Hell Hole, York Street, Russell

by | New Zealand, Photography

Hell Hole, Cafe, Roaster, Russell

7:30 am until lunch time. Rachel and Kent in the Hell Hole cafe. 

Hell Hole, Cafe, Roaster, Russell

Whistle while you work! 😉 

Hell Hole, Cafe, Roaster, Russell
Hell Hole, Cafe, Roaster, Russell
Hell Hole, Cafe, Roaster, Russell
Hell Hole, Cafe, Roaster, Russell
Hell Hole, Cafe, Roaster, Russell

Kororareka, the Maori name for Russell. Charles Darwin called it the hell-hole of the Pacific because of the drunken, rowdy whalers and sailors. Russell was one of the first European settlements in NZ. 

Hell Hole, Cafe, Roaster, Russell
Hell Hole, Cafe, Roaster, Russell
Hell Hole, Cafe, Roaster, Russell
Hell Hole, Cafe, Roaster, Russell

An old-age look (taking Darwin into consideration) mingles with the relatively “new” Four Square mascot.

Hell Hole, Cafe, Roaster, Russell
Hell Hole, Cafe, Roaster, Russell

The coffee roasting container, far up on a hill in Russell.

Hell Hole, Cafe, Roaster, Russell
Hell Hole, Cafe, Roaster, Russell

The kitchen next door to the roaster.

Hell Hole, Cafe, Roaster, Russell
Hell Hole, Cafe, Roaster, Russell
Hell Hole, Cafe, Roaster, Russell
Hell Hole, Cafe, Roaster, Russell
Hell Hole, Cafe, Roaster, Russell

On some days, the wind kicks up. On this particular day a fierce, cold south-westerly was blowing over the hills and slamming right into the roastery. Kent explains how the temperature can change quite quickly if he doesn’t keep an eye on the roasting process on days like this.

Hell Hole, Cafe, Roaster, Russell

A formula, now committed to memory. 

Hell Hole, Cafe, Roaster, Russell

Blending the beans. 

Hell Hole, Cafe, Roaster, Russell

A 15-kilo, Turkish roaster. About 11 kilos are loaded into the roaster at a time.

Hell Hole, Cafe, Roaster, Russell
Hell Hole, Cafe, Roaster, Russell
Hell Hole, Cafe, Roaster, Russell

Roasted vs raw beans.

Hell Hole, Cafe, Roaster, Russell

210°C and then it’s time to watch for the first—and avoid the second crack. The timing has to be just right or about 11 kilos of beans will be wasted. 

Hell Hole, Cafe, Roaster, Russell