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Meet the Team from Tribe Coffee

Thursday, 22 July, 2021


Name of Roastery: Tribe Coffee

All images from their delightful instagram, give them a follow! 

Name of Head Roaster:

"Jarophercoma"

So as you know Tribe is a collective of people who love coffee and we share all of our successes and our failures (weeelllll not those, I tend to take those responsibilities myself but hey).  That being said, as I mentioned in our letter to you regarding the roast and its profile, we used a team of people to come up with the best roasts hence, we answered the below as a team.  

How did you get into coffee roasting? 

Chris - "I was opening cafe's in Germany for the cinemax ground and when I finished that i wanted to learn more about coffee so I went to Probat the ground-breaking masters of the roaster and took a full Coffee Roaster's course. Subsequent to that I roasted in Cape Town for Knead bakery, before joining Tribe."

What is your favourite coffee to roast currently?

Romeo - "Believe it or not it's the new Burundi from Sevenoaks. It's  got so much sweetness this season and as part of our blend it really stands out nicely"

If you had to drink one coffee for the rest of your life, what would it be? (Origin, varietal, processing, roast profile)

Jake - "Malawi field blend from outside Thyolo or Malunie. Wet processed and a city + roast it's great as espresso, filter, moka pot. Just warm goodness"

What has been your favourite moment in coffee?

Trust - "Cupping, tasting and learning more everyday"

Tell us one of your favourite songs!

Matthew  - "Shy away by Twenty One Pilots" 

If you had to eat one thing for the rest of your life what would it be?

Coco - "Pizza - Quattro Formaggio"

Where can we find your roastery?

THE WOODSTOCK FOUNDRY, 160 ALBERT RD, WOODSTOCK, CAPE TOWN, 7915

Can we buy your coffee online?

Yes, at  http://www.TRIBECOFFEE.co.za. We link to Payfast or Cape Coffee Beans or Pick n Pay. All the options!

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Meet Kathleen De Bruyn, Roaster's Mug

Thursday, 22 July, 2021

Name of Roastery: The Roaster's Mug

Name of Head Roaster: Kathleen de Bruyn

How did you get into coffee roasting?

Hahaha it started with a google search in lockdown!  How is coffee roasted? I asked! Then I tripped into the rabbit hole of coffee roasting. 3 books later(frustration to keep myself busy during lockdown) I told my husband I want to start roasting coffee.

What is your favourite coffee to roast currently?

Mmmmm..... a bit difficult to say...It's between a Nicaragua and Columbia.  The taste varieties you get out of them with different type of roasts are mind-blowing. 

If you had to drink one coffee for the rest of your life, what would it be? (Origin, varietal, processing, roast profile)

Why only one?  Thats part of the fun in tasting different origins, it's an endless rabbit hole of taste, and flavors. But if I must choose I would go for a Columbia. 

What has been your favourite moment in coffee?

That moment when I hit first crack 10 degrees earlier, after making changes to the roast profile.

Tell us one of your favourite songs! 

Without a doubt Adiemus from Karl Jenkins.  For years that song have lifted me up and energized me in ways only a few songs can.  

If you had to eat one thing for the rest of your life what would it be?

My grandmother's green beans. 

Where can we find your roastery?

We are based in Dundee, Northern KZN. Not a shop yet,  roasting from home at the moment and selling to shops and restaurants.  

Can we buy your coffee online?

Yes, our coffee is available at Local Grind and Craft craze

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Meet Joshua De Bruin, The Machinist Coffee Co

Thursday, 22 July, 2021

In the coming weeks we will be getting to know all our ASITD Roasters! They have put their roasting skills to the test and we want you to get to know them all. 


Name of Roastery: The Machinist Coffee Roaster 

Name of Head Roaster: Joshua de Bruin 

All images from their Instagram, give them a follow, they sell their roasters!

How did you get into coffee roasting?

in 2017 I visited Mastertons in PE and was surprised that bags of green beans were standing in their retail zone. I asked if it was possible to purchase some green coffee beans and what on earth the process was to roast them. With the instructions in my head I pulled out a saucepan and I ended up smoking myself, my wife and children out of the kitchen and out of the house. Once the smoke had lifted I ground my freshly roasted coffee in a little wooden Hario grinder and put it through my ROK espresso maker, after that I could never go back to store-bought coffee and sat for a few years with the idea of buying / making a roaster till I met Bruce Ross and bought my own Machinist Roaster after which I partnered with him and we now roast together ;-D

What is your favourite coffee to roast currently?

