The secrets of these 5 artisan coffee roasters
Artisan coffee roasters in the Charleroi Metropolitan Area
Buying coffee (ideally sold loose, if possible) from an artisan coffee roaster guarantees that you are buying authentic-tasting, high quality beans. The main advantages of buying in this way are that you are reducing pollution by choosing not to use disposable capsules, whilst backing local producers and supporting the fair trade sector.
Better still, you can be certain that the coffee grains have been evenly roasted and haven’t been burnt. This makes them easier for your body to digest.
Join us on this discovery and tap into this new seam of black gold in the Charleroi Metropolitan Area.
Maison Van Hove, based in the heart of the Charleroi Metropolitan Area since 1954
Who hasn’t passed by this ancestral home at the foot of Rue de la Montagne, opposite Place Verte? Waves of freshly roasted coffee still waft gently through the air… And for those of you unfamiliar with this location: let your nostrils be your guide and step over the threshold into this cavernous coffee shop. The kind owners will be only too happy to advise you.
Maison Van Hove sells high quality coffee which, with its artisanal roasting process, is very easy to digest. Settle into one of the beautiful armchairs and sip a delicious homemade coffee accompanied by a mouth-watering cake made by artisan chocolate maker, Arnaud Champagne.
And to satisfy all tastes, there is also a very extensive range of teas (121 varieties) on offer.
“This is the first place I bring any friends and family members who come to visit Charleroi”, Michaël
Sound advice at Maison Ervka
If there is one area in which industrial coffee can never compete with artisans, it is the priceless advice dispensed personally by the coffee roasters. At Maison Ervka, René was the first master roaster. He set up the company in 1956. After that, Raphaël, his son-in-law, took up the baton in 1991. Nowadays, grandson Mallory runs the shop.
For Mallory, who is equally passionate about coffee, it is important to preserve one of his grandfather’s core values: advising the customers. He tries his best to offer guidance to all of his customers (and always wearing a smile, as visitors to weekly markets will attest), based on their tastes, but also on their lifestyles and preferences.
Maison Ervka selects the best arabicas from Latin America and Africa so as to be able to offer pure origin coffee beans or home-crafted blends.
The organic and sustainable coffee of J.J.Looze
Maison J.J.Looze (from Joseph and Jacques Looze, only missing the “S” of Sylvie, who later joined the family business) stands out in one fairly major aspect: they are the only artisan coffee roasters to have developed the whole coffee cycle, from coffee plantations in Kivu in 1950 to present-day roasting.
This house, based in Feluy, is the gold standard for artisan coffee roasters. Not only is their coffee of a high quality, they have amassed an impressive amount of knowledge in this domain. These coffee roasters are simply unbeatable when it comes to the aromas, flavours and origins of coffee.
“Genuine Grand Cru coffees hand-picked by genuine artisan coffee roasters who are both inspired and inspiring. Adorable to boot! Pure happiness!” Marianne
To cap it all off: the coffee is sustainable. The coffee’s Efico label guarantees support for sustainable development projects. Some of the beans also hail from organic farming.
Taste tip: the organic “Ethiopia” coffee, full-bodied and pleasing to the palate from first thing in the morning.
A roasting ace with Nicola Di Santo
In Frasnes-lez-Gosselies, coffee is roasted almost daily to guarantee the freshness of their high-quality beans. The machine roasts in small batches (60 kg), which ensures they come out evenly roasted. Nicola launched the business 40 years ago. His son Mario recently joined him on his adventure. They scrupulously monitor the whole roasting process. Based on the origin of the beans, they adapt it minute by minute.
Sampling one of their coffees allows you to discover the taste search for an excellent coffee, like the ones Nicola and Mario like to drink. Coffee needs to have immediate flavour and leave an aftertaste, with subtle blends of different notes.
You can also buy organic, fair trade coffee. There is not just one coffee to recommend, there are many to discover. These expert roasters are there to advise you personally, depending on what you are looking for. Find them at a local market or in their shop.
Bread and coffee at Manufacture Urbaine
Manufacture Urbaine roasts coffee once a week under the supervision of a master-craftsman. They use what is known as a slow roasting process which produces a coffee that is rich in flavour. The coffee philosophy is part of the institution’s ethics, which has now almost become a slogan: high quality products from a short supply chain.
Enjoy your coffee on the premises on the day of roasting (it changes from week to week), to bask in the delicious aroma of the coffee beans as they gently roast.