June 04, 2019
ESPRESSO AND FILTER: TWIN PEAKS BLEND, HUILA, COLOMBIA AND YIRGACHEFFE, ETHIOPIA
The original Twin Peaks television show ran for only two seasons but, like this month’s coffee that shares the same name, took on a life of its own, growing into an enduring cult classic.
Aaron Wood, founder of Brunswick, Victoria’s Wood and Co Coffee takes his coffee very seriously. This is not to suggest that Aaron and his roasting teammates are a humourless, always-focused-on-the-task lot. Quite the opposite in fact. They are fun, and quirky, and artistic - everything that you would expect from coffee tragics... it’s just that Aaron and the rest of the Wood and Co crew really, really know their coffee.
A former touring punk rock musician, Aaron learned the coffee roasting trade literally from the shop floor up, having apprenticed at Atomic Coffee in New Zealand, starting in dispatch and working his way up to head roaster, mastering green selection along the way, then crossing the Tasman, and repeating the vocational trek at Seven Seeds Coffee, before striking out to found Wood and Co in 2015.
Even though Wood and Co select and feature some of the world’s most unique single origin coffees, all the while, steadily growing away, adored by fans, month after month, year after year, there has always been the cult classic, Twin Peaks.
Aaron puts it like this, “As Wood and Co has grown over the past several years we owe most of it to Twin Peaks. It’s the backbone of our coffee offerings – it’s what our cafes and customers lean on as their main coffee.”
When asked to identify what it is that makes Twin Peaks so special, Wood thinks he knows now, though it wasn’t always apparent just why the blend, like the TV show, just keeps on organically growing.
“It’s easy to use, versatile and fun to drink. It’s both new, seasonal and specialty- whilst remaining old school in the sense that it uses coffees from a consistent source year- round so it’s flavour profile is very consistent. It is really reliable. It’s great as filter, black espresso and also works brilliantly with any kind of milk.”
The flavour profile of Twin Peaks has notes of toffee, citrus and fudge and is roasted to a perfect recipe that retains body and sweetness, whilst still offering fruity and tangy flavours. According to Aaron, Twin Peaks offers a “mystical” coffee experience – a lot like its namesake we suppose.
- Dose 20 grams
- Yield: 45 grams
- Extraction time: 25 seconds
- 15 grams, bloom for 30 secs with 50 grams of water, slowly top up to 250 grams. Total brew time is 2.30 mins
We are sure you will love this month’s selection from Wood and Co. We love what they do as a company and find their sense of humour, quirkiness and raw passion for coffee addictive. Twin Peaks is such an apt name for this beautiful blend too – the TV show was always known for its use of irony and off-beat humour. A bit like the “About” section of the Wood and Co website, that has only one three-word line: “We roast coffee.” Well, in the same way that Stephen Hawking was good at maths, we suppose that’s true. Enjoy!