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New Orkney roastery freshly roasted speciality coffee to the Scottish Isles.

A new Orkney, Scotland-based roastery is sourcing and roasting specialty coffee beans from around the world--the first commercial venture of its kind in the islands. Orkney (or Orkney Islands) is an archipelago in the Northern Isles of Scotland.

The new roastery is located at Unit 2 Scotts Road, Hatston, Kirkwall, Orkney. Established by Sara Tait and Euan Smith, the Orkney Roastery produces small batches of its own Aria brand coffees at its micro-roastery in Kirkwall for supply to shops, cafes, restaurants and hotels.

"It's quite hard to get hold of genuine, freshly roasted coffee in Orkney, given our location and the occasional transport issues that presents," said Smith, a former operations director with the Edinburgh Tea and Coffee Company. "We've worked closely with the food and drink and catering sectors in Orkney for many years and felt there was a real opportunity here for a micro-roastery, which could supply a premium product for people to enjoy globally."

The company commissioned a 10-kg gas roaster from Toper. "As we progress, we'll be sourcing a range of coffees from well-known places such as Colombia and Kenya, but we'll also have some more exotic specialities," said Tait. "Our production runs will be small, 8-10kg at a time, so we can fine-tune the process and zero in on what works. We're making sure that every coffee we produce meets the profiles we want to match."

Smith said Orkney Roastery will be offering whole bean coffee, along with cafetiere, filter and espresso grinds. "We're also developing our own special blends, particularly espressos, where we're keen to offer real variety, ranging from the traditional Italian-style blends, right through to modern espresso interpretations," he added. Each roast under the new Aria brand has a musical theme. Aria was a coffee-loving character in Johann Sebastian Bach's comic opera, The Coffee Cantata. Hence, the Colombian coffee is named Bolero, and its first espresso is called Overture.

Green coffee beans at Orkney Roastery are put through a rigorous traceability system before being sample roasted and cupped to checkflavour."Our customers will [now be able] to enjoy freshly roasted coffee that will now be available on their doorstep," said Smith.

"There are lots of people out there who are interested in fresh coffee and keen to explore new options," said Tait. "We'd also love to attract instant coffee drinkers ... and we also ultimately want to give catering establishments in Orkney the chance to commission special blends and roasts, so they can offer their own bespoke coffees to customers."

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Date:May 1, 2017
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