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Rounton Coffee

22/08/2019
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Introducing… David Beattie

Name and Occupation David Beattie – Founder of Rounton Coffee These days, my time is spent working more with people, projects and driving the business forward. How did you get into coffee? I’ve always enjoyed coffee but would only ever drink instant – I simply didn’t know any better. I would buy an occasional bag of ground coffee from the supermarket and think that I was being posh! Whilst supermarket coffee was better, it never really ignited anything in me, so there I was stuck… in a kind of coffee... Read More

01/08/2019
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Why Do We Cup Coffees?

What is Coffee Cupping? Cup tasting (a.k.a cupping) is the process of objectively assessing the quality of coffee samples. If you’ve seen anyone with what looks like a soup spoon, slurping loudly at a table full of coffees, they’ll have been cupping! Coffees are scored according to Specialty Coffee Association (SCA) protocol using this sheet, and the resulting total gives us an indication of the quality of the coffee – anything scoring 80+ being classed as specialty grade. This protocol gives us a shared language to use when talking to... Read More

21/06/2019
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Our New Roaster

Why Do We Need A New Roaster? Every journey has its first steps, and for us, that took the form of some pretty humble beginnings. After spending time in Sumatra and deciding to take the plunge into the world of coffee upon returning home, Rounton Coffee Roasters was born – but we had nothing to roast coffee with! We started out by buying a 10kg drum roaster from Toper, imported from Turkey. In our infancy, the roaster would be turned on once a week, and we would roast a handful... Read More

13/06/2019
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World Of Coffee ’19 – Our Thoughts

We’ve just returned home after a great trip out to Berlin, for the annual World of Coffee (WoC) – one of the biggest events in the international coffee calendar. We’ve visited WoC before, and having learned so much in Amsterdam in 2018, we decided that this year we’d learn a lot if the whole team took the trip to Berlin, to see what’s new in the coffee industry. Our goals were simple: meet as many people as we could (roasters, importers, farmers, famous coffee folk), and learn as much as... Read More

04/02/2019
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It’s A Bit Like Wine: Coffee From Around The World

Historically, it has been all too simple to think of coffee as just a thing that you find in a bag on a shelf in a supermarket. It has been there to serve the purpose of keeping us caffeinated, and aside from how strong we want it to be, there haven’t been that many other factors to consider when choosing what to brew at home. In more recent years, people have been paying more attention to the descriptors that are attached to the coffee they are buying. Whether that’s picking... Read More

22/01/2019
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Introducing… Mike Riley

Welcome to our ‘Introducing…’ series! We’ve interviewed some of the people that make Rounton Coffee tick – whether that’s people in our team, people who we’ve met along the way, or figures in the coffee industry that help us do what we do – we want to be able to share with you the stories of the people behind the coffee you’re drinking. First up is arguably the most knowledgable mind in coffee that any of us know, the brilliant Mike Riley!  Name and Occupation I’m Mike Riley. I’m in... Read More

03/01/2019
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From Origin To Cup – Processing Coffee

Cherries make a pretty sweet treat – finding the ripest, sweetest fruits in summer, and chewing away at the luscious juicy pulp and skins as we enjoy the sweet, rich flavours, before spitting out the stone at the centre of the fruit.  This stone – or seed – to be precise, might be considered an inconvenience to our enjoyment of those delicious cherries!  With coffee cherries, it’s the exact opposite. In this case, the treasure is the two seeds at the heart of the fruit, the rest of which has... Read More

01/12/2018
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Why become a Q grader?

By David Burton Any serious coffee professional will tell you that objectively assessing coffee quality is probably one of the most difficult things to do. This is because no matter how hard we try, we will always let our own bias get the better of us, especially when it comes to something as subjective as flavour. Come New Year, I’ll be into my fifth year in coffee, and leaving my own bias at the door is still something I have to keep in check (however, I still love a bloody... Read More

16/11/2018
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From Origin To Cup – How Coffee Grows

As Rounton Coffee Roasters nears its 5th birthday, we’ve decided that rather than telling you the story of the last five amazing years, it might be much more useful and interesting to run a series of blogs which will tell the bigger story – Coffee – From Origin to Cup. These are blogs that we wanted to write in our infancy, but at that stage, we didn’t feel that we had enough experience to speak with any authority on such topics. These days, we’re still trying to learn as much... Read More

Espresso 31/10/2018
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Dialling in – Grinder Basics

Getting your espresso right can be a daunting task, especially when you feel like your grinder has a mind of its own. If you’ve ever tried to pull a shot and it just won’t behave, maybe it’s time to brush up your dialling in skills. We’re going to talk you through what’s going on inside your basket, and give you the tools you need to know how to tame your grinder. Firstly, you’re going to need: a timer a set of scales – ideally a set that is accurate to 1/10... Read More