, and the line moves very quickly. The staff is fabulous - always fast, efficient, and friendly. I've never seen even a hint of a frown from any of them, and I have been going to Oso several times a week for years. The owner, John, is a wonderful person who supports many community events, and who really tried and succeeded in creating a beautiful space, employing artists and craftspeople to create a multitude of lovely details. Check out the wavy lines cut into the wood above windows and mirrors to represent the first track cut through powdered snow, and the railings shaped like spawning salmon leaping, ending in the hungry mouth of a bear. Just the multi-level garden area, great to sit out in in the sunshine, took months of work to create. Oh, and the coffee? My favourite, of all the many available in Nelson - strong, freshly roasted in Nelson at Oso's own roastery. Even the decaf (an Americano) tastes like proper coffee, not dish water. If you like treats to accompany yours, there is a delicious array on offer, especially the muffins (the blueberry is loaded with berries), and a limited, but yummy, choice of "serious" food for a light lunch, or the ever-popular "breakfast bun" for earlier on . What's not to love?

Visited February 2013
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Wellington
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55 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Great coffee, hippie food”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 30, 2013

Go here for the coffee, skip the baking as it is chewy, heavy, gritty, lacking any flare or great taste

Visited January 2013
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TRAIL
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92 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
“It's just brainwash coffee people!”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 8, 2013

If ya love paying Starbucks prices for an over roasted bean then this is your joint. If ya ask the folks in Nelson and say you like another coffee you might as well move. As far as I'm concerned the coffee has done well for sure but like an old over promoted, dirty, used, tired garden bed, it was time for me to dump my cup of soil and fine something else to get my taste buds firing again. Once in a life time bad coffee, maybe? Maybe.

  • Visited September 2012
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Nelson, British Columbia, Canada
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“BEST COFFEE EVER”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 4, 2013

Almost every day I go here for coffee .. and use Prince of Darkness at home This is the best coffee shop in BC as far as I am concerned so DO NOT miss it if you are in Nelson

Visited January 2013
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Nelson, British Columbia, Canada
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14 reviews
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“The one stop for your coffee fix!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 15, 2012

The best coffee around,fantastic and cheerful staff that have a smile that makes your day. A go to place to catch up on the events in and around Nelson.

Visited December 2012
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