I am extremely happy to announce that we have won the Nordic Roaster Competition for the 3rd year in a row.
The 2010 competition was supposed to be in 2 parts. One where all 10 competing roasteries roasted the same coffee and the other competition where the roasteries submit their best coffee and decides the brewing parameters on a BUNN filter brewer.
All coffees were to be cupped blind by the 150 + Nordic Barista Cup attendees and every person gets to vote for their favourite.
Unfortunately the first part of the competition was cancelled due to a very late shipment of the coffee. Therefore we decided to have an unofficial competition among 5 Norwegian roasteries to taste the difference in the same coffee being roasted by different roasters. It was a very interesting cupping and in my opinion and although very different, I really liked 3 of the roasts a lot. In the end we were unofficially voted the best, but since this was an unofficial competition the scores did not count in the Nordic Roaster Competition this year.
So, we were pretty much up against everyone in the final filter competition. The competing roasteries were : (in final Ranking order)
1st place: Tim Wendelboe from Norway
2nd place: Da Matteo from Sweden
3rd place: Solberg & Hansen from Norway
4th place: Gourmet Coffee from Estonia
5th place: Has Bean from the UK
6th place: Viva Cafe from Colombia
7th place: Copa Con oro from Norway
7th place: Löfbergs Lila from Sweden
9th place: Copenhagen Coffee Roaster from Denmark
Unfortunately, Kaffebrenneriet from Norway did not compete due to not having submitted the coffee on time.
The coffee we competed with was our coffee from Mugaga in Kenya. In our opinion our best coffee so far this year.
It was taken from one of our production roasts that Chris Fok did without knowing it was for the Nordic Roaster Competition.
The roast profile was developed by Tim Varney and me for a period of time as we normally do with all our coffees.
To learn more about how we work, please see my presentation on Roasting at this years Nordic Barista Cup that will be available soon at the Nordic Barista Cup Web site.