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Welcome to October coffee-box

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This month we are thrilled over sharing our tasty findings and the story about the interesting people behind it. October coffee-box includes our favourites from Manhattan Coffee Roasters from Rotterdam and MOK Coffee Roasters from Brussels.  Click the links bellow to access the giving interviews with the roasters as well as extra information about the coffees. Manhattan Coffee Roasters  MOK Coffee Roasters   If you would need any advice on brewing or would like to tip us about a roaster you'd like to see in a coming coffee-box, we would love to hear from you at coffee@swerl.se  We wish a great month and happy brewing! / Daniel & Beatriz   

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October Part 1: Manhattan Coffee Roasters

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The first roaster out in October is Manhattan Coffee Roasters from Rotterdam in the Netherlands. Founded in 2017 by the coffee professionals and coffee champions Ben Morrow and Esther Maasdam that presented a brilliant line up of coffees and super friendly vibes. Manhattan Coffee Roasters is definitely a roaster whom you’d not only like to drink their coffee but also hang out with them! Luckily for us we had the chance to get an interview with Esther and get an insight into their roastery.  ---- How did you guys meet each other? Was it coffee at first sight? ;)- I was representing The Netherlands in the World Latte Art Championships in 2014in Melbourne. The first night I was in Melbourne I went...

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October - Part 2: MOK, Brussels

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The second featured roaster is MOK from Brussels in Belgium. Founded in 2012 by the two time Belgium Cup Tasters Champion Jens Crabbé at the young age of 22, MOK was back then one of the first specialty-coffee places in Belgium. Running his roastery with focus on traceability, sustainability and with seasonality in mind, MOK is always true to themselves, roasting excellent coffee, and without surprise awarded 2nd place in Best Specialty Coffee Roaster in Europe this year. Here comes a short interview with Jens Crabbé, so you can get to know MOK a bit deeper.  --- So who are you and how/ when did you start MOK? My name is Jens Crabbé, I’m the only owner of MOK and started...

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September - Part 1: Prolog, Copenhagen

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Another stop in Copenhagen to get to know their exciting coffee culture. When we first started exploring our neighbouring country Denmark, we did not have many more than Coffee Collective, La Cabra and April in sight. But just like with coffee, the more you look the more you find and what we found - this time it's Prologue that blew our minds with their high quality coffee to say the least. But we take it from the beginning, in the usual order, with an interview with one of Prolog's founders - Jonas Gehl. How did you guys come up with Prolog and would you like to share some history of how it all started?Sebastian and I had worked with coffee...

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September - Part 2: Doubleshot, Prague

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We are specially pleased when someone from the club contacts us about a roastery they would like to see in a future coffee box. Which brings us to the next roastery - Doubleshot from Prague. Which we probably never would have found without Klaus, one of our subscribers recommending them. If you have any roastery you would like to see in an upcoming box, feel free to contact us.   Hi Yara! How and when did doubleshot start?We started doubleshot with my girlfriend and a friend in 2010 after living for a year in Boquete, Panama and Chalatenango, El Salvador, where we worked with Graciano Cruz on several coffee projects. Our partner was roasting for the 49th Parallel in Vancouver...

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August - August Part 2: 19grams, Berlin

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19grams, Berlin This mysterious roastery has been on our minds for a time since we have heard from many acquaintances that they roast incredibly good coffee. 19grams mysteriously got in touch with us and asked if we were interested in having them in the box and of course we were, excited to get to know the people behind and test their coffee. After sipping through their entire range, few have delivered as high a standard as 19grams, just as few have offered so little about themselves: mysterious.   - How did 19grams start? 19grams started in 2002 as Tres Cabezas in Berlin Friedrichshain. Three friends had the idea to import specialty coffees directly from Costa Rica and serve and sell...

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August - Part 1: Drop Coffee Roasters, Stockholm

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Drop Coffee Roasters, Stockholm which has made itself known all over the world for its elegant coffee with a roasting that lets the origin of the coffee shine through. When we first heard about Drop, we were on the other side of the globe. On a longer trip through New Zealand, we got to know really good coffee for the first time. During each visit to various roasteries and coffee shops, Drop was happily talked about as soon as we mentioned that we were from Sweden. We heard so much about Joanna and her coffee that a trip to Drop was obvious as soon as we got home. Once in Stockholm, Joanna welcomed us with open arms to the roastery for...

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July - Part 2: April Coffee Roasters, Copenhagen

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Yes, April Coffee Roasters is here! We have long been excited to get an insight into this Copenhagen - based roastery and of course to try their coffee. Now is your chance - get to know Patrik Rolf, the founder of April.     How did you get into coffee and how did the journey to the creation of April go? I was introduced to coffee by Matts W. Johanson who founded da Matteo in Gothenburg - Matts participated with da Matteo in a commissioned competition that I helped organize. After that competition, we continued to work together on a consulting basis. If it had not been for Matts, I probably would never have started with coffee. After two years...

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July - Part 1: DAK Coffee Roasters, Amsterdam

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Louis-Phillipe and his partner Veronique left the security of Canada, where they both grew up, to start a new life in Europe - completely without interest in coffee.Veronique says that she did not like coffee at all when they first arrived in Italy eight years ago. Veronique taught Italians English and she remembers how her courtesy led her to coffee.- The students in the class took me after each lesson to one of the city's coffee bars where I came out each time shaking from a far too high caffeine intake!But it was not until they moved to London that their great interest took off, where they were introduced to specialty coffee and gradually began to explore London's coffee scene....

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Juni - Månadens Kafferosterier Del 2: Coffee Collective, Köpenhamn

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The Coffee Collective handlar inte bara om ruskigt bra kaffe, detta mikrorosteri med fyra caféer i Köpenhamn står för något större än så.  I denna intervju har du chansen att få en inblick i Coffee Collective och deras kreativa och härliga insatser.   Coffee Collective, how did it all start? Casper, Klaus and Peter began Coffee Collective after a few championship titles. Casper won the World Tasters Championship and Klaus won the World Barista Championship. Peter was always involved in the preparation of both and so the Collective was born 13 years ago!    You have been going on for a while now, what was your vision when you started?  The vision was to create a roastery that focused on...

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