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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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Histoires de Filles

Sinemage Chestnut cream sandwich cookies and coffee

I received a couple of days ago an internet call from my sisters.
We were so happy to speak to each other ! Time difference and everyone’s timetable don’t make it that easy to gather this way.
Like usually, the conversation was animated and passionate. Just imagine four girls together ! A lot of laughs and a bit of tears too. And time running too quickly to tell everything.

When I prepared this coffee yesterday, I couldn’t help but think of them.
I wish they were here. We could have chat again around a cup of coffee and nibble on these little chestnut cream sandwich cookies.

I realised then, how much I miss them. My lovely sisters…

Sinemage Chestnut Sandwich Cookies

The making of the chestnut cream is time consuming, but it seems every year, when I see chestnuts on market stalls, I invariably have to make it.
The chestnut cream recipe is the same I made last year. As for the cookie recipe, it can be found here. I’ve just ground the caster sugar to make a finer texture cookie.

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‘Y a d’la joie !

I read an article this morning, about world’s happiest countries. Details about the survey are not really given and statistics have to be considered with care, but it seems more people feel happy than in 1981. There’s no comparison with world’s best place to leave, but I would be curious to see how it matches.

Still about joy, this little cream pot bought in Living and Giving. I like it because it’s so cute ! I’m not used to drink milk with my tea and I don’t have an espresso machine to make good late, but it doesn’t matter I’m sure I will use it somehow. Although I did not see this item on the Canadian site of Jo!e, there are funny “egg series” gadgets.

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J’ai lu un article ce matin à propos des pays les plus heureux au monde. Les détails concernant l’étude ne sont pas vraiment donnés et les sondages sont à prendre avec précautions, mais il semble qu’il y ait plus de gens heureux qu’en 1981. Il n’y a aucun parallèle avec le classement des meilleurs endroits à vivre, mais je serais curieuse de voir à quel point cela correspond.

Toujours à propos de joie, ce petit pot de lait acheté à Living and Giving. J’aime parce qu’il est trop mignon ! Je n’ai pas l’habitude de boire du lait avec mon thé et je n’ai pas de machine espresso pour faire de bons late, mais c’est pas grave, je suis sûre que je l’utiliserai d’une façon ou d’une autre. Bien que je n’ai pas retrouvé cet article sur le site canadien de Jo!e, on y trouve des gadgets marrants dans la collection “egg series”.