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Every coffee cup can make a difference

Every cup of coffee can make a big difference — for some over mood, and for others over education. We’ve partnered with Asociația Păsări for a special project: on the 30th of May, every coffee purchased at #MeronHorea supports the education of children with medical diagnoses.

Join us in making a meaningful impact. Each coffee helps provide essential educational resources to these incredible children, giving them a brighter future. Together, let’s brew a better world, one cup at a time.

Join us on Thursday, May 30, for a journey at #MeronHorea, where every coffee purchased will support the education of 100 children with serious illnesses from Asociația Păsări. Save a life with each coffee – one coffee helps educate a child.

Asociația Păsări is an NGO in Romania that aims to support the education of children with serious illnesses. Children who, at a young age, have received a diagnosis that is difficult to bear even for an adult, deserve to know they are not alone in this fight, which unfortunately continues even after hospital treatment is completed. Although school is free in Romania, no one talks about the support, costs, and effort that a child and their family must make for the child to be able to return to class alongside their peers. Children supported by Asociația Păsări receive a monthly educational scholarship, intended to help them catch up on missed material, for therapy, and for the educational materials necessary for reintegration into the educational process. We want all children to be able to spread their wings and soar towards their dreams.

 

Thursday, May 30

7 AM – 6 PM

Meron Coffee, Horea nr. 5, Cluj-Napoca

Bienvenidos a Guatemala!

From Panamá to Guatemala. After 6 days of visiting coffee farms in Panama, our team headed to Guatemala, for new experiences.

PRF Guatemala 2024 was the first event on our list to attend.

Our team joined the Producer & Roaster Forum on March 7-8, 2024. They tasted a variety of coffees from the diverse offerings of the Central American regions, and some of these selections will soon be available in all our Meron Coffee Shops.

But it wasn’t just about the coffee – the team cultivated strong and lasting relationships with the producers and roasters, caught up with familiar faces, and built new relationships – a complete experience, filled with flavors and camaraderie.

And where did all this awesomeness happen? None other than the Anacafé headquarters in Guatemala City. Each Producer Roaster Forum event focuses on one origin country, aiming to unite local producers with industry leaders and coffee professionals from around the world.

The following day the team stepped into the world of BICAFE, where tradition meets innovation at their processing station. Bicafe Guatemala, with its rich heritage, extending across generations, is not just an exporter of Guatemalan coffees but also a testament to passion and dedication.

The highlights of our team’s day included:

The joy is undeniable. Coffee presents opportunities for us to explore places like this and meet individuals like Raul Rodas, who boasts an impressive track record of titles won over the years.

As we reflect on our time in Guatemala, we’re reminded that the best experiences are those that stay with us long after the journey ends.

Hola Panamá! #origintrip

This year’s origin adventure began in Panama, with a visit to Ninety Plus Gesha Estates farm, a place where the magic of coffee cultivation intertwines with the rich history of Ethiopia. Nestled on the slopes of the majestic Barú volcano, Ninety Plus Gesha Estates is a testament to the dedication and passion of its founders. Here, amidst the emerald canopy of the forest, heirloom Ethiopian coffee varieties thrive, their flavors nurtured by the volcanic soil and cool mountain air. 

The journey continued to Janson Coffee, a farm with which we have been collaborating for several years. Our team was welcomed by Kai and Jannette Janson. During this visit, the team participated in a cupping session with Gesha Natural and Gesha Washed coffees, toured the warehouse where the coffee is processed, and engaged in endless talks about coffee.

 

For the first time at Savage Coffees, our team was guided by Jamison, one of the industry’s perfectionists. Perhaps his experience in finance in the USA has influenced Jamison’s obsession with improvement and attention to detail, something that many other farmers overlook. Always striving to find the best batches of coffee for roasters worldwide, our team recently had the opportunity to conduct a cupping session with the new batches of natural and washed Gesha. Despite the batches being still fresh, they couldn’t help but notice their remarkable sweetness and balance.

 

Auromar, the next stop in our team’s origin trip, stands as a testament to Roberto’s dedication to excellence. Renowned globally and honored with multiple Best of Panama awards, Auromar is synonymous with exceptional coffee. Their Gesha varieties, in particular, are celebrated for their exceptional flavor profiles. Behind Auromar is Roberto Brenes, with a distinguished career as the Former Manager of the Stock Exchange in Panama. The journey culminated in a captivating cupping session featuring their natural Gesha, washed Gesha, Pacamara, and Catuai varieties – a sensory experience that left a lasting impression.

 

Abu Coffee may be one of the smallest farms in Boquete (approx. 17 hectares), but the microclimate, terroir, and altitude of Canas Verde help it develop some of the best batches of coffee in Panama, mostly Gesha and Catuai. This year marks the third time that Meron has collaborated with Jose, and starting in April, three of the batches tasted on this trip will be available on our list of coffees.

 

Mount Totumas is a hidden treasure renowned for its exquisite natural beauty and exceptional coffee. In 2023, it claimed the prestigious top spot in the natural Gesha category at the Best of Panama competition, a testament to the unwavering dedication and passion of its founders. Our journey with Mount Totumas started in 2019 during our first visit to Panama. Our team had the privilege of collaborating closely with Karin, who is in charge of coffee processing, and Jeffrey, the farm owner.

 

After touring the Lamastus Family Estates and learning about their coffee processing methods, our team had a cupping session. They were captivated by two lots, which they have already ordered for all our Meron Specialty Coffee Shops. Wilford is a symbol of innovation and tradition in Panama’s coffee industry, with his entire family deeply involved in the coffee business. Last year, Lamastus’s Elida Geisha Torre Washed secured 2nd place in the Best of Panama competition.

