Ask the Roaster - Unica
How was the Roastery founded, what was the inspiration?
The seeds were planted way back in 2009 when we met whilst travelling in Guatemala. However, the dream was not realised until 2021 after many years travelling and building our knowledge and understanding of coffee.
What's your favourite part about working at the Roastery?
Bespoke roasting and profiling the beans, finding those minor adjustments that makes a huge difference to the overall taste.
What's your proudest accomplishment?
Working alongside two Colombian barista champions, those guys are so humble, a wealth of knowledge and very generous with it I must add.
What’s your favourite place to enjoy a coffee, and what coffee would that be?
Has to be at origin, that first one of the day, early morning, a mist filled air and with something authentic to hand; lets say ‘café de olla’ on this occasion.
What is your favourite snack or treat to have to accompany your coffee?
Oh we do love a good pairing, and chocolate is perfect for those special moments when two become three. It still amazes me; the impact chocolate can have on a coffees perception!
What would you drink if there was no coffee?
What three words that best describe your Roastery?
Latin - American - Coffee.
What's your favourite tasting notes to find in coffee?
Has to be that smooth caramel note. Takes me right back to my Colombian days.
Where would you recommend for food and drink in your local area?
Now that’s a tough one… Bristol has an abundance of fantastic food and drink venues (especially when it comes to coffee) but if you were looking for something different, although not a restaurant or bar, Food Shop on Gloucester Road is great.
Finally, what Dog & Hat combination would you choose?
As the owners of a Dachshund and having met in Guatemala, a dachshund in a traditional Mayan hat.