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.
This month we head to the fabled Panama region, not for a Geisha though, but a rare variety known as Maragogype. Naturally processed at Finca Harmann, then roasted by Colonna in Bath (UK) this is a big, complex coffee bursting with bubblegum and pineapple. You can read more about Maxwell Colonna-Dashwood and Colonna here.
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.
This month we stuck around in Costa Rica, but moved the roasting to Italy. Francesco Sanepo from Ditta Artigianale is roasting this month, taking care of “El Diamante”, a uniquely anaerobic processed coffee from Carlos Fernandez Morera, in the West Valley of Costa Rica. This is a super-cool and very exciting coffee, full of spice, sweetness, and apple pie.
This month we head to Sonora Estate in Costa Rica, with a fantastic naturally processed Catuaí roasted here in Melbourne by Sensory Lab. Fruity and elegant, it's a beautiful example of what naturals can offer.
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.
This month we're back to Kenya with an exciting SL28 & 34 from the Kii Factory in Kirinyaga County, roasted by the team behind Manhattan Coffee Roasters, Esther Maasdam and Ben Morrow.
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.
This month we travel to Kenya by way of Italy, with the legendary Rubens Gardelli roasting for us. Packed full of flavour this is a delicious way to truly savour what Kenyan coffee is all about.
This month we head to Wellington, New Zealand, with a Colombian rare varietal often referred to as the "Everyman's Geisha". Roasted with love and care by the team at Flight Coffee.
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.
This month's coffee is an exciting Heirloom varietal from Ethiopia, progressively farmed in Gesha Village, roasted by Talor Browne and Jørgen Hansrud from Talor & Jørgen in Oslo, Norway.
This month’s coffee is an award winning from April Coffee in Copenhagen.
All about the January 2017 Subscription coffee: Kenyan Mamuto, 2013 Vintage, roasted by George Howell.
All about our December 2016 Subscription coffee: Ethiopian Aricha, roasted by Small Batch.
All about our October 2016 Subscription Coffee: Kenyan Kieni, roasted by Coffee Collective
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