Meet Henk van Zyl, Gansbaai Coffee Roasters

Friday, 3 September, 2021

Name of Roastery:

Gansbaai Coffee Co.

Name of Head Roaster: Henk van Zyl

How did you get into coffee roasting?

It started as a hobby, grew into an obsession fairly rapidly!

What is your favourite coffee to roast currently?

I love coffee from Burundi and Rwanda

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

Must be the ASITD Burundi Gatukuza, Natural/Bourbon/medium roast

What has been your favourite moment in coffee?

Repeat customer smiles

Tell us one of your favourite songs! 

Boston, More than a feeling

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

Sushi

Where can we find your roastery?

38 Church Street, Gansbaai

Can we buy your coffee online?

Almost! Keep your eyes on our social media.

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Meet Francois Dreyer, Heavenly Coffees

Friday, 3 September, 2021

Name of Roastery: Heavenly Coffees

Name of Head Roaster: Francois Dreyer

How did you get into coffee roasting?

Short version - After a visit to Italy in 2000 I was exposed to Espresso and was caught first by the process, then the beverage and down the rabbit hole I went. First an Espresso Machine, then a Gene Cafe Home roaster, then a 1kg Toper roaster and a commercial espresso machine(in my dining  room) then started my business and the rest is history!

What is your favourite coffee to roast currently?

I love coffees that challenges the roastmaster - some coffees just glide along on a beautiful curve and others need to be forced a little into a direction. Currently the Guatemala Carmona is one of my favourites. 

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

That would be a very boring life - The fun in coffee is exactly the opposite - drinking different coffees from different origins roasted differently. But the one coffee I never tire off is not a single origin but our Angel's Brew blend. It is a blend of a Natural Sidamo, Colombia and Brazil Santos. It is a match made in Heaven!

What has been your favourite moment in coffee?

The one moment that repeats itself all the time - everytime a customer take a sip of our coffee and you see that smile appearing that says "damn this is good"!

Tell us one of your favourite songs!

Soulmeid from Valiant Swart

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

Where can we find your roastery?

We are based in Centurion, our retail outlet for the roastery is at 2134 Hendrik Verwoerd Drive Hennopspark Centurion.

Can we buy your coffee online?

Absolutely, you can buy our coffee plus a range of coffee equipment and machines - we have a very active online presence  - www.heavenlycoffees.com

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Meet Louis Scholtz & Graeme Droskie, Conversations Coffee Co.

Thursday, 12 August, 2021

We're just scratching the surface with this one! Looks like a good story of great coffee minds coming together across the years.

Name of Roastery: Conversations Coffee Co.

Name of Head Roaster: Louis Scholtz and Graeme Droskie

How did you get into coffee roasting? 

Louis: Being an avid cyclist and an enthusiastic home chef, I always enjoy a good coffee and the conversations around the table and the fun it brings out in people. With my friends always asking me why I never opened my own restaurant, I thought it would be a great idea to combine the two and taking the pleasure of cooking (roasting) and coffee to friends and strangers and discovering the multitudes of aroma’s and flavours that the coffee beans allow, I imagined it would be fun running around on my motor bike delivering coffee to my mates and other customers in the latter part of my life. As you well know, most, if not all people light up when you say “where’s the next coffee stop."

Graeme: I started as a home barista at age 12, then became  part time barista during high school. During my Barista years I realised there was more to coffee than just Latte Art and this started my passion for coffee and how coffee was made. I did a bit of pan roasting and chatted to every roaster that I knew as well as watched YouTube to try and gain a better understanding of how coffee is roasted. After high school I was given the opportunity to help start-up Conversations Coffee Co and have been apart of the team ever since then.

What is your favourite coffee to roast currently? 

Louis: I still enjoy roasting the Yirgacheffe with its bold dry fruit flavour’s once it has cooled down and rested a while.

Graeme: Currently we have a Rwanda Pea berry that’s really awesome.

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

Ethiopian; Yirgacheffee Grade 2 Washed, medium/dark roast. (but I wouldn’t like to be in the situation where I only have one choice, as the saying goes, to much of a good thing…)

What has been your favourite moment in coffee?

