By Angela Norval
For many of us, coffee is a welcome pick me up each day, but for Kadilly Coffee owner Rod Walmsley it has become a passion for finding the best flavours.
Having always been partial to a good cup of coffee, Kadilly Coffee started with a few trees in Rod’s back yard before one thing led to another and he had a small orchard.
Having learnt a lot about the growing and processing stages of coffee before finally also adding the roasting process, Kadilly has become well known around town and scored a Bronze Medal two years in a row in the Australian ‘Golden Bean’ Coffee Roasters’ Competition with the Cranky Pants blend.
It is only fitting that having developed his own three main blends – Cranky Pants, Rustic Road and Tathra – through roasting and blending coffees from all around the world to create taste profiles to suit all coffee palettes, Rod is holding a Kadilly Coffee Appreciation Class as part of the Taste Bundaberg Festival.
On Saturday 12 June and Sunday 13 June at HSG at the Gardens, attendees will taste their way around the flavours of this locally-roasted coffee.
Rod will be giving people an insight into his own coffee story.
“This includes the how and why I got involved with coffee, the various stages of coffee production from growing, harvesting and processing through to the final stage of roasting,” he said.
“I will also be explaining how the different stages of production can affect final taste and flavour, and how perhaps most importantly, some helpful tips for coffee drinkers on different brewing methods and best storage practices for their coffee beans, to help maximise freshness and taste.
“Knowing how coffee is produced from the tree to the cup will give consumers a real appreciation of just how many steps are involved in getting their daily cup o’ joe.
“Our good friends at HSG at the Gardens have been great supporters of us for some time now, and use our coffee exclusively in their restaurant and cafe.
“With a beautiful setting in amongst the natural bushland of Bundaberg, there is no better place to be sitting back, relaxing and sipping on your freshly made cup of Kadilly Coffee.
“We are excited to involved with HSG for this event, and look forward to meeting so many of the ‘coffee people’ of Bundaberg at these classes.”
HSG at the Gardens owner Dion Taylor loves when Rod delivers his roasted coffee beans, because staff can tell customers their coffee has been roasted in the past few days and you can genuinely taste the flavour profiles.
“It’s also great, of course, that our local suppliers always deliver their goods with a smile and a chat so to be able to help promote them is always good,” he said.
“At HSG at the Gardens we specialise in boutique events that showcase local produce and local suppliers.
“We find that working in an informal location provides our guests with a unique experience and we often find our guests wandering the grounds after the event.”
For more information visit www.heartandsoulgourmetmeals.com.au and look under the events category.