Cold Brew 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. The beans he roasts are “greener” than typical espresso blends in order to preserve the intense and floral notes.

Josef Farthofer in the Austrian Mostviertel creates a very different spirit from this coffee with flavors of dried figs, black cardamom and apricot. After KOCHERE NATURAL, KANGUNU AA and MAHEMBE, he, again, distilled a coffee spirit for Freimeisterkollektiv. Contrary to the previous ones, he turned the Voclan Azul coffee into a cold brew coffee spirit. This spirit highlights very different aspects of the flavor complexity of this outstanding coffee.


Apricot | Brown Sugar | Black Cardamom


Dried Fig | Vanilla | Apricot


Gentian Root | Caramel

  • Vegan
  • Maceration
  • Fermentation by Freimeister
  • Pot still
  • Fractionating column
  • Barrel aging





VOLCAN AZUL Natural Cold Brew Coffee | Grain Spirit | VOLCAN AZUL Coffee Spirit | Sugar | Water

Preparation 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 a 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, Germany

    Ralf Rüller worked in finance and as an actor before founding the visionary coffee roastery The Barn in Berlin and becoming one of the pioneers of the Third Wave of Coffee. After training with the renowned coffee experts at Square Mile in London and Tim Wendelboe in Oslo, he developed his purist concept based on Nordic tradition.

    He sources his coffee beans directly from small farmers and cooperatives. Rüller roasts in small batches, gently at low temperatures of around 170 degrees to 200 degrees Celsius. In this way, he optimally emphasizes the respective character of the coffee beans (bouquet, aroma, sweetness, acidity, mouthfeel, aftertaste, balance, purity).