The arrival of my new 15kg Giesen in Cape Town, meeting Graeme (@gingerbeardroaster pictured below) while I was installing it, creating our first blend (speakeasy) with a panel of friends doing a blind tasting, scoring amongst other well known roasteries that we believe are the yardstick’s in the industry. 

Tell us one of your favourite songs!

Louis: Yoh, this could be a long list… but, growing up in the sixties, I’m hooked on Pink Floyd – Dark side of the moon (full album); Genesis – Lamb lies down on Broadway (full album)… 

Graeme: Addicted-Saving Abel

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

Louis: Peking Duck 

Graeme: Lamb Spit

Where can we find your roastery? Unit A9, Prime Park, Diepriver, Cape Town

Can we buy your coffee online? Yes!

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Meet Shannen MacKay, Rosetta Roastery

Thursday, 12 August, 2021

We love getting to know roasters stories from across the country! 

Name of Roastery:
Rosetta Roastery 

Name of Head Roaster:
Shannen MacKay 



How did you get into coffee roasting?
My boyfriend, C.J., had been working for Truth Coffee when he started his journey into coffee roasting. His passion and enthusiasm for coffee and the field of specialty sparked my initial exploration into roasting.  

“Coffees are orchids. Not aspirins.” I was so taken in by Rosetta’s ethos - Focused exclusively on sourcing a range of single origin coffees from a variety of growing regions around the world. As someone keen to throw themselves into the world of coffee roasting, I couldn’t think of a better place to begin traversing this new realm. 

I recall myself and CJ fangirling at the prospect of me having Jono as a mentor - And with a little patience and persistence, I finally began at Rosetta in April 2019 and the rest is history.

What is your favourite coffee to roast currently?
I have the privilege of being able to roast our Hacienda La Esmeralda Geisha - Which is naturally processed! The pity is there is only one roast of this lot remaining..

If you had to drink one coffee for the rest of your life, what would it be? (Origin, varietal, processing, roast profile)
That would have to be a lightly roasted, washed, Ethiopian Heirloom lot from Yirgacheffe. I think for myself, as well as for many others, trying a coffee with such a starkly different flavour profile of stone fruit and black tea for the first time, is what exposed me to a different side of coffee. 

What has been your favourite moment in coffee?
Learning how to roast has to be my highlight. Since I began in coffee, all I have wanted to do is to be a part of bringing the best out of what each coffee has to offer - To do it justice. I am so lucky to be able to roast such unique, distinct coffees every day. To be involved in a chain of such magnitude - How much labour, time and attention it takes to produce a particular lot. It’s all incredibly humbling and adds a little perspective to my day. 

Tell us one of your favourite songs! 
People are going to have to discern a great deal about my character from the answer to this, better make it a good one - Heavy Metal Lover by The Darkness



If you had to eat one thing for the rest of your life what would it be?
One is not truly living if they have no variety to their meals.

Where can we find your roastery?
The roastery has found its new home in Salt Orchard, Salt River after its recent move from The Woodstock Exchange where it was established ten years ago.

Can we buy your coffee online?
Yes. You can purchase our entire coffee range through our website, rosettaroastery.com. We deliver to the greater Cape Town area for free.

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Meet Chad Goddard, Father Coffee

Thursday, 12 August, 2021

Name of Roastery: Father Coffee

Name of Head Roaster: Chad Goddard

How did you get into coffee roasting? 

For Chad, it all began with a burst water pipe in a Tesco near Nottingham in 2007. For Father, we started roasting because we just couldn't find coffee we enjoyed consistently in Jhb so we figured we'd do that ourselves.  

What is your favourite coffee to roast currently? 

Roasting the macerated natural maragogype from Norma Iris Fiallos is a highlight of every year because it never responds as expected. So, once the initial panic has been overcome it's always one of my favourites for the lessons it inevitably forces us to learn/relearn.

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

I'd love to sound down to earth here, but the truth is that if I had an endless supply of our hyperprocessed geisha by Diego Samuel Bermudez I'd use that for absolutely every cup I ever drink again. Ps. We do have fresh lots from El Paraiso on the way.

What has been your favourite moment in coffee? 

Tough to narrow down the good times, but our Slurpy Set Instagram Live cupping from the depths of Lockdown Season One in 2020 was a real highlight. Amidst all the misery and uncertainty and isolation it felt like something fun and affirming and connected.

