All posts tagged: specialty coffee

Humans of coffee: Tim Wendelboe

Who is Tim Wendelboe? I am a young (at least at mind) person who likes to work hard and do things my way and what I feel is the right way. I grew up in a very safe and suburban area outside of Oslo in Norway but never felt that I fit in 100%. In my late teenage years I had my rebellious years where I got tired of school and wanted to do the opposite of what everyone else around me was doing. So when most of my class mates signed up for the university to go and study, I decided I was going to take a year off and work to figure out what I wanted to do with my life. That is how I ended up in coffee as a couple of months after high school I started working at Stockfleth’s in Oslo. After running the company for some years with my friend Alex, I finally had the courage to leave the company to start my own roastery and espresso bar. It …

Humans of coffee: Dan Erasmus

Who is Daniel Erasmus? If you asked me this at seventeen I had the answer waxed, “soon to be rockstar/pro surfer and downhill skater”. Life changes your goals and values very quickly, at least it should. Maybe my defining characteristics are my unrealistic optimism, and belief in myself and my ability to do anything. These traits have put me into roles that I felt highly under qualified for, but are the same traits that have helped me always conquer those challenges, and succeed. I value honesty and integrity very highly, both in myself, and others. I hope and strive to be the type of person that others are proud to know. I am interested in way too many things. I have a millions thoughts and project on the go all the time which isn’t always great for focus and progress, but also leads me into so much opportunity, I don’t think I will change. I like breakfast foods, land cruisers, travel, and power tools. I love to be outdoors; I love animals, growing plants and …

Humans of coffee: Kelsey van der Merwe

Who is Kelsey van der Merwe? I think I have spent most of my twenties trying to figure that out. I grew up being told I could be whoever I wanted to be, but I have found that there is something so beautiful about becoming who we were created to be. So if I had to describe myself today…I am a coffee loving, aspiring writer who loves to teach and dabbles in Marketing to make a living. What is your best childhood memory? I think it’s difficult to pick just one. But my favourite childhood memories would have to be family dinners. I absolutely love food and my fondest memories involve food and family. We would always eat together at the table. My dad and grandfather were master storytellers and we’d spend hours after dinner listening to them. It always involved a lot of laughter and, very often, a few exaggerated stories. That was part of what made these moments so precious. An equally fond memory are conversations with my Grandmother. She was an incredible woman with a …

Humans of coffee: Danilo Acquisto

Who is Danilo Acquisto? Danilo is a dynamic, you-can’t-put-me-in-a-box, energetic, humorous, faithful and kind entrepreneur and jack of all trades who happens to at this present moment find himself on TV and Radio. Well that’s what I am known for, at least. What is your best childhood memory? I will never forget being woken up on my birthday every year by my mother, father and brother with a specialised and designed kiddies cake a presents and I would sit on my bed with all this love being showered over me and just feeling bewildered. I missed that moment when I moved out of home. Just the sheer joy of waking up before they got to the room and pretending to sleep like you weren’t expecting it and being so excited to know what gifts I got. It was always a highlight of a year.   If you had a chance for a “do-over” in life, what would you do differently? I think if I look way back with current knowledge I would have been less stubborn …

How does an Aeropress champion brew an Aeropress?

Dan Erasmus runs one of the latest and most exciting additions to the Johannesburg speciality coffee scene, Firebird. And he won the 2013 South Africa Aeropress championship with this recipe. Ingredients: Coffee: Long Miles Coffee Gaharo Hill Peaberry Coffee dose: 17.5g Coffee grind: medium-coarse Water weight: 220g Water temperature: 94 degrees celsius 1.  Bloom for 25 seconds.   2.  Fill to 220g. 3.  Steep for one minute.   4.  Then stir, put on filter cap, flip, and slowly press. Champion tip: let it cool a lot before drinking it, the flavour will be much more intense and the sweetness will grow. Photography by Creative Wei

Humans of coffee: Charl Smit

Who is Charl Smit? Charl Smit is a very basic guy with lots of ideas in a very busy mind. I am a very creative person and my mind never ever stops thinking. Before leaving home at 06:30 every morning I have conjured up multiple business ideas, plans to improve humanity, ways to solve corruption and very many other things. I also love being active and outdoors, and if i were any any other industry I would be a rugby player, coach, referee or something else in rugby. But above all I’m spiritual, not in a conventional way but in my way. What is your best childhood memory? Playing cricket with my little brother in our backyard. If you had a chance for a “do-over” in life, what would you do differently? Take more risks. Learn from older people. Travel and work abroad more before starting a family. Listen to the small still voice inside me. Be myself more. What do you feel most proud of? I’m most proud of my son that’s 2 years old as …

How about some coffee in New York?

“Welcome to New York, concrete jungle where dreams are made of, there’s nothing you can’t do.” These words perfectly describe New York. Perfectly describe the coffee scene. Perfectly describe the people there. I have had the massive privilege of travelling to the amazing New York City twice in the past six months. I have experienced, seen and tasted so much awesomeness that it only seems fair that I share such experiences with you. If you are a coffee lover, love experiences and want to know where to get the best cup in the Big Apple, then this article is for you. I first want to preface this article by telling you what the coffee scene is like in this City. One word comes to mind: explosive. Absolutely explosive. I was in the city for over three weeks and every day I made it my mission to visit at least two to three stores a day. I wanted to meet baristas, I wanted them to make and tell me about their coffee and take some nice …

How does a barista champion brew an Aeropress?

Ishan Natalie has been a friend of @manmakecoffee for a while now. He is a 3 time South Africa Barista Champion, a 2 time Africa Barista Champion, the South Africa Aeropress Champion 2012 & a Humans of Coffee alumnus. And this is his Aeropress recipe. Coffee: Ozone Coffee‘s Burundi, Munyinya Hill by Long Miles Coffee Method: inverted Grind: medium Coffee weight: 15g Water weight: 220g Pre-infusion: 50g water, 35 seconds Action: swirl, fill water to 220g Action: place cap, release air pocket & flip Action: press & extract Result: juicy, bright, sweet & fruity Enjoy! For more, follow Ishan on Instagram at @dodgybarista. The cover image of Ishan competing at the World Barista Championship in Seattle was taken by Pavel Zhdanov.