Ask the Roaster - Cat from Radical Roasters
How was the Roastery founded, what was the inspiration?
I started the business after a rough year in 2021. I decided to use my 10 years of experience in the roasting business to start a roastery which will hopefully directly make a change in making the coffee scene more diverse. I started with a 1kg bullet in my shed Nov 2021 and quickly outgrew to leasing a larger roaster. I hope to secure my own larger roaster in the coming months.
What's your favourite part about working at the Roastery?
Getting to taste and drink such tasty coffees all day every day. It’s also an amazing feeling receiving positive feedback from the free workshops I run for historically marginalised groups.
What's your proudest accomplishment?
My proudest accomplisDefinitely any kind of pastry. Mm maybe an almond croissant if I had to choosehment in coffee is coming top of the class on a Q Grading course. Since starting Radical Roasters, one of my highlights has been being guest espresso and getting a great review from Full Court Press Coffee shop.
What's your favourite place to enjoy a coffee, and what coffee would that be?
My favourite place to enjoy a coffee is Greggs. Haha.
What three words best describe your Roastery?
Fun - Quality - Flavour.
What is your favourite snack or treat to have to accompany your coffee?
There is always a bag of twiglets or chocolates hidden in the shops.
What would you drink if there was no coffee?
Club Orange. (it’s like an Irish Fanta but more neon orange).
Where would you recommend for food and drink in your local area?
Coffee: Small St Espresso, Sweven, Full Court Press
Donuts and Pastries: Future Doughnuts, Hart’s Bakery, Farro
Cake: Ah toots, Crumbs of Keynsham, Fed303
What is your favourite tasting notes to find in coffee?
Strawberry, I can’t get enough of all the fruity coffees at the moment.
Finally, what Dog & Hat combination would you choose?
Would have to be a labradoodle in a flap cap.