 

Having wandered through „tierras de Panamá” and explored the inner workings of Altieri’s coffee processing methods before, we find ourselves drawn back once more. This time, however, our team’s mission was different. With great anticipation, they have selected a special lot to introduce to all our Meron Specialty Coffee Shops for the very first time. Guided by Roger, the farm manager renowned in the industry, our team was drawn to their exceptional Gesha lots.

 

Our’s team last stop in Panama was at Gran del Val, a coffee farm already in the fourth generation, with over 100 years of history. Originally rooted in the financial sector, Ricardo Fernandez felt a deep calling to return to the family’s agricultural roots. Recognized and certified by prestigious organizations such as the Rainforest Alliance, N.Y., and Hiro Coffee Japan, their dedication to environmental protection and quality craftsmanship sets them apart in the industry.

 

Soon enough we’ll add our selections from this origin trip to our collection, so make sure you follow us and be the first who grabs them. 

Until that time comes, continue to delve into new origins and savor exceptional coffee!

Ciao, World of Coffee Milan!

Since the early stages of Meron, we have been meticulously finding excellent origins, constantly learning, and creating a team that works day after day after day to bring only the finest of what specialty coffee has to offer. We indeed brought a small part of our own world to World Of Coffee in Milan from the 23rd to the 25th of June, so the days prior to this have been filled with meetings concerning origins selection, roasting, cupping, and brewing, packaging, and shipping. We’ve left Romania full of emotions since Cristi and Damian were about to represent Romania as “National Latte Art Champion” and “National Cup Tasting Champion” for this event. This type of competition requires a lot of dedication, discipline, and rigorous training, and our teammates definitely exceeded our expectations. We cheered for them through the competition and we are more than proud to have them on our team!

Calin, Bicu, Robert and Anastasia did an incredible job showing off their brewing skills on pour-over and espresso. Our amazing origins were definitely handled with care: 

Ethiopia Daye Bensanatural anaerobic processing and tasting notes of white flowers, melon, green apple and honey;

Brazilia Fazenda Guariroba – double anaerobic fermentation with quince, cedar, white grapefruit, brown sugar tasting notes

Colombia Diego Samuel – a thermal shock fermentation with hibiscus, red plums, blood orange, nectarine and berry candy tasting notes;

Mexic Aldama  honey processing method with cranberry, raisin, wine and maple syrup tasting notes.

Colombia El Obrajea washed processing method with orange blossom, starfruits, tangerine, white chocolate and vanilla tasting notes

Colombia La Mariaanaerobic washed processing with red currant, clove, cocoa, caramel tasting notes.The pleasure was on us while hosting the Bar Takeovers with so many charismatic coffee experts from the industry. We had a great time with Luis from Finca Llamadas who poured over Finca Guacobia Pink Bourbon, a high quality micro lot from Finca Guacobia with a processing method of 400h low temperature anaerobic fermentation.  We had more takeover sessions with guests that amazed us with their coffees and knowledge: Coco from Lerida Coffee Estate, Wilford from Lamastus Family Estates, Jorje from Inmaculada Coffee Farms. All of them were simply amazing behind the bar, exchanging infos with our crew and having a great time!

From the first minute to the last, we brewed our greatest and most well-known origins. Milan fell in love with El Obraje, a washed Geisha from Colombia that we simply adore. Special thanks to everyone who stood behind the bar and brewed our origins to perfection.

We proudly represented the Romanian specialty coffee industry along with other industry mates and we enjoyed every second of it.

 

Until we meet again, we will

Keep Roasting light & staying bold.

PS: Many thanks to our partner ATP Group  for taking us there safely

Bonjour, nos amis! – Paris Cafe Festival 2022

This year’s edition of Paris Cafe Festival was held between 14th-16th of May 2022 at Centquatre and we were completely impressed by its intimacy and energy. We brought our most exquisite origins to display and looked forward with excitement to what was about to come.

On the first day we got the chance to take over the Brew Bar for one hour and, of course, we brought our own coffees. After a long first day of brewing and  intense coffee conversations, we were once again grateful for the magic this industry has to offer. A bohemian vibe, paired with the scent of freshly roasted coffee beans, unique people and lots of smiles mixed with curious chatting. This is how the perfect recipe for Paris Cafe Festival looked like.
This edition, we decided to exhibit:
Colombia La Gabriela – a naturally processed origin with raspberry, nutmeg, peanuts and gingerbread tasting notes;
Ethiopia Daye Bensa – natural anaerobic processing and tasting notes of white flowers, melon, green apple and honey;
Colombia Diego Samuel – a thermal shock fermentation and hibiscus, red plums, blood orange, nectarine and berry candy tasting notes;
Colombia La Maria – anaerobic washed processing with red currant, clove, cocoa, caramel tasting notes.
Colombia El Obraje – a washed processing method with orange blossom, starfruits, tangerine, white chocolate and vanilla tasting notes.
Burundi Nemba – natural processing method and blueberry jam, dehydrated pear, black tea and toffee tasting notes.
Colombia Llamadas – natural processing method with eucalyptus, figs, dark cherry, tropical fruits and chocolate truffles tasting notes.
Mexic Aldama – honey processing method and cranberry, raisin, wine and maple syrup tasting notes.

Another chapter has come to an end, we left in Paris a little bit of our soul, but took with us memories that are more than words could ever describe.

