This past week I visited Rosetta Roastery. They invited me to come learn a bit more about their company, what makes them tick and of course taste some of their delicious coffee’s.
These guys really know coffee. It all started when 3 friends moved out of university residence and swore never to drink Instant coffee again!
We spent some time talking about the brand, how they got started and where they source their beans from. The first coffee I sampled as a flat white was an Ethiopian Organic Wild Limu. It had a rich earthy taste. But as Jono explained the best way to sample a coffee is as a filter as there is less room for human error.
So we sat down for a coffee tasting. We sampled 3 coffees. First we sampled an Indonesian Blue Batak from Sumatra and an Ethiopian Kochere Yirgacheffe. Or as Jono described it an ‘angry vegan’ and a ‘celebrity on the shores of Lake Como’. Rosetta treat each of their coffee’s as an individual and thus each coffee is given a personality. On their packaging you will find the below – “While Lake Como is lovely at this time of year, it’s always ruined by those horribly gaudy celebrity galas – red carpets, black ties, orange skin. I prefer more elegant thrills; the subtle hint of honeysuckle on a spring breeze; a fragrant cup of Earl Grey tea, the warm citrus scent of marmalade on toast.”
Back to the coffee tasting – Jono took me through the different layers of flavour that you will find in a coffee. When comparing 2 coffee’s first determine which coffee is sweeter, then feel the acidity on the side of your tongue, taste again and determine the body -is it a medium-bodied coffee or a full-bodied coffee. And lastly try to determine the subtle flavours that emerge on the aftertaste - it could be a subtle hint of orange or the fragrance of fresh herbs. Its a truly amazing experience to do a coffee tasting. It will change the way you view coffee forever. And you will definitely NEVER go back to instant coffee again!
Out of the two the Batak had a lovely rich flavour and the Yirgacheffe had an almost tea like quality, Jono recommend the Yirgacheffe to those who consider themselves tea drinkers but would like to get into coffee. We then tasted a third coffee Costa Rican Calle Copey. This was the coffee of all coffees! It was one of only 20 coffees from Costa Rica to be awarded a “Best of Costa Rica” title. Ah, it was a little cup of heaven! If you would like to order a coffee from Rosetta as a trial -order this one!
I love Rosetta’s philosophy - ‘Not to be Coffee Nazi’s'! They don’t wont to tell you how to drink your coffee or that you can never have sugar in your coffee because it ruins that flavour! Rosetta make great coffee -its up to you how you drink it.
This company is doing great things, their are available in many cafes and restaurants in Cape Town and they have plans to open their own coffee shop in the future! Watch this brand, they are going places!
For more information about Rosetta Roastery or to order some of their coffee’s visit their website. www.rosettaroastery.com Check out their blog too! They are currently running a winter special where you can get 15% off when you buy any 4 of their coffees. But you have to place your order before 3 June. Remember they offer free delivery in Cape Town.