HAL brews specialty java in partnership with Beukenhorst Coffee

Rotterdam 1873 will be sold by the cup and by the bag. HAL's Frits van der Werff, VP food and beverage, with a barista in Nieuw Statendam's Grand Dutch Café Rotterdam 1873 will be sold by the cup and by the bag. HAL's Frits van der Werff, VP food and beverage, with a barista in Nieuw Statendam's Grand Dutch Café PHOTO: Holland America Line

Passengers can indulge in a specialty coffee blend created exclusively for Holland America Line in partnership with Beukenhorst Coffee USA. The West Palm Beach, Florida, micro-facility of the Dutch coffee house Beukenhorst Koffie worked with HAL to introduce Rotterdam 1873, a small-batch roasted coffee blend.

Named for year and city of HAL's founding

Named for the city and year Holland America Line was founded, Rotterdam 1873 is a rich coffee blend of the best Indonesian and Central and South American Arabica coffee beans. Rotterdam 1873 is available by the cup in all revenue venues, and for purchase by 12-ounce bag of regular or decaffeinated beans in Explorations Café and Grand Dutch Cafe.
  
Rotterdam 1873 is roasted fresh in small batches in Beukenhorst Coffee USA Inc.’s West Palm Beach facility and supplied to the ships. For more than 20 years, Holland America has been serving Beukenhorst Koffie imported from the Netherlands in the Lido Market, dining room and other venues where complimentary coffee is served.

Premium coffee experience

'It was an exciting opportunity to work together to create a personalized, premium coffee experience through our small-batch roasting process,' said Hans Wiggemans, co-founder of Beukenhorst Coffee USA. 'Our hope with having Rotterdam 1873 available for purchase is that guests will go home and reminisce about their Holland America Line cruise each time they enjoy a cup of our coffee.'

The Dutch have been roasting coffee since the 16th century, with signature blends from various regions. Arabica coffee is believed to have been the first species of coffee to be cultivated 500 years ago in Arabia. The Dutch, famous for their seafaring, brought the plant from Arabia to Java where the island became a leader in coffee production.

Beukenhorst Koffie was founded in 1784 when Albert Beukenhorst settled in Winterswijk, Netherlands, as a coffee roaster and retailer. In 2017, Beukenhorst Coffee USA opened an espresso equipment showroom, training center and small-batch micro-roastery, 4th Wave Brew, to be able to fill the increasing demand for small-batch specialty coffees.
Posted 23 January 2019

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