Getting to know Petr - Co-founder and Head Roaster for Father's Coffee.
What's the story behind Father's, and how did it all start?
It all began with a Kenyan espresso back in 2013, when we fell in love with specialty coffee. A few months later, we opened our first cafe named COKAFE. However, we yearned for an international experience, so we moved to Berlin to work as baristas at Five Elephant. It was there that the idea for our roastery was born. Two years later, our dream came true as we roasted the first batch of coffee on our Diedrich IR5 roaster under our new brand, FATHER'S COFFEE.
Can you share more about Father's approach to sourcing and roasting coffee?
Currently, we work exclusively with Falcon Specialty, a coffee importer. We have a dear friend, Bara, whom we met during our time in Berlin. Bara is an exceptional coffee professional, and together we seek long-term relationships with producers and farmers to find outstanding coffee to include in our offerings. You can read more about that on our blog.
What motivated Father's to explore putting your coffees into the capsule coffee format?
Since day one, we've always been excited about having our coffee in capsules. However, we long resisted capsules mainly due to their environmental impact. Regular coffee capsules are made of plastic and aluminium, which are difficult to recycle. Yet, they are great for preparing coffee quickly, for example, at work or in the morning. They make the preparation of quality coffee easier and more accessible. So, we were thrilled when we learned about CapslenZero and their approach to having zero impact on the earth.
We all have our morning routines, and coffee is often a crucial part of them. What is your morning ritual like?
Our colleagues each have their own rituals. However, at work, it typically involves a batch brew-filled container circulating around the roastery, with someone constantly searching for it.
What are you most excited about right now and for the future of Father's as a brand/business?
There is always something new happening in the roastery. Currently, we are getting accustomed to our new Loring roaster. We have also just launched new packaging, and by the end of this year, we will be opening a newly reconstructed space at our current location in Ostrava.