Why is a wood fired roast so much better?
Coffee has been roasted using wood for hundreds of years. Current coffee industry standards use petrolium products as the heat source for roasting. This is no doubt more convenient, however the cost to our environment is heavy.
Wood creates a natural dry heat, enhancing the flavours within the beans. The result is a less acidic, smoother, mellow taste, yielding more crema, with a deep, earthy flavour.
We use well aged Australian Redgum. Our custom modified, traditional, old world cast iron Turkish drum roaster, has been fitted with a combustion wood stove based on the 'rocket stove' design. The wood is burned hard and fast, creating just the right heat required using only a small amount of wood, with an innovative bypass design allowing highly accurate tempreture control of the roast. We are able to achieve a consistent roast, and have the flexibility to roast according to taste.
We use a blend of high quality, organically grown Fairtrade Arabica beans. Using Fairtrade only is important to us. Fairtrade supports a fair, stable price for producers, investment into local community, improved working conditions and environmentally sustainable farming methods.