We are Gringo Nordic, a curious little coffee roasting company in Gothenburg, Sweden.
We source 100 % fully transparent speciality coffees from single farms, estates and cooperatives. A lot of the coffees come from organically certified farms. But a lot of the coffee comes from much smaller plantations, where a certification would not be economically possible. But we support them anyway, there is often a lot of good intentions behind each farmer, especially the ones that work with quality. They do not want to act stupid on the planet, and generally avoid the high costs of fertilizers to any cost.
We roast our coffee with a so-called slow roast method - by hand and in small batches - on the most energy-efficient roasting machine on the planet, using air flow technology. We adapt each roasting to each unique coffee so that there is a balance between sweetness, acidity and fullness, then we think that the coffee usually tastes best.
We really love coffee - we will make sure you never doubt it.
Gringo was founded in 2018 by Johan Ekfeldt, who previously founded Sweden's first specialty coffee roastery, Johan & Nyström. Together with his wife Pernilla and business partner Magnus Alfjärd, he runs the roastery on the outskirts of Gothenburg. The name "GRINGO" stuck after the workers on Johan's coffee farm Finca La Tierra - in Colombia - started calling him that. We also have a cafe in our roastery, where we serve espresso drinks and pour overs and you can buy coffee beans to take home. On the last Saturday of every month, we open our doors for a full Gringo experience as we host free cupping.
For as long as I can remember, I've had my head full of coffee. For many years I was a dedicated hobby roaster and eventually got a job at Kahls Kaffe. After six educational years there, I co-founded Johan & Nyström in 2004. We were Sweden's first specialty coffee roastery and worked consciously to fundamentally change people's coffee habits.
After selling my share in the company and three years outside the coffee stand (I meanwhile managed to buy a coffee farm in Colombia), I started in May 2018 - together with Magnus & Pernilla - Gringo.
I really missed roasting coffee. I love turning on the roaster in the morning, sensing the coffee all day and working directly with the farmers and with all the passionate and coffee-loving people you meet in specialty coffee. It is simply the best job in the world.
You might say I got married for coffee. But you might also say that I grew up with northern coffee; lightly roasted and gently brewed. And that what I like most about coffee is to spread knowledge about specialty coffee and show how good it can really taste when all the different characters of coffee emerge and how good it feels to know that coffee is grown in a traceable and sustainable way where the coffee grower really get paid reasonably.
I think the best thing about working with coffee is all the meetings, everything from coffee farmers to all the nice people in the coffee industry and especially with you who, just like me, simply love a good cup of coffee!
At Gringo I hold tastings, coffee courses, meet guests in the roastery shop, help our customers and jump in basically everywhere when needed.
I am basically a chef, but realized that coffee is the most fun there is when I worked at Johan & Nyström as a salesman. After a year out at sea, I am back where I thrive best, among good coffee and coffee-loving customers. At Gringo, I get to dig deeper into the coffee and when I'm not out with customers, I take care of our production and logistics.
If you're opening a restaurant or a new cafe and looking for guidance in terms of concept, machine and coffee, I am there at your ser ice. I love everything about the coffee experience and will make sure you get good coffee in no time.
It is no exaggeration to say that I was born straight into the world of coffee; my upbringing has in every conceivable way revolved around everything that has to do with coffee. Several of my great interests - for example traveling and meeting new people - are in the exciting world of specialty coffee and here I want to learn as much as possible. During my years at high school, I worked as a barista at Da Matteo in Gothenburg and now I am one of the others in the gang here at Gringo.
Now I combine work at Gringo with studying at Stockholm University. I hold tastings and barista training for customers, update our website and am responsible for our subscription service.
My coffee journey started early, I was just a young teenager when I started working for Tord Wetter at the legendary Mauritz coffee in Gothenburg. It was also here where I got my first insight into how freshly roasted coffee smells, and how good coffee can really be when it is roasted and brewed with love and emotion.
Working with the team at Gringo Nordic and continuing my coffee journey here therefore feels like a natural and exciting continuation. My main task is to roast, but you can also find me in the roastery shop and the coffee bar, at the packing machine or anywhere else where I am needed, the tasks at Gringo are many and varied.
When I started at Gringo, I didn't drink coffee, but now I'm just as fond of this noble drink as the rest of the gang. I am really interested in all the flavors found in good coffee and no two cups are the same.
At Gringo, I make sure that our customers get nice bags, I label, pack and take care of most of the internal logistics. I also take care of customers in the store.
One winter Saturday I sat with a friend and enjoyed a good cup of coffee among beans and coffee stuff in the roastery. Gringo was open on Saturdays and I got a strong feeling that I like it here. It was a nice moment that was enhanced by all the lovely Gringos who like to talk about coffee as much as I do.
A few months later I did my first day here at Gringo. To work with good people, both here at the roastery and with our amazing customers, to try new lovely beans from different parts of the world and to learn more about coffee every day - that's what brightens my everyday life.
At Gringo, I work with a little bit of everything – for example order processing, website, our web shop and roasting.
Monday - Friday 8-16
Next open Saturday is March 23rd, 11-15
On Saturdays there is always good coffee and seating in the roastery, in the coffee bar and outside.
Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th of February we will meet instead at Eriksbergshallen at https://www.nordiccoffeefest.com/
Welcome to meet us there!