Brew and Bean Roaster of the Week

Roaster of the Week – Assembly Coffee

Who are Assembly?

Based in London, Assembly Coffee are an award-winning speciality coffee roasters. The Brixton based roasters take serious pride in sourcing only the best beans, and brewing them with precision to create some of the finest coffee currently available in the UK.

They work closely with other top roasters to stay on top of their game and ensure the coffee they produce is at the highest standard. They offer insight into the coffee world and aren’t afraid to hide behind any secrets. We’ve gotten our hands on three of their current roasts for our Roaster of the Week feature so read on if you’re interested in finding out what makes these guys so special.

Assembly Coffee - three different origins from Assembly Coffee in Brixton

Assembly Coffee’s

Assembly La Mora – Honduras – Natural

Honduras — La Mora
Illustrated with: G Crick, L Smith, V Zotou

First up in our trio of coffees is Assembly’s Honduras Single Origin roast, “La Mora” – a natural coffee from Finca La Lora in Ocotepeque. The farm itself only produces two varieties Obatã and Pacas, making it a real speciality farm with only the finest arabica beans.

We brewed this two ways, first using Espressimo, a nifty, cheap espresso machine that gives you a good single or double shot, complemented well with milk, and I have to say, this is where La Mora excelled. As a home brewed flat white, this had the perfect profile; nutty flavours, quite light and medium bodied.

When I brewed La Mora over the V60 though, it took on a new guise and there were vanilla, orange notes and a smoothness I wasn’t expecting. It was almost butter-like in terms of the mouth-feel but had a good level of bitterness, especially without milk.

At 85.25 on the cupping ranking, this is a good roast, period, and one of the best I’ve had in 2020 so far.

Assembly Raimutin – Timor Leste – Natural

Timor-Leste — Raimutin
Illustrated with: Ed Yarnton

As I write this I have a short flat white, with Assembly’s Raimutin Roast and I have to say, I’m very happy. This particular origin, from Timor Leste, is one of the best coffees I’ve had this year, whatever the method of brewing.

I’ve used machine, Aeropress and also V60 for this coffee and every time it’s stood out against any other coffee I’ve had that day. Every sip gave me something different, from melon to fruit cake all the way to chocolate malt and stone fruit, outstanding.

The background: “This coffee was produced around the suco (village) of Raimutin, in the municipality of Ermera. The cherries were collected daily and processed at the Atsabe wet mill in Baboe Kraik (1400 masl) before being dried for six weeks in total.”

This process means the coffee has a real dry earthiness to it which I really like. It’s got a beautiful acidity when brewed right (took me a few times to get it bang on) and you get a juiciness often missing from coffees of this quality, almost raspberry in sweetness.

Timor Leste is growing in it’s coffee output and being one of the world’s youngest countries, it needs this vital export – good job when roasted well their cherries taste incredible.

Assembly Izuba – Burundi – Washed

Review incoming…14.06.2020

Meet the roaster..

Q&A incoming…

Where can I buy their coffee?

At the time of writing, there are a few Assembly coffees available to buy including their excellent £20 Care Package, Espresso Blend and the three coffees above.

Get started with 30% off with the discount code AYSTAFF20

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