It's Never Too Early…for FINLAND!

So, you’ve been reading all about the fun everyone is having at the Nordic Barista Cup in Sweden, and you’re thinking, “Maybe I should try to go to the next one!” Good idea! The lovely Bjorg Brend, who handles an enormous amount of details and planning of the Nordic Barista … Read more →

Are We Having Fun Yet?

You bet we are! Yes, it was painful to get out of bed this morning at 7, but not a bother considering we know how much fun is in store for us. Here are some shots of the good times we’re all having right here in Gothenburg, Sweden…

Our Favorite Color: Beige

Svensk Mjölk (the Swedish Dairy Association) developed one of the most innovative programs to increase milk consumption in the world: The Beige Project. Interestingly, the project was getting off the ground around the same time as the Nordic Barista Cup, so it was a natural fit for the two to … Read more →

Crazy Latte Art Competition!

Perhaps inspired by WBC champ James Hoffmann’s call for absurd latte art on his website (, Nordic Barista Cup teams participated in a race to create latte art in cupping trays. Keep in mind, too, that this took place right after an enormous, delicious lunch by Hello Monkey. So perhaps … Read more →

NBC Day 2

The second day of the 2007 Nordic Barista Cup is underway! This morning features the Nordic Roasters Competition. This is a new competition this year: 10 roasters from the Nordic countries have submitted coffees to be blind judged by the attendees of the NBC. The five teams — Norway, Sweden, … Read more →

About Last Night…

There’s a reason folks have bleary eyes this morning… those Swedes sure can show a girl (or a few hundred girls and boys) a good time! At the close of yesterday’s activities in the big white tent, we left en masse and walked to the harbor, where we boarded a … Read more →

NBC Videos Online Now!

You can check out video highlights of the NBC online now at You can see a video welcome to the event here. Here, World Barista Champion, James Hoffmann, is interviewed by Barista Magazine’s Sarah Allen. And you can find all sorts of other videos at the Nordic Barista Cup website, … Read more →

Beautiful Nicaragua

The Nordic Barista Cup is honored to have the esteemed Roberto Bendaña in attendance for this year’s event. A member of the Cup of Excellence Board of Directors, and the Chairman of the Nicaraguan Specialty Coffee Association, Roberto is an incredible presence in the international coffee industry, and an intense … Read more →

Who's Your Sommelier?

As some readers have noted, a few teams here at the NBC received a cash payment for their cafés if they had a “correct” sommelier, which naturally raises the question, what’s an “incorrect” sommelier? Basically, it’s this: a “correct” sommelier is someone who has actually worked as a sommelier and … Read more →

So Where Would You Invest?

The investors here put most of their funds into Team Finland’s café based on their presentation of their business plan, but everyone at the NBC would like to know what you think. So here are the business plans of all five teams as PowerPoint presentations that you can review for … Read more →

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