Day 30 (last day) – Z stands for Zoégas Coffee
“CHOCOLATE, MEN AND COFFEE – SOME THINGS ARE BETTER RICH”
Now we are back in Helsingborg again, but we are still in my county – Skåne and us living in Skåne, skånningarna – we love our coffee and it has to be strong. For me this is best coffee in the world, of course. Have converted a couple of friends, all over the world to drink it too – so that now means that I have bring Zoega with me when visiting (victim under my own believes).
We Swedes drinks 7.8 kilo coffee per capita – 4th highest coffee drinking nation in the world – Norway leads that league – we don’t mind – they have to be best in something, the Norwegians.
Zoégas, Zoégas Coffee Ltd, is a coffee roasting plant in Helsingborg, founded in 1886 by Carlos Zoega, with origin from Italy. The company has been owned since 1986 by Nestlé.
As early as 1881 opened Carlos Zoega, after having lived in Brazil, a coffee trading in Landskrona. 1886 he moved to a store on Kullagatan 27 in Helsingborg, where the family had both his home and his roastery, with the name of Helsingborg Patents Tea Steamroastery. When Carlos Zoega died in 1888, took his wife Maria over the store and around the turn of the century it moved to new premises on Queen Street where the company still has a shop.1903 created one here Mollbergs mixture and 1918 Horns mix, which would later be called Skånerost. Maria remarried entrepreneur Johan Svensson and together they got a son, Rudolf.
Their son Rudolf began his career in the company in 1913 and then took over when his father died 1923. He developed the company into an industrial business. He should have said the following about the art of mixing a good coffee:
“To compose a coffee blend can to some extent comparable to compose music. There must be harmony of the compositionshould be fine.”
Zoéga’s – was for many years only known to the Swedes living in the south of the country – but that has changed rapidly through the years. Zoéga is not our biggest brand of coffee – that is Gevalia that’s owned by Kraft Foods .. and it’s also the biggest coffee roastery in Scandinavia .
Their coffee blends today is;
Mollbergs blend - dark roast coffee made in 1903 at the request from the chef at the prestigious Hotell Mollberg – today Hotel Marina Plaza in Helsingborg.
Skånerost – dark roast coffee that originally had the name Hornsmix, created 1918th
Blue Java – the company’s version of the Java Coffee.
Mezzo – the roasted coffee made from coffee beans from East Africa.
Intenzo – dark roast coffee based on a blend of coffee beans from Guatemala, Costa Rica and Kenya.
Forza – extra dark roast coffee based on a blend of coffee beans from Brazil and East Africa.
Pasión Colombia – roasted coffee beans from Colombia.
Organic – dark roast KRAV certified coffee.
Presso – specialty coffee for presso brewers.
Espresso – pre-ground espresso coffee.
Espresso Palazzo – fine dark roasted espresso coffee. Available -ground and whole coffee beans.
Hazienda – dark roast coffee labelled Fair Trade and KRAV.
Estanzia – slightly dark roast coffee labelled Fair Trade and KRAV. The beans come from Central and South America and East Africa
Dark Temptation – MY COFFEE – the beans are from the mountains in East Africa mixed with the Brazilian pearl bean that gives a taste of star anis and hazelnut
Black Velvet, launched this year – the beans comes from Villa Rica Valley in Peru and has taste of chocolate, fudge and red berries.
For every Christmas there is a Christmas Blend – that are different blends every year.
Zoégas old shop from around 1900 is still in the same location on Drottninggatan, 30-36 in Helsingborg. The furnishings are from 1931 and you can buy all types of coffee in the company’s catalogue, plus a lot of flavoured coffees.
Of course Carlos Zoéga has his name on one of our purple trains!
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