We are super stoked over here today at thebloom.coffee to be launching this new monthly feature! There’s no question that we love coffee, and Canada continues to become such a major player in the specialty coffee scene over the years… and especially Vancouver (where I grew up). Don’t get me wrong, I love living in Calgary, but to launch this feature I’m throwing some love back to my old stomping grounds (terrible coffee-pun).
This month’s Coffee Roaster of the Month is none other than Pallet Coffee Roasters. Pallet got their beginnings back in 2014, in what previously a fish packing plant before it was fully converted into their current Roastery. This location at 323 Semlin Drive (just off of East Hastings) is one of four Vancouver café locations (with a 5th location on the way!)
The woman at the helm of Pallet’s roasting operation is none other than Head Roaster – Stacey Lynden. If you haven’t had the chance to meet Stacey you definitely need to. She is super humble, incredibly passionate, a bit of a cat-lady…and yogi. Not only is she a super-amazing human being she’s got some hardware as well to prove she knows her stuff when it comes to roasting coffee. I reached out to Stacey to find out what all she has accomplished since she started with Pallet 2.5 years ago.
Check out this list!
3rd place finisher the 2018, National, Coffee in Good Spirits Championships. (And will be competing again this year).
Golden Bean Medalist, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
Vancouver Coffee Snob “Snobbie” Winner for Roaster of the Year, 2017 & 2018.
2017 Roaster of the Year – VancouverBarista.com
I also asked her “what are some other fun facts our readers won’t know about you?” Something that you might not know about me, Stacey said, is that before I came back into coffee I was studying anthropology and even worked as an archeologist! Ok, How cool is that? She went on to say “I have been in the coffee industry ever since she was 18, where I began as a Barista.”
Back in 2014 Pallet began roasting its coffee on a 3kg Joper Roaster, and currently uses a BPR- 15 (15kg) Joper Roaster, from Portugal. If you ever have the chance to visit their Roastery I would highly recommend it. The place is bright, feels really open with nice high ceilings, smells amazing (not just from the coffee…but from their incredible food lineup), and the staff are top-notch. Pallet has a fantastic selection of coffee’s that they are currently roasting. And the Kayon Mountain from 2018 had many people in the industry applauding (I had some…it was life changing!) If it ever comes back, get yourself some!
I was able to get my hands on four of their current offerings the other day. The Top Shelf Espresso is currently in the hopper of my Baratza 270w and tasting incredible. It’s a blend of their washed Guatemala San Pedro La Laguna & their Natural Ethiopia Yirgacheffe Wochema. I’m equally excited for the Ethiopia Kochere Boji. This washed Ethiopian promises floral notes with sweet raspberry, lemonade and apricot. Yumm! What’s great to know if you’re not all to familiar with Ethiopian coffee is until recently, “coffee grown by smallholders and co-ops in Ethiopia were required to be sold through the ECX, where lots were classified by general region, quality (Grade 1–5), and escaped of most of their traceability. In March of 2017, the prime minister of Ethiopia approved a reform allowing cooperatively owned washing stations to export their coffee directly, which allows for separation of top coffee lots, higher prices for farmers, and increased recognition for the best quality coffees in Ethiopia.” (from Pallet’s website).
If you’re lucky enough to live in Vancouver you can pick up some Pallet coffee at any of their locations:
323 Semlin Drive
2002 West Broadway
3820 Oak Street
But if you’re not fortunate to live near one of their café’s don’t worry, you can get all of their coffee on their webshop!
A huge thanks to Stacey for chatting with me. Before I wrap this up I had to find out what Stacey was drinking: I’m drinking the Natural Rawanda, Gisheke, Nyamasheke District from Victoria’s Discovery Coffee.
Pallet’s motto is “Bringing Coffee Love to your Community”. You can tell they sure love their city and their coffee. So if you’re in the neighbourhood stop by and show them some love too!
Well there you go! Thanks for reading, and a huge congrats to Pallet for bringing coffee love to the masses!