Roaster profile: Café Capitale
Featured in our upcoming [4/18] coffee box with a gorgeous Ethiopian coffee from Chelelektu
In Belgium, the country of beer, waffles, chocolate and mussels, the specialty coffee movement didn’t start in the capital Brussels but in Antwerp and Ghent. Indeed, Brussels isn’t particularly known to be a trendsetter amongst European capitals and it is often misunderstood or even shunned altogether, but the city is full of surprises and making a real effort to transform its image as the bland metropolis that is the European Union an Nato’s seat of power but Flemings and Walloons don’t really want to invest in.
Café Capitale, our third and final roaster who will be supplying us with a delicious coffee for our upcoming [4/18] coffee box this month, was founded approximately ten years ago and underwent a significant change of direction after its founder Francois Lafontaine visited St. Ali in Melbourne and met Salvatore Malatesta and Matt Perger. They told him everything he needed to know to find the courage to transform his second wave coffee shop, still called Coffee Company at the time, into what is now the most prominent roaster in the Belgian capital.
Last weekend I had the chance to meet Francois at one of his cafés to get a first impression and chat about his business. Over a flat white with oat milk, we joked how he effectively swapped syrops for specialty coffee and he concluded that it was the best decision he ever made.
The Chelelektu from Ethiopia’s Kochere region is one of our personal favourites and we already featured it twice in previous boxes, once as a washed coffee roasted by Fjord Coffee in Berlin and once as a natural coffee roasted by KB Coffee Roasters in Paris. The wet mill that processed this coffee is known for its incredibly high quality and consistency and its coffees are a perfect representation of that typical Ethiopian flavour profile: floral, citrusy and clean.
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