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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Meet Percy Chikwira, Infood Coffee Roasters

Wednesday, 28 July, 2021

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

Name of Roastery: INFOOD COFFEE ROASTERY

Name of Head Roaster: PERCY CHIKWIRA

How did you get into coffee roasting?

I was head barista and I developed interest in making our own house blend so I started purchasing different types of coffee and created coffee blend and one of the coffee blend (INFOOD BLEND) that I created became very popular. We started retailing and we bought a 2 kg coffee roaster and my journey in roasting began.

What is your favourite coffee to roast currently? 

 El Salvador Finca Bosque Lya

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

Origin: El Salvador Finca Bosque Lya

Varietal: Bourbon

Processing: Washed

Roast Profile: City

What has been your favourite moment in coffee?

My first time judging at a barista competition, evaluating different types of coffees and beverages, that was a memorable coffee event to me.

Tell us one of your favourite songs! 

I do not have – appreciate good lyrical content.

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

Where can we find your roastery? Surf Village, Jeffreys Bay

Can we buy your coffee online? www.infoodcoffeeroastery.co.za

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Meet Rory Lambson, The Black Sheep Coffee Company

Wednesday, 28 July, 2021

Rory placed NUMBER ONE in the first round of ASITD 2021 - see all the finalists here!

Name of Roastery: The Black Sheep Coffee Company

Name of Head Roaster: Rory Lambson

How did you get into coffee roasting?

I was a chef working in some top kitchens in SA and the UK and have been doing that since 2006,I have always loved coffee and working 17 hours a day you tend to drink a lot of it, being a chef you tend to focus on the flavour of anything you consume and the subtle differences in coffees became more and more apparent, so a few years ago I decided to take the plunge and start roasting coffee for my restaurant and maybe sell a bit on the side, when my wife was pregnant with our second daughter we decided to close our restaurant so we could spend time as a family that the restaurant industry does not afford you and so I started roasting full time as a business,  love the process it allows me to satisfy my creative side much the same as cooking I mean it is after all just applying heat to an ingredient to modulate its flavour and make it more palatable ðŸ˜Â 

What is your favourite coffee to roast currently?

I am currently really enjoying roasting our Ethiopia Yirgacheffe fully washed its such a bright clean coffee and responds really well to slight tweaks in the profile.

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

Difficult question, probably an Ethiopia Refisa natural process on the roasted lighter side but man there are so many amazing coffees in the world I wouldn’t want to limit myself to only one!

What has been your favourite moment in coffee?

The learning process as a whole so not one moment but a daily joy.

Tell us one of your favourite songs! 

At the moment Mumford and sons featuring Baaba Maal- there will be time

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

Ha ha ha nope next question.

Where can we find your roastery?

26 Piet retief street, Malmesbury western cape

Can we buy your coffee online?

Indeed www.blacksheepcoffeeco.co.za

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Meet the Team from Tribe Coffee

Thursday, 22 July, 2021

Jake and Team are in the ASITD TOP 10 - see all the finalists here!


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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