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Thursday, 21 March 2019 11:23 am

Kapiti coffee drinkers get flavour added

Cafe owner Matthew Payne says there are two things he loves about coffee: Making it and teaching other people how to make it

Cafe owner Matthew Payne says there are two things he loves about coffee – making it and teaching other people how to make it

Kapiti has a new coffee roaster who’s bringing some Melbourne flavour to the coast.

Raumati Social Club owner Matthew Payne started roasting his own beans about six months ago using his 20-year history with coffee.

Matthew wants to make a full flavoured coffee that he’s happy with.

“I want it to be rich and complex, I want it to deliver the chocolates and the coco’s, but also caramel, but also the sweet notes and that’s where the art form comes into it.”

He’s using a six bean blend to create a full, rich taste, something that most coffee companies have moved away from.

“I feel like there’s been a shift away from full bodied roasts and I think that the other coffee companies have got all the single origins and medium roasts covered, but no one has a full bodied roast that really suits my taste, so we decided to do our own.”

Matthew and his partner Rachel owned and ran cafés and restaurants in Melbourne, but after coming to Kapiti for a friend’s wedding they fell in love with Raumati.

Four years ago they established the Raumati Social Club, and judging by its Facebook reviews  it has became a popular destination for locals because of the atmosphere, the live music, and now the coffee.

Matthew says cities like Melbourne have more room for innovation and change but most of these changes are based on the latest trends.

He and his partner prefer the laid back and friendly atmosphere of the Kapiti Coast.

Matthew started roasting at Atomica Caffe in Melbourne under the tutelage of a master roaster, where they were turning out enough coffee per week to supply 30 cafés.

At the roastery on Sheffield Street, Matthew works alone to produce 20kg of coffee a week.

Locals coffee drinkers have also contributed to the local roast.

The 5kg vat he uses was supplied and funded by a regular of the Raumati Social Club, Pete Evans, who shares Matthew’s passion for coffee.

In January Matthew is hoping to bring on a colleague who worked at Atomica with him in order to improve the operation.

In a few weeks, Matthew will be opening a coffee stall at the roastery.


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