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At The Coffee Roastery With Lambros

October 07, 2011

Wellington is proud of her numerous cafes and known for good coffee.

For this second post of Face & Place series, I bring you on Wellington waterfront, in a coffee roastery inside the historic building Shed 13, to meet Lambros Gianoutsos.

It was a chilly early morning when I arrived at the headquarter of Mojo, inside the lofty shed, that houses the voluminous coffee roaster, stock, administrative offices and shop, all under one roof.

Lambros, had just switched on the machine and was waiting for it to warm up before roasting the first batch of coffee beans. Meanwhile, we had a little chat where he explained to me the process of roasting, where their produce come from, how his son -creator of Mojo- travels around the world to source the best beans directly with growers and how they taste and elaborate together coffee blends sold under the brand. Lambros, originally from Greece, calls New Zealand and particularly Wellington, home for 50 years. He tells me his background has always been interrelated with coffee as he worked in the catering sector from a young age. So when his son created the business, he mastered the process of coffee roasting and he's daily in charge of it since then.

 © 2011 Viviane Perenyi Lambros The Coffee Roaster

 © 2011 Viviane Perenyi Building Shed 13 Wellington Mojo Roastery

 © 2011 Viviane Perenyi Mojo Coffe Roastery Raw Dry Beans Green beans waiting to be roasted

 © 2011 Viviane Perenyi Coffee Beans Sacks

 © 2011 Viviane Perenyi Coffee Roaster

 © 2011 Viviane Perenyi Lambros at the Coffee Roastery

 © 2011 Viviane Perenyi Coffee Beans Freshly RoastedFirst batch. Pure visual and olfactive joy: Shiny little beans drop out onto the large circular cooler and release an addictive aroma.

 © 2011 Viviane Perenyi Freshly Roasted Coffee Beans Cooling

 © 2011 Viviane Perenyi Lambros and Freshly Roasted Coffee Beans

 © 2011 Viviane Perenyi Packing and Labeling Roasted Coffee

© 2011 Viviane Perenyi Coffee Beans Buckets and PackagingsSorting and Packing

 © 2011 Viviane Perenyi Lambros Sampling Roasted Coffee Beans

 © 2011 Viviane Perenyi Pulling Coffee Beans Sack

 © 2011 Viviane Perenyi Coffee Roastery

© 2011 Viviane Perenyi Mojo Coffee Cups On DisplayDisplay on the shelves next to the shop counter

© 2011 Viviane Perenyi Coffee Booklet & Packagings on Display

Thank you Lambros, it was a pleasure to meet you and follow the process of coffee roasting.

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Wellington est fière de ses nombreux cafés et connue pour son bon café.

Pour ce second billet de la série Face & Place , je vous amène sur le front de mer de Wellington, dans une brûlerie à l'intérieur du bâtiment historique Shed 13 pour rencontrer Lambros Gianoutsos.

C'était tôt le matin que je me suis rendue au quartier général de Mojo, à l'intérieur du grand hangar, qui héberge le torréfacteur à café, les stocks, les bureaux administratifs et la boutique, tout sous un seul toit.

Lambros, venait de mettre en marche la machine et attendait qu'elle chauffe avant de procéder à la première fournée. Pendant ce temps, nous avons bavardé et il m'a expliqué le processus de torréfaction, la provenance de leurs produits, comment son fils -créateur de Mojo- voyage de part le monde pour se procurer les meilleurs grains directement auprès des planteurs et comment ensemble ils goûtent et élaborent les mélanges vendus sous la marque. Lambros, originaire de Grèce, appelle la Nouvelle-Zélande et particulièrement Wellington, chez lui depuis 50 ans. Il me raconte que son parcours à toujours été en corrélation avec le café puisqu'il a travaillé dans la restauration depuis son jeune âge. Donc lorsque son fils a lancé l'entreprise, il a appris la torréfaction du café et c'est lui qui, quotidiennement, en est en charge depuis.

Merci Lambros ce fut un plaisir de vous rencontrer et d’avoir pu suivre la torréfaction du café.


Comments

Thanks for the great pictures! I’d love to visit such a place. Cheers, Rosa Rosa May (@RosasYummyYums)

That was fun to tour the coffee facility. Wonderful photos of the process. Your series reminds me of the previous state where we lived. Every day, I would have to drive my daughter in early into the city. There is a coffee roaster right in the downtown area. As you would drive into the city the most heavenly aroma of coffee would fill the air. Wonderful if you like the smell of coffee….which I do! Snippets of Thyme

Fabulous photos Vanille. Barbara

Un peu plus et je sens les grains de café splendidement rôtis dans mon bureau… Love it! flomakanai

Love your photos. Wellington has some great places to sit and have a coffee. hotlyspiced

Fantastic post Vanille, really get the feeling of having been there with you bron

Rosa, thank you. Sarah [Snippets of Thyme] even if I start my day with tea, I strongly associate the smell of coffee with breakfast and I enjoy so much the aroma… Barbara, thank you. Bron, that’s a very nice compliment. Flo [Makanai], oui, je crois qu’il ne manque plus que l’odeur à ce billet pour qu’il soit complet. Merci ! Vanille

Yum, I can smell these photos :-). Ciao Alessandra Alessandra

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il nous faudra un bon café samedi matin pour regarder le match Wales/France. je ne sais pas si tu soutiens l’équipe de France ou si tu es définitivement all blacks désormais. un reportage très intéressant comme d’habitude. marie

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Hotlyspiced, so you’ve visited Welly then. Cyndeehule, thank you. Alessandra, ;) Marie, oui décalage horaire oblige. Sinon, bien sûr, soutien total au 15 de France ! Vanille

Lovely post Vanille! One day I’ll get to Wellington. Hopefully sooner rather than later. shaz

What lovely pictures and a great look into the business. Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen

Shaz, Sylvie & Bunny Eats Design, thank you ladies ! Happy you enjoy the tour ! Vanille

Beautiful pics! Vertriest

Wow Vanille, beautiful photos. Something about these remind me of classic photos of yesteryear. I guess good photos are just timeless. Bunny Eats Design