Interview & Competition: Unorthodox Coffee Roasters, Kinross

Interview & Competition: Unorthodox Coffee Roasters, Kinross
Q/ Tell us a bit about your coffee roasters...

We are a Scottish coffee roastery and cafe based in Kinross. Last month we had a massive achievement of opening our second cafe - located in Stirling city centre. Our team is made up of three directors: Neil, Chris and Jamie, and seven members of staff.

Q/ What is your back story?

Unorthodox Roasters is a coffee roasting venture, borne out of a 10 month trip to Latin America in the hunt for beans and knowledge. Two travellers succeeded in learning from the best coffee roasters on the continent and visiting almost all of the coffee growing regions. It was time to bring it all back to Scotland.

Our logo was designed on a Peruvian hostel computer in Cusco. The cockerel wakes you up in the morning - just like a cup of coffee. Fire represents our enthusiasm for what we do. The coffee bean was included as a subtle way of saying “we actually roast coffee” - although many have assumed it to be a rugby ball.

The name, Unorthodox, came from a song which was playing a few months later in another hostel in Santa Ana, El Salvador. Instantly we knew the name worked. The lyrics of the song by Wretch 32 matched our style and from that moment we really haven’t looked back...A puzzled mum found a 60kg bag of Brazilian coffee from Fazenda Londrina delivered into her hallway before her son had returned from his trip.

In 2016 Unorthodox Roasters was founded and we began roasting. In 2017 we reached roasting capacity and upgraded to a 6kg Giesen and rented a shop on the High Street of Kinross. Our current coffee offering is the best it has ever been.

Q/ What makes you independent? What would you say you're known for?

We are Unorthodox. We serve filter coffee as the new espresso. We give our coffee personality by presenting single-origin coffee with Brewdog-style names. We deliver coffee in imported Japanese mugs and tea in glass cups. Our cafe is rustic and homely. Being in our cafe is an experience and we want it to be a memorable one. Our biggest goal is to raise standards and change people's perception of what coffee should taste like. No more bitterness. No sugar needed. Milk should be optional, not necessary.

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Q/ If you had to drink one single origin or blend for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Commiting to drink only one coffee for the rest of your life sounds like a coffee enthusiast's nightmare! However, if I was forced to pick, it would HAVE to be Wee Stoater - a single origin Brazillian coffee from Fazenda Aracacu, Minas Gerais. This is easily our most popular coffee of all time and it can not be matched in regards to it's ultra chocolaty flavour and bitter-free smoothness. Also, the name is just pure amazing.

Q/ Do you have a favourite roasters in the industry right now, and why?

Steampunk. Really friendly people and they have a truly awesome cafe with incredible food. They are a great inspiration!

WIN/ Competition by GUSTATORY x Unorthodox Coffee Roasters

In collaboration with Unorthodox Coffee Roasters, win TWO 250g bags of their favourite signature coffees. There are three ways to enter and you can do 1, 2 or all 3(!):

  • Entry 1: Follow both GUSTATORY (@gustatory.co) and Unorthodox Roasters (@unorthodoxroasters) on Instagram, and tag three friends in the Instagram post's comments section.
  • Entry 2: Add a second entry by sharing the competition's Instagram post onto your Instagram story and tag GUSTATORY (@gustatory.co) in the photo.
  • Entry 3: And for an extra third entry, answer the following question in the comments section below, entering your name, email and answer (note: emails are not published and are only used for contacting the winner).
  • Question: The Unorthodox coffee roaster can roast 6kg of coffee in 10 minutes and then we must wait for a cooldown of 10 more minutes before roasting the next batch. If we roasted every Monday for 8 hours, how many coffee beans travelled into the roaster in the whole of 2018?

Terms & Conditions: Competition ends Saturday 4th May 2019 at midnight. The winner is chosen at random, and depending on the method of entry, is contacted via email or Instagram DM (direct message). Competition is not endorsed by Instagram (Facebook).

GUSTATORY (adjective): curating excellence in taste.

April 27, 20197 comments / competition entries

Comments / Competition Entries (7)

Cecil Thomson on May 04, 2019

7632. THank youuu!

Jess C. on May 04, 2019

Considering there’s 53 mondays in 2018, and essentially 6kg roasted every 20 minutes at 24 batches possible in 8 hours….

There’s a likely chance that unoryhodox roasted 7,632kg in 2018 (I promise I didn’t read the comments that had answered prior to my entry 😏)

Matthew S on May 01, 2019

7632kg worth. Thanks for the competition. Liked and shared on Instagram too!

Timo on April 30, 2019

7,632 kilograms for all of 2018 I think

Maxx on April 30, 2019

6kg/20mins x 480 mins (8h per day) x 53 mondays in 2018 = 7632 kg of coffee in 2018!!!

Louise C on April 30, 2019

7, 632kg of coffee beans!

Daniel Summers on April 29, 2019

105120?

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