Ask the Roaster - Tash from Pharmacie Coffee Roasters
How was the Roastery founded, what was the inspiration?
The managing director of Pharmacie, Rick Curtis has always been inspired by the original Stumptown in Portland, Oregon, where he used to live. After a decade of running his company Ground Coffeehouses in Brighton and nearby Lewes the dream became possible by a series of fortune and misfortune combined (like all the best stories).
After little convincing I helped Rick convert an old car mechanics in a 19th century cobbled mews, to the creative roasting space and coffeehouse it is today. The name was a happy accident, why else would you keep a 1970s French Pharmacie sign behind your couch for 2 years unless you were going to call your coffee Roastery after it?! I came up with the balanced scales as our logo soon thereafter; coffee of course being an excellent drug, controlled by precise weights and measures, and we think the roast and resulting brew should be a balancing act of coffee fruit flavours.
What's your favourite part about working at the Roastery?
Always the conversations that circulate around coffee and roasting. The excitement of new coffees, and the stories of their production. The complexities of flavour and description we use when cupping roasts, and the conversations of our customers, stimulated by the same passion for coffee.
What's your proudest accomplishment?
We are still in our infancy but have had our coffee served in some illustrious coffeehouses across the UK and received plaudits from some of our coffee heroes like Andrew Tolley of Taylor Street Baristas and James Hoffman of Square Mile. We are going to be entering roasting and cupping competitions in 2018 and look forward to our head of Coffee completing his Q Grade certification.
What three words best describe your Roastery?
Creative - Industrious - Inventive
What’s your favourite place to enjoy a coffee, and what coffee would that be?
A super floral and juicy black filter coffee, probably Kenyan in origin, served by a friend, in a ceramic 8oz cup. Location? Any coffeehouse that is not painfully hip where the baristas don’t tell me the altitude the coffee was grown at unless I ask! Fairly specific I know…
Finally, what Dog & Hat combination would you choose?
I’m gonna be annoying. No dogs in clothing, let them be wild and free! But if pushed, it would be a mutt in a red bandana, does that count?