Local Roasters Est. 2009
Photography | Laura Ellen Wright
This is a fairly new area for me, coffee and red wine are most definitely things which have come with age in this household. Don’t get me wrong, I have always been a lover of a festive latte. Having said this it has only been recently the appreciation for coffee and the roasting process has come. How I like to enjoy my (non -festive) coffee now is without milk so I can really enjoy the flavours that come with the different roasts.
Strangers have kindly sent me two of their roasts to try and give my honest opinion on. Don’t panic if you buy beans and you don’t have a grinder, I found the humble Nutri-Bullet does the job perfectly with the milling blade on.
LOS CONGOS | COLOMBIA
Straight off you can smell the deep chocolate and caramel with this roast, shortly followed by the sweetness of orange. Actually speaking of festive coffees, this one would work perfectly. The farm is situated in Vereda Santa Maria – Hulia, on volcanic soil covered steep hills.
The farm has stayed in a family for generations and now lies with Carmen Rojas and Victor Acevedo. These guys work hard in the long sunny days to produce this coffee as they have stayed clear of mechanical equipment and close to natural traditional farming techniques. You can find out more about them here.
ROCKO MOUNTAIN | ETHIOPIA
Instantly your nose is filled with sweet notes, juicy summer berries, tropical fruits and (my favourite) pineapple. This coffee has been sourced from smallholders which are based around the Rocko Mountain in Yirgacheffe, Ethiopia. Coffee from the Yirgacheffe is also known as Garden Coffee.
For every pack of Rocks Mountain sold, a donation to the ‘Girls Gotta Run Foundation’ will be made, you can find out more about that here.
For me the Los Congos is very much a 3pm pick me up. The chocolate undertones most definitely clinching my afternoon twin craving.
Rocko Mountain and it’s fruity nature offers more of a morning wake up and is actually my number one choice of the two.
You can find out more about Strangers Coffee and try your own here. At the moment they deliver for £2 or free if you order over £25 worth with the code – FREE25. Of course if you are local to Norwich you can just pop in to their coffee shop on Pottergate – In the city centre lanes.
(Whilst this post is a gifted collaboration with Strangers, as always I have been honest with my thoughts)