Ask the Roaster - Guy from Abe and Co
How was the Roastery founded, what was the inspiration?
I started Abe & Co in September 2020. I have had a love of coffee since I bought my first espresso machine. Like most of us, I probably geeked out a bit too much, got upgradeitus and just got more and more involved. Then I decided I wanted to try roasting my own coffee… the rest as they say is history!
What's your favourite part about working at the Roastery?
My favourite part is finding the perfect coffee. After the first sample roast, I usually wait 24 hours before I do my first cupping. I then grind 10g on my trusty EK43 at 8, not forgetting a handful of beans to purge the grinder. Gently pour 170g of water into the cup. Tortiously wait 14:30 mins for a first taste of what can only be described as coffee. Second slurp and a bit more flavour comes through. Then, as it cools a little more you get that beautiful sweetness, refreshing acidity and you know you have found something special. That will never get old!
What's your proudest accomplishment?
It has to be looking through the windows of the first coffee shop to stock my coffee and seeing it on the shelves. I still ask everyone who tries it if they like it as I cant quite believe where we have got to in 18 months.
What's your favourite place to enjoy a coffee, and what coffee would that be?
My favourite place is in a coffee shop, people watching, sipping a natural Ethiopian full of blueberries.
What three words best describe your Roastery?
Geeky - Obsessive - Progressing.
What is your favourite snack or treat to have to accompany your coffee?
What would you drink if there was no coffee?
Well, being a good northerner it would have to be a cup of builders tea. Splash of milk, no sugar.
What is your favourite tasting notes to find in coffee?
In the naturals I drink, I do love the blueberry notes, and in washed Colombians – Cherry.
Where would you recommend for food and drink in your local area?
I am lucky to have an amazing coffee shop just in front of our Roastery called Moonbeam, on the outskirts of Manchester, and for Manchester City Centre, it has to be Pot Kettle Black.
Finally, what Dog & Hat combination would you choose?
- It would have to be a Cavapoo in a Baseball Cap, mainly because we have one, an 18 month old very cheeky but handsome chap.