Who is Mikal Strøm?
I have no idea who Mikal Strøm is, until this christmas I would have said that you have to ask everyone that has ever met me and put all the answers into a blender and I would be a slightly confusing smoothie. Is a person the sum of his environment or is he something more? If you strip away everything else, family, friends, enemies, geography, culture, language etc. Is there anything left? And what is it? I’m figuring this out. Ask me again in 2017.
What is your best childhood memory?
I guess the best memories are not a specific memory. I remember the safety that facilitated the freedom to go to the ice skating rink and play hockey all day long. Or walking over to the local snowboard slope without a care in the world. The freedom to live in the moment I guess. Just doing fun stuff and coming home to a warm home with a nice dinner on the table.
If you had a chance for a “do-over” in life, what would you do differently?
That’s a difficult question because what ever I have done resulted in what I am today, which I’m pretty happy with. But at the same time I wonder where in time I started letting my work work me instead of me working my work. I’m working on changing that. So I’m doing my do-over now.
What do you feel most proud of?
At the moment I’m most proud of creating and developing BRYGG.
If you could only keep three possessions, what would they be and why?
Unfortunately i need (1)my computer. I would like to say pen and paper but I’m useless with a pen. (2)coffee (3)another person. (yes, i possess people)
What do you want your tombstone to say?
I think I’d like it to be a mirror.
What is Brygg?
BRYGG is first of all a magazine that celebrates what coffee facilitates: great conversations. But its also an outlet for us to do what we want. At the moment we’re making a magazine (print & web), Coffee and Zines. The magazine is published between 4-6 times a year and is divided into two sections. “Conversations & Coffee”.
What’s your favorite kind of coffee, brew method or coffee origin?
I usually drink drip coffee from Ethiopia or Kenya brewed on the preferred brewing method of the coffee shop I’m visiting at the time. I’m really not that into coffee tastings and the science of it. I just want a good cup of coffee, but the most important thing is the ritual, the time, the people or the lack thereof. I think coffee has gotten the status it has today because it represents time. In a world where we have everything money can buy, the most valuable thing is the one thing we can’t buy.
In which coffee shops are we likely to bump into you?
What does a perfect day look like?
The perfect day starts at 8 o’clock with 5-8 things on my calendar. Preferably researching, emailing and other office-work from 8-12 and something creative, like a photoshoot or film editing in the evening.