Scan Magazine, Issue 134, March 2020

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In-house roaster, Tomi Nieminen, roasting coffee beans.

Café of the Month, Finland

The wonderful world of coffee Paulig Kulma, located in the heart of Helsinki, is a café, roastery and barista training institute. Kulma offers customers a multi-sensory experience that allows them to delve into the world of coffee. The coffee house puts sustainability and coffee at the centre of everything it does. The coffee’s entire journey – from bean to cup – has been carefully thought of, through careful consideration for farmers and all the way to the baristas’ expert knowledge and passion for their brew. By Ndéla Faye  |  Photos: Kim Öhman

In 1876, Gustav Paulig set up a company that would grow into one of Finland’s most successful businesses. Over the years, it anchored itself into Finnish people’s daily lives as one of the most recognised coffee brands. Since its founding, Paulig has had a strong sense of entrepreneurship and vision for the future, all while creating new trends – and these things are still visible in the company today.

Paulig’s flagship, and a stone’s throw away from the first shop, founded by Gustav Paulig more than 140 years ago. The establishment’s regularly changing coffee range consists of the latest trends in coffee from around the globe. Kulma’s interior is aesthetically pleasing and funky – and very Instagrammable – making it a perfect place to taste coffees, cocktails or mocktails, alongside tasty food and cakes.

Paulig Kulma is a coffee house that serves freshly-roasted, hand-made coffee in Helsinki’s city centre. Kulma is

“Working in Paulig Kulma is a dream come true for coffee nerds like us,” laughs Ella Takalainen, Paulig Kulma’s

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café expert. Kulma prides itself on having the baristas with the sunniest dispositions in the whole city. “Everyone here is genuinely excited about coffee. Our staff is highly qualified and happy to talk about anything coffee-related, and serve customers their daily coffee, of course,” she continues.

Sustainability is key Customers are guaranteed to get the freshest coffee in town at Kulma, as their in-house roasters, Tomi Nieminen and Mihkel Jurimaa, roast the coffee beans on site. Each batch of coffee is lovingly roasted in small batches, using a small drum roaster, in order to preserve all the wonderful aromas and flavours of the coffee. The in-house roasting machine – named Bertha, as an homage to Gustav Paulig’s wife – functions on biogas, which means that the coffee is roasted using 100 per cent renewable energy.

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