Roast Method Matters

Finding the truth to great flavour

During the late 80’s when Michael Allpress was living in the North West of America his curiosity began to grow about what was influencing the taste of his coffee. He observed that while the origin, preparation and equipment was important, there was something else that every quality cup of coffee he kept tasting shared. That one thing, setting the mediocre and the exceptional apart, was the roast method.

Mike confirmed this when he traced a coffee from Ahwahnee Hotel in Yosemite, from the cup to its roaster, down a dusty road nearby. He found the roaster who was packing in for the day and as the roaster fired up one last time, the penny finally dropped. The underlying flavour enhancer stood right in front of Mike - a Hot Air Roaster.

This discovery has led Allpress Espresso to exclusively roast coffee using this superior method. To date we have completely reconditioned three of our roasters. And we have gone one step further in our Dunedin, Melbourne and London Roasteries – partnering with technical engineer Mike Scobie, to build our own roasters designed for flavour first. The result is A.R.T – Air Roasting Technologies. A roaster, built by a roaster.

The benefit of Hot Air Roasting isn’t in what you can see, it’s in what you can’t. Traditional drum roasting billows smoke as the coffee drops into the cooling tray, but our advantage with Hot Air Roasting is that when the beans hit the cooling tray there is no grey clouds to be seen. This allows the unique character of every bean to shine through and the burnt taste that traditional drum roasting causes to disappear – smoke and all.

Another benefit, again, isn’t in what you can see but it’s in what you can taste – our Hot Air Roast method elevates natural sweetness to achieve a smooth taste, and gives the lasting flavour Allpress Espresso is known for.

We’re proud of the roasters we’ve built – after all, it’s part of the reason that you can enjoy every brew knowing you’re in the best hands possible. Discover your next pick me up and be the judge. Or if you’re off the beaten track – buy some coffee for your next adventure now.