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Icelandic River Roast Coffee Far & Wide

Coffee lover and Icelandic River Heritage Sites supporter Susan Atwood of Seattle sent us this great photo of her little niece Sadie Mae, together with a pound of Fjallkona Icelandic River Roast coffee beans...  Thank you, Susan, for your support.

Iceland's daily paper Morgunblaðið recently (Nv.19.2011) carried an article on the work of Icelandic River Heritage Sites and highlighted Icelandic River Roast as one of the group's main sources of funding.

Coffee for culture and local heritage... a perfect match.

Icelandic River Roast A Hit (September 10, 2008)

Coffee Launch

A unique and delicious new blend of coffee beans, Icelandic River Roast – ‘Tíu Dropar’, was launched at a recent “packed to the rafters” old time dance held in Riverton on Sept. 10, 2008. This event, attended by a tour group from Iceland as well as many old time dance fans, also featured a performance by the New Iceland Youth Choir, and was both a welcome to the Icelandic visitors and a fundraiser for Icelandic River Heritage Sites Inc. (Right: Members present at launch, l-r: Keith Eliasson, Sigmar Johnson, Nelson Gerrard, Wanda Anderson, and Harley Jonasson)

Coffee GrannyIcelandic River Roast’s custom-designed label features an authentic, apron-clad, pioneer amma in her farmhouse kitchen, holding a coffee pot in one hand and a cup and saucer in the other. The picture, taken about 1920 and found in an old photo album, is Geirþrúður Jónsdóttir (from Fjöll in Kelduhverfi) of Brú, Manitoba, wife of pioneer Stefán Pétursson. The back label provides the following explanation: “For centuries, coffee (kaffi) has been synonymous with Icelandic hospitality. Now Icelandic River Roast recalls this rich tradition brought to the shores of Lake Winnipeg in 1875. ‘Tíu Dropar’ (10 drops) is an old Icelandic request for ‘just a little more’.”

Icelandic River Roast, which features beans from around the world, is locally roasted and blended especially for Icelandic River Heritage Sites, in keeping with traditions surrounding "Icelandic coffee culture".  We now offer five distinct blends ranging from a delicious dark roast (Earl of Dufferin) to a light and nutty Fjallkona blend.  Nýja ísland is a very nice robust medium-dark blend, the new Tíu Dropar is Icelandic River Roast's signature medium blend.  Once a year we also create a special 'Jóla Kaffi' (Christmas Coffee) for the holiday season.

Icelandic River Heritage Sites Inc. is a non-profit group of volunteers dedicated to preserving and promoting heritage sites and events in the area along the historically rich Icelandic River. There are many such sites, but as a start the group has identified two priorities. The first is to commission a life-size, bronze sculpture of Sigtryggur Jónasson, the ‘Father of Icelandic Settlement in Canada’, to be erected on the site of his Icelandic River homestead, Möðruvellir. IRHS’s second priority is the Nes Cemetery Historic Site, which dates back to the Smallpox Winter of 1876-77 and has suffered severe riverbank erosion for many years. The group’s plans include both riverbank protection and site beautification that will include an original sculpture and monument, interpretive plaques, a walking/cycling path, and tree planting.


Coffee DanceAnyone wanting details on either Icelandic River Roast is welcome to contact group members Nelson Gerrard (204-378-2758, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ), or Wanda Anderson (204-378-2482, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ). Freshly roasted Icelandic River Roast coffee beans can be special ordered by arrangement.  The proceeds from every pound support the work of Icelandic River Heritage Sites...

Enjoy delicious coffee while supporting local heritage - a win-win situation.

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