Now Roasting: Ethiopia Dambi Udo

Coffee from Ethiopia is known for its bright fruited and floral flavors. Ethiopia Dambi Udos has a higher acidity, light to medium body and complex flavor notes.

With a 88 SCA Points, Ethiopia Dambi Udo is a special lot that we freshly roasted in Transylvania at Meron Roastery. Find it in one of our Meron coffee shops or buy it online from our shop in packages weighing 250 g or 1 kg. Take a look at the coffee profile.

Ethiopia Dambi Udo

SCA score: 88
Processing Method: Natural Dried
Farm: Dambi Udo
Region: Shakiso, Guji
Altitude: 1800 – 2100 Meters
Coffee Variety: Heirloom
Tasting notes: blueberry, strawberry jam, floral

Now Roasting: Guatemala Los Pinos

Guatemala Los Pinos provides a taste that is subtle and mild yet still complex and interesting. With distinctive and delicate fruity flavors, the coffees from Huehuetenango region have a light body (often buttery), sweet floral aroma, and a pleasant finish that is clean on the palate and lingers.

With a 85 SCA Points, Guatemala Los Pinos is a special lot that we freshly roasted in Transylvania at Meron Roastery. Find it in one of our Meron coffee shops or buy it online from our shop in packages weighing 250 g or 1 kg. Take a look at the coffee profile.

Guatemala Los Pinos

SCA score: 85
Processing Method:  Washed, sundried on patio
Farmers:Christian Villatoro and Carlos Ruben Villatoro
Region: Huehuetenango
Altitude: 1480 – 1575 Meters
Coffee Variety: Maragogype
Tasting notes: black cherries, chocolate, creamy mouthfeel

Meron Attentive: First Steps of Being Environmentally Sustainable and Responsible

At Meron we’re committed to creating amazing coffee experiences. Our passion for the coffee industry comes to life with every single coffee bean we are roasting and with each cup of coffee we are serving.

We are highly focused on bringing you the gift of coffee in a sustainable and responsible way. We are paying close attention to the environment and its people. We are aiming for sustainability with every sip.

Meron Attentive is our way to limit the impact on the environment and to challenge ourselves to continually work as hard as we can to improve how we use the natural resources. 

Meron Attentive also thinks about socially and economically responsible choices when purchasing coffee and suppliers. Last but, not least we are attentive to the people surrounding us, the industry, the guests, the ones in need. For us, the people are the most important asset.

Meron Attentive is a long term approach focused on moving toward. Every day we are one step closer to a better tomorrow and a sustainable future!

So far, these are our first steps of being environmentally sustainable and responsible:

Oxo-degradable coffee bags

Last year we introduced our new “Bak2earth” eco-friendly bags oxo-degradable coffee bags. These packigings return to the ground dissolving within 85 days.

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Farewell clear plastic coffee bags! Hello oxo-degradable eco-friendly packs!🙌 Don’t you just love the look of our latest coffee bags?😍 Also known as #Back2Earth, they are made of 100% environmentally friendly biodegradable plastic. But don’t forget, it’s the inside that counts, cuz there’s #specialtycoffee inside.😌 #newlook #meron #homeofcoffee #coffeeasyouare #meronroastery

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Bring your own reusable cup

The majority of takeaway coffee cups end up as waste. One simple way to reduce your footprint is to buy a reusable coffee mug. At Meron, equipping yourself with a reusable travel mug can also save you money in the long term:

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Primăvara = cald, soare, neapărat plimbare și 10% sau 15% reducere pentru schimbare. Știm că de când a venit vremea bună vă place să vă petreceți mai mult timp în natură și vrem să vă răsplătim pe aceia dintre voi care aveți grijă de ea. Astfel, toți cei care vin cu keepcup-ul sau tumblerul lor au 10% reducere la orice produs pe bază de cafea, iar cei care vin cu un tumbler Meron au 15% reducere. P. S. Tumblerele Meron le găsiți în oricare dintre cafenelele Meron și online pe shop.meron.coffee. 😊 Acum hai, la plimbare toată lumea! 😄 . . . #meron #homeofcoffee #coffeeasyouare #peopleofmeron #specialtycoffee #tumbler #coffeetogo #keepcup #clujnapoca #bucharest #satumare

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Paper Straws

Sometimes, things that are ‘a given’ are not always essential, but just a ‘habit’, for example the habit of using a plastic straw. It takes only 10 minutes to drink with a plastic straw, but 400-500 years for one to be broken down.

Starting now, we can find paper straws, an alternative to plastic straws, in our coffee shops.

Is it more to come? Always! Our goal is not about seeking perfection, but about achieving constant improvements.