Each coffee festival has its own mood, gathering people with unique experiences that are ready to be told, driven by the same passion and thankful to be part of such an amazing community.

Our team wandered the streets of Paris, getting inspired by the culture and architecture, while sipping extraordinary coffee origins and we couldn’t wait for their stories!

 

Jusqu’à la prochaine fois, Paris Cafe Festival!

London Coffee Festival 2022 – Roasting light, staying bold & making the best out of it

The 2022 edition of London Coffee Festival was held at The Truman Brewery from March 31st to April 3rd, 2022 & it was beyond any of our expectations. We had a wonderful time exploring the fair, meeting so many independent roasters and trying so many exceptional coffees. It was our very first participation at this event in London and we highly enjoyed it, so we will definitely come back.

Being the only Romanian roasters with a counter, we were excited to display our most valued origins like: Colombia Diego Samuel, Ethiopia Daye Bensa and Honduras San Rafael and many more.  We brewed exquisite espressos on a beautiful Linea Mini from La Marzocco but also exquisite manual pour overs for every one of you who stopped by. 

There is no doubt that our Panama Mount Totumas stole the show in London: everybody loved this coffee from our rarities collection and it was highly appreciated by every person that came by to try it. This is one of our most special coffees as we chose to trade it directly from the farmers. We paid them a visit not so long ago and discussed every aspect of planting, harvesting and developing the variety. 

We had an amazing time chatting, brewing and sharing knowledge with coffee professionals and enthusiasts. For 4 full days, we wrote a new chapter with a lot of enthusiasm while making memories, from simply meeting other Romanian coffee friends to exchanging coffee bags with other local exhibitors. 

What mattered the most was the community we gathered there and with whom we managed to create long-lasting connections. We’ve made new friends, tasted some amazing coffees and proudly represented the Romanian specialty coffee industry. 

Until next time, 

We will keep 

Roasting light & staying bold.

Para ti, Panama! #origintrip

Our last origin trip was in Panama and being able to see and walk on the lands where coffee grows is an immeasurable joy. It’s like the joy of finding the last missing piece of a puzzle, a shift of perspective. A new way of experiencing and understanding coffee, this time directly from the farm and the farmers.

We gathered our team and started our adventure with a quick stop in Milano on the way. It was really great to visit our Italian friends for a little while and catch up on the latest coffee news. Shortly after, we arrived in Panama and quickly began a new adventure to remember!

Alex Halchiaș, our Head Roaster, wrote down a few words about his experience and what impressed him the most:

”The first thing I noticed when I arrived in Panama City was the influence of the United States in that country. From the way the buildings look to the fact that they have adopted the national currency and the dollar. At the farms I had the same impression, from the way they are organised, their mentality, how they managed to create demand for a product they can later ask for higher amounts/better prices. I am referring to coffee, of course, especially to the geisha variety that grows and develops a unique profile in the world, due to the microclimates in Panama. 

I found out that the farmers are very united and offer their support to each other. Due to the lack of involvement from the specialised coffee organisations, people came together and created their own competition, ”Best of Panama”, where farmers participated only with the best lots they have and they could bid for those lots depending on the place they’ve won. Also, many of the judges are exactly the same farmers or farm owners.

 I have met many professionals, people who understand the phenomenon, who are constantly innovating through new processing methods. They are very well prepared and also very good promoters of their coffee in the first place, but also of the specialised coffee.”

We definitely made the most out of the whole experience and visited many farm that caught our attention, such as: Finca Hartman, Mount Totumas, Carmen Estate, Auromar, Ninety Plus, Santa Teresa, Finca Lerida, Lamastus, Esmeralda and Finca Bonita. 

We asked Damian Narița, our Head of Sourcing, a little bit about the first farm visit: ”Our first coffee farm visit in Panama happened at Finca Hartmann, one of the oldest farms in Panama. They grow a lot of exquisite varietals like Geisha, Chicho Gallo, Pacamara and Maragogype. Felt really privileged to visit this farm and cup some new and interesting lots. Also the harvest took place with the help of ngäbe-buglé people that are indigenous people within the territories of present-day Panama.”

As you may already know, our single origin collection has Panama Santa Teresa, an origin we sourced before our trip and it was exquisite indeed. Soon enough we’ll add even more to our collection, so make sure you follow us and be the first who grabs them. 

Until then, keep exploring new origins and always drink exceptional coffee!

Sibiu, you are more than meets the eye! #MeronSibiu

Sibiu, you are truly more than meets the eye! 

Our 21st location found its home in the heart of Sibiu, among many artisans and creative souls. While wandering the streets of Piața Mare, we found a community like no other. People who lend a helping hand to each other and support their journeys. They embraced our presence there since the very first day and quickly made us feel like one of them.

Among some wonderful views while enjoying your coffee, our location from Arhivelor 2A Street has much more to offer. Peculiar origins, out of this world in-house pastry and a brunch menu.. oh, simply amazing. 

Whether you want to start your day with a pistachio cookie, a flavourful salad or a delicious toast, the next important step is the coffee pairing, obviously! Today, our location is waiting for you with some extraordinary origins on grinder, for espresso and filter as well. Starting with Ethiopia Bule Hora (jasmine, apricot, hazelnut, wine) & Ethiopia Kenisa (jasmine, plums, mango, lemon zest) on espresso. On filter, Ethiopia Daye Bensa (white flowers, melon, green apple, honey) & Columbia Llamadas (eucalyptus, figs, dark cherry, tropical fruits, chocolate truffles), from our Rarities collection.

