Oso Negro

Coffee + community at iconic roastery + cafe in Nelson, BC 

Before going skiing at Whitewater or in the local backcountry, everyone in Nelson, British Columbia heads to Oso Negro (Spanish for “black bear”), which has spent 23 years perfecting the rare art of highlighting coffee beans' subtle terroir flavors in medium and dark roasts.

Drink perfect coffee and eat tasty treats at Oso Negro before or after excellent skiing like this at  Whitewater Ski Resort ? Yes, please!  © Kari Medig | Destination BC

Drink perfect coffee and eat tasty treats at Oso Negro before or after excellent skiing like this at Whitewater Ski Resort? Yes, please! © Kari Medig | Destination BC

Fair trade coffee, groovy ski town locals and tasty eats baked by excellent regional food producers: Oso Negro is all about community.  Courtesy Oso Negro

Fair trade coffee, groovy ski town locals and tasty eats baked by excellent regional food producers: Oso Negro is all about community. Courtesy Oso Negro

Try their custom blends like the Prince of Darkness (deep, winey, spicy), Chocolate Cake (rich, velvety, bright) or Meteor (smooth, nutty, earthy) for artful taste progressions, even in a mug of drip. The 1950s drum roaster and 100-year-old buildings are historic, but owners Jon Meyer and Anne Bokser’s longstanding commitment to triple bottom line sustainability is entirely modern. From farmer to roaster to employee to customer, this is feel good ski town coffee at its tasty best. Find Oso Negro in the heart of historic Nelson, British Columbia, on Ward Street, one block uphill from Nelson's main thoroughfare, Baker Street.  www.osonegrocoffee.com

It all starts with sustainably grown and ethically traded green coffee beans. Oso Negro roasts more than 14,000 pounds each month.  Courtesy Oso Negro

It all starts with sustainably grown and ethically traded green coffee beans. Oso Negro roasts more than 14,000 pounds each month. Courtesy Oso Negro

Freshly roasted coffee bean varietals are blended together to build Oso Negro's signature brews.  Courtesy Oso Negro

Freshly roasted coffee bean varietals are blended together to build Oso Negro's signature brews. Courtesy Oso Negro

Oso Negro's 1950s-era drum roasters from PROBAT work the magic on approximately 30 pounds of beans at a time.  Courtesy Oso Negro

Oso Negro's 1950s-era drum roasters from PROBAT work the magic on approximately 30 pounds of beans at a time. Courtesy Oso Negro

Oso Negro is Spanish for "Black Bear"—but in Nelson, BC it might as well be slang for "perfect espresso shot."  Courtesy Oso Negro

Oso Negro is Spanish for "Black Bear"—but in Nelson, BC it might as well be slang for "perfect espresso shot." Courtesy Oso Negro

The historic community of Nelson, British Columbia nestles between the Selkirk Mountains and Kootenay Lake. Known as the "Queen City," it boomed in the early 1900s, and for a time was the largest and most developed city in the region. Today it is a rare and authentic gem among North American ski towns, with a friendly vibe, cool bars and restaurants, distinctive shops, heaps of snow and remarkable skiing.  © Kari Medig | Destination BC

The historic community of Nelson, British Columbia nestles between the Selkirk Mountains and Kootenay Lake. Known as the "Queen City," it boomed in the early 1900s, and for a time was the largest and most developed city in the region. Today it is a rare and authentic gem among North American ski towns, with a friendly vibe, cool bars and restaurants, distinctive shops, heaps of snow and remarkable skiing. © Kari Medig | Destination BC