We are proud members of the Cup of Excellence and exciting to be able to get our hands on some superb lots from the competitions in Central America...El Salvador, Nicaragua and now Guatemala.
The coffees I cupped at the 2010 event while I was in Guatemala were exceptional and complex. This coffee from Palencia, near Guatemala City is one of finest coffee offerings to date.
FARM: San Julian
FARMER: Inversiones Mimosa, S. A.
FARM SIZE: 27.00 Hectares
VARIETY: Caturra, Catuaí
PROCESSING SYSTEM: Washed
LOT SIZE: 43 boxes (1,289.99 kgs)
INTERNATIONAL JURY SCORE: 85.25
TOP JURY DESCRIPTIONS:
AROMA/FLAVOR - strawberry, caramel, honey, sweetness, sugary, plum, chocolate
ACIDITY - lemon, apple, grape - soft - sweet red pepper
OTHER - reminded of honey coffee, clean, transparent, lush
The iconic CHEMEX Coffeemaker Co. have just launched a new website. Great info on all things Chemex, including brewing tips for the best tasting CHEMEX brewed coffee.
"The Chemex coffeemaker is an elegant, one-piece, hourglass shaped vessel made of high quality, heat resistant glass. The traditional model comes to you with a polished wood collar and leather tie. The collar serves as an insulated handle around the middle of the coffeemaker.
Few products in this century can match the flawless blending of design and function of the Chemex. Its visual elegance has earned it a place in the permanent collection of New York's Corning Museum of Glass. The Chemex coffeemaker was also selected by the Illinois Institute of Technology as one of the 100 best designed products of modern times.
The Chemex coffeemaker, together with Chemex-Bonded® Coffee Filter, makes perfect coffee. Clear, pure, flavorful and without bitterness or sediment every time. The coffee only comes in contact with the scientifically designed filter and non-porous glass.
The Chemex Coffeemaker was invented in 1941 by Dr. Peter Schlumbohm PhD. Made simply from non-porous, borosilicate glass and fastened with a wood collar and tie, it brews coffee without imparting any flavors of its own. On permanent display at MOMA NY and other fine museums, it is truly a work of art.
Our mission is to provide superior coffee brewing equipment. The iconic Chemex has remained unchanged for 70 years and counting. We take pride in the quality of our product and customer service and look forward to providing both for years to come."
Interesting and thought provoking reading on the challenge of the takeaway coffee cup.
Ozone Coffee Roasters is proud to be associated with the innovative and well designed KeepCup.
These are available online and through the Bean Store.
Origin: Costa Rica is the first in a series of photographic accounts of my travels to origin as an international jury member at the Cup of Excellence programme.
This is Ozone Coffee Roasters' second year of membership in the renowned Cup of Excellence (COE)quality auction programme.
In May, I was privileged to participate on the International Jury for the 2011 Cup of Excellence in Costa Rica.
It was an incredible opportunity to represent Ozone Coffee Roasters at this prestigious cupping (coffee tasting) event. It is solely quality driven and discovers some of the best coffees of the year's harvest, in the host country of origin.
The COE experience is incredibly rich. You taste the host origin's exceptional coffees of the new crop, visit stunning, pioneering coffee farms, tour innovative processing plants and talk with farmers, exporters, and coffee professionals with a great deal of passion for quality coffee.
Full colour | 148 pages | 350gsm Softcover | $55.00 incl gst | Get Origin: Costa Rica book here
LONDON BOUND: Ozone managing director Craig Macfarlane and chief executive Karla Gichard in the roasting quarters on King St.
Londoners are about to get a hit of Taranaki hospitality as Ozone Coffee Roasters prepare to go global.
The New Plymouth coffee roasting company, which supplies beans to more than 200 New Zealand cafes, plans to establish a cafe and roasting house in a trendy East London suburb.
Ozone managing director Craig Macfarlane said they had been working closely with associates in London since February 2009 and planned to open the roastery and cafe by March next year.
The proposed site near Old St in Shoreditch is surrounded by a high profile technology cluster known as "Silicon roundabout" where Google recently leased a seven-storey building, he said.
"It's really quite funky," Mr Macfarlane said.
The premises would feature a cafe and roastery across two levels.
"Our vision has always been to aspire to coffee excellence and achieve international recognition as a leading artisan coffee roaster," Mr Macfarlane said.
The operation was a partnership between Ozone Coffee Roasters New Zealand, London-based working partners James Gurr and Elizabeth Bain and Taranaki equity partners Dallas and Erin Chadwick.
Ozone chief executive Karla Gichard said: "The coffee culture in London is developing and immature in comparison to the New Zealand market."
NZ roasters and baristas were producing some of the best coffee in the world, she said.
