Five for Friday: Coffee and tea
Whether you prefer coffee or tea, Finland can surprise you with its unique Nordic twist on the world’s most popular beverages.
Finns are the heaviest coffee drinkers in the world, consuming a whopping 10 kilos of coffee per capita yearly. To cater to this national affinity, small speciality coffee roasteries and artisan coffee houses are emerging across the country.
Despite the fact that coffee drinking overshadows tea consumption in Finland, tea has been enjoying a growth in popularity among quality-conscious Finns due to its health benefits and an increasing number of intriguing blends available on the market.
And so, coffee lovers and tea fans, have a taste of these five brands!
With the idea of changing people’s perceptions of coffee, reputed Finnish barista Lauri Pipinen opened Good Life Coffee café in Helsinki’s Kallio in 2012. Two years later, he joined forces with Samuli Ronkanen, a coffee enthusiast who would later become the owner and master roaster of Good Life Coffee Roasters.
The power duo focuses on high-quality ingredients and carefully selected roasting and brewing methods. The roastery supplies aromatic coffee to coffee shops in Finland and other countries, and you can order yours online.
“Our underlying idea is that good coffee isn’t that difficult,” explained Ronkanen. “You buy better ingredients and use clean equipment and good water. Of course, we use all sorts of technical equipment at the roastery and put a lot of effort into making sure the coffee tastes good at the café, but we take care of all that geeky stuff so that customers have it easier.”
Finnish nature delivered right to your cup – this is what the Helsinki-based tea company is all about. Founded and run by two female tea enthusiasts, Nord-T makes craft loose-leaf teas using berries, herbs and other forest goodies from the North.
Hand-blended and packaged with style, all Nord-T teas have peculiar, imaginative names that introduce tea drinkers to some specific aspect of the Finnish nature: Moose on the Loose, Sunset at Noon, Bear Hug, Frost Bites, to name but a few.
“We want to break barriers when it comes to perceptions of traditional tea flavours,” noted co-founder Nina Rantala. “For example, in the future we’ll be using beetroot in our teas.”
Founded in 2014 out of passion for coffee and with a vision to accelerate the world’s transition to sustainable consumption, this coffee subscription service enables consumers to effortlessly order fresh artisan coffee from over a dozen Finnish roasteries straight to their mailboxes.
Welcomed by coffee roasters and coffee drinkers alike, Slurp guarantees a highly personalised experience: customers can order coffee as beans or ground, and choose the flavour profile, amount and shipping interval according to their preferences.
“The green coffee beans arrive from overseas, of course, but the roasteries have a huge impact on the end flavour,” pointed out co-founder Manuel Linnankoski. “Coffee hand-roasted in Finland is an interesting product that is a joy to be able to provide.”
Did you know that you can drink mushrooms? This seemingly wild idea has crossed many borders and caught on globally since it was originally brewed by a group of Finnish friends in 2012. Whether you’re a coffee, cocoa or tea person, Four Sigmatic has a drink for you.
The special ingredients used are a variety of superfood mushrooms, such as cordyceps, reishi, chaga and lion’s mane, that are believed to have health benefits ranging from supporting the immune system to boosting brainpower.
The powders come in individual serving sachets and need to be mixed with boiling water before you can start enjoying your drink. No need to worry about the taste of mushrooms as there’s none: the mushroom coffee tastes like coffee, the mushroom matcha tastes like matcha and so on.
“Our dream is to normalise mushroom drinking,” explained co-founder Tero Isokauppila. “We want to help people be and live healthier by incorporating these super well researched and powerful – and little bit overlooked – foods in their diet.”
The art of serving tea and coffee is as important as the quality of the drink itself. This Turku-based design company is particularly famous for its award-winning WARM tea and coffee series, which enables you to serve your favourite hot beverage in a stylish manner.
Always on the lookout for new trends, Tonfisk’s special feature is the merging of porcelain and wood in tableware and interior decoration items. The inventive and appealing design comes hand in hand with functionality.
“The wooden part of our products is not just for decorative purposes; there is always a reason why it’s used,” said co-founder Brian Keaney. “For example, the wooden portion acts as insulation, keeping the drink warm without letting your hands burn.”
Text: Zhanna Koiviola
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