Jespers Koffie is one of the five nominees and has a chance to win the title ‘The Product Made in Antwerp’. The company was founded more than 100 years ago in the Sint-Andries district of Antwerp, but has since moved to Kapellen. Kurt De Bilde and An Liekens are now the driving forces behind the coffee brand. Kurt is happy to tell you more about the coffee blend they are putting forward for the competition. You can still vote via this link until November 15.
Tell me, what kind of company is Jespers Koffie?
“Jespers has actually existed officially since 1900. Then the Antwerp resident was able to go to ‘In Het Koffiemoleken’ at the Oever, near Antwerp’s Sint-Andries. Joseph Jespers, An’s great-grandfather, took over that business in 1920. His son Jozef became the manager in 1953. Jo, An’s father, continued the family business in the 1990s as a coffee roasting company and neighborhood supermarket. At the end of 2019, Jo retired and the history of the family business was in danger of coming to an end. We decided to take over the business together. “
Which product are you entering our competition with?
“With our Antverpia blend. We have infused this specialty coffee with amaretto from the Antwerp distillery Antverpia. The coffee is acidic, bitter in balance and contains notes of almond nuts. It is best to drink the blend with a pastry or a cheese dish.”
Why are you so proud of the Antverpia Blend?
“Because it is a collaboration between two Antwerp companies. I don’t think it can get more local than this.”
Where is the product produced?
“In our in-house roastery in the Kapellen experience shop.”
How did this product or idea come about?
“The idea came from our love for drinks, and combining them. After several tests, we managed to create a delicious fusion of our coffee and the Amaretto.”
Who are the main buyers of your product?
“Our coffee is mainly purchased by private individuals, companies and the catering industry. Actually, mainly gourmets who recognize our craft and taste the difference.”
Why should readers vote for you?
“Because we have been roasting in the same tradition for more than 100 years and have not made any compromises through all crises. We hold on to our roots and have a rich family history in the Scheldt city.”
Through this link you can cast your vote. You can vote until November 15.