Rumble Coffee Roasters, creating kickass coffee with admirable sustainability aspirations.
Posted By admin, March 04,2018, in Featured roaster
Featured roaster – MARCH 2018
It’s been too long between drinks with Rumble Coffee Roasters – the kid from Melbourne’s city fringe neighbourhood of Kensington making it in a big way in Melbourne’s specialty coffee circuit. Always a firm favourite with you lot, we’ve brought them, and their iconic avian friends back for another long awaited feature.
It all started in 2014 when Head Trainer Stan Bicknell, Head Roaster Matt Hampton and Director/Roaster Joe Molloy came to the realisation that after many years of working all sides of the coffee game, they knew they needed to focus on bringing amazing, accessible specialty coffee to the folks of Melbourne and beyond.
And last year the team added their first staff member and old mate, Alex Cole whose coffee cred has seen him roast for NZ based roaster Coffee Supreme Coffee Supreme and cup like a gun for Silo Coffee Store, and he counts driving a mean forklift as one of his skills – exactly what any roastery needs.
So how did their name come about? “We wanted to create knock-out coffee and we love the resonant, rumbling sound of a busy coffee roastery” Joe explains, so Rumble Coffee Roasters seemed to nicely fit the bill.
And what’s the deal with the birds? “We wanted to showcase each country where our coffee grows, so we decided to use a bird from each origin. It’s a little out of control at this point, we have used over thirty different birds and we aren’t stopping anytime soon!” Keep them coming we say.
Aside from Stan being perhaps the best drummer in the coffee industry (unvalidated, but hey we’ll take their word for it) – their focus on the entire coffee chain and belief that everyone along it should be earning a good living is what stands them out amongst their peers. Their belief that cafe owners, roasters and coffee growers alike should all be able to earn a decent living from this magic bean drives them to do whatever they can to uphold this.
They try to source amazing tasting coffee yet one which also ensures that the grower receives a fair price for their hard work. Transparency is one of their key goals for the year.
“We are working on a transparency model where we can disclose what each of the growers receives for the coffee we roast. There is a lot of smoke and mirrors and dare we say BS out there about people’s buying practices. We think it’s time to back the talk up with some numbers”.
They plan on rolling this out after MICE 2018 (Melbourne International Coffee Expo) and hope to do more trips to origin to support this.
In terms of roasting, their approach is simple – try to hit that perfect balance between sweetness, acidity and body and the end product will do the talking.
Sounds like a pretty foolproof method to us!
Enjoy our picks by Rumble Coffee Roasters this month:
They’ve treated us one of their favourites, the Guatemala La Esmeralda single origin. This cup tastes of peach, nashi pear and nougat flavours. Head Roaster Matt just returned from visiting the farm and seeing what new coffee Guatemala has in store for us.
Explorers get to also sink their teeth into their Ethiopia Boji single origin. This one is more of a fruity cup, where red grape, plum and sugar cane notes dominate.
You’re tasting their lovely new Colombian, the Cecilia Cangrejo. Taste tantalising flavours of orange blossom, apricot and rockmelon from this fruit filled cup.
Explorers are also treated to their El Salvador Las Nubes. This is a big bodied coffee with apricot, red apple and panela flavours sure to impress everyday of the week.
How do you rate Rumble Coffee Roasters’ picks this month?
Brick Lane (Rustica Canteen), Melbourne | rusticasourdough.com.au
Market Espresso, Queen Victoria Market | facebook.com/marketespressoQVM
Jaspresso, North Melbourne | facebook.com/jaspresso.melbourne
Breakfast Thieves, Fitzroy | breakfastthieves.com
Luncheonette, Kensington | facebook.com/Luncheonette-163353340356330
Wolf & Hound, Flemington | wolfandhoundcafe.com.au
Middle Child, Ascot Vale | facebook.com/MiddleChildCafe
Small Graces, Footscray | smallgraces.com.au
Mantra Studio Kitchen & Bar, Yarraville | mantrastudiokitchenbar.com
Staple Providore & Cafe, St Kilda | staple.melbourne
Soul Press, Brighton / Edithvale / Mornington | soulpress.com.au
Hurstbridge Deli & Larder, Hurstbridge | hurstbridgedelilarder.com.au
ALL OVER OZ!
Round & Round, coffee caravan travelling Oz | facebook.com/roundandroundcoffee
Find out more about this month’s roaster at rumblecoffee.com.au