Our past featured roasters (2016)
DECEMBER 2016: ALEGRIA COFFEE ROASTERS (SEOUL)
Alegria Coffee Roasters takes their coffee and brand seriously. For them, it’s about educating and spreading the importance of a good roast. Founder David Yoo prides themselves on their craft and quality, saying that compared to large-scale franchises, they are able to unveil their unique blends this way. And with all that wisdom and success, you’d think Alegria is an old player. Actually, the roaster just celebrated their fifth anniversary.
Featured Espresso: Jungle Espresso blend (Brazil Pocos de Caldas Volcano Thera, Indonesia Sumatra Mandheling G1, Ethiopia Sidamo Shakisso G1)
Tasting notes: Almond, walnut, milk chocolate, orange, jasmine, full body with a long aftertaste
Featured Filter: Rwanda Bushoki (washed)
Tasting notes: Sugarcane, pear, jasmine, caramel, syrupy mouthfeel with a long aftertaste
NOVEMBER 2016: STEAMPUNK COFFEE ROASTERS (NORTH BERWICK)
Steampunk Coffee Roasters is a sight to behold. Housed in an old, atmospheric warehouse building, they've made a name for themselves through sourcing, serving and roasting sustainable, ethically sourced coffee beans. But what sets them apart from so many other places are their heart and drive. Steampunk wasn’t a brick and mortar store from the start, like many other cafes. It grew right from the back of a bright yellow 1976 Volkswagen camper.
Featured Espresso: Mirian 1 - Costa Rica Naranjo, West Valley (natural)
Tasting Notes: Strawberries, syrupy sweetness, cinnamon
Featured Filter: Samii Lot 1 - Ethiopia Yigracheffe (fully washed)
Tasting Notes: High florals, red berries, bergamot
OCTOBER 2016: BLACKLIST COFFEE ROASTERS (PERTH)
Blacklist Coffee Roasters, based in Perth, Australia, was founded by two Singaporeans. Gabriel Tan and Darren Woon started the company in 2014, roasting their coffee in a corner of their modest café, Sprolo. Today, they’re full speed ahead in business, with exports to Malaysia and the Maldives.
Blacklist makes use of what is known as the omni-roast: a technique which embraces the idea that coffee can be brewed using any method. Their Single Origin coffees are roasted into one unique profile – bringing out the qualities, flavours, body and notes of each bean. Therefore, your coffee can be brewed using any method you wish.
Featured Single Origin: El Salvador Villa Galicia
Tasting Notes: Honey, caramel, nectarine
SEPTEMBER 2016: BRAVE ROASTERS (BANGKOK)
Brave Roasters is the brainchild of three Thai coffee enthusiasts and trendsetters. They pride themselves on sourcing locally grown coffee beans and the featured coffees come mainly from Jomthong in Chiangmai. Northern Thailand's higher altitudes and cooler temperatures make it a perfect spot for coffee farms.
Featured Espresso Roast: Flag Bearer blend (Laos, Paksong Hills and Jomthong, Chiangmai)
Tasting Notes: Dark chocolate, orange, roasted nuts, aftertaste of floral and spices
Featured Single Origin for Filter: Jomthong, Chiangmai (washed)
Tasting Notes: Lemon pie, honey vanilla
AUGUST 2016: BLOOOM COFFEE ROASTERS (MACAU)
Blooom Coffee Roasters is the baby of Keith Fong – a true blue Macanese who was born and bred in the city. Despite the city’s Portuguese heritage and influence, Keith’s coffee roasting and brewing techniques are mostly North American and European influenced. Keith had only two staff working with him in 2010, but now he has several cafes all over the city, including Blooom.
Featured Espresso Roast: Old Fashion blend (Brazilian Fazenda do Serrado, El Salvadorian Finca El Carmen)
Tasting Notes: Dark chocolate, caramel, bittersweet
Featured Single Origin for Filter: Colombia Pascual (Natural process)
Tasting Notes: Macerated strawberries, cherry
JULY 2016: PILOT COFFEE ROASTERS (TORONTO)
Unless you’re fully immersed and living in Toronto, you might not know that this month’s roaster is one of the city’s treasures. Since Pilot Coffee Roasters opened their doors in 2013, the indie café has been listed in plenty of features and won multiple awards. And unlike most roasters that put a key star barista as the face of their business, Pilot Coffee Roasters prefers to shine the spotlight on their beans, and on their innovative coffees such as a “nitro” cold brew in a can.
Featured Espresso Roast: Anthem blend (Colombia La Esperanza (Fully washed), Kenya Ichuga (Fully washed))
Tasting Notes: Tangerine, papaya, balanced
Featured Single Origin for Filter: Kenya Ichuga (Fully washed)
Tasting Notes: Stonefruit, floral, juicy
JUNE 2016: WORKSHOP COFFEE (LONDON)
Our June roaster of the month, Workshop Coffee, hails from London. With four cafes spread across the hippest places in London (like Amazon’s headquarters in Holborn!), they attract everyone from casual coffee lovers, to the serious connoisseurs. Workshop Coffee was founded by James Dickson in 2011 and what sets them apart is their dedication to selecting the most sustainably-produced coffee they can find. It’s not easy finding and working with individual farmers and traders that share the same values as them, but because they’re so focused on quality, you know you’re getting the real deal when you brew their beans.
Featured Espresso Roast: Cult of Done (Brazilian Serra Do Cigano)
Tasting Notes: Cocoa, maple syrup, sultanas, yellow plums
Featured Single Origin for Filter: Colombian Río Negro
Tasting Notes: Caramel, white peach, sweet vanilla finish
May 2016: Return Coffee Roastery (Hong Kong)
Helmed by head roaster and coffee trainer Terry Tse, Return Coffee Roastery is no stranger to the local and regional coffee scene. Not only have they won silver and bronze medals at the 2014 Australian International Coffee awards for their ESC espresso blend, the team at Return Coffee Roastery pride themselves on having the most stringent quality control processes to bring out the best in the coffees they curate and roast too.
Featured Espresso Roast: ESC blend (Ethiopia Yirgacheffe, Brazil Dulce, Ethiopia Kochere)
Tasting Notes: Floral aroma, fruity acidity, honey, caramel and a sweet finish
Featured Single Origin for Filter: Kenya Kirinyaga Kiangoi (Rungeto farmers)
Tasting Notes: Floral aroma, blackcurrant, cane sugar and a tea-like finish
April 2016: Pablo & Rusty's (Sydney)
It's no news that Australia has some of the best cafes and coffee houses around. That's why we decided to partner with Pablo & Rusty's Coffee Roasters from Sydney, Australia. Its founder and head roaster, Saxon Wright, is the Head Judge of the Australian Barista Championships and has been a Certified Judge in the World Barista Championships since 2009, so you know their beans are in excellent hands.
Featured Espresso Roast: Trailblazer blend (Brazil Serra Negra, Ethiopia Kochere, Panama Don Pepe Estate)
Tasting Notes: Brown sugar, milk chocolate, red berries
Featured Single Origin for Filter: Ethiopia Yirgacheffe Aricha
Tasting Notes: Plum, sugarcane