Strangers Coffee Roasters


When I was putting the UK coffee roasters list together, I was stunned by the huge wealth of small batch roasters we have in the UK, I had no idea we had this many. There are around 400 on the list already, and it’s growing all the time. 

As I was building the list, I decided I would start trying the coffee from as many of these roasters as possible, it might be a challenge to try coffee from them all, but I don’t mind a challenge like that 😉

One of the roasters on the list is Strangers Coffee, in Norwich. 

I tried four of their coffees, all four were very, very enjoyable. The one I’m drinking while writing this post, is Rwanda Kilimbi. This is a red bourbon, natural processed, and grown at an altitude of 1550 – 1800 metres. It is grown in village called Gitsimbwe, Nyamasheke District in Rwanda, by a cooperative of small lot holders. 

I’m finding it to have a juicy, fruity taste, with a hint of milk chocolate. This is a really nice coffee, the other three coffees I tried from Strangers were also very  enjoyable. I’m not going to do a taste review of all four coffees, as their taste notes on the product page for each coffee bean are pretty much exactly how I would describe them, so all I would be doing is repeating what is already on the product page for each coffee bean. What I will do instead is share this info from Strangers Coffee for each bean they’re currently offering.

 

Ethiopia Shakiso

Shakiso Ethiopia.

Taste: Notes of strawberry, bluberry, candied fruits and chocolate with a clean orange finish.

Altitude: 1900 – 2100 m

Location: Byot Boru washing station, Jemjem sub-zone, Sidamo 

Process: Natural, dried on raised beds.

Varietal: Heirloom

 

Ethiopia Konga

Konga Ethiopia.

Taste: Floral notes of jasmine and honeysuckle, flavours of apricot jam and black tea with a gentle acidity. 

Location: Wote- Konga sub region, Yirgacheffe district

Altitude: 1800-2000 m

Process: Fully washed, dried on raised beds

Varietal: Grade 1, Heirloom

 

Rwanda Kilimbi 

Kilimbi Rwanda Coffee

Taste: Flavours of Juicy red berries, orange and white peach, milk chocolate on the finish with a rounded mouthfeel.

Location: Nyamasheke District, Gitsimbwe Village

Altitude: 1550 -1800 

Process: Natural, dried on raised beds over 35 – 45 days

Varietal: Red Bourbon

 

Kenya Kainamui AA

Kainamui AA Coffee

Taste: Juicy Blackcurrant with a green apple acidity, flavours of fruit pastels with a honey sweetness and a creamy body.

Location: Kieinyaga District

Altitude: 1800 m

Process: Fully washed

Varietal: SL28, SL34

 

Burundi Buziraguhindwa

Burundi Buziraguhindwa Coffee

Taste: A Full bodied cup with flavours of grape, stewed fruits, macadamia nuts with a lime juice freshness.

Location: Buziraguhindwa Washing Station, Kayanza

Altitude: 2000 m

Process: Fully washed

Varietal: Bourbon

 

Colombia Los Congos

Los Congos Coffee Colombia

Taste: A Clean and complex coffee with refreshing citrus notes, hints of caramel, chocolate and sweet orange.

Location: Vereda, Santa Maria, Hulia

Altitude: 2080 – 2250 m

Process: 3 Hours aerobic fermentation, 70 hours drying, washed and dried on raised beds.

Varietal: Tabi, caturra, Colombia

 

Guatemala Santa Lucia 

Santa Lucia Guatemala Coffee.

Taste: A sweet and full bodied cup with flavours of milk chocolate and orange, notes of raisin and almond.

Location: Heuheutenago, San Antonio Huista

Altitude: 1550-1600 m

Process: Dry de-pulping, wet milling and sun dried on patios

Varietal: Red Bourbon, Caturra, Catuai, Pache

 

Brazil Fazenda Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara Brazil Coffee

Taste: A sweet and balanced coffee with flavours of chocolate, praline and hazelnut.

Location: Fazenda Santa Barbara, Carmacho Camps De Vententes

Altitude: 1100-1200 m

Process: Natural

Varietal: Acaia

 

Kaffa Forest Ethiopia DECAF

DECAF Kaffa Forest Ethiopia Coffee.

 

Taste: Sweet & rounded with flavours of apricots, honey, delicate florals and marzipan.

Location: Kaffa Highlands, South West of Addis Ababa

Altitude: 1750 – 1850 m

Process: Natural. Sparkling water decaf process

Varietal: Heirloom

 

To try their coffee or find out more, visit strangerscoffee.com. You can also find them on Twitter, Facebook & Instagram.

 

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