August 12 • Coffee Producers
How fresh do you think your coffee is?
There’s nothing like waking up and smelling freshly roasted coffee in the morning. It’s funny how
that word ‘fresh’ is so often associated with coffee – but do we ever question it?
If you’re like me, you buy your coffee at the supermarket for the weekdays and indulge in your
favorite local coffee shop on the weekends. Or maybe you’re not like me and are living the good life
– stopping in at your local coffee shop before work every morning. Kudos.
For all intents and purposes, we’re going to stick with the former character – it suits our story a little
better. When you wake up in the morning and make your breakfast plunger, it’s fresh, right?
If your morning coffee were fresh, Jack’s Coffee wouldn’t exist. The idea of Jack’s Coffee came about
by two regular New Zealand blokes waking up one morning and questioning the freshness of their
Now, if you’re somewhat of a coffee connoisseur, you’ll know that fresh is best. You’ll be able to
understand the heart and soul of a coffee company that didn’t think anyone should settle for second
best when it came to freshness.
Our story doesn’t begin with Jack’s Coffee, however. It goes further back than that, to the early 90’s
when Jack’s Coffee founder David Burton saw a need in Auckland for a decent cup of fresh coffee.
This led to the creation of Burton Hollis, a coffee company created by David Burton that would go on
to supply the hospitality industry with fresh coffee beans for 16 years.
David didn’t stop here, however. Seeing that he had somewhat of a monopoly on the coffee industry
at this point and had swooped in at the perfect time, he set about making sure that everyone had
access to delicious, fresh coffee.
Enter well-known coffee brands like Gravity, Jed’s, Columbus and Burton’s.
David took his coffee skills international, judging the World Barista Championships for a couple of
Then he desired to get back to his roots. He saw what could be done with coffee in the hospitality
and commercial industry, and he wanted to scale it all the way back down again.
You see, business growth and success often come with their pitfalls. One of these pitfalls is the
quality of the product. The downside to manufacturing and supplying coffee at this level also takes
away the personalized touch, the connection between seller and customer.
David set about changing all that. He wanted to turn the traditional model of processing and
shelving coffee on its head. He felt a need to bridge the gap between roaster and customer, by
delivering the coffee directly.
This brings us back full circle to the ‘fresh is best’ philosophy. You see, the issue with buying coffee
from the supermarket is that by the time it reaches your pantry, it’s not so fresh anymore. It will sit
on a supermarket shelf for who knows how long, and as each day passes, so does an element of
Jack’s Coffee values the art of drinking fresh coffee so much that they are determined you will, too.
That’s why David delivers their fresh roasted coffee to your door. This new model pays homage to a
time when people knew where their food came from and had a relationship with the people who
brought it to them – just like the milkman.
David loves the interactions he has with the customer. He believes that his knowledge of how to
make good coffee is otherwise wasted, hidden behind the roasting and manufacturing process of
When he delivers his fresh roasted coffee to his customers, he can talk to them about it. He can
impart essential knowledge on how to brew your coffee correctly, and how to store it to keep it
fresh for as long as possible.
David is a big believer in the process being just as important as the end product. In this day and age,
we’re often focused on the end goal. We become so distracted with this, sometimes, that we lose
sight of what’s really important – the process and how life is lived in the interim.
David says that like when you’re cooking a meal, the process of roasting his coffee is just as much
part of the experience.
The flavors inherent to your morning coffee don’t hang around for long. In fact, they peak in the first
few weeks after being roasted. This means that by the time you get that supermarket packet of
coffee home for your morning brew, you’ve long lost those first essential flavors.
As soon as coffee is subjected to the roasting process, those flavor elements that have been
preserved by the integral structure of the bean start to disintegrate. The longer you leave your
coffee sitting around, the stronger the bitter characteristics will become, rendering your coffee
average in taste and quality.
When the coffee is ground, this entire process is accelerated even further.
Coffee doesn’t get much fresher than Jack’s Coffee. Soon, you’ll be kicking yourself for ever having
associated the word ‘fresh’ with your supermarket brew.
And it’s all thanks to David Burton. He’s out there on the grind – pun intended – every day, making
sure you’re drinking the freshest morning brew you could get your hands on.
He’s changing the way people think of ‘fresh’ and coffee, one home delivered bag of beans at a time.
July 25 • Music
Jim Morrison and The Doors remain one of the most enduring enigmas of American Rock N’ Roll. The band that met in film school and called the streets of Venice their home, opened “the doors” to a psychedelic Rock N’ Roll discography that has planted and blossomed millions of fans around the world. And yet, there is still so much that has been overlooked, especially for what the city of Los Angeles meant for Jim Morrison.
July 15 • shots
It’s always a race against the heat in the West. Hell, there’s a score of difference races around here. There’s a race to the riches and a race to the hills where the riches lay. There’s a race to food and shelter and the means in which a man might make to get them. There’s a race to the women and to the brothels and saloons where you can find them at. I don’t look for my women in those places but I often find myself in them for other races. Mine is a race to whiskey. It’s only a matter of time before I find myself in one today.
March 01 • Distillers
France’s contributions to the world involve gourmet food, beverages, wine, the revolution, and the Eiffel Tower, to name some. Beverages like Cognac, Armagnac, and Champagne are famous the world over.
August 12 • Coffee Producers
The Stumptown coffee buyers are called the Green Team members. These people sit down around a
campfire or in the home of a producer and talk about the year’s crop. They have met with these
producers many times because they have slowly been working on building long-lasting relationships.