Anne Lunell is a busy woman. When she’s not travelling around the world to meet with long-term coffee partners in coffee producing countries, she’s usually judging coffee competitions or picking up awards. Just last weekend, Anne was in Milan judging the local Roast Masters at the Milan Coffee Festival together with her partner in crime Kris Shackman of Five Elephant after she was honoured with an award for her ‘Outstanding Contribution’ to the coffee industry at large in Barcelona a few days earlier.
This year, we coincided at all major coffee festivals in Europe and together with Kris and our friend Kim Staalman, we launched a little dinner club that allowed us to catch up and discuss the state of the world over a bowl of pasta or whatever else was on the menu. Anne is a very thoughtful person whose calm demeanor is a like a balm on your soul. We even joked that she should have a column or YouTube channel called ‘Ask Anne’ where she’d try and answer the most burning questions from the public, coffee-related or not.
When Anne is back home in Sweden, she usually spends her time between the Koppi roastery in Helsingborg and her home on the Swedish coast with her husband and business partner Charles Nystrand, their son Bill Erik and their dog Asta. A beautiful life that almost makes you feel a bit jealous.
Though we have worked with Koppi many times before, it was only this year really that Anne and I became closer and that has made this partnership feel even more special. For a few years, Koppi was our traditional Christmas box partner but when Covid hit, we all had to adjust to a new reality that forced everyone to reassess their priorities. Now, after a lengthy break, Koppi is finally back and we’re all better off for it.
What I love about Koppi is that it has always remained a small family affair despite its global reputation. Charles and Anne dabbled with running their own coffee shops but quickly realised that it was the sourcing and roasting of fine coffees that gave them the most joy. Charles is largely in charge of the latter while Anne jets around the world meeting producers. Koppi is known for its long-lasting partnerships with Costa Rican producers, for example, and we have always ended up featuring a different coffee of theirs from this Central American origin.
This month’s Coffeevine box is no different, though for the first time, the producer is not La Lia but Monte Copey. This farm is owned by Guiselle and Enrique Navarro with whom Koppi has been working for 12 years. Charles told us that they have been delivering consistently delicious coffees and that Koppi selected this lot for our box because of its lovely cup profile with notes of chocolate and dark berries.
Receive this coffee along with outstanding coffees from Father Carpenter and Three Marks as part of our December 2023 European coffee roasters selection. Visit our shop to order your box. Ships globally on 15.12.2023