Award-winning Sommelier and Distiller Erik Liedholm is now a certified Coffee Sommelier, the first in the Pacific Northwest region well known for its rich coffee culture. Earlier this month, Liedholm received the Nespresso Coffee Sommelier™ certification through an invitation-only program open each year to a small group of professional wine sommeliers and accredited chefs from around the world.
“Similar to wine, premium coffee has diverse flavor, texture and aromatic profile subtleties, and it surprised me that I could use deductive wine tasting methodology to make these discoveries,” commented Erik Liedholm. “It was also intriguing to evaluate these nuances to discern the best way to harmonize coffee with different food, spirits and even water — overall, an interesting parallel to the wine tasting experience.”
Liedholm, a Master Sommelier Candidate, won the national Somm Slam competition at the International Chef Congress in New York last fall and holds a certificate in distilling fromLondon’s Institute of Brewing & Distilling. In partnership with Chef John Howie, Liedholm will open Wildwood Spirits Co. in Bothell later this summer. Kur Gin and Stark Vatten Vodka, released by Wildwood Spirits Co. in August 2014, have been awarded by the New York World Wine and Spirits Competition and the San Francisco World Spirits Competition, the two most recognized competitions in the spirits industry that comprise the Triple Crown of Wine & Spirits Competitions. For more information, visit www.wildwoodspiritsco.com.