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OURPERSPECTIVE

At Kodas we are Inventors. Optimists. Hard workers and Fiery Spirits. We believe that every person is capable of greatness. And that a life not shared is a life not lived. We believe in the power of ideas. In taking risks. And doing things that scare us shitless. We believe that who we are is a reflection of what we eat. That quality in equals quality out. At KODAS, we exist to create foods that define us.

OUR STORY

Finland, 2003. Tea and Sulev Nõmmann, two souls with the urge to experience as much as possible in their lives. After working as scientists, diplomats, architects, economists and entrepreneurs travelling the world, it was now time to start something that would hopefully last generations.

  • THE SPARK

    While living in Finland with their four children,Sulev attended a year-long course on alcoholicbeverages. Slowly an interest in ciders began toarise. As the final part of the course, the firstbatch of cider was brewed. There wasn’t a dropleft of Sulev’s cider after the final celebrations.The love for Sulev’s first batch of cider, visitinglocal orchards in the Turku isles and the urge tomove back to their homeland of Estonia sparked an idea to begin making cider.

GETTING TOWORK

But where to begin? For Sulev and Tea, there was only one option - to choose what seemed right, not easy. There are no shortcuts if you dare to pursue something greater. This meant buying the land and planting our orchards. Sulev took a big risk - it would take 7 years until the apple trees reach their full capacity. The first 4000 apple trees were planted in 2006. Siidrikoda was born. What ensued could only be described as a wild roller coaster ride of ups and downs, success and failures. There were times where giving up seemed so close - growing 4 children and working a full-time job while building a cider mill on the other side of the country is the very opposite of easy. But we never gave up on the dream. Little by little everything started to work out.

  • THE FRUITS OFOUR LABOR

    Our first batch of cider entered the market in2015. It did not take long for our ciders to gainlocal and international recognition. In 2016 twoof our ciders - Snoob and Säde - won silvermedals in the International Cider Challenge andin 2017 Mimikri struck gold. Finally thededication, attention to detail and hard work hadpaid off.

TO THEFUTURE

After success with our ciders, we eventually arrived at the question - what next? Whether we stay as a small cider mill in Southern Estonia or do we dare to dream bigger? New ideas began to fly as the children had now grown into adults full of ambition. Long and stressful days at Siidrikoda had taught us a lot about the value of balance. That you’re only as effective at working hard and achieving your goals as you are at taking a break and enjoying the journey itself. That fulfillment comes from reaching the destination as well as enjoying the road there. That you shouldn’t choose between hard work and enjoying life - you can and should do both. From that idea KODAS was born. Now, not even the sky is the limit. KODAS - a journey to live a fulfilling life.

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    • TEAM

    • Sulev Nõmmann

      Founder & CEO

      While most people just talk about their ideas, Sulev is the rare kind of person who actually brings his ideas to life. After experiencing more than others would in two lifetimes, he had the crazy idea to start a cider business in Southern Estonia. And you know what? Here we are now.

    • Tea Nõmmann

      Senior Manager

      If Batman has Robin, Sulev has Tea. There couldn’t be one without the other. She’s the one who takes Sulev’s crazy ideas, puts them on an excel spreadsheet and makes them possible. Besides keeping Sulev’s high-flying ideas under control, she’s also responsible for quality management (ISO 9001:2015), bureaucracy and is the official Queen of Microsoft Excel.

    • Ingmar Nõmmann

      Marketing and Branding

      Growing up with the company has taught Ingmar the ins and outs of the whole business and the story behind it. The great ambition now is to take what his parents have built, developing the vision for the future and bringing it all to life.

    • Ingrid Grünvald

      Export Manager

      It’s not easy finding someone quite like Ingrid. With her talent ranging from art to sales, a systematic approach to everything and lovely personality - she will never cease to amazee you.

    • Eldar Rassulov

      Product Manager

      After working for years in the mainstream beverage business he had finally had enough of the methods and principles used. He wanted to make something genuine and honest, something he’d be proud to represent. Something made with soul, integrity and quality in mind. His straight-forward and honest approach is the key in bringing our production to the next level.

    • Rain Kuldjärv

      Head of R&D

      While most of his time is spent in a lab developing all kinds of delicious high-tech food and beverage products, he’s definitely not your typical lab guy to say the least. Whenever he’s not in the lab, he’s either on TV talking about food science, doing sports or brewing beer or cider at home.

    • Iris Nõmmann

      Restaurant Events and Communication

      It never gets boring with Iris. Her lively and charismatic personality combined with her experience in both the music and restaurant industry leads to the coolest of parties. Iris is the kind of person who makes sure that in addition to guests having the time of their lives, the staff are taken care of as well. / that everyone is having the time of their lives.

    • Maribel Villakov

      Restaurant Manager

      If she was a captain, you’d definitely want to be on her boat. She always gives 110% and will go further than most to make sure everything runs smoothly. This means even becoming a chef when needed. Her quirky personality and strong work ethic are something to be admired.

    • Hanna Orumaa

      Bar Manager

      The sun definitely shines day and night with Hanna. If her lively and positive personality doesn’t lift your mood, then one of her delicious cocktails certainly will. There are no bad days when you have her around.

    • Kaisa Lena Jurs

      Restaurant Marketing Manager

      She’s the kind of person who’ll say “Let’s do it!” to even the craziest of ideas. With an eye for photography and design, she’ll make sure you look good both offline and online.

    • Tormi Saarniit

      Head Chef of KODAS Restaurant

      Nobody knows how, but everything he touches turns into gold. Our own Michelin-Star Chef in the making. He’s definitely the chillest chef you’ll meet as well - I bet not even Gordon Ramsay could crack him.

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