Ask the Roaster - Josh from Blossom
How was the Roastery founded, what was the inspiration?
Blossom was founded in June 2020 by Andy Farrington and myself.
As with many of life’s luxuries we currently take for granted, coffee is facing a challenging and uncertain future.
As temperatures rise and extreme weather grows more frequent, coffee becomes increasingly susceptible to diseases, pests, and drought, while productivity and quality both fall. World Coffee Research have predicted that without immediate intervention, 46-49% of land currently used for coffee production will become unsuitable by 2050.
What's your favourite part about working at the Roastery?
So many things can go wrong between growing coffee and eventually brewing it, so it’s quite inspiring to be part of a chain of passionate and focused people that ultimately results in a delicious cup. Developing roast profiles and considering the best way to showcase the producer’s work is always the most interesting part of roastery life.
What's your proudest accomplishment?
As a business, it was such an honour to be nominated in the Notable Roaster category of the 2020 Sprudgies in our very first year.
On a personal level, our Head of Wholesale Oil is a two-time UKBC finalist, co-founder Andy was the 2019 Northern Aeropress Championship winner, and my proudest achievement was qualifying as Q Grader.
What three words best describe your Roastery?Sustainability - Quality - Accessibility.
What’s your favourite place to enjoy a coffee, and what coffee would that be?
The best coffee of the week is always a batch brew at the roastery before a busy day of production. Our latest filter release, Mártir, has been going down an absolute treat recently, though it’s hard to look much beyond Nemba.
Finally, what Dog & Hat combination would you choose?
That would have to be a red setter in a Ushanka.