New Single-Farmer Project in Ethiopia

Introducing our new, single-farmer project in Ethiopia, sourced for the first time for the 2024 harvest. We have incoming, traceable coffees on the way, expected to land in our EU warehouse by the end of July or beginning of August. The Challenge In 2019, the Ethiopian government started giving export licences to individual farmers with more than 2 hectares of land. Even though many farmers got these licences, they have a hard time finding buyers Read more…

Nordic Approach and Tropiq are now one.

Nordic Approach and Tropiq are excited to announce that we are merging. Instead of sister companies, we’re creating a single entity that will unify our team, consolidate operations, enhance service offerings, and provide more diverse options to our valued customers. Nordic Approach and Tropiq were both founded by Morten Wennersgaard, with each company catering to distinct market needs. Now, Tropiq will become a product line under the Nordic Approach umbrella. Together, we will continue sourcing Read more…

Navigating Change: Kenya’s Evolving Specialty Coffee Market

The internal market in Kenya is undergoing a significant transformation due to a series of new regulations implemented by the government. This shift is shaping how coffee is bought, sold, and milled in the country, impacting various stakeholders and leading to both challenges and opportunities within the industry. Previously, exporters could either purchase coffee through the auction, or offer a price to cooperatives via marketing agents who represented the given cooperative. The cooperative maintained ownership Read more…

Navigating Coffee Sourcing in Peru

We had the pleasure of sitting down with Joanne Berry, Head of Sourcing & Procurement at Tropiq, and Gabe Dunn, EU Sales Manager at Nordic Approach. They both recently returned from Peru, where they had the chance to meet with a number of producers and suppliers right at the source. Consistency in returning to the same producers year after year is essential for building trust and stability in our professional relationships. Alongside fair pricing, reliable Read more…

A conversation with Joanne Berry: digging deep into Brazil

As we gear up for our first Brazil shipments expected to arrive next month, we had a chat with Joanne Berry, Head of Procurement & Sourcing at Tropiq. Joanne has played a fundamental role in our sourcing strategy in Brazil, present since the very beginning. She has been travelling to origin consistently, and has a close relationship with the suppliers and producers we work with.  Dive into our in-depth conversation for some perspective on her Read more…

WHAT TO EXPECT FROM THE SECOND HALF OF THE YEAR

MARKET INSIGHT & OUR UPCOMING SHIPMENTS We’ve got an awesome lineup of coffees coming your way from Colombia, Brazil, Peru, Uganda, Rwanda, and Indonesia. Samples started arriving in July, and more will be available this month. Shipments will be landing in our warehouse from September onwards – depending on the origin. While we always make sure to have coffees stocked up in our Belgium warehouse for quick dispatch, it’s still important to plan ahead. To Read more…

UGANDA & RWANDA ORIGIN TRIP

UGANDA THE EAST On the 3rd of May, I set out on a 2 week trip to Uganda and Rwanda. After a long night flight, I set my first steps back into the welcoming heat of Uganda’s tropical weather. Quite the contrast with Oslo, where it was still grey and snowy. Luckily, I didn’t have to face the hoards of taxi drivers asking for attention since I had already arranged one from afar. I could Read more…

A Merger Ensuring Big Things In Specialty Coffee

Neumann Kaffee Gruppe has recently bought a majority share in our companies Nordic Approach Coffee Importers and Tropiq. In the event that this would raise any questions among valued clients, partners, stakeholders, and friends, we, as the founders of Nordic Approach and Tropiq, want to assure you that this merger will not compromise the essence, values, and unique identity that Nordic Approach has cultivated over the years. In this post, we aim to provide insights Read more…

OUR PROJECT IN BULAMBULI: STRENGTHENING UGANDA’S POTENTIAL

Uganda is a high-scoring specialty origin that is still under construction. Most of its coffee is strip picked and cultivated for mass production, as little investment has been made to develop its quality further.  If you scratch beneath the surface, there is a lot of potential in quality naturals and special preps. When farmers have the right tools, they can produce excellent flavour profiles on scale. Our project in Bulambuli Ever since we started sourcing Read more…

The season’s plan: what to expect

To ensure a steady supply of greens throughout the year, you can plan your purchases based on seasonality. Whether you look for the same profiles or like to mix it up, the harvest will keep you up to date with what to expect from each origin. There is usually a high demand for Africas and Centrals at this time of year. These coffees are incoming and are scheduled to land in April, May, and onwards. Read more…

Cuatro Vientos

Meet our newest supplier in Colombia: Cuatro Vientos

Maximising an origin’s potential is always on our list of priorities as we continuously search for innovation and new ways to diversify our product portfolio. In Colombia, our approach revolves around developing in-depth relationships with private producer groups, cooperatives or exporters. We recently started working with a new supplier, Cuatro Vientos. We have been in communication with them for approximately a year, and have now added a variety of their coffees to our offer list. Read more…

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…