After several months of research via London and west coast USA, lots playing around with various blends and even more cupping ….. “Jam Jar” was born. This is a 3 bean speciality espresso blend composed of Colombian, Brazilian and Ethiopian coffees.
Whilst the Colombian & Ethiopian we use in this are speciality and seasonal, we are sourcing them in 6 month lots. When we need to replace them we are sourcing crops with a similar profile – both will always cup above 85. This means we will always have Colombian & Ethiopian coffees on offer as speciality coffees – please refer to our website – these will be the ones used in this blend, the Ethiopian one we use in this blend will be the Natural Processed one. The Brazilian is an extremely stable 3 bean blend called Lindeza – which we also serve as single origin, though not listed online, and cupping at 82.5
As always with us, all beans are roasted to their own peak profile in our ‘Doctor O’ before blending, so that each coffee contributes its own unique characteristics.
Hints of jammy plum & cherry.
Full body and creamy texture.
Dark chocolate, caramel and butterscotch notes.
Chocolate truffle aftertaste.
Espresso brewing dial in:
19g over 25 seconds, yielding a 40ml double shot
If your machine has the capability, drop the brewing temperature at the group head to 90 degrees – this reveals an extra depth of sweetness !
Australian Brock Lewin is the Badger in Badger & Dodo, Broc being Irish for Badger. Brock first pulled a shot of coffee in 1993 whilst at Uni’ in Sydney but really came to terms with speciality coffee whilst living in Melbourne from 2005-08. He relocated with his wife to Fermoy Co Cork and established Badger & Dodo on his in laws’ farm in July 2008.
Dodo is the father-in-laws’ childhood nickname. Dodo is a bit of legend in himself. We wouldn’t be where we are without this man. He’s a cross between a retired chicken farmer, Teagasc scientist / inventor come MacGyver !
In 2013 we rebuilt the roastery – a whole new building, double insulated and ventilated for perfect humidity – crucial to green bean storage and airflow roasting requirements. The need to rebuild was primarily to house ‘Dr O’ (see below) as well as our existing 10kg and 1kg roasters.
Within this set is a very tight knit group of dedicated staff. Elia was an all-Ireland Costa coffee barista champion, barista trainer and branch quality control manager long before making his way to us in 2013 – after which he learned the art of roasting from Brock, completed the SCAE Diploma and the prestigious Coffee Quality Institues’ Q grader program – confirming his expertise in sensory accuracy. Jay is our roastery manager who oversees everything after that from blending through to dispatch.
Dr O is our customised cast iron, 30Kg roaster. Roasting via a fluid bed of hot air gives a more even roast which is smoother & richer in flavour. All our coffees undergo scrutiny:
In an industry where ‘consistency is king’ this is a vital piece of technology. 3rd wave coffee refers to the latest approach to coffee sourcing and roasting. 1st wave is typified by ‘Italian’ roasters who traditionally would have had little regard to roasting or sourcing, 2nd wave roasters would be typified by dark roasting under the illusion that this would bring strength. ‘3rd wave’ coffee roasters:
1) Roast in smaller roasters simply because it allows much greater control over heat. We understand that heat needs to be tamed to bring out the unique characteristics of every crop.
2) Having a small roaster and relatively smaller customer base limits output. Hence this allows us to source smaller & more exclusive coffees, and, form closer relationships with our limited number of wholesale customers.
3) Baristing standards and espresso machines have also developed exponentially in line with wanting to get more from such high quality coffees.
The idea behind this is, like a fine womens’ clothing boutique, we have a range of coffees chosen for their outstanding qualities, to present a range of coffee with profiles for everyone. All of our single origins are Arabica and Speciality – that is, scoring 85+, and we only buy current crop coffee..
In 2018 we went to Brazil and Colombia to meet farmers and began shipping coffee straight into port of Cork – no longer via England or further afield. This means more for the farmer, more for the Irish economy and fresher & better coffee.