We provide many people with the Brazilian Cerrado, and roasting this continuously has meant that we are excited to roast any varietal as it exposes us to so many different roast experiences. Our latest roasts have been Guatemalan and Peruvian beans.

Roasting an Ethiopian Sidoma bean is one of our favourite beans as it is such a tricky bean, with little husk to start from very little smoked develops and a lot of the characteristics come to life late into roast making it a real exercise for our senses to feel how the roast is progressing. 

If you had to drink one coffee for the rest of your life, what would it be? (Origin, varietal, processing, roast profile)

Med roasted Brazilian Cerrado, handwashed before roasting and always drunk as a macchiato.

What has been your favourite moment in coffee?

Taking a friend out for coffee recently we tasted a coffee from a single farm in Malawi. Dale Sandy from Crane Flower Coffee explained he had been given the beans from a friend who's relative was a missionary in this area in Kenya and who had brought some beans back home to SA. My friend tasting a single tracable origin coffee couldn't believe his taste buds and days after the experience kept sending me voice notes marvelling at the experience. That level of emotion and expression of joy from tasting a new coffee will always be my joy in continuing the adventure of coffee.

Tell us one of your favourite songs! 

Eeeemh i listen to so much music from all different artists but let me settle today for: Coldplay's Strawberry Swing

If you had to eat one thing for the rest of your life what would it be?

Home made Ramen with beef strips a soft boiled egg and a small bird's eye chilli.

Where can we find your roastery?

In Forest Hills, Kloof, DBN overlooking the Kloof Nature Reserve Gorge.

Can we buy your coffee online?

Yes drop us a message on our website, instagram or google business profile and we will hand deliver or ask a courier to organise a drop shipment, even more important we'd like to discuss if you'd like to learn how to roast your own coffee and join the roast experience ;-)

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Meet Wentzel Nel, Wings Coffee Roasters- Cape Agulhas

Friday, 9 July, 2021

In the coming weeks we will be getting to know all our ASITD Roasters! They have put their roasting skills to the test and we want you to get to know them all. 

Name of Roastery: Wings Coffee Roasters Cape Agulhas

Name of Head Roaster: Wentzel Nel

How did you get into coffee roasting?

Up until 3 years ago, I used to work in the offshore oil and gas industry as a ROV Pilot,(flying mini submarines subsea, installing pipelines, cables and subsea structures at oil and gas fields worldwide). During my 18 years in the offshore industry I travelled all over the world drinking good and terrible coffee in many countries. Over the years my need for good coffee increased and I was prepared to spend good money to get a decent coffee. On the offshore vessels we worked anything from 12 to 18 hour shifts, so coffee was  even more important than oil to keep us going. When my offshore season came to an end, I started looking around at what would be my next adventure. To keep a long story short, I ended up buying into the Wings franchise that I had been getting my coffee from over the last few years. After tasting coffee from all over the world, it turned out that the guys at Wings Coffee Roasters were doing a pretty awesome job with roasting their coffee in such a way that it brings out the unique character and flavour of the origins in their stock. So one afternoon when I went to collect my monthly supply of two kilos, I returned home as the new owner of Wings Cape Agulhas. 

What is your favourite coffee to roast currently?So far it's a Nicaragua Segovia. The way it comes out after roasting is just beautiful.

If you had to drink one coffee for the rest of your life, what would it be? (Origin, varietal, processing, roast profile) Someone once gave me a bag of Kopi Luwak, but I didn't like it very much, so it's not that. At the moment(subject to change) nothing in particular stands out, but I tend to prefer the origins from Rwanda and Burundi area.

What has been your favourite moment in coffee?

Sharing a cup of Starbucks with my brother in California after we met up for the 1st time in several years.

Tell us one of your favourite songs!

A song called "I found out" by Glenn Kaiser and Darrel Mansfield off the Album "Into the night". As a part time Saxophonist I think one of the best sax solos is in that song, played by a guy called Steve Eisen.

If you had to eat one thing for the rest of your life what would it be?

Braaivleis!

Where can we find your roastery?

