Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Colombia Micro Lot Series

Last november we launched our first ever Colombian coffee from the El Desarollo association of farmers. We've now bought four micro lots from four of the individual farmers that are members of El Desarollo. In total there's around 150 members in El Desarollo, where the larger lot we have been roasting since November is from 27 farmers. Getting these even smaller lots separated and taken through the entire dry mill processing is a real treat.

Colombia Micro lots series from Huila, Colombia. 
All four coffees are picked between august and september 2012. They're washed processed and dried on raised, shaded tables. We'll be roasting these coffees quite light - close to a cupping roast - to allow the freshness, sweetness and aromatics to shine. All of these have been processed and sorted extremely well and it's the cleanest Colombian coffees we've tasted. So we're naturally really excited to share these with you.

We'll be roasting and selling one lot at a time. Notice that the lot sizes are very different, with the smallest lot being only 16 kilos!

Helenita, Belmer Rojas Quintero
Huila, Colombia
Caramel, vanilla, redcurrant. Very sweet and clean.
Caturra og Typica.
55 kg totalt

La Esperanza, Edilfonso Yara
Huila, Colombia
Cinnamon, sweet licorice, juicy cherries. Fresh acidity.
Caturra og Colombia.
16 kgs

Buena Vista, Carlos Imbachi
Huila, Colombia
Extremely balanced with notes of orange, goose berries and simcoe hops.
Caturra, Bourbon og Colombia.
110 kgs

Resina, Pablo Emilio Rendon
Huila, Colombia
Very full bodied and syrupy. Hazelnuts, heather and lightly spicy aftertaste. Caturra, Castillo og Typica.
220 kgs

You can read about Peter Dupont's visit to El Desarollo in this blog post: http://coffeecollective.blogspot.dk/2012/11/columbia-2012.html
(I particularly enjoyed reading about the cupping with Edilfonso Yara).

On Friday March 1st at 16:00 we'll be hosting an open cupping in all three coffee shops of all four lots. The first lot from Belmer Rojas Quintero will be for sale (DKK 95,-) from then on and until it sells out.

Helenita, Belmer Rojas Quintero

La Esperanza, Edilfonso Yara

Buena Vista, Carlos Imbachi
Carlos Imbachi

Resina, Pablo Emilio Rendon

Monday, February 25, 2013

Danish Barista Champion: Rasmus Gamrath

We're very happy and proud to say that yesterday Rasmus Gamrath, manager of our coffee shop in Torvehallerne, won the Danish Barista Championship!

The presentation was centered around Rasmus' experiences of engaging customers in atypical setting of a Food Market (Torvehallerne), where people come for gastronomic experiences and not necessarily just coffee. In the past year and a half Rasmus has done an outstanding job in engaging people who never experienced really great quality coffee before. He used those experiences as a basis for his presentation.

The four sensory judges were served a single origin espresso from the Kieni coop in Nyeri, Kenya. This is an amazingly aromatic and lively cup with clear black currant aromas. Those aromas also shined through in his cappuccinos, which becomes almost candy-like. His signature drink included a filter brew of a lighter roast of the Kieni (brewed on Kalita Wave), tonic water and the Kieni espresso - showcasing how the flavour is altered through different impressions beforehand.

Filter brew on Kalita Wave

Rasmus has been with us since the opening of Torvehallerne and have worked in coffee previous to that too. He's a very well known face on the Danish coffee scene and have been instrumental in organizing the popular Latte Art Throwdowns in Copenhagen. Next week Rasmus is going with Peter Dupont to Guatemala to visit Finca Vista Hermosa and El Diamante. This is his first trip to origin and comes at a very convenient time as he's about to embark on the training for the World Barista Championship in Melbourne in late May.

Second place went to Søren Stiller, who have placed both 5th and 6th in the World Barista Championship in previous years. To be up against such a qualified competitor was quite thrilling. Søren was using two natural processed coffees roasted by himself at Great Coffee in Århus, and his signature drink had little droplets of green tomato and blood orange juice frozen in liquid nitrogen.

Also a big congratulations to our other collectivist competitor and finalist: Omar Maagaard Houssein, who placed third. His stunning presentation focused on Textures in coffee. Using a special espresso roast of our El Desarollo from Colombia, he created a 'Coffee Oyster' by a gelification process of grape juice, floating in espresso and a foam. Drunk just like an oyster it was a funny and thought-provoking experience in textures.  

The three finalist: Winner is: Rasmus Gamrath  

All seven competitors. From left to right: Allan Juhl, Maria Hagstrup, Sarah Lindqvist, Søren Stiller, Omar Maagaard Houssein, Katrine Deleuran Petersen and Rasmus Gamrath The seven competitors on the 2013 Danish Barista Championship

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

5 years on Jægersborggade !

On February 15th 2008 after been roasting coffee in a warehouse near the airport and doing wholesale to a few places around Denmark, we finally opened our own coffee shop on Jægersborggade. It was a big step for us back then and it was the realization of our original dream for this company: To have an open roastery and coffee shop combined.

This is what it looked like a few days before opening:
Hmmmm.... IKEA....

Next week it's 5 years since we opened and we're gonna celebrate that. Jægersborggade has been a second home to us and it's been amazing to see the transformation the street has undergone. From dope dealers to michelin stars.

So we'd like to welcome all our friends and followers to The Coffee Collective Jægersborggade's 5 Year Birthday Party on Friday February 15th! 

All day we'll be giving out free espressos and from 15:00 we'll have open cuppings with Peter, Casper and Klaus will reclaim the bar (and probably play some awful outdated 2008 electro-clash music) while Linus will be taking good care of everyone with lots of cake and coffee. As a special brithday treat you'll get a free bag of our first Direct Trade coffee, Finca Vista Hermosa, when purchasing our book 'God Kaffe'.

We hope to see a lot of you there for a very special day!

The Coffee Collective 2 year anniversay

TCC 2år

TCC 3 Years

TCC 3 Years