We have been offline for the past three days since the wifi at Wahana was out of order. Relief for some, pain for others. Three days of offline means that at check in to Swiss Belhotel Medan people got their iPhones out and got online. Not sure whether this is the (only) reason, but the signal […]
This morning we hit the road at 9 am. Direction Lake Toba and Parapat. A 4 hour drive on the roads with fairly challenging Sumatran traffic. “Fast and fun” some would say – others “hazardous and crazy”. We are (again) staying at a very nice hotel, the Niagara Bopobulos hotel in Parapat, with a magnificent […]
The 2011 Nordic Barista Cup winners have arrived to the Sumatran capital Medan. Alexander, Anne, Pernilla and Per will be joined by 11 other people on the one-week trip sponsored and arranged by Mercanta. The total group of 15 has people from Sweden, Denmark, Estonia, Great Britain, USA and Australia.
The 2011 Nordic Barista Cup champions from Sweden won a trip to Sumatra. Learn more about the trip here.
Monday morning we visited FNC (Federacion Nacional de Cafetero de Colombia). First there was a presentation about FNC and their work to improve coffee production and conditions in Colombia.
The Swedish winning team is in Colombia at the moment – thanks to their victory at 2010 NBC in Oslo last September.
First of all lets make it clear that we are in paradise – also known as La Navarro, an old coffee hacienda situated approximately 15 min drive outside the town of Armenia. Surrounded bu palms, coffee trees, birds and mountains.
The day started very early with take off at 06.00. Destination: Pereira and Cenicafé (Centro de Investigación de Cafe).
The welcoming at the Jose Maria Obando School was overwhelming and warm. All 275 pupils were lines up along the road down to the school. When our bus stopped and we got out they started clapping and cheering. We all felt like rock stars…