Wellington is proud of her numerous cafes and known for good coffee.

For this second post of Face & Place series, I bring you on Wellington waterfront, in a coffee roastery inside the historic building Shed 13, to meet Lambros Gianoutsos.

It was a chilly early morning when I arrived at the headquarter of Mojo, inside the lofty shed, that houses the voluminous coffee roaster, stock, administrative offices and shop, all under one roof.

Lambros, had just switched on the machine and was waiting for it to warm up before roasting the first batch of coffee beans.
Meanwhile, we had a little chat where he explained to me the process of roasting, where their produce come from, how his son -creator of Mojo- travels around the world to source the best beans directly with growers and how they taste and elaborate together coffee blends sold under the brand.
Lambros, originally from Greece, calls New Zealand and particularly Wellington, home for 50 years. He tells me his background has always been interrelated with coffee as he worked in the catering sector from a young age. So when his son created the business, he mastered the process of coffee roasting and he’s daily in charge of it since then.

 © 2011 Viviane Perenyi Lambros The Coffee Roaster

 © 2011 Viviane Perenyi Building Shed 13 Wellington Mojo Roastery

 © 2011 Viviane Perenyi Mojo Coffe Roastery Raw Dry Beans Green beans waiting to be roasted

 © 2011 Viviane Perenyi Coffee Beans Sacks

 © 2011 Viviane Perenyi Coffee Roaster

 © 2011 Viviane Perenyi Lambros at the Coffee Roastery

 © 2011 Viviane Perenyi Coffee Beans Freshly RoastedFirst batch. Pure visual and olfactive joy: Shiny little beans drop out onto the large circular cooler and release an addictive aroma.

 © 2011 Viviane Perenyi Freshly Roasted Coffee Beans Cooling

 © 2011 Viviane Perenyi Lambros and Freshly Roasted Coffee Beans

 © 2011 Viviane Perenyi Packing and Labeling Roasted Coffee

© 2011 Viviane Perenyi Coffee Beans Buckets and PackagingsSorting and Packing

 © 2011 Viviane Perenyi Lambros Sampling Roasted Coffee Beans

 © 2011 Viviane Perenyi Pulling Coffee Beans Sack

 © 2011 Viviane Perenyi Coffee Roastery

© 2011 Viviane Perenyi Mojo Coffee Cups On DisplayDisplay on the shelves next to the shop counter

© 2011 Viviane Perenyi Coffee Booklet & Packagings on Display

Thank you Lambros, it was a pleasure to meet you and follow the process of coffee roasting.

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