Learning from the Best: The Barista Hustle

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The last ten years have seen fantastic improvements in our collective understanding of coffee — not just in brewing, but every part of the chain, from the moment a coffee tree is planted. While there is still much work to be done across the entire industry, it has never been easier for a single person — professional or not — to build a solid, comprehensive understanding of coffee. Unfortunately, a lot of the information available out there is only available piecemeal, couched in very technical jargon or otherwise not as easily available as it should be. This is where Matt Perger and his Barista Hustle comes in. More »

From the Archives
Notes on the Nordic Coffee Culture: the Social Aspect

For a year now, we have been looking at what constitutes a Nordic coffee culture. Both in terms of concrete history and traditions, but more importantly also the more intangible sense of place coffee enjoys in our lives. More »

A Film About Coffee

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If you have an interest in specialty coffee or enjoy documentaries, you should watch this film. Intended by its director, Brandon Loper, to be a “love letter to, and meditation on, specialty coffee”, A Film About Coffee accomplishes this through letting the people and places in it speak for themselves. More »

Maxed Out: A Closer Look at Coffee Consumption in Finland

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The statistics are presented at every opportunity: Finns are the people with the highest consumption of coffee in the world, at 12 kilos per person per year. But those are averages, and those don’t necessarily tell the real story of who’s drinking what.

Inspired by this recent article from the Washington Post, detailing the spread in the alcohol consumption of the American populace (long story short: 30% don’t drink at all; the top 10% consume fully half of the alcohol(!)), it would be interesting to see whether any statistics like these existed for coffee. After all, the history of coffee in the Nordic countries closely mirrors that of alcohol. More »

What American Users of the Wilfa Precision are Saying

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The Wilfa Precision has been available in North America through Williams-Sonoma since August this year, and the reception has been fantastic! Here’s some of what users have been saying. More »

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 »