Coffee Crisis in Kenya

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Trouble is brewing in the home of some of the best coffee in the world. Nestled between ancient mountains with a soil rich in volcanic minerals, coffee from the Nyeri district in Kenya has been increasingly regarded as some of its absolute finest. New political developments threaten to—at best—delay shipments, and at worst obliterate the diversity of the region. More »

From the Archives
A Tale of Two Markets

The Friele Roasting Room

It goes without saying that coffee is an important part of Nordic culture, and that the interest for coffee straddles all demographic divides with ease. It reaches the old, the young, the rich, the poor and everyone in between. However, the supply side of the coffee market in the Nordic countries is decisively split into two very different parts, governed by completely different rules and objectives.  More »

A History of Coffee in Norway, Part Four

Peter Christen Asbjørnsen

In this series of articles, we’ll be taking a trip through Norwegian history as it pertains to coffee, stopping here and there to shed light, briefly, on important personalities and formative events. In part four we meet one of the first real coffee geeks in Norwegian history, and learn about his take on what makes a good cup of coffee. More »

A History of Coffee in Norway, Part Three

Friele, Brazil

In this series of articles, we’ll be taking a trip through Norwegian history as it pertains to coffee, stopping here and there to shed light, briefly, on important personalities and formative events. Part three explores the mid-19th century, the point in time at which coffee became available to the vast majority of the population. More »

A History of Coffee in Norway, Part Two

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In this series of articles, we’ll be taking a trip through Norwegian history as it pertains to coffee, stopping here and there to shed light, briefly, on important personalities and formative events.

As we enter into the 19th century, we’ll take a look at how coffee won over its harshest opponent and built ties that would later bolster its popularity even more. More »

A History of Coffee in Norway, Part One

Episcopatum Stavangriensis, Bergensis et Asloiensis (Johannes Janssonius, 1636)

Ask about Norway and coffee, and the first thing that will come to most people’s minds—Norwegians included—is that the consumption per capita rates among the highest in the world.

But that’s not the full story. How did a small country with no real mercantile or colonial power manage to become one of the most avid consumers of coffee back when it was a hard-to-get luxury? And more recently: how did Norway manage to become a world leader in specialty coffee? More »