We are a third generation cafe/restaurant family and we also fly planes. We have grown up in cafes, drinking espresso with our dad since we were in primary school. Back in those days dad used to add a squeeze of lime to his espresso to add brightness and citrus character reminiscent of the coffee he drank in Papua New Guinea. The story of Clandestino Roasters really started back in the 1970’s when our old man, Perry was a 16 year old Macair pilot flying in and out of remote villages and cliff hanging air strips. The cargo was gold, silver and the elusive arabica coffee bean. It was here that our family’s passion for coffee was ignited.
Over the next forty years Perry continued to crave the quality coffee he was drinking in the highlands and in his pursuit of the perfect cup, his passion was shared with us – Ryan, Jaxon and Adam.
A chance coffee experience in Melbourne in the early 2000’s – it was a Panama Geisha – was an ‘aha’ moment that struck a serious cord with the boys. There were 3 single origins on offer and various different brewing methods were available. They tried each origin in espresso, with milk and brewed in a syphon and pour over. It was inspirational.
From that point, the boys haven’t looked back. “Coffee is a seasonal fruit and every grower has a different product. It is our job as craft roasters to bring out the natural sweetness and intrinsic flavours from each origin and deliver them to our customers in the cup”.
Today Clandestino Roasters flies in specialty grade arabica beans from around the globe. They have three direct trade relationships including Bolivia, Papua New Guinea and Australia.
Adam lives in Bolivia and spends most of his time in the highlands of Los Yungas, cupping and working with the growers to find the best coffee that is harvested sustainably. “I work with the growers to ensure it is a win-win relationship. We want the grower to receive the premium for the quality coffee they produce so we can continue a long lasting relationship based on quality and integrity”.