Hayden and Kelly Maher, of Clare, have always had a strong love and interest for good coffee.
It was about 18 months ago when the duo set out to learn more about coffee – from the harvesting of beans to the roasting and everything in between.
At this point, Hayden purchased a small roaster and some green beans and began experimenting.
Hayden said it was the interest he had in good coffee that pushed him to learn more.
“We bought a mini roaster and I roasted some for myself, I shared this with some friends and the general consensus was that it was pretty good,” Hayden said.
It was at this point he would continue his research into beans.
Hayden said they’ve spent many hours looking in to coffee and trying different specialty coffees around Adelaide.
He’s spent hours trying different blending and roasting methods to come to the point he is now – but it’s still a matter of testing each new bean variety when it arrives.
The pair purchased a commercial coffee roaster, which is located in the Clare Valley, and have gone on to present their products in stores throughout the region.
This was at the beginning of 2016 and since then the business has grown.
“It slowly took off from there, once we worked out it was good, we got more interested in the business side of it,” Hayden said.
The name, Horrocks Bounty, came from a great deal of brainstorming and coming up with something which reflected the local region.
“When we started, the goal was that it would be nice to have something like this (selling products) one day,” Hayden said.
“It would be good for it to grow, I am certainly passionate about it and the more and more I’m learning every day, there’s always something new in the coffee world.”
The Horrocks Bounty range includes three single origin beans: Columbian, Peru and Honduras, they also include a single origin organic blend. All beans are sourced from organic and ethically farmed areas.
The beans are roasted to suit their different profiles. They small-batch roast and can ‘basically roast on demand’.
Hayden said both he and Kelly had learnt a great deal about coffee since beginning this journey, they have also built a strong network with other South Australian roasters.
The range is available for purchase at Clare Wine, Food & Tourism Centre, Only The Good Stuff, Bindlestick (in Jamestown) and Burra Fresh. It’s on the menu at Mintaro Maze, Rising Sun (Auburn), Cogwebs and Sevenhill Hotel.