Andreea, Ioana and Răzvan are in charge of your coffee moments, setting the mood everyday behind the bar, Alina and Yaroslav are the masterminds behind every brunch dish. Izabella takes care of delicious pastry, carefully baked to put a smile on our customer’s faces. 

                                                        We can’t wait to meet you all. From farm to cup, in the heart of Sibiu!

#coffeeasyouare #coffeeroasters #sustainablefarming #peopleofmeron #addfeelingsnotsugar

20th location opening: #MeronBistrita

We are in a constant search for the best places to meet and spend time with #peopleofmeron. And just like that, we found another hidden gem of Transylvania, the beautiful city of Bistrita. 

During our adventure, we discovered not only a vibrant city but also so many passionate people who understand the art of specialty coffee and all its stories. If you are ever wandering around the beautiful Transylvanian cities, put Bistrita on your list and you will be amazed. 

If you are not yet convinced to stop by we have some news: our 20th Meron coffee shop is now located in Bistrita on Decebal Boulevard no. 46. We`ve got not only the obviously great specialty coffee but also a wide variety of brunch dishes and suuuper delicious in-house pastry. 

 

You will find some desserts that are firstly introduced at Meron Bistrita like: layered cake, mini pavlova or cheesecake. 

As you probably expect, on the opening day we had some amazing origins on the grinder, both on espresso and on filter. On espresso, we delighted you with Colombia Diego Samuel, one of our Rarities origins, and with a classical Ethiopian coffee from Debeka farm. If you wanted to experience our filter origins you could choose between a Colombia El Jardin with tasting notes like raspberries, hibiscus, nectarines and honey or our one and only Diego Samuel also from our Rarities collection. 

 

Sebastian, Yanis, Tamara, Cristina and Eunice were there for you behind the bar and are always ready to brew the best specialty coffee roasted in Transylvania. In the kitchen, you can spot Larisa, Mishu & Ana getting those brunch dishes ready and looking pretty. Our pastry is carefully handmade by `Mama Ica`, who is a master in terms of cakes and pastries and also a person very close to everyones` hearts in Bistrita. 

So here you have them, all the reasons to visit us in Bistrita, or Bistrita in general. See you on Decebal Boulevard no 46 guys! 

 

#coffeeasyouare #coffeeroasters #sustainablefarming #peopleofmeron #addfeelingsnotsugar

Meron Roastery: A new coffee experience, same home

At Meron Roastery we have a new home in our old home. Same adress, but new concept. Same us, but a new bar. Same specialty coffee, but more origins to experience.

Over the past month we’ve worked on a new design & coffee concept for our roastery. Why? Our roastery is the place where we start developing the experience behind every coffee we’ve sourced from all-over the world. It’s not just a roastery, but a coffee lab, a space for coffee experiments & people development. And we’ve felt like it needed a bigger & better space in order to exclusively showcase our most exquisite coffee origins. 

What’s new?

The Brew Bar

The Brew Bar is the major change that defines the new concept. The menu of this brew bar is a very complex one, currated by our Head of Coffee Sourcing. It has a selection with over 10 coffee origins sourced from a diversity of countries & continent, with various processing methods from classic to experimental ones. The even better part: most of them are part of Meron Rarities origins and are available to be tried exclusively here at Meron Roastery. 

The Minimalist Design

Less is more was our mindest for this space. Less focus on decor ornaments, more focus on the coffee experiences. We thought of a minimalist design with Nordic inspiration and white accents, because we wanted the focus to be on the coffees we showcased. We have a much larger space than before, with 4 large windows that let natural light in and beautifies the atmosphere.

We also kept a room dedicated exclusively to the cupping area, just to highlight how important that part is in the coffee development process.

Opening Day with Agnieszka Rojewska

To celebrate our new space & concept of Meron Roastery & Coffee Lab Agnieszka Rojewska, not only World Barista Champion in 2018, but also the first female to become World Barista Champion, is our special guest and takes over our new bar at Meron Roastery on Wednesday, 24.11.2021, between 8 AM – 11 AM.

Also, she joins the local community for a Coffee Industry Meetup at Meron Roastery on the same say, between 6 and 7 PM. We have only 20 places available. Participation is free of charge but it’s mandatory to register first. Click here to register.

Come and enjoy the new Meron Roastery coffee experience in the same place: Cluj-Napoca, Horea Street no. 5, Monday – Friday between 7 AM – 4 PM.

People of Meron: Cristi from Meron Cismigiu answering Espress(o) Questions

Meet Cristian from Meron Cișmigiu, he’s the one behind the seahorse latte arts you keep seeing in our photos. Today he is answering our Espress(o) Questions, this express interview with our People of Meron behind the bar, that you can read just as fast as it takes to extract an espresso. Enjoy!

1. Age:23

2. How long have you been in the specialty coffee industry? 2 years and 1 month.

3. 3 attributes that describe you as a human being:
empathic, sociable, determined

4. 3 attributes that describe you as a barista: disciplined, kind, careful down to the smallest detail

5. Top 3 favorite verbs that talk about you: to help, to learn, to implement

6. I am very good at: besides brewing coffee, I am very good at breaking cups, wiping windows, and managing unexpected situations.

7. The natural talent you are gifted with is: I make people smile. 

8. I would love to learn to: fly planes

9. What is the nicest compliment you have received as a barista?
„I also like the coffee.” ?

10. Espresso or Pour Over: No need to choose just one, I like them both.

11. What is non-negotiable when it comes to brewing coffee?
Don’t ask for espresso with cold milk, long espresso or strong coffee.  

