Dallis Bros. and Sisters: Meet the Roasters!

Here at Dallis Bros. coffee, we all know that our coffee wouldn’t be as delicious as it is if it weren’t for a few special people who help it get from green to brown. In an effort to help introduce you to the, er, Brothers and Sisters that make up Dallis Bros. coffee, we’d like you to get to know two of the talented roasters working on our beautiful vintage Probat and Burns roasters. Both Ed Kaufmann and Anne Cooper have years of experience from all sides of coffee, and right now they’re roasting our coffee for you.

Roaster Ed Kaufmann

Ed, Where did you grow up?
Red Lodge Montana. It’s a small mountain town. No good coffee.

How did you get into coffee?
I got a job at Cafe Grumpy, upon moving to New York in 2006. I just enjoyed the people, and drinking delicious coffee!

What are the biggest challenges in your job?
Educating the consumer about what coffee can be — a carefully crafted beverage that has been harvested, processed, roasted and brewed with love.

What’s the funnest thing about your job?
Meeting new people!

What’s your favorite thing about Ozone Park?
Luigi’s Italian “cuisine”. Either that or the Halal slaughterhouse across the street.

What’s your favorite coffee right now, and how do you like to prepare it?

The Honduras Las Amazonas COE, through a Chemex!

Roaster Anne Cooper

Anne, where did you grow up?
I actually grew up in Mackay, in Queensland, Australia. We grow coffee there — there’s heaps of coffee growing, especially in North Queensland.

How long have you been at Dallis?
Six months!

How did you get into coffee?
Goodness! I guess it started when I was working in a cafe in college, just to help pay through college, and it started from there.

What are the biggest challenges in your job?
Working with Ed! No… I think it’s probably the pressure that I put on myself, because of the responsibility that I have, especially with roasting on the Probat, the pressure from myself to always make sure I’m roasting consistently and doing a really great job for Dallis.

What’s the funnest thing about your job?
Oh! All of the amazing coffees that I get to drink! The people that I work with, and just the eqipment that I get to work on as well, it’s bloody awesome. I’m just always learning as well, I’ve been in coffee for 20 years and I’m still always learning something new. It’s fantastic.

What’s your favorite thing about Ozone Park?
Oooooh. The deli up at the Met Supermarket has the BEST hero sandwiches.

What’s your favorite coffee right now, and how do you like to prepare it?
Goodness me. I’m going through a really big Kenya phase. And either as espresso or Chemex. So probably the Kiamabara or, now, the Muburi, but I think the Honduras COE is a close close second behind that, too.

Ethiopia Kochere

Ethiopia is known the world over for its beautiful coffee. Not only is it the birthplace of all Arabica coffea (Arabica) coffee, it is home to some of the most diverse regions, varieties and cup profiles. In 2009, the Ethiopian Commodity Exchange was started and coffee was included with other products like, sesame seeds, wheat and corn. The idea was to organize these markets and provide the farmers with greater clarity on how pricing is set.

One effect of the ECX is that there is an incredible amount of control, grading and regulation of coffee. Coffee, after all, is the largest dollar-value export for Ethiopia and therefore critically important to the health of the entire economy. Coffees that are delivered to the ECX lose their traceability upon arrival to the warehouse. The coffee is graded and the “acabi” (miller) is given a ticket. Then the coffee is sold per grade and volume, not per specific farmer or delivery. When coffee is graded there are specific regions and grades given for quality. We can tell you this coffee came from Kochere because there it received a Kochere Grade. Kochere is a high altitude region just south of the small town of Yirgacheffe. This is as close as traceability now gets in Ethiopia.

Buy coffee from Kochere here.

Guatemala Chajulense Fair Trade Organic

We’re huge fans of the big flavor of Guatemalan coffees, and of cooperative farming that truly works, both at the farmer level and the quality in the cup. Hints of Key lime pie and berries drew us in to this beautiful coffee, whose renowned co-op is a great example of farming done right.

Cooperatives can do lots of things at origin. They often provide great social services to their members and they can provide several container loads of coffee to buyers. Chajulense is a co-op that has members in 57 different small communities, with projects as diverse as supporting ecotourism, honey production, and even running their own radio station. When co-ops are large, it is rare that they produce quality levels that could actually meet the standards of Dallis Bros. Coffee. But this coffee is different.

This flavorful coffee is picked by the individual farmers and processed on their farms. It is then fully dried and delivered to the co-op. The Chajulenses are packed with unique culture. Part of their attitude is that the benefits of the coffee should be divided amongst all the members. This means it is unlikely that they will be producing microlots to highlight specific farmers. That said, some containers arrive with wonderful cup scores, depending on when the coffee was picked and which farmers contributed to it. We were able to pick up this lot through our relationship with Chajulense’s importer, and were thrilled with the complexity and comprehensiveness of its flavor – sweet berry fruit, sweet lime, honey, granola, and a creamy body. This coffee really stood out.

