It is with great honor and fortitude to talk about one of the world’s highest acclaimed coffee roasting companies: The Barn Berlin. Ever since I took my first step into working in the specialty coffee industry, I have heard many remarks of The Barn’s sourced coffees being on the “MUST try” list. With so much anticipation and excitement to try, I nervously contacted the company, and I couldn’t have received nicer response from James Harper.
Before talking about the coffee, I want to talk more about The Barn. What ultimately stood out to me aside from the many fans of the coffee company was James’ description of how they approach their sourced coffees. The Barn “follows the natural taste of the coffee, instead of trying to manipulate or change it into something else that it’s not.” In result, you are left with a coffee that expresses its natural characteristics such as the terroir and the meticulous work that is set forth by the farmers who produce the coffee. After all, the goal for coffee roasting companies is to take away as little as possible from the beans after it has been produced, harvested, and shipped.
The Barn “follows the natural taste of the coffee, instead of trying to manipulate or change it into something else that it’s not.” In result, you are left with a coffee that expresses its natural characteristics such as the terroir and the meticulous work that is set forth by the farmers who produce the coffee.
The company roasts all of its beans in micro batches on a 1955 Probat roaster. What you are left with is a unique coffee that exuberantly shows off its flavors when tasted. All coffees are handled and carefully crafted by hand and being roasted in small batches means more attention to the overall development of the coffees’ roasting processes.
After a speedy 2 weeks upon communicating with James, I received a lovely package of The Barn’s Kenya Kamviu PB. This coffee was used in the 2016 Nordic Barista League that took place in Finland the same week it was shipped to me! You can only imagine the excitement I had!
Utilizing the Kalita Wave 155, the Kamviu PB rounded out as a very complex and delicate, full bodied coffee. I got clean finishes of rosewater, raspberries, and a wine-like acidic quality. This coffee was a serious game changer for me, as the acidity was very pleasant, while the delicate texture teased and helped introduced the fruit qualities in the cup.
If you ever have the chance to try the Barn Coffee, I urge you to check out their website and try their single origin offerings. When it comes to quality, The Barn does not compromise, and you can certainly see that when trying their coffees! Absolutely stunned and amazed! Keep rocking in Berlin James!
Until next week friends!!