March 14, 2018
FRUIT CAKE BLEND (Espresso)
Standing out in Melbourne’s competitive specialty coffee market is no small feat these days. With new roasters popping up regularly, there’s a lot of competition to make coffee that’s not only good, but that blows you away - in terms of origin, design and of course taste.
Boasting one of the most stylish aesthetics we’ve ever seen, get ready to be blown away by Wood & Co. Established in 2015 by owner Aaron Wood, the roastery is fast developing a cult following in Melbourne’s inner-North and beyond, featuring in countless venues like Kines, Mile End, Archie’s, Sookie LaLa, Burnside and Premises.
Aaron is a Kiwi-turned-Melbournian who grew up playing in punk bands. After scoring his first job in dispatch at Atomic Coffee Roasters in Auckland, New Zealand, he soon rose through the ranks to become Atomic’s Head Roaster. Cut to a few years later, and Aaron moved to Australia to work for Melbourne’s iconic Seven Seeds Coffee, where he honed his skills in green selection, QC and roasting.
But the story doesn’t end there. Drawing on his years of coffee expertise, Wood & Co is Aaron’s latest creative venture. Heavily inspired by his years as a touring punk musician, Wood & Co has a low key vibe, while never compromising on quality.
“We're a family business dedicated to sourcing and roasting quality coffee. We showcase the coffees we purchase and don’t showcase ourselves. That’s why each coffee has a unique label, but our name remains plain black and white,” explains Aaron.
This striking, skater-esq artwork is thanks to local designer Ed Davis, who melds pop culture with inspiration from origin. The result is some very exciting packaging: one of our favourites being “Twin Peaks”, a blend dedicated to the cult TV series.
For this month’s espresso lovers we have the Fruit Cake Blend; a sweet, balanced blend of washed Kenyan and natural Ethiopian coffees, featuring notes of cherry, chocolate and toffee. As the name suggests, the Fruit Cake was developed for special occasions, like Christmas, Easter… or even a 3000 Thieves feature!
If you’re brewing the Fruit Cake on a commercial espresso machine, try the following recipe:
- 20g dose, 45ml yield and 93°C water temperature over 25 seconds.
For the filter fans, Wood & Co have delivered the gorgeous Gichathaini. The Gichathaini wet mill is one of three washing stations that make up the Gikanda Farmers Cooperative Society in the Mathira West District of Kenya's Nyeri region. This coffee features stunning notes of lush apricot, caramel and Ribena.
With some very special micro lots coming later this year (including two Colombian geishas and four washing station lots from Kenya that we’re very excited about), Wood & Co will continue to find and source the best green coffee from around the globe.
We have no doubt that you’ll be as blown away by Wood & Co as we are. This roaster is definitely one for EVERY serious coffee lover to watch.
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11 Hope St, Brunswick, Vic