So the hubby (he of the affairs of the tart ) and I went to our much anticipated Coffee Cupping at Bean There at the 44 Stanley in Milpark. We used to drive past the one in Wale Street in CT when we went for the Camps Bay Holiday and say "woooooo Bean There , we're going next week" and other similar silly things.
We arrived and greeted by Sarah , who is the co-founder along with her brother Jonathan. Sarah is amazingly passionate about Bean There's vision. They don't compromise on their standards and beliefs . They are really committed to making exceptional coffee and these coffee cupping sessions are an amzing oppotunity to learn about what they do as well as learn about coffee (we're not talking Jacobs here people, these people are stratospheres beyond that). They only use and source the top 2 % of coffee on the world. They are especially commited to "African" coffee. They are also all about adventure - going to and experiencing all the countries they source coffee beans from. Gosh , Sarah was saying so much , I was trying to remember it all for the blog . (bad job here) Anyway it was #amazeballs and I would love to do it again. What is fantastic about Bean There , they are always striving to be better , make better coffee, do it in a better way, make things better. It seems as if they relish adventures and challenges.
With a love for coffee and a passion for the African adventure, Bean There Coffee Company acquires, through direct fair trade, the world’s finest single origin coffee, which is roasted in small batches to produce an exclusive optimal roast.Bean There is committed to providing unblended, single origin coffee from one carefully selected country and region, their goal is to allow the coffee drinker the opportunity to know a country through its coffee.
Direct fair trade means producers receive a fair payment for their coffee through equal engagement, regardless of market fluctuations, which ensures community development, empowerment, and sustainability. Bean There enhances their trading relationships through practicing DIRECT FAIR TRADE which involves travelling to the country of origin, personally selecting the coffee, meeting the coffee farmers and their community, and partnering with already established programs or initiating new programs. Regardless of certification, Bean There operates according to direct fair trade principles and we believe in not discriminating against amazing coffee which lacks “certification” but rather building a healthy and sustainable trade relationship with the producers
Bean There provides single origin, unblended coffee beans from one country and region. All coffee beans have an optimal roast: a point within the roasting process where the key coffee elements of aroma, body, acidity and flavour meet perfectly, resulting in a most desirable, optimal roast. Bean There has directly sourced the world’s most exclusive coffee which it traditionally hand-roasts in small batches. The coffee taste and experience emanates class, distinction, extravagance, and passion. Every cup of Bean There coffee creates an adventure able to transport the taster to the jungles of risk, the farms of intrigue, the plains of mystery, and the taste of Africa’s coffee heritage.
|We luuuuuuurve cheese spreads and the figs were #amazeballs.|
|Their Probat Roaster|
|When I first started sniffing I sniffed so hard it shot in my eye. Lol. It's amazing how the different coffees smelled - leather, hazelnut, toast, blueberries. The lady that sat on our table smelled a bit of cigarettes and Barbie (don't ask!)|
|Starting to brew the coffee|
|The Coffee brewing, after this , we remove the crust and taste it.|
|The Hubby tasting|
|Love the decor|
|Head of Research and Development - this is serious business|
|Love the figs|
Have a look at the website :Check it out here. It was a lot of fun , we met some interesting people , had some great coffee and learnt a lot. We'll both be returning to Bean There