By Melissa Keogh
Two years ago Port Lincoln’s Richard Scott borrowed the kids’ popcorn maker in a DIY attempt to roast coffee beans.
Now the Eyre Peninsula local, along with his wife Sue, has adopted a much more sophisticated roasting technique, honing his craft under the auspices of some of Australia’s most decorated coffee creators.
The couple is behind Boston Bean Coffee Co which has been delighting speciality coffee appreciators across their region in the hope of lifting its coffee game.
Specialty coffee is recognised as being made from high quality coffee beans which can be easily traced back to their origin.
The awards have also been rolling in for Boston Bean Coffee Co recently, with the business winning a bronze medal at the 2017 Australian International Coffee Awards for their Symmetry – Specialty coffee blend.
The coffee company also took two silver medals and three bronze, and was awarded Reserve Champion at the 2017 Royal Hobart Fine Food Awards.
The Scotts say specialty coffee is hard to find in country towns, but holds the potential to luring more tourists.
“We thought, why don’t we start educating people in our regional area so that when people come to visit from all over the place they can go, ‘wow’, we went to the Eyre Peninsula … and we got a great coffee,” Sue says.
The Boston Bean Coffee Co’s blends and single origins are sold to individuals, cafés and businesses, while the company also often hosts pop up cafés at events across the region.
The couple research and experiment with beans sourced from premium coffee growing regions including El Salvador, Brazil and Ethiopia.
“I think our coffee journey started to a large degree in Melbourne, the epicentre of coffee in Australia,” Richard says.
“I know a lot of people in Adelaide don’t like that but it definitely is, and we really loved what they (Melbournians) were doing over there with specialty coffee.
“We just wanted to bring that quality of coffee into the Eyre Peninsula.”
Boston Bean Coffee Co uses a Loring coffee roaster – a “clean, green machine” which retains the flavour of the beans while having a lower impact on the environment than traditional roasters.
The Scotts also use compostable ‘Vegware’ cups, which break down within 12 weeks and wreak less havoc on the environment than typical takeaway coffee cups.
Australians are estimated to churn through one billion disposable coffee cups each year.
Boston Bean coffee can be found online, and at events and cafés across the Eyre Peninsula.
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