Spotlight | Oso Negro Cafe'

 OSO NEGRO | Our Home in Nelson, BC           Video by Djemini Studios

OSO NEGRO means ‘Black Bear’ in Spanish. A foreign translation of an apt local symbol as a reminder of how far coffee travels to reach us and how culturally removed we are from the sources of this fine stimulant
At Oso Negro we try to infuse ethical decision making into every aspect of the business; from diverse hiring practices to a living wage for our employees, abundant local donations of coffee and support and coffee that has been traded with the highest standards.  We strive to be our best selves every day of the year in all facets of our lives.

Oso Negro | Guestbook

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Disclaimer: This page is set up to showcase my appreciation for this awesome business, and help funnel new clients through to discover their awsome coffee and other products. This is NOT an official point of contact for Oso Negro Cafe', so please do not make any business inquirities here. Rather, use the links to their website and social pages to get in touch with staff.

Otherwise, use this guestbook to show some love or leave business reviews for the owners and staff, and make sure to leave a 1-5 star rating with your review! Thank you!

The Best Coffee in the Kootenays!

Growing up in Nelson, I was spoiled to be raised on some of, what I would call, the best Coffee a man can buy.

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New Winter Hats!

Hats are available exclusively at our Nelson, BC Cafe'
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Muffins and Cookies Baked Fresh!

The Oso Story | From their Website

2023 - Changes! After one and a half years of research and design we launched our new coffee bags and website. Changes to our roastery production floor were made to accommodate new machinery needed to fill and seal the Biotre 2.0 bags. Our new bags are 60% compostable, made in an environmentally friendly facility and will keep your coffee fresh for 10 weeks.

2016 - When we started out on this journey in the 1990’s, we would have been hard-pressed to imagine ourselves outgrowing our beautiful 22kg Probat roaster. However, this is what we came to acknowledge in the spring of 2016. With uncanny timing, the stars aligned within days of the beginning our search, and we found a beautifully restored 45 kg Probat roaster to relocate into our expanding, historic facility. This handsome piece of 1954 technology is the metronomic heartbeat of our operations today.

2004 - Our downtown café was bursting at the seams from a flattering and growing demand. As we searched around town for the next incarnation of our café, a quiet property one block away came up for sale, and with a firm indication of confidence and support from our local Credit Union, we were enabled to step into the construction mode and create our flagship cafe, boasting the contributions of dozens of local artists. The Oso Negro Café now serves as a common space for our community that reflects our deep appreciation of our local surroundings and the creative soul of Nelson.

Communication, connection and nourishment are some of our key objectives.

1999 - The 12 kg Probat found a home in the historic Kootenay Warehousing and Brewery building, five blocks up the hill from the café. Over time we continued to craft blends and understand with each passing season the intricacies of the various farms and countries we sourced from. Together with ongoing customer feedback and our increasing experience we grew, slowly and steadily until we required the next roaster, a beautiful 1950’s 22 kg Probat, that kept us satiated for the following fourteen years.

1996 - Within a few years we were invited to join up with The Only Bagel Co. a few blocks away. The new café space soon became a busy social hub where Nelsonites could connect on the way to work, play, or spend time hashing out the next creative project. Simultaneously, we graduated to an old 12 kg Probat roaster.

1993 - Oso Negro was born in Nelson, BC, and fledged from a 100-year-old, brick-lined room roasting with a 1 kg Petroncini roaster. We focused on keeping things fresh, simple and enjoyable. Our steep learning curve was shared by our customers. The roasting room doubled as a café, and it was our pleasure to visit with customers and serve coffee to our neighbours.

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