In this episode, Jean-Charles Boisset and I talk about our other favorite beverage besides wine: coffee, and how it plays such an important role in most people’s mornings. But as visitors tour Napa Valley, it's not easy to find a good cup as you drive up and down Highway 29. Oakville Grocery has forged a relationship with a master of coffee selecting and brewing: Derek Bromley of Ohm Coffee Roasters. We taste the 2017 JCB No 33 Chardonnay as well as the 2016 Buena Vista Winery Chateau Buena Vista Cabernet Sauvignon.
This episode is made possible by Oakville Grocery, part of Boisset Collection, a portfolio of wineries and lifestyle destinations with strong historical and family roots. Our interview today is with Derek Bromley, the founder of Ohm Coffee Roasters.
Bromley's background as a sommelier informs his astute sense of smell and taste, which he now focuses toward coffee. Derek had his first cup of coffee (milked down and sugared up) when he was only five years old, and ever since he’s had an intense passion for the libation. He chats with us about the thousands of small, family coffee growers and how the quality of the bean dictates the style of roasting. We learn about the new hipster roasters that launched the light-roast movement as a backlash to the heavy-handed roasting of the big-name coffee moguls. His roasts fall right in between, bringing out subtle citrus flavors yet roasted enough to bring out bold flavors.
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