Head south toward the southernmost tip of Africa at L'Agulhas. Once you get to the lighthouse give me a call and I will explain to you how to get there. It's just a short walk from there.

Can we buy your coffee online?

For sure. Just get in touch with us via our website at wingscoffeeroasters.co.za, or instagram us at wingscoffeeroastersoverberg.

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Meet Alicia Steyn, Sorcery Coffee Roasters

Friday, 9 July, 2021

In the coming weeks we will be getting to know all our ASITD Roasters! They have put their roasting skills to the test and we want you to get to know them all. 

Name of Roastery:

Sorcery Coffee Roasters

Name of Head Roaster:

Alicia Steyn 

How did you get into coffee roasting?

I fell in love with coffee about 6 years ago and wanted to be a roaster from day one. 

What is your favourite coffee to roast currently?

I always enjoy roasting washed coffees from Guatemala, they behave predictably in the roaster so its always smooth sailing. 

If you had to drink one coffee for the rest of your life, what would it be? (Origin, varietal, processing, roast profile)

Probably any coffee from Rwanda, I have a soft spot for them, washed or naturals, roasted to a very light medium. 


What has been your favourite moment in coffee?

There are so many milestones in roasting, as you learn you get stuck on something quite often and after some blood sweat and tears- when you finally figure it out- its such an amazing feeling! But I suppose if I had to pinpoint a highlight for me, it was finally opening the doors to my roastery, even though I was still roasting with a small 1kg roaster, it was an absolute dream come true. 



Tell us one of your favourite songs! 
Anything by Florence and the Machine. 


If you had to eat one thing for the rest of your life what would it be?

Chocolate

Where can we find your roastery?

We are situated in Queenswood, Pretoria and also in Kramerville, Sandton. 

Can we buy your coffee online?

Most definitely! www.sorcerycoffee.co.za/shop/

You can find out the story behind their glorious packaging here.

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Meet Frederik Dreyer, Gegrond Coffee Roasters

Friday, 9 July, 2021

In the coming weeks we will be getting to know all our ASITD Roasters! They have put their roasting skills to the test and we want you to get to know them all. 

Name of Roastery: Gegrond

Name of Head Roaster: Frederik Dreyer

How did you get into coffee roasting?
We started out in 2018 with the idea of producing only cold brew, but the business model quickly changed. 
Back then Francois Dreyer from Heavenly Coffees used to roast for us. 
In September 2019 we got our hands on an old Asuka roaster, we were roasting 1.8 Kg’s at a time, it kept us quite busy. Online sales through lockdown was good to us and we could order our Genio 6 in November 2020, we received it in March 2021. 
We went head first into roasting. With only a green bean course taught by Nicodemus Nabakwe from Sevenoaks under the belt we tackled the Asuka. Since then we have thrown ourselves at roasting books and articles, we also tapped into Donovan McLagan’s brain through the Intermediate roasting course held at Sevenoaks in 2020.

What is your favourite coffee to roast currently?
We really enjoy roasting the Nicaragua Marsellesa. 
It really stands out above the rest when it comes to aroma and tasting notes, the beans are also beautiful!

If you had to drink one coffee for the rest of your life, what would it be? (Origin, varietal, processing, roast profile)

Brazil Cerrado, Bourbon, Natural, Medium Roast. 
It’s versatile and suits my obsession for alternative brewing methods. It also has great flavour and is quite sweet. There’s nothing to it that will make you gatvol in one lifetime.

What has been your favourite moment in coffee?
When we just started out Pieter bought some of the micro lot beans that Winston Thomas used in the barista championship of 2018. It was the first time I tasted Specialty coffee, and it blew me away. The obvious tasting notes of Strawberry Yoghurt was just mind blowing.

Tell us one of your favourite songs! 
Xavier Rudd – Follow the sun

If you had to eat one thing for the rest of your life what would it be?
My favourite meal to make: Grilled chicken breast on a bed of baby spinach, topped with Camembert, grilled mushrooms, red bell pepper strips, salt and pepper. Yum! 

Where can we find your roastery?
We are primarily online at the moment, but roastery visits can be arranged. We roast in Murrayfield, Pretoria East. 

Can we buy your coffee online?

For sure! www.gegrond.co.za We deliver Countrywide 

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