There has always been a special relationship between coffee and cycling. Whether it was a huge caffeine hit back in the day to get you over a climb or the social side during a lazy Sunday ride. No matter what style of cycling you are into a shot of espresso, cappuccino or latte is never far away.
Recently on a visit to Stayer Cycles (More on that to follow) I was lucky enough to have some time with Perky Blenders. A family run coffee roaster based in North London from there they have grown from strength to strength. “We started on the streets with a converted 3 wheeled Piaggio Ape by St James’ Street station. Selling our wares, pouring some perfect piccolos. We stretched our latte fueled legs and really began to find our place in Walthamstow/the world”.
“A few years on, we now have almost 4 cafes, all within the Waltham Forest Borough, we supply over 50 stores including Fenwick of Bond Street, Big Chill and the ever popular and award winning Eat17 Spar shops. We’ve have been featured in the Indy Best’s Best Coffee Subscription Services and have recently won two Time Out Awards for being the best Coffee Places within three London Postcodes”.
As I’m shown round the small warehouse you can feel the heat coming from their state of the art 20kg Petrocini Specialty Roaster. As they check the colour, roasting times and consistence of each batch making sure it is as close to perfection as you can obtain.
“Each morning we test the previous days roasts to make sure that they have settled and that they are consistent with our blends or single origin coffees. Even leaving the beans for 24 hours makes a difference and we aim to get it spot on each time”.
In the tasting room I am treated to a cold brew they have recently been testing. The high caffeine hit packs a punch and you can clearly tell that this has a powerful kick to it, just what any cyclist needs.
I as leave I pick up a couple of bags of coffee ready for a bike packing trip lined up. You can never go wrong with good coffee and if you want to know more about making the perfect cup then head over to Perky Blenders to find out more.