Tell us one of your favourite songs! 

Straight to Hell by The Clash 

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

Salt and vinegar crisps. The comfort of the salt, the danger of the vinegar, it's everything a food needs to be.

Where can we find your roastery? 

We've just relocated our roastery to our new mothership location at 19 Dartfield Rd, Kramerville, Jhb.

Can we buy your coffee online? 

Yes, our full range is available at www.father.coffee

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Meet Dwain Fiorita, Scuro Coffee Crafts

Wednesday, 28 July, 2021

Dwain is in the ASITD TOP 10 - see all the finalists here!

Name of Roastery: Scuro Coffee Roastery & Cafe

Name of Head Roaster: Dwain Fiorita

How did you get into coffee roasting? 

We tasted fresh roasted coffee by a random roastery in JHB 2016 and fell in love with fresh coffee. After that we started experimenting with roasting coffee in various ways. We ended up building our very own because it was too expensive to buy one

What is your favourite coffee to roast currently? 

Tanzanian, Fully washed, Kilimanjaro AA

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

Origin: Ethiopian C3, Not sure about the varietal. Processing would be natural. Roast profile: Medium.

What has been your favourite moment in coffee? 

Building coffee machines.

Tell us one of your favourite songs! 

I do not have a favorite song, there are too many.

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

My dad's lasagna.

Where can we find your roastery? 

Shop 4 Rhapsody Centre, St. Francis Bay, EC.

Can we buy your coffee online? 

Not yet! We are working on it.

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Meet Trevor Fitz, Beethoven Coffee Co.

Wednesday, 28 July, 2021

Trevor is in the ASITD TOP 10 - see all the finalists here!

Name of Roastery: Beethoven Coffee Co

Name of Head Roaster: Trevor Fitz

How did you get into coffee roasting?

I got into roasting through the barista competitions, started roasting for myself and really loved it! 

What is your favourite coffee to roast currently? 

I would say our Uganda Rwenzori Mountain. It just smells amazing while roasting!

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

It would be an Ethiopian for sure! I love natural Ethiopians, they just have so much sweetness and such a great variety of flavours. It would be a lighter roast profile, the acidity is normally fairly low so you can get away with quite a light profile within reason.   

What has been your favourite moment in coffee? 

Starting our online store at Beethoven. It was kinda the launch of the roastery for us, and was a great moment for all of us!

Tell us one of your favourite songs! 

I don't really have favourites, but Hotel California is a classic, always on my playlist. 

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

Chicken Tikka! I love spicy food!

Where can we find your roastery? 

We are in the process of moving premises, but in short, we are currently and will be remaining in the greater Fourways area.

Can we buy your coffee online?

 Of course! we are online at www.beethovencoffee.co.za

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Meet Jacques Strydom, home roaster and recently, Exhale Coffee

Wednesday, 28 July, 2021

Jacques is in the ASITD TOP 10 - see all the finalists here!

Name of Roastery:

Started Exhale Coffee roastery midway through the competition, (but I'm mostly just a homebrewer, though)

When I humbly entered a few months ago as a home-roaster, I couldn't have dreamed about where this would end up! I was just excited to compete with all the big names in the specialty coffee industry.
The competition played a big part in me finally starting Exhale Coffee Roastery.
 

Name of Head Roaster: Jacques Strydom

How did you get into coffee roasting? 

I joined Vintage Coffee as a Green Bean a few years ago, and Kevin Clarke showed me the ropes. 

What is your favourite coffee to roast currently?

Tanzania Mpalila Estate Washed - it is so fruity!

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

Tough choice, but probably a washed Columbian, or a Burundi.

What has been your favourite moment in coffee?

The moment that got me most excited about coffee, was when I tasted Quaffee's Los Idalos Columbian. It blew my mind, and it was the first proper coffee I brewed myself.

Tell us one of your favourite songs! 

Anything by Keaton Henson. A current favourite is Bygones.

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

Definitely Butter Chicken

Where can we find your roastery?

On Instagram @exhalecoffeeroastery

Can we buy your coffee online?

Coffee can be ordered by emailing exhaleroastery@gmail.com

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