In a normal year, Spring is our busiest time, and the biggest event is our Spring Cupping. For obvious reasons, there won’t be a Spring Cupping in 2020. It took us a long time to accept this reality. It seems comical now, but in early March we were trialling more hygienic cupping methods and discussing the logistics of running a safer kind of cupping for 70+ roasters and green buyers. How innocent we were back then.
We are sad we had to cancel. We will miss seeing you all in the office, catching up, learning about your businesses, your markets, your progress since we last visited you, or you visited us. We are so proud of our coffees, and we sorely miss sharing them with you in person.
We won’t be seeing each other in person for the foreseeable future, so we decided to bring our Spring Cupping to you online. Cup with the team on Youtube and take a deep dive into each origin with our blog posts and Origin Conversation videos.
It’s not the same, we know, but it’s as close as we can get for now. If you have any questions about these coffees, these origins, want to order a sample, or you simply want to have a chat and catch up, don’t hesitate to give your sales person a call. We would be so happy to hear from you.
There is no such thing as business as usual in Ethiopia but this year has been a little crazier than usual, even before Covid-19 hit.
Suzie talks to Morten Wennersgaard and Alexander Lenouvel Hansen about the current season in Ethiopia. What has been happening on the ground since harvest began in November?
Cup with Alexander, GM of Tropiq Ethiopia, our sourcing company on the ground in Addis. Alex cups a selection of landed and incoming Ethiopians.
Green coffee buyers often reminisce about the days when Kenyan coffees tasted like Kenyan coffees. While this may be nostalgia talking, it is true that Kenya is always changing.
Cup incoming Kenyans with Morten. Many of these coffees are in the container expected to land in July.
Cup incoming and landed Ugandans with Morten. This cupping features coffees from Kingha and Great Lakes, two partners with great coffees and greater potential.
Suzie and Morten talk to Kingsley Griffin, founder and manager of Kingha Estate in the west of Uganda about this fascinating project with strong social and sustainable ambitions.
We see Uganda as a high scoring specialty origin “in the making”. There are so many good coffees around, on the trees at least, but little has been invested in post-harvesting or the supply chain in general.
While producers in Brazil may be working in more developed conditions than their counterparts in other countries, there are still many challenges.
Our in-stock Brazil coffees includes some lots that may surprise you, some even surprised Joanne!
The Tarqui Cup coffees usually sell out before they hit the water. This year we are thrilled to have a few lots on our offers list for Spot purchase. Find out what makes these coffees so special.
Juan David Cordona is a young producer in Antioquia. See how access to the specialty market transformed David’s house and farm.
Planning in these crazy times
We are all staring into the crystal ball, trying to predict how our industry will look in the aftermath of the curfews and lock downs. At Nordic Approach, we are finding ways to help you adapt and plan.
Have a sudden gap in your menu? Alec cups a selection of fresh crop coffees that are currently in our warehouse and ready to dispatch.
We hope to see you in person at our Spring Cupping next year. ❤️