Honduras – Liquidambar

The joy of working directly with a farmer is great. The joy of working directly with a great farmer is tremendous. Our relationship with Reina Mercedes Claros Bautista has taught us the simple beauty of farming great coffee: in this case the lush, vibrant, competition-winning, peach-necatar-sweet coffee we know as Finca Liquidambar.

Doña Reina Mercedes Claros Bautista is rather famous in Western Honduras. Dallis Bros. Coffee has had the pleasure of attending both the 2010 and 2011 Cup of Excellence events in Honduras, and were afforded the opportunity to ask Reina Mercedes Claros Bautista how her coffee is so consistent every year.  She explained simply: it starts with good picking. You have to watch your workers to make sure they only pick ripe cherries. From there, coffee is brought to the wet mill and de-pulped the same day, then allowed to ferment for a 12-hour period before it is washed. Bautista actually manages two different farms, which she keeps fully separate: Finca El Durazno and Finca Liquidambar. She also personally manages the drying of the coffee on her own patio. As coffees are drying, she keeps all the coffee of the same moisture contents together. “Remember,” she says.  “I don’t mix coffees together.”

When talking with her, Reina’s tone is humble. When drinking her coffee it is brilliant. She grows 70% Red Catuai and 30% Yellow Catuai on her farm near San Juan in Intibuca Honduras. We were proud to tell her that her coffee was part of a 50% blend of Philip Search’s winning espresso in the 2011 Northeast Regional Barista Competition in New York City. She was moved to hear this good news. This is the second year in a row that we are able to offer her coffee direct from her farm. We hope to continue this into the future.

Beware of fire breathing dragons…

No, we are not talking about some sci-fi computer game.  We are talking about a full four bags of green coffee igniting and send an entire roasting system well over 1000 degrees!

Roaster Fire

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In coffee roasting facilities the question is always not “if” you will have a roaster fire, but “when”.  Although thankfully Irene wasn’t the catastrophic hurricane the press prognosticated for the northeast region, it did dump a few gallons of water into our roasting system.  This kept critical systems from engaging, and caused the beautiful coffee in our Jabez Burns Thermalo roaster to literally self combust!

Thanks to the skill and knowledge of our experienced crew the damage was kept to a minimum and no-one was injured.  Our production team handled most of our orders on the vintage Probats that were unaffected, roasting late into the night.  With the help of John Larkin’s bunch we had the roaster back on line the very next day and orders were going out the door.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dallis Bros in Roast Magazine


Shanna Germain in Roast Magazine
Sept/Oct 2011 (print only)

End o’ Summer Sniffing, Slurping, and Spitting and Dallis Bros Coffee

Join us for a tour of our coffee roasting factory and tasting room in Ozone Park, Queens!

The first Saturday of each month we offer a few hours of local history, coffee tasting, and a tour de force of our roasting plant hosted by our Coffee Director Byron Holcomb.

Our next tour is Saturday, September 10th beginning at 1:00 and wrapping up at about 4:00.  Space on the tour is limited so book now at orders@dallisbroscoffee.com.  Tours are $10, and due to the tasting component we ask that all participants keep perfumes and colognes at home.  We look forward to seeing you soon.

Coffee Director Byron Holcomb and Barista extraordinaire Danielle Glasky hit Brasil

One fateful night many moons ago during the epic NERBC competition here in NYC for the first time a tremendous throwdown and party was held.  Featuring the notorious “wheel of destiny”, baristas faced off mano-a-mano, pouring their hearts out (literally) for a some rather remarkable prizes.

Danielle Glasky, who you can find most days working the bar at Cafe Grumpy, ended up winning when our celebrity panel of judges Dave Arnold, Silvia Magalhães and Kelly Choi picked her pour unanimously. Just this past week Danielle was able to join our Coffee Director Byron Holcomb on her first trip to origin.  The two of them were able to visit our Octavio Cafe brethren in Brasil, and also took a trip north to the Alta Mogiana region where they visited the beautiful Nossa Senhora Aparecida farm.

More updates to come…

Find Eat Drink: A Coffee Tour, Dallis Bros & Octavio Cafe


A Coffee Tour: Dallis Bros. and Octavio Cafe
Robin Dorian & Patrick Kolts in Find.Eat.Drink
8/12/11

NERBC in Edible Magazine

For the First Time in NYC, Baristas Compete on the Quality of a Plain Old Cup of Coffee
Cheryl Chan on The Edible Blog – Edible Manhattan Magazine
8/9/11