12. Funniest request from a guest was…
„A cappuccino with milk, please!”?

13. When you’re not a barista, you are…
Just a man, who goes through time, making mistakes every day and learning.

14. What would you like people to understand better about what it means to be a barista?
We’re not coffee machines. We’re passionate people learning about coffee every day in order to offer the best experience to our coffee lovers guests.

15. When and where are you the happiest?
Anywhere and anytime, it’s all about the mindset.  

PEOPLE OF MERON: DUTZU ANSWERING ESPRESS(O) QUESTIONS

Meet Vlad from Meron Platinia, or Dutzu as friends call him. He is our today’s guest answering Espress(o) Questions. An express interview with our People of Meron behind the bar, that you can read just as fast as it takes to extract an espresso. Enjoy!

1. Age:27

2. How long have you been in the specialty coffee industry? For 3 years.

3. 3 attributes that describe you as a human being:
extroverted, sociable & very optimistic

4. 3 attributes that describe you as a barista: organized, careful down to the smallest details & adaptable

5. Top 3 favorite verbs that talk about you: to be (sincere), to communicate, to feel

6. I am very good at: being myself, what you see is what you get

7. The natural talent you are gifted with is: sharing happiness and good vibes.

8. I would love to learn to:
To accept and control my emotions…

9. What is the nicest compliment you have received as a barista?
I love when you brew my coffee.

10. Espresso or Pour Over: Espresso

11. What is non-negotiable when it comes to brewing coffee?
The desire to extract the best from coffee.

12. Funniest request from a guest was…
There are so many that it’s hard for me to choose one?

13. When you’re not a barista, you are…
When I am not at work I allow myself to be more dreamier, while I keep my feet on the ground.

14. What would you like people to understand better about what it means to be a barista?
When you’re behind the bar you want to offer the guests a complete experience from the coffee you brew to the way you make them feel.

15. When and where are you the happiest?
I think happiness has no place or date… Try to see the good in everything, and you will always be happy

The Yellow Box Subscription – The benefits of Meron Coffee Subscription

Freshly roasted coffee is one of the things we value most in Meron. Whether you find it at Meron Roastery, on our locations, online on shop or on the grinders in our coffee shops, we always make sure that we extract in the cup only the best beans.

We select coffee origins from all over the world, which we roast in Cluj-Napoca, depending on the parameters we constantly adjust. We work with single origin coffee that we test closely, to get the best results on espresso – with or without milk and on filter. Our roasting style is medium light and we are always looking for complex origins that will surprise our taste buds: floral, fruity or chocolate origins, with classic or anaerobic processing.  

So tell us. How many times you stood in front of our coffee shops, staring at the shop, wondering what to buy? Of course, you can always ask our baristas for a recommendation, but isn’t it easier to order your coffee at home? You share with us your coffee preferences and we prepare a coffee box suited for you.

We got you covered! We have prepared for you The Yellow Box, the monthly or weekly coffee subscription with origins specially selected by our roaster. You choose the period, the type of subscription, we write down in the calendar, we put in the yellow package the best coffee beans and we send them to you at home or at the office.

This way, you will always have freshly roasted coffee, delivered directly to your home. Carefree and much more eager to explore the culture of specialty coffee. Easy, right?

What is Yellow Box Subscription and what are its benefits?

Coffee subscription is the service that allows you to sample different types of coffee beans, roasts, and origin. Then, place an order on when and how frequently they want that coffee or a blend delivered to their doorstep.

We offer a direct subscription – meaning we are the roasters and the ones in charge of delivering the coffee. Our selection of coffee are based on the experience of our Head Roaster, Delia Avram. So, we prepared for you two options:Coffee Explorer and Coffee Master. The first is dedicated to those coffee explorers, that enjoy tasting new coffees with every occasion. Coffee Master is dedicated to the coffee geeks, the ones looking for atypical fermentation & roasting.

What to expect?

The Coffee Explorer Box provides you with the coffee you need to embark on a journey of coffee discovery. No fuss, no stress, never run out of coffee. It’s designed for caffeine junkies or those who never miss the opportunity to try new origins, roasting styles, using different brewing methods.

The Coffee Master Box is a complex experience. Each box contains either Meron Rarities or Founder Selection (or both) – nano or micro lots of coffees that we select from all over the world, we roast and taste them at our roastery in Transylvania. Among coffee lovers they are known as “something exquisite” – indulging coffees for you to enjoy. 

What should you look for in a coffee subscription service?

1. Fresh roasted coffee, but perfect rested for you to enjoy it

The very next annoying thing after running out of coffee is stale coffee beans when you look for a delicious brew. One of the particularities of specialty coffee is that is freshly roasted.

2. Reliability

2 bags per month or 4 bags per month, you chose – depending if you are a morning drinker or a heavy drinker. Depending on how many coffee lovers live under the same roof. A coffee subscription will save you from driving of walking into one of our coffee stores. Your favorite beans will be waiting you at home or the office as frequently as you want them without worrying of running out of coffee. We got you covered.

3. Single-origin coffee 

Single-origin coffee means exactly how it sounds. It means that the beans come from one geographical region or country and could be harvested from the same farm or estate or multiple farms in the same country. Simply put, a single-origin coffee means that it comes from a single producer, crop, or region in one country. Coffees that aren’t single-origin are typically referred to as blends, which include more than one single-origin coffee.

