Stewarts Coffee Roastery

The roaster:

Stewarts was launched in 1984 by coffee enthusiast Stewart Falconer. Ahead of his time, Stewart started selling his coffee via mail order to friends, local businesses and eventually nationwide. Years later Stewart handed his company to a new team and it is now managed by a growing team of coffee experts including Mark, Nathan and Monika. Stewarts is based in Nottingham and has three coffee shops called Blend, with one of them based next door to their roastery in Sneinton Market. They are proud to be based in a thriving part of Nottingham’s Creative Quarter and love talking to customers about all things coffee. We met Mark from Stewarts at Notts Coffee Festival and couldn't believe the queue of people wanting to try his coffee.

Coffee Name:

Las Planadas

The coffee:

This coffee is produced by Jorge Elías Rojas Vásquez, is a 33-year-old producer who has dedicated more than 20 years to the production, processing and marketing of specialty coffee. When he was just 13 years old the war in Colombia took his father away from him and he dropped out of school to manage the farm. The farm is located in Planadas-Tolima at 1,850 meters above sea level, a region that is difficult to access and at the time of the war was controlled by guerrillas such as the Farc. Now, many years on, Jorge was awarded 39th place at the last Cup of Excellence competition for his exceptional Geisha Honey bean. This coffee is made up of different bean varietals including the very high quality and highly regarded Geisha. Definitely one to try as a filter if you can!

Origin:

Colombia

Altitude:

1600- 2000 masl

Process: 

Washed

Tasting notes: 

Vanilla with Floral Notes

Why we like it:

We love to hear about coffee farmers who have worked in coffee their whole life and have achieved so much, at a young age too! This coffee with the Geisha element makes for a really solid coffee.

Stewarts Coffee | Colombia

Stewarts Coffee | Colombia

Stewarts Coffee | Colombia

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Coffee name: PLANADAS COMMUNITY

Notes of: Dark Chocolate, Caramel, Raisons

Origin: Colombia, Hamlets of La Cumbre, Montalvo to Bilboa

Variety: Caturra, Typica, Bourbon and Colombia F8

Altitude: 1600m-2000m

Process: Washed

Roast Level: Medium

The roaster: 

Their story starts with Nottingham coffee visionary Stewart Falconer, hand roasting coffee in the 80’s, before the word “artisan” even existed. After a few cups of the good stuff during his travels abroad, he made it his mission to make quality coffee the norm, not the exception. They’re proud to carry on his tradition, and the original roaster he bought for the job all those years ago is still a part of the furniture today.

The farmers:

This Colombian Single Origin Coffee is part of a community development program which is centralised around the various Planadas hamlets of Southern Colombia. The Planadas area represents 86 producing hamlets, consisting of 6821 small farms, all ranging from 5 to 6 hectares. Thanks to investment by the programme, the area is becoming renowned for producing some of Colombia’s finest Specialty Micro-lot coffees.

The project initiative is to develop a stable environment through traceability and sustainably grown coffee. They emphasise social development through the sharing of profits within the community. The operation ensures that ethical principals, sustainability and quality control become the cornerstone of the local community. These teachings will be passed down for generations. Enabling the coffee industry to flourish while generating economic revenue, and social advancement for years to come. 

We have been supporting this program for some time now. You may well have ordered some of the monthly Colombian special single origins we’ve had in the past, our Planadas Colombian differs as this coffee is sourced from a collection of farmers. These farmers work across a number of small holdings in the Planadas area, that aren’t yet big enough to produce their own exports. The result is an excellent example of great Single Origin Colombian Coffee, with the gorgeous deep flavours of dark chocolate, and smooth caramel.

 

Coffee available in: Whole bean, Ground Medium (AeroPress / V60 / Chemex), Fine (espresso / moka pot), Ground Coarse (French Press / cafetière)

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