We were lucky enough to share some emails back and forth with Maxwell Colonna-Dashwood, the guest roaster for this month's October Superlatives (you can read more about the "Elephant Bean" here!) He shared some really cool insights on the origins of Colonna, art and business, and the general worldview of Colonna.WeI’ve edited lightly for clarity but left most intact.
Meet Francesco Sanepo, Coffee-in-Chief of Ditta Artigianale in Florence, Italy, and the roaster for our September Superlatives. Francesco was kind enough to sit down for a quick chat with us, talking artisanship, customer interactions, and Matt Perger's WBC score. You can read a little more about the coffee they roasted for us here.
Meet Tim, Eddie, Oli, and Ben — not an alternate version of the Beatles, but you’d be forgiven for thinking that. There's definitely something ‘Yellow Submarine-like’ about their branding and social media presence. And they’re just so English. They’re also the team behind Round Hill Roastery located in Bath, England, and the guest roaster for this month's Superlatives. You can read a little more about the coffee they roasted for us here.
June’s Superlatives is brought to you by Manhattan Coffee Roasters, from Rotterdam in the Netherlands — a fresh-crop Kenyan from Kirinyaga. Esther Maasdam and Ben Morrow, the team behind Manhattan Coffee Roasters, have repeatedly shown their skills on the competition circuit. They’re now placing that same competitive spirit and drive for excellence into their new roasting venture. We had an opportunity to sit down for a chat and find out a little more about them.
Five Elephant is a specialty coffee micro roastery, bakery and cafe in Berlin, Germany. Passionate about quality, their goal is to source the best coffees in the world in a way that is both socially and environmentally responsible. We sat down for a chat with co-owner and founder Kris Schackman earlier this month.
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