Episode 15: When your world-leading coffee consumption is a sham

Coffee pan over campfire in lake countryside landscape, during a summer sunset

Joel Willans, captain of Very Finnish Problems, investigates the extraordinary hot beverage habits of his adopted country. Lari Salomaa, from Swedish artisanal coffee and tea brewery Johan & Nyström, joins to spill the beans on the nuances of Nordic caffeine madness, with the help of his book on the subject. Co-host Thomas Nybergh breaks his dystopian entertainment cycle with recommendations of a classic Finnish pop album and an actually uplifting podcast.


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Produced by Thomas Nybergh / Ink Tank Media



Lari Salomaa’s book on changes in the coffee industry (in Finnish, for now)

Joel’s new book: More Very Finnish Problems

Differences between coffee strains from around the world

Thatcher the Milk Snatcher’s effect on British schools

The impact of Marcos Croce and family on the coffee industry

Lari’s podcast recommendation: Cappuzine, on coffee (in Finnish)

Joel’s recommendation: The European Parliament on Facebook

Joel’s second recommendation: vote in the European election. Really.

Thomas’ podcast recommendation: Nocturne, stories exploring modern life’s relation to the night, with the most soothing narration ever

Thomas’ Finnish music pick: “Lähtisitkö”, a classic song from Pave Maijanen‘s exquisite, glossy-sounding 1984 album Maijanen (Spotify, Apple Music)


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What’s so weird and wonderful about Finland? British born Joel Willans, creator of Very Finnish Problems, discusses, with a variety of fascinating guests, what he’s learnt after 15 years living in his much-loved, adopted country.

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Title photo: Visit Lakeland

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