Being transparent about transparency

This blog post is part of a series called Why Transparency Matters. Read all posts in this series here. For several months we have been working on a transparency model, with the aim of releasing a transparency report that breaks prices down beyond FOB, and be clear about our own costs and margins. Our goal is to have this price breakdown a standard part of the information we provide for every coffee we sell, and Read more…

Rwanda 2019 | Gitesi’s first naturals

One the goals going into a new Rwanda season this year was to diversify the profile range. To that end we asked our long-term partners, Aime & his father at the Gitesi washing station, to prepare some naturals for us. It was their first time with this process. Always exciting! To sell naturals in Rwanda, first you need a license, and to get a license you need a guaranteed buyer. Otherwise it is illegal to produce Read more…

How to plan your menu

For new roasteries, one of the toughest questions, after “which roaster should I buy?” is “what should go on my menu?”  The answer will be different for everybody, depending on your customers, your location, and your capacity. To help decide what is best for you, we asked some of our customers how they tackle this question.  How do you choose which coffees to put on your menu?  The first step to answering this question is Read more…

Coffee competitions in origin

Coffee competitions in origin: What are they, why are they important and how can you get involved? We run two annual competitions in origin, the Apas Cup in Brazil and the Tarqui Cup in Colombia. Each competition judges a selection of coffees from producers working in a particular region. The top lots earn significant premiums on the local price, which is a huge benefit to the farmers. More importantly, these competitions help farmers create a Read more…

Burundi, 2019 | What’s cropping?

Slight turbulence ahead. Things were a little bumpy going into the season this year, but we have become accustomed to that over the years. And the Burundis, taste, well… like stunning Burundis: amazing complex coffees and so characteristic. Definitely worth a few bumps and jumps. Low yields this year As every year our focus is on our long-term relationship with Salum Ramadhan and his four washing stations. The yield on the trees was low this Read more…

Can you feel it – a workshop on detecting mouthfeel

At Nordic Approach HQ in Oslo we regularly hold sensory training events for our staff. This month we ran a workshop to help the team detect mouth feel.  I learned this exercise from Ida at CoffeeMind. It’s great for training yourself to discern body and mouthfeel when cupping coffee, and best of all, it’s easy to set up and do yourself.  Here’s how: Objective: Range and sort four different liquids from low to high in mouthfeel.  Read more…

North America buying strategy in Colombia

In summer of 2018 I first visited producers that have been part of long-standing Nordic Approach quality-based premium programs – some for nearly a decade. The premium program Morten built years ago still benefits a growing number of producers and roasters (and other importers), so this year, 2019, I went to investigate how we could develop this project to serve the North American market, and apply what we’ve learned about developing specialty coffee supply chains Read more…

Update from Juan David Cordona

David is a young producer in Antioquia, part of an informal group of innovative young farmers who are determined to prove the potential of their region goes beyond chocolate and caramel cups. His father thinks David’s ideas are too radical and their pair argued about the best way to manage the family farm. To solve the conflict, David’s father decided to lease the property to David to manage as he chooses. David and his brother Read more…

Rwanda 2019 | our renewed focus

Busy but beautiful times! … wait wait wait, it’s 2019 and August already? Are you sure?But… the summer of 2018 just ended?That pretty much sums up the feeling I had going into this summer, and I think all the staff over here in Oslo are with me. A bummer for me this year was that I’ve had to cancel my trip to Rwanda & Burundi the day before actually flying out, due to problems that popped Read more…

Meet the producers of Intibuca

Seeing their name on a bag of roasted coffee is a privilege few farmers experience, and not always because their coffee isn’t good quality. In many parts of the coffee growing world there simply isn’t the infrastructure to maintain lot separation all the way to the port.  In Honduras, the producers suffer a lack of service providers for small scale production. Smallholder farmers must combine their coffee with that of other producers in the region Read more…

Intibuca, Honduras: increasing profitability through micro-lot separation

Honduras presents as an exception in Central American coffee production, being the only country to increase volume, and at a rapid rate. Steadily holding its place within the top ten producing countries of arabica coffee, Honduras went from the fifth largest producer of arabica in the world, to the third in 2018, overtaking Ethiopia.  Yet Honduran coffees are not well known or established in the market. Coffee professionals are far more likely to know the Read more…

World Of Coffee Berlin

We’re at booths V2 and V3 and Tables 1 & 3 in the Roasters’ Village. Drop by our stand for a chat, we’d love to see you. We’ll have beers from 4pm at our booth every day… 🙂 Plus, every day there will be a chance to meet some of the producers we work with: Schedule: Thursday June 6th:11.00-11.30 – Meet the Producers Augusto Borges Ferreira and Natalia Brito from Jaguara (Brazil)13.00-13.30 – Meet the Producers with Read more…

Meet the Caballeros

If you’re coming to World of Coffee in Berlin next week, you can meet Marysabel Caballero and Moises Herrera at our booth on Thursday 1pm to 1.30 pm (we’re at at booths V2 and V3 in the Roasters’ Village). Not in Berlin? London folks will get a chance to meet them at our cupping at Ikawa on June 12th. Their coffees arrive TODAY at our warehouse in Belgium. “If you don’t love coffee, you cannot produce Read more…

quality sorting coffee by hand in Rwanda

Rebuilding Rwanda

It has been 25 years since the Rwandan genocide against the Tutsi. We don’t pretend to understand the devastation of this event on the lives of people living in Rwanda or those who fled, but we can report on how coffee is helping people rebuild their lives.

What to pack for an origin trip

Going on your first origin trip and wondering what to pack? No worries, our seasoned Nordic Approach staff have you covered! 1) First of all, being able to fit everything into a hand-luggage sized bag is a big bonus. This means no lost luggage for starters. It’s handy to sort your packing into smaller bags by category, so it’s not just one big mess inside your luggage. And a bag is much better than a Read more…