Wednesday, June 05, 2013

Franschhoek Artisan Food Route: Coffee with Dutch East

Dutch East Restaurant and Beans about Coffee Bar and Roastery on the Main Road in Franschhoek on a very wet winter day.  Lots of seats and tables outside for better weather
Inside is warm with the double sided wood burning stove and fragrant with coffee smells
Many different varieties of freshly roasted beans to purchase by the kilo
Our teacher for the morning, coffee guru Pasch du Plooy, explained everything we needed to know about growing and roasting and making good coffee
And while we learn his assistants behind the counter produced cups of great coffee for us to sample
Raw coffee beans from all over the world awaiting roasting by Pasch
The magnificent coffee roasting machine, which completes the whole process in approximately 15 minutes for 5 kilos of beans.
When the beans have been roasted to perfection, they are poured into this stirring section, which quickly cools them to prevent the roasting process going any further.
They are right across the road from the Town Hall
These beans have been roasted for just a short while and you can see the change in colour as the caramelisation starts to happen
The roast is complete and the beans come pouring out of the roaster
And are quickly stirred to cool. The fragrance is wonderful and fills the room.
Coffee beans at different stages: the green beans are the raw beans, then slightly roasted (still unfinished), medium roasted (still unfinished)  and finally the final roast.
A good cup of Guatemalan black coffee full of earthy figgy caramel nut flavours with a superb crema, accompanied by a restaurant baked apricot tart with wonderful pastry
 © John & Lynne Ford, Adamastor & Bacchus 2013
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