DECEMBER 1ST RELEASE
ROASTER: Mandy Spirito
RELEASE: Sensitive Lover’s Club
COFFEE NAME: Colombia El Tablòn de Gómez
VARIETAL: Catimor, Caturra, Variedad de Colombia
PROCESS: Washed, dried on raised beds
SOURCED: Coffee Shrub
TASTING NOTES: Buttercream, baking spices, lemon curd
BAG SIZE: 12oz
Mandy is exactly the type of person you want to roast your coffee, and I remember when they first started working at Wrecking Ball Coffee Roasters in San Francisco at the end of 2015 as an apprentice roaster. Mandy was immediately obsessed. They talked about roasting in a way I pretended to understand, but I’d just nod and let them talk because it blew me away how quickly they seemed to absorb all this information. Before Mandy, I thought roasting was a really obscure skill; roasting seemed like something that could only be passed on through others and truly difficult to learn. And not that roasting is easy by any means—but to see Mandy tackle a completely new skill set head-on changed my mind about the preciousness that is sometimes attached to roasting.
What is matchbook coffee project?
The Matchbook Coffee Project pushes the creative bounds of roasters to produce exciting and highly personal coffees. Our intention is to spotlight roasters by allowing them free reign over a coffee—not just through how the coffee roasted, but how the coffee is presented. Roasters will design logos, pick their own merchandise, and have complete say over how they want to communicate their coffee with their audience. Roasting is a highly technical and skilled profession, and through this project we hope to showcase both the unique abilities and tenacious determination each roaster has shown their craft.