The art of coffee roasting

You are not born a coffee roaster, you become one: by observing, by trying, by making mistakes, by starting again, and again, until you hone your senses and gain in confidence to do what it takes to transform the green beans into an exceptional drink.

Designed to reflect the regional specificities of the coffee’s origins, and the type of extraction desired, each roasting is a series of precise and delicate actions, which involve gradually heating the coffee grains to develop their flavour, to release their aromas (there are up to 850!) and to bring out all their qualities.

At Café Liégeois, 3 generations have followed each other around the coffee roaster (the machine and the job title have the same name). The process never changes: watching the grains changing from green to brown, via a broad palette of warm blonds and delicate beiges. The air fills with aromas throughout the roasting process: straw, toast, coffee.  Watching for the first crack, which indicates the grain and its pod are separating.

After that, it is a question of closely monitoring the tiniest nuances of brown, quickly removing a few grains with a metal sampler: the end of the roasting process can happen any time.

Would you like to know more? Push open the Workshop doors to find out what is behind our wide range of great coffees !

Our specialty coffees

Our specialty coffees come from small plantations. They are often the result of surprising locations and meetings with great people: we appreciated their locally produced crop, we were able to obtain a few bags, and we share them to the last grain.

For us, being a Master Roaster also means helping our clients and partners better understand coffee, making them aware of the tastes and aromas of the different origins, teaching them how to sharpen their senses and showing them how to make good coffee.

1001 ways to enjoy our coffee

There’s more than just espresso! Our best baristas have created delicious and aromatic recipes that also have a story behind them. Enjoy in moderation… or don’t hold back!

Where our coffee comes from

From one end of the world to the other, from Bolivia to Sumatra, India to Ethiopia, where did it come from and what makes good coffee taste great? What are our coffees’ similarities and differences, whether they are single variety or blends?

At Charles Liégeois, we would answer both in terms of aromas and flavours, but also in terms of values, varieties, regions and origins. We will also tell you about those who cultivate them.

At Charles Liégeois, we don’t just love coffee: we live it, with a sense of curiosity, pleasure and a strong drive to make it our way, as we feel it.  This is why we roast great coffees for everyday and specialty coffees with the same care.  Everything around our coffees reflects this laid-back and free image.