Mahembe

MAHEMBE #4 – Coffee of the Month – November

Mahembe #4 Mahembe #4 – Unique and elegant Rwanda Coffee. Bringing less-known areas to light.   Why this coffee stands out? As we have noticed, Rwanda is not as popular as other coffee-producing countries in Africa, either because of its small production or because of its political history. Despite that, Mahembe #4 takes the top spot among the most requested coffee samples this month.  Isn’t that great? We have found this coffee to be unique, with differences Read more…

Coffee concepts Peru

Concept coffees for our value-added blends

Why do we create concept coffees?  As a key part of our work, we are always looking for ways to add value within the supply chains we work in and to the production of coffee by creating quality programs in small communities. For this reason, we develop concept coffees in some of the origins from which we source.This allows us to develop a wider product range, build good quality protocols, supply fully traceable coffees, offer Read more…

Hambela Cardamom

HAMBELA CARDAMOM #1 – Coffee of the Month- October

Hambela Cardamom #1 Hambela Cardamom –  The perfect Ethiopian Christmas coffee. Long and spicy aftertaste. Why this coffee stands out? It is not every day that we come across a coffee with distinctive cardamom flavors.  When processing this washed coffee, cardamom was added, and the result does justice to its name. Despite the fact that roasters aren’t so fond of infused coffees, this one shows how different coffee processing techniques can produce surprising aromas and new taste Read more…

Varieties cupping Kenya

Kenyan varieties research. Results of a blind cupping in collaboration with C. Dorman

In April 2022, Nordic Approach organized a blind cupping for over 45 participants who shared their thoughts with us on 12 coffees of different varieties: SL Varieties, Ruiru 11 and Batian. This was part of a research that our Kenyan partners C. Dorman Ltd. have been conducting for over 6 years “COFFEE VARIETIES CUPPING PROJECT” in which they seek to create a solid base of information on the quality and performance of the different coffee Read more…

Mara Coffee - Natural Kenya

Natural Kenya – a brand new concept

Kenya is considered by many as the world’s number one quality producer, and over the years we have found some top-notch coffees we are proud to offer.  Coffee exports make up around 10% of Kenya’s income, and it can produce as much as 65,000 tons of green coffee each year.  The country processes mainly fully washed coffees, although some new farmers are starting to focus on naturals. To ensure that you can taste the wide Read more…

coffee Colombia

Coffee Commercialization in Colombia

Coffee has been one of the main agricultural sources of income for Colombia, representing 35% of the agricultural GDP (Gross Domestic Product) in the country. To understand how coffee is commercialized, we’ll study the dynamics behind it, or to be more specific, how the money and the product move across the supply chain.  Product and money dynamics in Colombia The links in the supply chain The Picker  In Colombia, all the picking is done by Read more…

Frinsa Collective Indonesia

FRINSA COLLECTIVE EDUN #1 – Coffee of the Month- September

Frinsa Collective Edun #1 Frinsa coffee fermented by lactic acid with a complex but smooth character!  A coffee with a positive impact on Indonesia’s economy, environment, and social well-being.   Why this coffee stands out? Although, the cup profile of Indonesian coffee has acquired a bad reputation among specialty roasters for its muddy and earthy tastes. We have a strong relationship with a producer in Java, Indonesia, as we see big opportunities to develop new cultivars Read more…

coffee origins

Reconnecting with our 10 origins after the summer break

Reconnecting with our 10 origins after the summer break After a long and well-deserved vacation, we are all getting back to our daily routines and activities. And, since we know it can be challenging, we thought it would be helpful to share with you an update on the 10 origins from which our coffees are sourced, and in this way, save you time searching for what happened during your summer break.   Check at a Read more…

Espen Kokekaffe

An insight into the World Kokekaffe Championship in Oslo

It is time to decide who is the world’s best kokekaffe brewer of 2022 at the World Kokekaffe Championship, taking place in Oslo, Norway. The event will be carried out as part of the Kaffe Dagen of Kaffebrenneriet this Thursday, 8th of September from 16:00 to 19:00, at Grønlandsleiret 32.  This year our beloved lab manager, Espen, will be one of the judges, along with a remarkable team of coffee professionals.  We had the opportunity Read more…

Coffee of the month - Honduras Los Pinos - Joaquina Montoya

LOS PINOS BY JOAQUINA MONTOYA – Coffee of the month – August

Los Pinos by Joaquina Montoya Los Pinos – a fermented forward coffee that displays Honduras’ potential.  Joaquina Montoya  – a producer we absolutely admire! Why this coffee stands out? When the flavor is already outstanding, we move on to see all the details about a coffee, including the story and the people behind it. So, this month’s coffee spotlight is not just about the flavor or cupping score, but also about the hands that grew Read more…

Cup Nordic Approach

Why do we cup coffee?