4. Diversity and exclusive selections 

We always encourage you to learn, explore and appreciate coffee. Every time you expose yourself to a new origin or processing, you are one step closer into understanding coffee. Opting for a subscription will give you access to a lot of kinds of beans that you may not find in coffee stores.

5. Costs 

Yes, it is important for you to know that you can enjoy a good cup of coffee and save costs while you do it. It saves you money, time of walking down to the nearest coffee shop and the effort of choosing from what you can find in a coffee shop. You will spend less per cup, the coffee  is delivered at your door. Another key point of a coffee subscription is knowledge regarding coffee. We ensure a constant developing of the consumer, sharing coffee samples, recipes, insights and useful information for coffee lovers.

Join the Yellow Box Subscription now. The cut-off date for customers’ orders is February 20, 2021. All orders placed before that date will be shipped out on March 1, 2021. Orders placed after February 20 will be shipped out on April 1, 2021.

#FallWinterSpecials, our way of embracing the cold season

#PictureThis

… is our way of giving you a free journey through time and space. We wanted to let you feel emotions you are longing for, to travel around the world without leaving your city, to recreate moments you didn`t even know you were missing. Juices, fruits and vegetables, cured meats and fish, intriguant flavors – they blend perfectly in our new fall-winter menu.

So prepare yourself for a well deserved trip through textures and flavors, it will surprise each and every sense of yours.

Spiced Apple

#PictureThis: you’re next to a fireplace. It’s still early, but outside it’s getting dark. The fire illuminates the whole room and the air smells like spicies & sweets.

You may think it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, and so would we. But it’s still early for that.

It’s just a cold afternoon. A perfect one to enjoy a hot drink and good book. You take a sip of the punch next to you.

The apple, the lemon and the ginger mix perfectly together and a warm atmosphere embraces the room. Are you sure it’s not Christmas yet?

Ginseng Elixir

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#PictureThis: you’re in a cozy place, e.g your favorite coffee shop, surrounded by friends and people who share the same interests as you.

No one is wearing a mask and they don’t even have to. The pandemic never happened.

You already had 2 coffees today, so you feel like trying something else. Something from the #FallWinterSpecials got your attention.

Ginseng Elixir, a delicious seasonally-minded hot punch with chunks of pineapple made with in-house ingredients, as the barista explained to you.

Plus, you’ve heard that ginseng is an immunity booster. Who knows when this will use you?

Asian Orange

#PictureThis: you’re spending the cold season somewhere under the bright sun. A place where quilted jackets and thick hats were not even invented. Somewhere in the Philippines, where the Average winter temperature is 27°C. Nice, right?
 
As you sit on the beach and sunbathe, you suddenly feel the desire to cool off with a drink. Something refreshing, something made with in-house ingredients, something different than your usual cup of lemonade.
 
A lemonade made with sea buckthorn puree, freshly squeezed orange and lemon juice. Asian Orange, a delight inspired by your dream vacation.
 
Btw, did you know that sea buckthorn first appeared in Asia?

Duck Sandwich

#PictureThis: You’re having brunch in the middle of the week. No, you’re not on vacation, but you feel like you were. And no one can blame you.

You’re having a coffee from Costa Rica and next to it, a Duck Sandwich inspired by the Asian Cuisine to complete your journey of the senses.

You take a bite from your sandwich. A sip from your coffee. No, you’re not dreaming, you do travel, but only with your senses.

Shrimp Salad

#PictureThis: You live in a house by the beach. You have a simple and happy life in a small village in Thailand. You swim. You ride your bike to go places.

You wake up before sunrise to buy fresh seafood off the fisherman’s boat and prepare breakfast with it. Next to it, you add some fruits & vegetables from your own garden.

Today’s dish: shrimps salad, one of your favorites. Food-wise, this is the best part of the day. Enjoy it!

Loco Moco

#PictureThis: A girl just welcomed you with a flower lei around your neck. Everyone is wearing thin clothes and having fun. Bathing suit, hula skirts and bare feet, you’re in one of the most beautiful places on earth, you’re living the Hawaiian dream.

While you’re admiring the hula dancers vibrating on hawaiian beats, a local comes to say hi. The flower leis and the hula hoops are not the only traditions around here. Do you want to try a local dish, he asks.

Loco Moco, simple food with simple ingredients, a dish featured in contemporary Hawaiian cuisine. I can stay here forever, you whisper to yourself.

 

Now, more than ever, travel with your senses and taste them all at Meron Platinia, Monday – Friday (8:00-17:00) & weekends (9:00 – 17:00) ?

 

10k #peopleofmeron on Instagram | Milestones are not about us, are about you

You, the one reading this and me, and me, the one behind the keyboard, are on the same journey with 9,998 other people. And together, we are part of the #peopleofmeron Community. What did it took to get here? More than 4 years of passion for coffee, constant commitment and a lot of memories to throw back to. So we decided to celebrate this milestone through your eyes. See the whole journey in the following article! 😀

Constant development of the people that brighten up your mornings: Our Baristas

Sometimes, our baristas are the first hoomans (your pet counts as well, but you might go back to bed for a short nap and those emails won’t solve themselves ? ) you interact with at the beginning of the day. So how would you feel if your day starts grumpy, with a coffee that is too hot or too cold or, even worst with bad attitude towards you? We know. That’s why we are friendly and communicative, that’s why we are always willing to share with you our knowledge about coffee and what suits you best.

Our baristas are guided through constant training and development by our training team: Delia, Alina, Cristi, Dorin & Bogdan. ?

