Kafferäven Per Nordby – El Cambalache – Replay

It’s not my first time drinking El Cambalache from Kafferäven. I’ve tried it in many process variations from Washed, Natural to what todays review is; Honey.

As you know El Cambalache from Kafferäven Per Nordby has one of my favorite coffee beans, and it’s the Maracaturra. It’s not because it often has a complex taste to it or anything regarding the taste at all. It’s because of its huge bean size, it’s a joy to pick out double or triple the size of a coffee bean rather than the small one.

The honey process is more difficult to brew compared to washed or natural, I had to change a lot of things like blooming time, grind size. However, when I got the recipe correct the taste was awesome.

I tried it without any info on what the roastery had in their description of the coffee. This is something I always do, I just want to clear that out, and later on, I try to feel the notes they do describe.

The sweetness was very pleasant and its complexity was amazing to try out. I didn’t struggle as much with making a recipe as I did two years ago, since I had developed a foundation for complex coffee.  Let’s review what they wrote as their description:

“Juicy, caramel, orange, cranberries”

First I’ll cup the coffee which means that I’ll try to find different flavors in the coffee. Just to give you as a reader a hint of understanding of what I go through. I’ll also write how to do a cupping. You can read that below:

When I do a cupping I do the following:

1) Grind 11 g coffee in a medium-coarse grind, I’ll remember the coffee’s fragrances now when it is dry to compare with the let grounds later.
2) Pour 180 g of water at a temperature of 93 degrees Celsius.
3) Let it sit for 4 minutes.
4) Stir 3 times and try to find as many scents.
5) Remove all foam that’s formed on the top.
6) Wait for 6 minutes so the coffee cools down and to let the coffee grounds fall down to the bottom, then I’ll take my first slurp with a deep spoon. The idea is that you will spray the coffee inside your mouth. That way you will be able to easily recognize the tones contained in the coffee.
7) Wait for 6 minutes and do the same procedure, the reason behind step 7 is that it’s the most optimal time for tasting coffee. If the coffee is still good after 12-15 minutes, then it is a high-quality coffee!

Pour Over: 

20g coffee coarse grind
300g of filtered water
40g bloom 90 seconds
91 degrees Celsius

1) Pour 40g water for blooming for 90 seconds.
2) 90 seconds in, begin your continuous center pour of 240g of water.
3) Stop the dripper at 4 minutes and 15 seconds

*Always rinse the paper filter with filtered hot water, don’t forget to wash the coffee server with clean water afterward, because the taste of the paper might linger.


I like when coffee is complex. It’s often hard to describe as well to brew. But when you hit the spot like slow pours or having 90 seconds blooming, it will enhance the complexity to the coffee and it’s something that I do prefer a lot.

I’ve written it before and I’ll do that again. Kafferäven Per Nordby are one of our most famous coffee roasteries in Sweden and this just proves it. I’m very happy with El Cambalache and I hope their next coffee will be as good as this one!

Rating: 8.0/10

The rating is only based on taste and quality and is not based on price.


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