Cupping is a tasting exercise. It is a way to evaluate and compare the characteristics of different coffees, and assess their potential.  Throughout the entire coffee process, cupping plays an important role in maintaining the product’s quality. Farmers, suppliers, importers, buyers, and roasters cup at several stages – but not always with the exact same mindset. At Nordic Approach, cupping is our primary tool. We cup in origin to start to identify new projects, microregions, Read more…

“Special preps” – reviewing concepts and some Salvadoran names

In recent years, experimental fermentation has been a growing trend in the specialty coffee industry, so we frequently see more terms like special preps, anaerobic, extended fermentation…. etc. These have been used to describe some special preparations – a more controlled and adventurous approach that allow us to create techniques for coffee flavour development and to enhance aromas, the acidity or balance of the sweetness of the coffee, amongst others.  That is why, in Nordic Read more…

Burtukanna Danche Rwanda

BURTUKAANA DANCHE #1 – coffee of the month – July

Burtukaana Danche #1 Burtukaana Danche #1 –   perfectly structured and sweet coffee with the counterpoint of delicate florals, that evokes the wonderful sweet taste of natural Ethiopian coffee.  Why does this coffee stands out? There has been an increased interest in this coffee in the Nordic countries (they like Burtukanna profiles), so we needed to talk about it this time.   Normally, washed coffee is the most popular among Ethiopian coffee lovers, but this one is Read more…

Bomba de Fruta: the story behind the concept

Over the years, we have developed a taste for fruit-loaded profiles, and we have noticed the same trend among roasters, as they have been asking us for more fruity wild notes and … why not? middling levels of funk! We became more creative and bold because of this, so we decided to include natural and cherry fermented coffees in our offer list from as many different producing countries as possible. This is how the Concept Read more…

Ethiopia Natural Vs Washed

Ethiopia: Natural Vs. Washed (Survey)

Loving Ethiopian coffee? Natural or washed? Today is all about coffee from Ethiopia  – Natural Vs washed.  Take this short survey and help us learn more about what the specialty coffee community prefers. Laster inn … Problems filling the survey Ethiopia: natural vs. washed? You can go directly here. Survey We have many post about Ethiopia and all its potential, how about if you check one more page, and if you want to learn everything about Read more…

Coffee Of The Month - Samii Bedessa 1

SAMII BEDESSA #1 – Coffee of the month – june

Samii Bedessa #1 Samii Bedessa – a coffee that reflects the mystical and captivating flavours of Ethiopia.    Why this coffee stands out? There is no doubt that Ethiopia takes coffee quality seriously, and Sammi Bedessa #1 proves that. The cupping score of 87.5 speaks for itself.  It is a washed coffee, so if you are looking for juicy coffees and rich flavour notes, you will surely like this one.  Every time this coffee is brewed, people Read more…

Intibuca Honduras coffee

Outstanding Central American coffee producers ➡️ Honduras and El Salvador

More than 10 years of exploring, tasting, and searching for the best coffee in the world led us to Central America, where we marveled at the amazing and diverse beans these countries are producing. So, of course, we also have in our offer list some truly outstanding coffee from El Salvador and Honduras.  These  two neighboring countries have a great deal to offer and very promising coffees, even though they have faced some challenges this Read more…

Coffee arrivals from Ethiopia

New arrivals from Ethiopia, uncover their potential

Once again, Ethiopia surprises us with amazing coffee, and finally we can say WE HAVE FRESH ARRIVALS FROM ETHIOPIA FOR YOU! To ensure  this long-awaited day, our team at Nordic Approach and our sister company, Tropiq, have followed a rigorous process to be able to present you this treat. Hence, yes! We are very excited to hear your thoughts on them! We have listed the cooperatives and washing stations because knowing the story behind our Read more…

Take a look at the 124 coffees we cupped in the Spring Cupping 2022

We closed April with our Spring Cupping 2022, where we cupped 124 coffees in total from different origins – Ethiopia, Honduras, El Salvador, Uganda, Kenya, and we couldn’t miss the opportunity to also show off some funky coffees from our collection.  Our colleagues also took us through each one of the origins during their presentations, so everybody could gain insight into the starting point of the supply chain in the coffee industry. We also discovered Read more…

Honduras 2022: harvest update and incoming coffees

It’s been a challenging year on the Honduran farms, but we have ensured our 2022 lots and it all looks promising! We have received the first preshiment samples for some of the Caballeros lots but there is more on its way. Here you go an overview so you can plan your coffees with your fav sales rep! Looking back: 2021/22 Harvest Due to different factors, volumes of Honduran coffees decreased by 30-40% this year. On Read more…