Coffee Spirit


Together with the German “Third Wave of Coffee” pioneer Ralf Rüller, we decided on a coffee from the Central Valley in Costa Rica: VOLCAN AZUL. He roasts these beans “greener” than typical espresso blends in order to preserve the intense and floral notes.

Josef Farthofer in the Austrian Mostviertel creates two very different spirits from this coffee with flavors of dried feiden, black cardamom and apricot. On the one hand, he distilled a coffee spirit again for the Freimeisterkollektiv after KOCHERE NATURAL, KANGUNU AA and MAHEMBE. As a contrast, he turned the Voclan Azul coffee into a cold brew coffee spirit. These two spirits highlight very different aspects of the flavor complexity of these outstanding coffees.


Apricot | brown sugar | black cardamom


dried fig | Vanilla | apricot


Gentian root | caramel


VOLCAN AZUL, natural bold brew coffee| grain destillat | VOLCAN AZUL coffee destillat | sugar | water


VOLCAN AZUL 340 is the fifth collaboration between Ralf Rüller, specialty coffee pioneer from Berlin, and Josef Farthofer, organic farmer and distiller from Austria for the Freimeisterkollektiv. Volcan Azul is a microlot coffee from the West Valley in Costa Rica. The Caturra variety grows here between 1400-1500 m above sea level and is processed in ‘natural processing’. Ralf chooses a roast profile that is ideal for cold brew. Volcan Azul is extracted cold by Josef as well as distilled as spirit. We are not allowed to call VOLCAN AZUL 340 a liqueur, because according to the legislature it has far too little sugar.

Central Valley | Costa Rica – Berlin | Deutschland – Oed | Mostviertel | Österreich
  • Josef Farthofer

    Distiller | Mostviertel, Lower Austria

    Josef is an organic farmer as well as a passionate organic distiller. His experimentation and creativity continuously result in new, unusual products. In 2015 his O-Gin was awarded gold at the Craft Spirits Awards. Thanks to an initiative of  Oliver Ebert he’s developing a coffee spirit in cooperation with coffee pioneer Ralf Rüller of “The Barn”. Furthermore, Freimeisterkollektiv will benefit from Josef’s expertise in the area of vodka: he has also committed himself to create a vodka specifically for the Freimeisterkollektiv.

  • Ralf Rüller

    Coffee Roaster | Berlin

    Before Ralf founded Berlin’s visionary coffee roasting house “The Barn” he worked in finance and as an actor. He went on to study under some of the world’s most renowned coffee experts. From this experience, he developed his own minimalist concept, which is strongly inspired by the Nordic coffee tradition. Ralf is collaborating with Josef Farthofer and Oliver Ebert to produce a coffee spirit for the Freimeisterkollektiv.