Nordic Roaster by the Numbers

Andreas Hertzberg of Solberg & Hansen takes his tray of the 10 coffees in the Nordic Roaster competition to a quiet spot where he can taste them all and vote for his one favorite.

Andreas Hertzberg of Solberg & Hansen takes his tray of the 10 coffees in the Nordic Roaster competition to a quiet spot where he can taste them all and vote for his one favorite.

The Nordic Roaster event was, as it is every year, an exciting and intellectual activity. Ten coffee roasters submitted coffee to be judged by a panel of both their peers and members of the public. The roasters could note brewing parameters to be followed, and the merry band of NBC volunteers brewed and served each of the 10 coffees following those specific guidelines.

Volunteers lined up at a long table to serve each of the 10 coffees in the Nordic Roaster competition. All service and judging was conducted blind.

Volunteers lined up at a long table to serve each of the 10 coffees in the Nordic Roaster competition. All service and judging was conducted blind.

The set up goes like this: get in line for a small cup of each of the 10 coffees, get a ballot, taste all your coffees, and vote for one—just one. A total of 116 votes were cast, with four being dismissed as invalid. Scores were tabulated and the winners were announced at the Gala Dinner on Saturday night.

Drumroll please…

WINNER! Tim Wendelboe’s Tekangu with an incredible 28 votes. (Tim Wendelboe, Oslo, Norway)

2nd place: Solberg & Hansen’s Finca Kilimanjaro with 16 votes (Solberg & Hansen, Oslo, Norway)

3rd place: Kaffitar with 15 votes (Kaffitar, Reykjavik & Kaflavik, Iceland)

Tim Wendelboe and Tim Varney happily hold the trophy for the Nordic Roaster. Tim Wendelboe Coffee is the winner for the second year in a row. Bravo, Tim!

Tim Wendelboe and Tim Varney happily hold the trophy for the Nordic Roaster. Tim Wendelboe Coffee is the winner for the second year in a row. Bravo, Tim!

For the complete list of competitors and scores, see Nordic Roaster in Menu bar on the Nordic Barista Cup homepage

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