Being the subscription service for Irish coffee roasters means we want to feature as many as we can, from wherever we can. Since launching we have featured coffee roasters from 9 different counties and for our tenth we’ve done something we have wanted to do for ages. Gone north. Our 16th Irish coffee roaster from our 10th county is Wild Heart Coffee Roasters.
Hailing from the shores of Strangford Lough in Newtownards Co. Down, Wild Heart consists of Sam and Chris. Sam roasts up their delicious coffee and Chris is their resident brewmaster. Chris may also be familiar to you as the current Northern Ireland Aeropress Champion!
Sam started home roasting for fun about 5 years ago when he repurposed a rotisserie oven into a roaster and fell in love when the results blew his mind! When he’s not at the roastery Chris can still be found bringing tasty brews to the people of East Belfast at Guilt Trip Coffee + Donuts.
Wild Heart are still pretty fresh to the Irish coffee family, having launched in May 2020 smack bang in the middle of COVID lockdown and have ZERO regrets about doing so! At their heart, Wild Heart, is all about producing killer tasting coffee, building community/real relationships and keeping what they do as sustainable and ethical as possible.
The Roastery is based on what was a farm and now houses several small businesses. The electricity is all wind powered from the on site turbine, and they offer both fully recyclable or Biodegradable options on their packaging. They are aiming to have all our wholesale espresso customers on a reusable/zero waste packaging option from the word go too.
A few months into their coffee life and they are loving every moment of the adventure so far, and cannot wait to see what is to come in the months and years ahead!!
The coffee they are roasting for us this month comes from Uganda. ‘Bukonzo Dream’, named after the Bukonzo tribespeople of Uganda, is a naturally processed coffee, originating in the Kalingwe region of Western Uganda. Grown at an altitude of over 1600 metres, the varietals of SL14 and SL28 should give tasting notes of plum, blueberry and clove.
The coffee is super nice as a filter, giving you a fruit/juicy cup, and on espresso you’ve get a lively strawberry and cream vibe from it. Sweet!