Upcoming trips:

Central America Field Trip

We’re going to Central America this February to visit a few of the producers we work with. As our client we would love for you to join us! We are visiting different countries and projects, and you can hop on-and-off as you please. Choose only one or two options or be part of it all. Everything will be centered around our ‘Origin Approach‘ conference 11th – 14th of February. If this sounds like something you would like to be a part of, please confirm your interest and let us know as soon as you have booked your flights. You’ll cover your own expenses while we will arrange for accommodation and transportation. In some places we will stay for free at the farms, in others you’ll cover accommodation costs yourself. You can expect to spend an average of USD 100 pr day including meals etc.

Trip Plan

We will start our journey in El Salvador, then Costa Rica, and finally, in Honduras.

El Salvador 6th – 10th February

We’re flying in to San Salvador 6th February.
We will visit Jasal (Las Cruces) and Los Pirineos.
You will be able to  see loads of coffee harvesting and processing of washed, honeys and naturals.
Will also cupping lot of coffees that have already harvested and processed.
If you’re continuing your journey from El Salvador to Costa Rica, please book your flight from San Salvador to San Jose for the afternoon of 10th February.

Origin Approach Conference in Costa Rica 11th – 14th February

All info about the program, pricing and the concept here.
The fee for the conference is 700 EUR, which includes accommodation, transport, food and pretty much everything else. It will be an interesting and fun event, and you’ll learn a lot!
You can sign up here: https://originapproach.com/

Additional sourcing days Costa Rica 14th – 17th February

If you are flying in to Costa Rica to join us from 14th February, please book your flight to San Jose on 13th February.
We will sort you out from there. This is for those of you who want to visit some of our top producers and cup some early-harvest Nordic Approach coffees.
There will be full-on processing in several small but great mills specialising in honeys, but also other processes.

Honduras 18th – 21st February 

If you’re flying from Costa Rica you can book your flight from San Jose in the late afternoon on 17th February to Tegucigalpa (Honduras).
We will be visiting the Caballero family’s farms in Marcala. They are advanced and have a lot of interesting things to see and experience.
We will also be cupping through the first half of the harvest.

If you think this might be something for you, or if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate with getting in touch!

Ethiopia and Kenya trip 28th of February – 7th of March

End of February will be the perfect time to see a very broad range of coffees from most of our suppliers growing coffees in high altitudes in this region. We will do a trip mainly for cupping and selection of coffees in Kenya and Ethiopia. You’ll be able to cup through tons of great coffees for purchase, as well as we will visit dry mills and exporters, some research centers etc. We will start with three days in Kenya visiting the exporters Dormans and Ibero, and cup through a lot of coffees from Coops we normally buy from and a good amount of new ones. We’ll visit the research center, the Kofinaf dry mill, the Ibero mill and potentially a few other things. In Ethiopia we’ll spend some days cupping in our lab in Addis and visit exporters and dry mills. We’ll also have time to explore Nairobi and Addis, both day and night. For those who wants to spend some days before or after the formal schedule we can arrange visits to producers and the coffee areas. There will not be any production, but still possible to see the areas and the farms, and get a good idea of whats going on at the washing stations.

We will arrange everything like hotels and transport. You’ll cover your own expenses during the trip. 150 USD pr day should be a good estimate including hotels, food, drinks etc.

Agenda
28th of February – Arrive in Nairobi – Hotel TBA
1st of March – Cupping at Dormans, visit research center and Kofinaf mill – Dinner
2nd of March – Cupping at Ibero, visit the Tropical Mill – Dinner
3rd of March – Fly to Addis – Afternoon cupping
4th of March – We’ll take first half of the day off/seightseeing etc. Then visit dry mills etc
5th of March – Cupping + producer meetings/dinner
6th of March – Cupping + producer meetings/dinner
7th of March – Program ended/fly home

Planned trips

Harvest varies from year to year and we will update with more specific dates when we have them.

 Honduras 18th-21st

jan feb mar apr may jun jul aug sep oct nov dec
Ethiopia Ethiopia  Ethiopia 3rd-7th Rwanda Colombia Colombia Ethiopia Ethiopia 11-17th
Kenya Kenya 28th-3rd Burundi Tanzania Brazil Kenya Kenya
El Salvador 6th-10th El Salvador Colombia
Costa Rica 11th-17th Costa Rica
Honduras 18th-21th

We travel to each origin several times per year. In most of the cases we can take people with us. Above is a calendar with rough times of when we go there, the exact dates will depend on the harvest which varies slightly from year to year. When we know the exact dates of a trip we will post it in Upcoming trips above. Please note that when we go on these trips we are working, it is not a holiday.

The benefits of going on an origin trip are many, and varies depending on the type of trip (cupping or not). You will learn about different aspects of the coffee supply chain, and start building relationships with different producers. You get to see where your money goes and meet the farms or washing stations your coffee comes from. On a cupping trip you’ll be a part of our purchasing process, and of course get to taste all the coffees we end up buying before everyone else. These trips are reserved for people with purchasing power at their company. On a non-cupping trip there will be more time to visit farms/washing stations/micro mills, getting to know people and taking photos for marketing purposes of your coffee. We will prioritise current customers who want to come on these trips. If you’re not a roaster or green buyer these trips are not for you, but you may be interested in Origin Approach.

Practical info

You have to organize your own flights, visa, travel insurance and vaccines. We will organize hotels and travel at origin. We recommend bringing USD cash and Visa card.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does it cost?

This varies. You have to pay for your own flights, hotel, transport and food. This varies a bit from origin to origin, and whether we are staying in a city or rural area. Hotels in cities are about USD 100-150 per person per day, 60-80 if in a rural area. Transport is about USD 150 per day, split between everyone, so this will depend on how many who comes on the trip. Food is about USD 30-50 per day.

Do I have to organise my own flights and hotel?

You have to book your own flights, but we take care of hotels and transport in origin.

Will there be any spare time?

Once in origin we will organize the full day with activities, as such there is no spare time. You can of course choose to book a later flight home for “tourism days” on your own.