A change in coffee - New relations between you, your coffee and its producers.

PhD defence, Tuesday 10 October 2017, Emil Bæk Holland

2017.10.10 | Helle Karvonen

Emil Bæk Holland

During his studies, Emil Bæk Holland researched how new coffee qualities are created through tasting and higher value achieved through crafting and new relations to places of production.

Traditionally, coffee farmers have had little knowledge of the markets they produced for, and consumers little knowledge of where their coffee came from. Coffee as we know it is often a blend of many coffees from all over the world. Specialty coffee is changing this slowly.

Emil Bæk Holland has used ethnographic methods to investigate how such changes happen in practice. He has shown how new so-called relational spaces, i.e. relations between hitherto mutually unknown actors and processes, are brought about through a focus on the quality of each step of growing, processing, roasting and brewing. Furthermore, he has shown how higher economic value is achieved through a weaving of places, stories, growing and crafting. This adds to the understanding of how the production and consumption cultures of niches potentially spark changes in global food systems.


The PhD degree was completed at the Department of Agroecology, Science and Technology, Aarhus University.

This resume was prepared by the PhD student.

Time: Tuesday 10 October 2017 at 12.00
Place: Meeting room 2, AU Foulum, Blichers Alle 20, 8830 Tjele

Title of dissertation: Achieving Specialty Coffee – Tasting, valuing and the composition of coffee-spaces
Contact information: Emil Bæk Holland, e-mail: emilholland@gmail.com, tlf.: 28 28 88 76
Members of the assessment committee:
Professor Mike K. Goodman, Department of Geography and Environmental Science, University of Reading, United Kingdom
Associate professor Mette Weinreich Hansen, Department of Development and Planning, Aalborg University, DK
Professor Mathias N. Andersen (chair), Department of Agroecology, Aarhus University, DK
Main supervisor:
Senior researcher Chris Kjeldsen, Department of Agroecology, Aarhus University, DK
Associate professor Søren Kerndrup, Department of Planning and Development, Aalborg University, DK
Language: The PhD dissertation will be defended in English

The defence is public.
The dissertation is available for reading at the Graduate School of Science and Technology/GSST, Ny Munkegade 120, building 1520, rooms 128-134, 8000 Aarhus C.

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