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Banbridge coffee roaster: Drinking all this coffee is harder than you'd think

By Staff Reporter

Every week we ask a person in business about how the last seven days have been for work and leisure. This week it is the turn of Jonny Scott, coffee roaster at Ristretto in Banbridge, Co Down.

Q: This week business has been...

A: Busy. This is great, as it means people like the coffee we produce, but it comes with a hint of caution as we need to ensure quality is maintained. This means many hours spent on our development roaster, as well as many hours sampling coffee and ensuring everything is well documented. You may think drinking all this coffee is amazing, but when you have to be subjective, it is a lot more taxing.

Q: This week I've been eating/drinking...

A: All the coffee we sell is Arabica coffee of the very highest standard. And we're always on the lookout for the best of the new crops available. This week I was tasting some new coffees from Kenya and Tanzania, and we hope to bring in one of each.

Q: This week I was socialising...

A: I am a keen runner, so was training with friends on Tuesday evening and have a race in the Mournes on Friday night as part of the Hill and Dale series, organised by Newcastle Athletic Club. There's something special about running up and down a mountain on a summer evening.

Q: This week I was reading...

A: A new book I've just bought on coffee roasting. The biggest mistake you can make is thinking that you know everything, I always like to keep on top of things. We are also experimenting with different ways of roasting. There's always room for improvement.

Q: This week I was watching...

I haven't watched anything on TV this week... I do enjoy Modern Family.

Q: This week I was listening to...

A: I'm a huge fan of Northern Ireland singer-songwriter Foy Vance, so I've had his Live at Bangor Abbey album playing in the car all week. Joy of Nothing is one of my all-time favourite songs. If you haven't been to see him live, you need to go.

Q: My guilty pleasure of the week was...

A: My mum made her signature dessert - a chocolate pavlova - for Father's Day on Sunday, so I had a rather large slice of that. With a cup of coffee, of course.

Ristretto in Banbridge supplies its own roast coffees to restaurants and cafes across Northern Ireland, including the Michael Deane chain. It was founded 10 years ago by Gregg Radcliffe and Mark Anderson

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