An industrial estate may not be everyone’s idea of heaven but some of the coffee beans roasted by Manna Beans at Archerfield produce a heavenly scent. Simon and Flora started out roasting small batches of coffee at home in their garage until the neighbours complained. It was time to move! Their original 2kg electric roaster however, can still be found on their Archerfield site … which has the same feel as Abrisca Coffee Roasters in East Brisbane.
A 30kg roaster now takes prime position … It looks like an early Iron Man prototype in colour and design. In fact Simon has so much energy and enthusiasm, he could easily fill the role of Tony Stark with Flora, like Pepper Potts, maintaining the calm. He can make sausages, design new coffee brewing apparatus (the BrewOver … Stay tuned!), prepare for cupping, make coffee and light the BBQ all while we sipped a couple of flat whites and a short black on the Intenso ‘testing’ blend. It seems nothing stays still at Manna Beans.
The flat whites delivered smooth chocolatey flavours while the short black was sweet and well extracted. We were hunting for the Aromatic taints of cooked beef … Yes apparently you can get that from coffee! We hunted, but came up empty-handed. The real aromatic pleasure came with the cupping experience. We moved to the Manna Beans shop front and saw a cacophony of coffee from Yemen, Australia, Panama, Costa Rica, Ethiopia and Honduras.
It’s always a great sensory pleasure to smell and slurp your way around the world of coffee. We had great banter, a few laughs and the odd choke from over zealous slurping. The spicy notes of the Yemen and the velvet fruitiness of the Panama Geisha were delightfully different, yet delightfully delicious … the two standouts for the three beans.
Before we even finished thinking how delightful the Geisha was, Simon was already preparing the V60 equipment for a pour over. No more slurping, it was time to savour a cup of coffee best described as liquid velvet. Another flash out the corner of our eyes, and homemade sausages fresh from the BBQ were ready for consumption. Seriously, coffee and food appear like manna from heaven.
Manna beans roast on demand and get their hands on diverse and numerous green beans. If energy, enthusiasm and hospitality are anything to go by, you get a sense that Manna Beans at Archerfield are ready to take off for a bright future.