Meet Jacques Strydom, home roaster and recently, Exhale Coffee

Wednesday, 28 July, 2021

Jacques is in the ASITD TOP 10 - see all the finalists here!

Name of Roastery:

Started Exhale Coffee roastery midway through the competition, (but I'm mostly just a homebrewer, though)

When I humbly entered a few months ago as a home-roaster, I couldn't have dreamed about where this would end up! I was just excited to compete with all the big names in the specialty coffee industry.
The competition played a big part in me finally starting Exhale Coffee Roastery.

Name of Head Roaster: Jacques Strydom

How did you get into coffee roasting? 

I joined Vintage Coffee as a Green Bean a few years ago, and Kevin Clarke showed me the ropes. 

What is your favourite coffee to roast currently?

Tanzania Mpalila Estate Washed - it is so fruity!

If you had to drink one coffee for the rest of your life, what would it be? (Origin, varietal, processing, roast profile)

Tough choice, but probably a washed Columbian, or a Burundi.

What has been your favourite moment in coffee?

The moment that got me most excited about coffee, was when I tasted Quaffee's Los Idalos Columbian. It blew my mind, and it was the first proper coffee I brewed myself.

Tell us one of your favourite songs! 

Anything by Keaton Henson. A current favourite is Bygones.

If you had to eat one thing for the rest of your life what would it be?

Definitely Butter Chicken

Where can we find your roastery?

On Instagram @exhalecoffeeroastery

Can we buy your coffee online?

Coffee can be ordered by emailing

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