Clark St Coffee, keeping sustainability at the heart of their coffee creations.
Posted By admin, November 04,2015, in Featured roaster
Featured roaster – November 2015
November brings with it a relative oldie, but as seen in their new skin… Unveiling the new look Clark St Coffee roasted by the lively and passionate bunch at Clark St Coffee Roasters. You may likely have already come across their name – as they’ve long been at the roasting game supplying cafes throughout Melbourne and Queensland, but have recently resurfaced with a refreshing new look, which we are all over here at No-BS (two thumbs up)!
This makeover however by no means overshadows their core mission – priding themselves on sourcing and roasting distinctive coffees underpinned by their ethos of social, environmental and economic sustainability; ensuring full transparency and traceability throughout the process. To this aspiration, their direct-to-farm approach brings them to key coffee-producing regions globally, sourcing coffee straight from origin and working closely with producers to forge long-lasting relationships to ensure sustainability and quality throughout the entire supply chain. This commitment sees the entire team make this journey together each season to key origins including Guatemala, Brazil, Costa Rica, Colombia, Nicaragua, and Ethiopia.
Armed with a firm belief in the importance of the story behind each coffee, they place great emphasis on the connection with each individual farmer. On arrival, the team meets with local producers and cups the fresh crop coffees on site to select the best lots from the season’s harvest, ensuring the Clark St Coffee offering is of the highest possible quality.
To further facilitate this consistency in quality, the roast and supply process is followed through with extensive support and training to wholesale customers and baristas to ensure only the highest standard coffee is served to customers. This way, coffee drinkers are guaranteed to receive an exceptional cup of Clark St every time.
Their commitment to ensuring environmental sustainability has seen the team develop innovative ways to reduce their environmental impact; including creating fully compostable coffee packaging, as well as generally minimising cardboard and plastic usage across the business, using renewable energy within the roastery and reducing gas and electricity consumption through efficient roasting technologies.
We think they’re doing a mighty fine job of upholding these closely held values, all the while not compromising on their focus of producing seriously good coffee.
Behold, their signature Mastermind blend, which embraces both seasonality and consistency. Working from a base of Brazil Bom Jesus and Santa Alina, and blended with Ethiopia Hunkute; this killer blend yields flavours of red apple, honeysuckle, almond and cocoa all the while embodying a balanced creamy mouthfeel.
Explorers, taste the syrupy blossom and white peach flavours of the Guatemala Finca La Hermosa. This single origin by third generation coffee farmer Max Fernando Pérez Ríos derives its unique flavours from it’s origin in the Acatenango, Chimaltenango region of which the soil is kept bountiful of minerals by an optimal combination of volcanic eruptions, shade and rainfall conditions and high altitude of the crop.
Sink your senses into the Ethiopia Duromina produced by the Duromina Cooperative. This collective embraces sustainable technologies such as the wet milling process to quality – where no agrochemicals are used and nothing is left to waste, as the pulp byproduct is turned into compost to fertilize their shade grown coffee trees. The end result is a silky scintillating cup of jasmine, peach and rhubarb flavours.
Explorers are too bestowed with the Kenya Mugaya produced by the Mutira Farmers Coop Society; made up of a syndicate of small holder producers and processed at the Mugaya Coffee Factory mill. This complex cup offers sparkling lime, vanilla and floral notes making for a bright and alluring cup.
What do you make of Clark St’s creations this month?
Find out more about this month’s roaster at www.clarkst.coffee/
Fine establishments serving Clark St near you:
Franklin Windsor, Windsor | franklin-windsor.com.au
i25 Espresso Bar, St Kilda | imbiss25.com.au
Providence, Carlton | providencecafe.com.au
Latte Da, Camberwell | latteda.com.au
Grace, Fitzroy | gracefitzroy.com
Brother Alec, Thornbury | brotheralec.com
Ways & Means, Melbourne | waysandmeans.org.au
Dr Jekyll, St Kilda | drjekyll.com.au
Track 3 Espresso, Brighton | facebook.com/TrackThreeEspresso
Brooklyn Diner, Patterson Lakes | facebook.com/Brooklyn-Diner-995267737184509
Corner Boutique Coffee Bar, Gisborne | facebook.com/cornerbcb
Nord Bakery, Albury | facebook.com/nordbakery