Nordic Approach on Producing Quality in Rwanda

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Nordic Approach is a forward thinking Norwegian company that specialises in sourcing and importing coffee for smaller, quality-driven coffee roasters around the world. Founded by Tim Wendelboe and Morten Wennersgaard (ex-Solberg & Hansen), Nordic Approach has quickly garnered a reputation for sourcing some of the best coffee available, and for exploring regions off the beaten path. More »

From the Archives
The Nordic Barista Cup: An Overview

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What originally started as a lighthearted contest between the barista teams of Denmark and Norway, has since 2003 gradually grown into one of the most forward thinking workshops in the world of coffee. More »

What Kopi Luwak is and why you should avoid it.

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Holdovers from the days where coffee was more about myths and salesmanship than quality and origin still exist. Examples include “monsooned” coffees, Jamaica Blue Mountain, and the granddaddy of them all—Kopi Luwak. More »

West Coast Coffee Roadtrip

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Brian W. Jones is a busy man. The popular author of Dear Coffee, I Love You, a multitalented designer, an honorary Swede, part of Supersonic Coffee and a NCC team member, he’s heavily involved with the worlds of coffee and design, and particularly where they intersect. Starting now and in the immediate future, he will be wearing his coffee and Swede hats, riding a beautiful Volvo up and down the West Coast of the USA, stopping to enjoy (and document!) the coffees and coffee shops on the way. More »

Erna Knutsen: The Grand Old Lady of Specialty Coffee

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In the newest episode of the podcast Coffee AwesomeBjørg interviews Erna Knutsen, the founder of Knutsen coffees. Erna emigrated Norway with her family in 1926, landing in New York, before eventually making her way to San Francisco and founding her company in 1985. She is credited with coining the phrase Specialty Coffee. She only recently retired, at the age of 93! Hers is an interesting story, and well worth a listen. More »

Perfect Partners: Coffee and Napping

Napping and Coffee

While the two might seem like opposites at first, they really aren’t at all! After all, people often drink one or take the other with the aim of becoming more alert or productive. If you time it right, it turns out there’s a way to combine the two—and it’s dead simple. More »