When the passion for coffee emerges, it is impossible to destroy. The idea of working with coffee and roasting coffee yourself can come while travelling the world on a motorcycle. When one has the opportunity to visit different places and sample the various flavors of coffee, it is natural to have a passion to learn more and be able to provide coffee experiences to others.Explore Pirkanmaan Paahtimo products here
Coffee shop, Roastery, Coffee Academy
The Fresh Coffee roastery, founded in 2007 in Toijala, started their roasting with a used Probat, that they bought from Peters Coffee after it closed down. In 2010 the roastery moved to Tampere, and after a fire in 2011 the roastery operation moved to Sarankulma. They purchased a brand new 25kg Probat and the roasting operation continued under the name Pirkanmaan Paahtimo.
In 2005 Teijo Villa founded the Cafe Solo coffee shop with a small attached roastery in Puuvilla, Pori. Villa used the roastery exclusively to roast coffee for the needs of the coffee shop and test different roast methods. In 2013 Cafe Solo and Pirkanmaan Paahtimo merged to create the Coffee Academy, specialized in testing different roast methods to high quality origin coffees and offering training days in roasting, barista skills and different filter brewing methods.
The three roasters
Pirkanmaan Paahtimo has three passionate roast masters – Tuomas Roschier, Pekka Heinonen ja Teijo Villa. Tuomas Roschier started his coffee career while working in the Pikkupapu Coffee Shop in Tampere. Roschier has also owned a coffee shop and began roasting in 2007. Pekka Heinonen started his coffee career in Pori in 2001 and his carreer has included success in competitions among other things. Heinonen owned the Kahvila Valo during 2009-2014 that also worked alongside a roastery. Heinonen is a SM-level barista, Finlands Champion in Cupping in 2013 and the bronze award winner in the 2014 Brewers Cup.
The eldest roaster in Pirkanmaan Paahtimo is Teijo Villa, who has been an ambassador for sustainable coffee since 2002. Villa started roasting in Cafe Solo as early as 2005. Villa has honed his coffee skills both at the Barcelona Coffee Institute and while his travels around the world on his motorcycle. At the Coffee Institute he learned by watching different roasting methods and taking part in workshops. These honed his skills in recognizing the flavors in coffee and with his coffee skills he has learned to recognize the best flavors for Finns.
A large selection of carefully selected coffees
Pirkanmaan Paahtimo focuses on offering clean and pure high quality coffee. The raw coffees are bought both from coffee merchants and directly from farmers. They always order a small batch to roast and test to make sure it adheres to their quality standards.
Pirkanmaan Paahtimos selection comprises of a bit over 20 coffees and coffee blends. The coffee has been sorted into chocolate, citrus and fruity coffees, so that everyone can find a high quality coffee they like. The roastery has gotten special thanks for their vast selection of coffees, which even includes a unique Finland100 certified coffee.
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