Reuben Kindred was the head roaster at Industry Beans for three years, but he’s been roasting coffee since he was 15 years old – his father owned a small roaster in Launceston, where he grew up.
“I loved it. Every morning I would go out there and smell the green coffee,” he says. “I was drinking coffee from about 12 years old. Me and my sister would go around Launceston and have a shot of espresso and a latte and people would look at us like, ‘What the fuck?’ We loved it. I was probably a bit young to start drinking coffee in hindsight, but I think it worked out alright.”
His father’s five-kilo roaster sat out of the back of the family home, and coffee was delivered straight from the house to customers.
“I’m a second-generation roaster, there aren’t very many of us.”
Twenty-eight-year-old Kindred is about to embark on his own project, Methodist Coffee, in Hawthorn. Together with mum Nikki he’s opening a roastery and cafe on Burwood Road.
“When people think of ‘methodist’ they either think of something religious like the church, or they see it more on a technical scale, like the method or science of doing something,” he says of the name. “It’s a play on words [that blends] belief and the scientific aspect of making coffee.”
The son and mother have chosen a two-storey heritage-listed building for the venue, which is located opposite Swinburne University and was previously an Indian grocer. The Kindreds have been sitting on the 300-meter-square space for 11 months.
They plan to brighten it up with whites and greys, and they’ve already replaced the floor and ceiling. To roast the beans, Kindred has brought in a 15-kilogram Has Garanti roaster.
“It’s the love of my life,” Kindred says.
Methodist Coffee will open early August.
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