Now Roasting: Brazil Vargem Grande

Explore a Brazilian coffee freshly roasted at Meron Roastery:

Brazil Vargem Grande

SCA score: 88
Processing Method: Black Honey – Anaerobic
Farm: Sitio Barroso dos Santos
Region: Caparao
City: Alto Jequitiba
Altitude: 1380 Meters
Coffee Variety: Red Bourbon
Tasting notes: kiwi, plums, dark chocolate, creamy mouthfeel

Now Roasting: Brazil Das Colinas

A great high quality Brazil coffee, Brazil Das Colinas is soft, nutty, low acid, with nice bittersweet chocolate tastes.

With a 90+ SCA Points, Brazil das Colinasis a special lot that we freshly roasted in Transylvania at Meron Roastery. Take a look at the coffee profile:

Brazil Das Colinas

SCA score: 90+
Processing Method: Anaerobic 192h
Farmers: Marilda Mafort
Region: Caparao Mountains
Altitude: 1130 – 1270 Meters
Coffee Variety: Red Catuai, Red Burbon, Yellow Caturra
Tasting notes: dark chocolate, jasmine, plums, rhum

Cum a fost Latte Art Throwdown by Meron

Meron Roastery a devenit neîncăpătore pentru comunitatea de barista joi, 28 noiembrie. 35 de participanți din orașele Cluj, Mediaș, Timișoara și București s-au întrecut în tehnică, precizie și imaginație, în fața unui juriu internațional, a susținătorilor și a pasionaților cafelei de specialitate în cadrul Latte Art Throwdown by Meron.

Câștigători și premii

Vrem să îi felicităm pe toți cei care au avut curajul să se înscrie și să participe. Campionul acestei ediții este Bogdan Petrici de la Meron VIVO. Alături de el, pe podium s-au aflat Andrei Lazăr de la Olivo și Simion Ilieș de la Meron Napoca. Ce au câștigat?

Locul 1: 600 Euro premiu în bani de la Meron, alături de  Bar Shaker

Locul 2: Blender + nivelator Motta de la Alikof + voucher de 150 lei pe Bar Shaker + Latieră BaristaSpace de la Artisan Coffee Equipment

Locul 3: Nivelator Motta & set de latiere de la Alikof + voucher de 150 lei la Bar Shaker

Locul 4: Latieră BaristaSpace + Latte Art Pen de la Artisan Coffee Equipment

Mulțumim tuturor!

Alături de noi, au susținut acest eveniment ca sponsori principali Bar Shaker, când căutăm unelte pentru bar, știm la cine să apelăm. De asemenea, le mulțumim tuturor partenerilor noștri:

Latte Art Throwdown by Meron s-a lăsat cu vărsare de lapte. Cine a fost la competiție poate să confirmare, cine nu, vă așteptăm data viitoare!

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Now Roasting Meron Rarities: Panama Finca Hartmann

Panama Finca Hartmann coffee defies the boundaries of the industry, a Caturra variety from Panama, experimentally processed. With a rich and well rounded flavour cup, Panama Finca Hartmann is a coffee that wins competitions under the right hands.

Now this single origin specialty coffee is part of our Meron Rarities series, a special selection of exquisite rare coffees over 90 SCA points available for you to take them home from our shop, starting December, 5.

Here is the flavour cup of this anerobic processed Caturra variety from Panama, Rocky Mountain farm, Santa Clara region:

SCA score: 92
Processing Method: Anaerobic fermentation, experimental
Farm: Finca Hartmann, Rocky Mountain
Region: Santa Clara
Altitude: 1900 Meters
Coffee Variety: Caturra
Tasting notes: floral, black cherries, rum, jasmine, tropical fruits

Now Roasting: Kenya Limo AB, 89 SCA Points

Kenya coffee beans have distinctly bright taste with complex tones of fruit and berry. Known for its consistently rich flavor along with a deep, wine-like acidity and pleasant aroma, enjoy it as a brew or espresso.

Right now at Meron Roastery we are working our magic, roasting a 89 SCA Points single origin coffee from Kenya. You can buy it coffee beans online from our shop or taste it from our brew menu in every Meron coffee shop. Take a look at the coffee profile:

Kenya Limo AB

SCA score: 89
Processing Method: Fully washed
Farmers: Jeciel and José Paulo Cardoso
Region: Nyeri
Altitude: 1200 – 1340 Meters
Coffee Variety: Batian, SL28
Tasting notes: black currants, grapefruit, citric acidity

Meron at National Coffee Championships

All coffee competitions are a tool for learning. Those minutes on the stage can be the most intensive learning experience for a barista. And the weekend that just passed we learnt. We learnt, while showcasing our amazing coffees and talented people, through creative routines at the National Coffee Championships.