No matter the skill: latte art, recipe adjustments, brew, coffee chemistry, cupping, customer approach – everything can be improved. So where there is a will, there is a way. From new entries, to gray apron baristas – we lift each other up in order to obtain the best results in your cup. And smiles on your face, ofc.

 

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The clash of the titans 🙂 with @cristioltean13 and @mihaibirta . . #mood #coffee #productphotography #cluj #clujnapoca #clujlife #clujinsta #ilovecluj #meronroastery #meron @sca_romania #clujcoffeefestival #barista #friends #mensfashion #menandcoffee #canon5dmarkiv #canon #specialitycoffee #baristalife #coffeeshop #astoriacoffeemachines #barista #peopleofmeron

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Modern wizard preparing the magical potion. ❤☕ . . . #TheUnicornShooter #mirrorless #sonyalpha #alphagrams #alphagrammers #photography #photooftheday #outandabout #perspective #photo #photootd #followme #unicorns #magic #passion #followme #bucharest #coffee #coffeeporn #coffeelove #coffeeshop #goodmorning #wakemeup #meron

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Trust is earned and it’s delivered sip by sip

From the roaster to the people behind the Instagram account, managers and baristas, we try to measure our effectiveness. This is how we can measure the educational improvement of specialty coffee consumers: throughout your curiosities, your feedback and suggestions, your appreciation, your tags and mentions on Instagram every time you step in and your enthusiasm when we share our good.

“Fidelity and good quality engagement shows progress.”

We think that every brand has to have a Corina like ours, that always takes the time to answer customer’s messages and curiosities. That puts herself into the shoes of the person drinking the coffee and at the same time, of the business. That understands how important it is to explain what it took to extract that espresso, what origin fits best for your home made brew and how to adjust your recipes. So, if you ever asked us something, now you know that she was there for you, every single time.

Our DECAMERON through your eyes

We warmly share our story to the curious customers that wish to find more about Meron, bringing them along in the world of coffee. We cherish each and every one of you that want to know the process behind the cup.

We are not perfect and we do not pretend to know it all, buuuut the passion for specialty coffee and the community we gather around it brought us here. Imagine what can we do next 😀

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Chocolate chips

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Name a better duo, I'll wait ?? @meron.coffee #coffee#best#love#inspiration#meron

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Good Sunday coffee ☕️ @meron.coffee ⁣ ⁣ #specialtycoffee⁣ #fiiprezent ⁣ #bucharestcoffeeshops #bucharestcoffeeagenda #bucharestcoffee #coffeeofbucharest #bucharest #bucuresti #meron #cafeabucuresti #bucurestioptimist #coffeeshop #brewcoffee #panamacoffee #panamabrews #brew #brewspecialtycoffee

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#coffeeasyouare ☕️?

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Stand for your local, create magic & enjoy

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✨ __________________ #untold2018 #peopleofmeron #festivalmood #festivalvibes #summer #summermood #happiness #joy #magic #goodvibesonly #feelthemagic #untoldfestival #cluj #romania

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Praf de stelee pe hainele melee ✨ Cineva testează pigmenții ca lumea, altcineva suflă în ei ? Zoom the cool picture out ? Tare faină poza, dear @franciscphotographer.ro (scuză-mă că sunt purcică, m-am băgat peste editarea ta și am răcit cromatic poza) P.S pigmentul/glitter roz-auriu de la @cupio.ro este atâât de frumoos ?

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Surrounded by smart, powerful and inspiring women ? This weekend was a great one and I’ll definitely go the the next #shopmycloset events! ??

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#brewingwithdani • Delicious anaerobic fermentation (96 hours) coffee from Brazil. Roasted in Romania by @meron.coffee and handpicked by @thecoffeevine in the May selection box. . Opening the bag – the coffee beans release amazing aromas of dried fruits, rum and smooth chocolate. . Brewed on the V60, this coffee was so delicious! Notes of plums, rum, dark chocolate and an amazingly creamy mouthfeel! . Anaerobic fermentation can sometime go too far and overtake the coffee’s natural characteristics, but in this case I feel it created more complexity and pushed the fruitiness to a different level. Crazy interesting, delicious coffee all around! ?? ?? ? ❤️

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Hello ?. @meron.coffee // their new summer menu is awesome ??

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The yellow cups & your lenses

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#clujneversleeps #clujlife

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just in case • • • Photo: @maliscaanna #coffeeholic #feelingsinacup #meron #peopleofmeron #coffeequotes #coffeehouse #coffeeshop #bucharestcoffeeshops #coffee #coffeeshops #coffeetime #coffeeshopsoftheworld

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Tasty escape ? . . . . . . . . . . . . #meron #peopleofmeron #coffee #togo #nature #instacapture #photooftheday #cheileturzii #canonphotography #isee

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☕? Și uite așa ne-am început ziua

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ZF Live. Bogdan Ciocian, Meron Coffee: Dacă în toamnă va mai fi un al doilea val de îmbolnăviri, unele dintre cafenelele noastre nu vor mai fi sustenabile şi va trebui să le închidem

Izbucnirea crizei coronavirusului a prins lanţul de cafenele Meron în plină extindere ♦ În luna mai reţeaua ar fi trebuit să ajungă la un număr de 17 unităţi deschise în principalele oraşe din ţară.

Bogdan Ciocian, fondatorul lanţului de cafenele Meron, spune că în perioada pandemiei de Covid-19 businessul a suferit o scădere de 80% faţă de lunile de dinaintea izbucnirii crizei.