"I think the coffee culture in New Zealand is at the forefront of the industry internationally," she said.
Ozone's London roastery would roast beans using the same techniques, origins, blends and roaster as it had in New Plymouth.
"It really is picking up this model and dropping it into London," Mr Macfarlane said.
The development was very much a Taranaki affair, he said.
"This expansion involves so many local people.
"It's not about a New Zealand company going to London it's about a parochial New Plymouth company."
If the move was successful Ozone would look to expand throughout the UK and eventually Europe, he said.
Taranaki Daily News
Specialty coffee roaster Ozone Coffee Roasters is soon to open a café and coffee roastery near the Old Street “Silicon” roundabout in Shoreditch, East London.
Established in 1998, Ozone Coffee Roasters is a New Zealand based specialty coffee roastery committed to the pursuit of coffee excellence and has been working closely with a team of London specialists since February 2009. Managing Director, Craig Macfarlane, is thrilled to be launching in the UK market and said “London has a growing appreciation for coffee. This exciting growth is an integral part of Ozone’s decision to expand internationally. We’ll be looking to supply cafes and restaurants in London that are passionate about the coffee experience for customers as we are with a premium coffee offering and unprecedented levels of support and training”.
“Our vision has always been to aspire to coffee excellence and achieve international recognition as a leading artisan coffee roaster” said Mr Macfarlane. Expansion into the London market is a natural progression for the service-focused New Zealand company with the London operation a partnership between Ozone Coffee Roasters New Zealand, London based working partners, James Gurr and Elizabeth Bain, and equity partners Dallas and Erin Chadwick. London-born, James and Kiwi-girlfriend, Lizzie, had always intended on returning to London and when the opportunity arose to join the Ozone Coffee Roasters venture they jumped at the chance.
James and Lizzie at Ozone Coffee Roasters NZ
The proposed site sits among the high profile tech cluster, where Google has recently leased a seven storey building in the Old Street area, and will feature a full café and roastery across two levels. Designed with the coffee connoisseur in mind, the café will enable customers to experience the full roasting process, from green bean to the cup, as Ozone roasts using artisan roasting techniques and a traditional drum roaster.
A full range of espresso-based drinks, including flat whites, will be served at the café, along with a full day menu and a range of slow brew coffee methods including Chemex, Syphon and Pourover. The café will also incorporate a hands-on training facility to ensure baristas throughout London have the opportunity to perfect the art of espresso in a realistic training environment.
Customer service and support is crucial to the success of the company, and the passion to provide service second to none is clearly shared by the whole team. Internationally, Ozone has developed a team of skilled roasters, barista trainers and professional espresso machine technicians who are at the forefront of the coffee industry and committed to ensuring customer satisfaction and the best coffee experience.
Ozone Coffee has a reputation for exceptional coffee in NZ, with their New Zealand roastery café being awarded second runner-up in the New Zealand café awards. Coffee blends have won silver and bronze medals in the annual coffee festival, Barista Trainer Jenna Brom placed 5th in the finals of the New Zealand Barista Championship while head roaster Paul Newbold was third in the New Zealand Cupping (coffee tasting) Championship in 2010. Ozone is also committed to sustainability and imports a selection of premium coffee beans directly from origin to support farmers and growers.
The demo work begins at Ozone Coffee Roasters London.
Our samples of the stunning El Salvador La Nueva, ranked #10 in this years Cup of Excellence competition, was a welcome arrival at the TASTE magazine office in the midst of them getting their popular Christmas Edition out in time.
We currently have on offer another Cup of Excellence coffee from what was an exceptional harvest this year in El Salvador....a Pacamara coffee from a farm called Nicolas Mountain.
Our Prime Minister has good taste in coffee and we're quietly sure our coffee has helped him through some late nights and the election campaign.
Now a steeped tradition for the holiday season, the team at OZONE COFFEE ROASTERS is proud to bring you our 8th limited edition Holiday blend.
ORIGIN: Ethiopia and Guatemala
REGION: Sidamo, Huehuetenango
CO-OPERATIVE: Oromia, GuayaB
VARIETAL: Arabica (Heirloom Ethiopian & Bourbon)
PROCESS METHOD: Natural and Washed processes
ELEVATION: 1500 – 1800m
TASTING NOTES AND CHARACTERISTICS
AROMA: RICH, BRIGHT, FLORAL, SPICE AND FRUIT
FLAVOURS: RAISIN, BERRY FRUITS, CARAMEL, TOFFEE AND COCOA, BALANCED
ACIDITY: JUICY AND SMOOTH
ROAST DEGREE: MEDIUM - DARK
RECOMMENDED BREWING METHOD:
Plunger, Pour-over/Filter, Chemex and Espresso
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