We love speaking to the amazing people behind the speciality coffee and artisan treats that are featured inside our coffee subscription box. There is always such an interesting story behind the products placed inside the Craft Cofee Club box, and we wanted to find out more. Considering the recent climate, and businesses currently struggling due to COVID-19, it was lovely to speak with Yurtesh from Lincoln Coffee Roaster and Saul from Rhythm 108. Take a look at their interviews and find out more about you’re beloved coffee and treats.
Getting To Know The Story Behind Your Box
The story behind every business is unique, and often shapes the way that they run and the values that they have. Lincoln Coffee Roaster and Rhythm 108 are just two examples of how you can take a story and transform it into something delicious. After speaking with these partners, we felt humbled that we are able to help to showcase how amazing their products are, while allowing you to experience something new and delightful. Read more about their journey:
Lincoln Coffee Roasters have come a long way since starting their business as a coffee house. Taking their cafe to the next level, Yurtesh decided to open up a roaster, providing the cafe, and their lovely customers, we fresh and delicious coffee.
What sort of things have you guys been up to during lockdown, and how has it impacted the way you run the roastery?
We have been roasting a lot of coffee as the demand for our beans has significantly increased since temporarily closing our café. Although our coffee shop has been closed, we have still been able to create relationships with local companies in Reading, such as other coffee shops and restaurants, that have agreed to use our coffee. To make sure that as soon as we open our café when lockdown measures are released, we have been sampling some coffee from direct trade such as Uganda and Rwanda, in the hopes that we can bring another roast to our customers.
We have also been working on improving our website to showcase our range of roasts, which we hope will help customers find the perfect beans for their taste.
What kind of technology is used during the roasting process?
We use a 7-kilo roaster which is up to date with the latest tools and gadgets to help us control the variables during the roasting process. This allows us to alter aspects of the roast, such as airflow which can refine the roast and provide a more consistent finish.
We have also recently purchased a coffee sampler which allows us to take a few coffee beans to try before purchasing a big batch and experiment with before perfecting the final roast. Before purchasing this, we would have had to order a large quantity of beans to put into our roaster, which isn’t the best solution if it doesn’t end up turn outright.
Do you work directly with the coffee farms?
We work directly with various coffee farmers such as those in Brazil, India and Columbia, and we aim to create links in Uganda. However, for coffees produced in other regions, we use export companies with a good reputation. We enjoy working with the companies as they provide us with full details of the farm and the bean’s origins so we can provide transparency to our customers. Some of these details include the farmer, production, how it is processed and other positive notes.
Top Tips & Fun Facts From Lincoln Coffee Roaster
There is a lot that goes into roasting your coffee beans, so it is important to make sure that you immerse yourself in the full experience when brewing your coffee. Every step from bean to cup is essential, as it can impact the final aroma and texture. To make sure that your Lincoln Coffee Roasters beans come out perfect every time, here are some of their top tips and fun facts:
Brewing With A V60
Make sure your coffee bed is flat when brewing with a V60; this will help create an even extraction, ensuring you get no channelling. To achieve this flatbed, just steadily swirl the V60 gently when brewing.
Grinding Your Beans
The easiest way to find the perfect grind size is to first find your brewing technique. After you brew your coffee, look for a balanced taste. If the coffee is over-extracted (bitter and hollow), you will have to grind coarser, and if it’s under-extracted (sour, acidic and salty), you will have to grind finer.
Sampling Roasts Before Release
Before we release our coffee, we roast a couple of samples of each coffee and test out a few recipes for all the different beans. The way we do this is by using a refractometer to check the total dissolved solids (TDS) of the coffee (how much of the coffee solids is dissolved in the water) making sure the coffee brew is not under or over-extracted. The TDS gives us a good indication on making recipes and provides us with a sweet spot on balancing out acidity, sweetness and body.
Coffea Plant Is A Stone Fruit
A coffee bean is a seed of the Coffea plant and the source for coffee. It is the pit inside the red, or purple fruit often referred to as a cherry. Just like ordinary cherries, the coffee fruit is also a so-called stone fruit. A small percentage of cherries contain a single seed, instead of the usual two.
We featured Rhythm 108 all the way back in March, and they were such a hit with our subscribers that we wanted to ask them back to join the community again with yet another fantastic treat! We had so much fun speaking with Saul, finding out what they’ve been up to during lockdown and what Rhythm 108 have in store for us this year.
What have you been up to since you last featured in Craft Coffee Club’s box?
We’ve been super busy here at Rhythm108! We are truly amazed by the bravery and dedication of many groups and charities across the UK, and so we donated 10,000 treats to amazing causes across the UK, including Crisis, NHS hospitals, care homes and Fareshare. Additionally, you all know about our brand new product, the Milk & Hazelnut Truffle Bar, which has proven to be a new favourite amongst our fans. We’ve also been very busy in our bakery in Switzerland, creating a whole new set of delicious dessert recipes for our blog and releasing them every Sunday on our website, all vegan, gluten-free and created by our very own baking team.
What new treats do you have in store?
As you know, we have released the brand new addition ‘Milk & Hazelnut Truffle Bar’. It is filled with delicious, creamy hazelnut praline and coated in a velvety Swiss Mylk Chocolate. And of course, it’s vegan, gluten-free, organic and contains all-natural ingredients. We have a few more surprises in store towards the end of this year as we release even more tasty and exciting treats… you’ll have to wait and see!
Has Covid-19 impacted Rhythm 108, and how have you been helping your local community?
Last month we donated 5,000 of our treats to the amazing front line staff up and down the country and a further 5,000 treats to Fareshare. We’re so grateful to have helped in some way with some amazing people, boosting energy and giving a pick-me-up during these tough times. We have, of course, seen some new challenges arise that we have been able to deal with, and like every other brand in the community, we remain resilient.
What inspires the recipes that you share on your social media using your products? Is it your favourite treats or the passion to find delicious vegan recipes?
So every week we share new recipes created by our patissiers, where we take a classic we love and recreate it with plant-based, nourishing, and gluten-free ingredients – sometimes including our treats too! We wanted to take our treats and local artisan tradition and use it to create and share the most delicious recipes that were based on our modern values. So with both the treats we sell and the recipes we share where we include our products, it’s all about creating something for those of us who want indulgence, but with all the benefits of plant-based, gluten-free, and better ingredients.
Keep An Eye Out For Next Month!
Craft Coffee Club has always got some delicious treats in store for you, and we can’t wait to show you what we have in store next month! Keep an eye out, and make sure that you subscribe in time to get your delicious August coffee box.