Between 25th and 27th of October, in Cluj-Napoca 4 people from our team came to the national stage and showed their passion for specialty coffee in front of an international jury.

Barista Championships

For those who aren’t familiar with coffee competition, or those who haven’t seen our people this weekend, the concept is to present a specialty coffee to a panel of three sensory judges. The barista is given 15 minutes to do so, and in that time, they must serve an espresso course, a milk course and a signature beverage, to each of the sensory judges – meaning 9 drinks total. While doing this, two technical judges follow your every move and take note of any inconsistent movements, workflow or errors you might make during the preparation of each round of beverages.

Experiment & share more

Delia Avram, our Head Barista and Roaster, the one who represented Romania at the World Barista Championships in Boston 2019 showed once again a coffee that defied the boundaries of the industry: a Caturra variety from Panama, experimentally processed.

Just like her coffee Delia dared the coffee lovers to experiment more, to be more aware of the knowledge that surrounds us and to share everything we know in order to improve more. She developed her coffee potential through a signature drink that definitely pulled us up with an unforgettable experience, just like a tira-mi-su, the course she got her inspiration from.

Brewers Cup Championships

Brewers Cup is a competition that showcases the craft and skill of filter coffee brewing by hand, promoting manual coffee brewing and quality of service. Competitors are required to prepare and serve three separate beverages for a panel of judges and consists of two rounds: a first round and a finalist round. In the first heat competitors are required to complete two coffee services, which are a compulsory service and an open service. For the compulsory service, competitors prepare three beverages utilizing whole bean coffee provided to them by the competition. For the open service, competitors are given 10 minutes and may utilize any whole bean coffee of their choosing.Also, they and must accompany their beverage preparation with a presentation.

The six competitors with the highest score from the first round go on to compete in the finals round consisting exclusively of an open service. This year we had 3 out of 3 #peopleofmeron that made it into the finals.

Meron Crew in the Finals of Brewers Cup Championships

Andra Mălăescu guided the judges to discover a rare and impressive coffee through all of their five senses. A journey of the Senses, where Andra revealed a rich and well rounded flavour cup of an anerobic processed Caturra variety from Panama, Rocky Mountain farm, Santa Clara region using a Kalita wave

On his first experience on stage, Dorin Stancu marked the moment brewing with a classic. He chose a V60 dripper in order to highlight the delicate acidity of a hot fermentation natural processed Gesha Variety from Panama, Finca Hartmann farm, Santa Clara region.

Also on her first experience as a competitor, but with a lot of passion for the industry Crina Ciocian chose a GINA Brewing System to match her elegance through the entire routine. She’s is not a barista, but she added knowledge to her passion while brewing an experimental processed Panama Geisha from mi Finquitta Concept.

The results

We left this edition of National Coffee Championships with two podium places: Delia, second place at the Barista Championships, and Andra, second place at the Brewers Cup Championships; two more presences in the finals on their first competition: 4th place for Dorin and 5th place for Crina at the Brewers Cups

Finally, the most important thing for us is that we left with knowledge. Knowledge on how to choose unique coffees from all over the world for our coffee shops. Knowledge on how to improve and become better baristas in the everyday coffee environment. Knowledge on how to become a better team overall. And, in the end, knowledge on how to offer a better coffee experience in our coffee shops.

Meron: Official Coffee Sponsor of Romanian Aeropress Championship 2019

Exciting news everyone! We are the Official Coffee Sponsor of Romanian Aeropress Championship held within Slow Coffee Festival in Bucharest. El Salvador Los Cotuzos, freshly roasted in Transylvania at our one and only Meron Roastery from Cluj-Napoca, is this year’s Romanian Aeropress Championship Official Coffee.

Specially chosen for the competition, the beans were carefully selected by a trader who shares our
passion for specialty coffee and works with farmers who closely monitor and control the growing, harvesting and processing stages of the coffee beans.

Meron Official Coffee: Magically Roasted

Our Head Roaster & Barista Delia Avram took it from there and worked her magic on the entire roasting process.
Through medium to light roasting, we strived to preserve the natural flavour of the coffee beans, so you can experience the taste of a particular coffee.

Right now, the coffee is on its way to the festival. We can’t wait to see how every Aeropress Championship Competitor will highlight its qualities,  reveal its tasting notes and let it shine through the chosen recipe!

Meet us: 28th of September at Mezanin!

See you on the 28th of September at Mezanin for Slow Coffee Festival & Romanian Aeropress Championship! Traveling from Cluj-Napoca, we will be there with our freshly roasted in Transylvania specialty coffee, good vibes and activities to make you enjoy the moment.

Don’t forget to follow Meron Home Of Coffee and Meron Roastery on Instagram! This way you can see how we get ready for the festival and live updates on the day of the event!