Recently I had coffee from Origin Coffee Roasters in Cornwall on as a Guest Roaster for our espresso of the day at the plan cafe for a few days. I’ve ordered coffee from Origin occasionally as a guest in the past too, and it’s always been a positive thing.
With this in mind, I am organising for one or two more very special Guests over the coming weeks and months!
I’ve said to each roaster I contact that I love what my regular roaster, James’s Gourmet Coffee, does. That I have developed a great relationship with them and their coffee over the last few years, and have discovered first-hand how fantastic it is. I wouldn’t use them if I didn’t honestly believe this! And therefore this is not something I’m looking to change – they will remain my primary roaster.
But, we are fortunate to have a few other top artisan roasters in the UK who are also recognised as being at the very pinnacle when it comes to coffee roasting and sourcing. And using coffee from some of these other great roasters occasionally for our espresso is something I’d like to do a bit more of.
New flavours, new farms, new roast styles, new packaging! A broader spectrum. It’s entertaining, exciting, and enlightening for everyone involved to try coffee from various equally renowned speciality roasters at the top of their game. Both for those customers who know a little (or a lot!) about coffee and roasters, and also for our baristas. It helps everyone to develop a wider appreciation and understanding of good coffee. Of the origins and farms it comes from, who’s great at roasting it, and what it tastes like from different, equally respected sources, who have handled it with the utmost care!
It’s important though, for me, to work primarily with just one great roaster, for many reasons. Just one reason is it enables me to carefully manage our stock for espresso (its freshness and its resting periods) so that coffee is used within an ideal window, as often as possible. Ordering from every which way the whole time could jeopardise this crucial process of offering coffee at its peak. This means these guest roasters will be occasional, and carefully worked into my existing lineup of coffees at the cafe, but this may become a fairly regular thing, here and there …and you will start to see these guests popping up SOON! Excited!
Just for fun, I’ll start by giving a few (lame!) Clues as to the identity of our latest upcoming Guests..! ;) Nearer the time, I’ll post here on the blog, and on Twitter (@TheBeanVagrant) exactly what and who is happening. And there may be more new guests arriving in the future!
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…If you know …you know!
Update 31st March:
And, possibly, due to a wonderfully off-the-wall suggestion by Kenny of recently opened Diego’s Cafe (be sure to visit if you’re in Hereford!), there might at some point also be some…