 

Materialul integral aici. 

9 business-uri din industria ospitalității din Cluj ne spun cum s-au adaptat în această perioadă

Industria ospitalității, o industrie grav afectată de pandemie, ne dă în acest moment un exemplu de reinventare și adaptabilitate. Ușile tuturor localurilor au fost închise de către lupta împotriva virusului și nu le mai putem trece pragul. Business-urile aflate în legătură directă cu acest sector nu își mai pot desfășura activitatea așa cum o făceau ”înainte”. Cu toate acestea, ei au găsit noi metode de a fi aproape de noi și, mai mult decât atât, de a ne ajuta în această perioadă. Noi am povestit cu câțiva dintre ei despre cum s-au adaptat situației date și ce așteptări au pentru viitor.

Cum e cafeaua băută acasă? Fără sens, așa-i? Cafeaua e mai mult decât o simplă băutură, iar locurile unde ne întâlneam să o bem erau adevărate spații de socializare. Dar nici industria cafelei de specialitate nu stă pe loc. Bogdan de la Meron ne-a spus că ei s-au reorganizat atât virtual, cât și fizic, nevoiți fiind să se adapteze și să ducă “cafeneaua” la oaspeții lor. Au făcut acest lucru prin oferirea de cafea boabe și echipamente pentru prepararea ei prin intermediul shop-ului online, livrări rapide la domiciliu, dar și prin pregătirea unor materiale informative video cu recomandările lor în ceea ce privește prepararea cafelei acasă. Nu i-au uitat nici pe cei care își desfășoară activitatea în oraș și au reorganizat câteva dintre locații (Meron Napoca și Meron Roastery) ca să-i poată servi la pachet în continuare, în siguranță și conform reglementărilor actuale. Nu în ultimul rând, au introdus produsele lor pe aplicația de livrare Glovo, pe Foodpanda fiind deja prezenți.

Articolul complet aici. 

Meron Brasov: We Opened a New Coffee Shop

This year was an atypical one for us, but we took all the necessary measures to adapt to the new social context and to be as close as possible to consumers. Thus, we continued the investment in the online store for coffee beans and coffee preparation equipment, developed a strategy for the safe delivery of products at home and prepared the necessary materials to help consumers prepare their specialty coffee at home. Of course we did not ignore the expansion of the brand in the cities planned before the pandemic.

“We depend on each other: from green coffee, service providers, employees, to local producers we work with. Therefore, the next cities that we have in mind for expansion and for which there are already advanced discussions are Sibiu and Timisoara. We want to get as close as possible to our customers, that’s why expansion is one of our priorities”, adds the Cluj entrepreneur Bogdan Ciocian, CEO Meron.”

Meron Brașov: our number 17th coffee shop

Our newest coffee shop is located in the heart of Brașov on the no. 11, George Enescu Square. Make sure you pay us a visit when you’re around. Check the schedule here.

Meron Brașov is designed by FainDesign. This team of specialists from Cluj-Napoca planned a minimalist design, with Nordic influences and many white accents, textures and natural materials. The coffee shop follows the design lines of the entire network and has a welcoming and open look. 

#TheDesign

#TheCity

Meron Brașov: Meet #TheTeam

Naomi, boys, welcome to our #PeopleofMeron family! These are some of #ThePeople, managers, barista, Meron specialists, that invested their work and dedication to open #MeronBrasov, our 17th coffee shop.

Meron Brașov: Taste #TheSpecialtyCoffee

The Specialty Coffee we invite you to taste at Meron Brasov has everything a coffee lover would look for. A floral and fruity Ethiopia Ye Genet on espresso for the ones who look for acidity and complex tasting notes. A comfortable Brazilia Terra Branca with tasting notes like almond, muscuvado and chocolate.

Aaand on brew, we’ve prepared you two exquisite experiences, both from Meron Rarities series. A bold and anaerobic Costa Rica San Jose, tasting like cinnamon and red fruits. Of course, we’re saving the best for the end: an anaerobic Caturra variety from Panama Rocky Mountain, mixing rhum with black cherry and jasmine.

Meron Brașov: #TheSoftOpening

We want to thank Brașov locals &  coffee lovers community for the warm welcome. We met with some of the owners and baristas from local coffee shops and it was our pleasure to share our coffees and thoughts. For Meron Brașov we chose a soft opening, a private event – gathering no more than 30 people on Saturday followed by a tasting session on Monday.

In order to expand your coffee culture you have to embrace diversity. So we asked all the local coffee shops to bring their best beans to brew and enjoy it together. Thank you Tekafe & CH9 for joining us, we must repeat this experience next time 🙂

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Hello Meron! ? Had a blast tasting some really cool origins today. Thank you @delia.rox @cristioltean13 and the whole team ?

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Romanii care au votat, rasplatiti cu cafea din partea casei

Meron deschide o cafenea la Oradea si ajunge la 10 la nivel national

Rețeaua de cafenele Meron a deschis al zecelea coffee shop la nivel național și primul din Oradea în Lotus Mall. Cu o investiție totală de peste 100.000 euro, și face parte din strategia brandului de a deschide două unități în Oradea anul acesta și o a treia în 2020.

Compania țintește deschiderea a 6 noi coffee shop-uri care urmează să fie inaugurate în Timişoara, Sibiu, Bistriţa, Brașov, București până la finalul anului 2019. Pe fondul creșterii numărului de unități, brandul clujean estimează o cifră de afaceri de aproximativ 15 milioane lei.

Articolul integral aici.