Who is Gean Burrell?
An only child, an introvert, a thorn to society. A coffee roaster by day & composer by night. Maybe one of the nicest guys you’ll ever meet when given time.
What’s your best childhood memory?
As a child I was privileged enough to always live near the ocean. I lived in Ballito for most of my childhood years. Running down those tropical windy roads with a surfboard in hand for years to come truly shaped my appreciation for nature and minimalism.
If you could have a “do-over” in life, what would it be and why?
I think as human beings we waste a lot of time worrying about the ambiguities of life. Just going with the flow and convincing ourselves that it’s the end all to be all is a poisonous cycle that I’d like to stay the fuck away from for as long as I’m alive. The simple joy of not knowing what’s around each corner is something I’d like to have realized a lot earlier in life. I suppose looking back I wish I could have used that time for something more constructive that’s true and long-lasting.
What do you feel most proud of?
Being comfortable in my own skin.
If you could keep only 3 possessions, what would they be and why?
My Fender Jazzmaster, wetsuit & film camera are always in arms reach.
What do you want your tombstone to say?
All men die. Few truly live.
What is Flatmountain Roasters?
Flatmountain Roasters is a coffee roastery based in Woodstock Cape Town. We’re those coffee geeks that love traveling, making coffee on a mountain or a desolate beach somewhere. Or cruising in the city with flip-flops spreading the love of under hyped beautiful coffee.
What’s your favorite coffee and brew method?
HA! It’s truly about the occasion. Any coffee has the ability to become incredible just by whom you are around. Generally a V60 somewhere off the grid with a friend or two is unbeatable.
In which coffee shops are we likely to bump into you?
Well for starters our store, haha. Flatmountain Roasters in Woodstock, Cape Town. However we have incredible friends in Cape Town who roast coffee too. I’d frequent Espresso Lab, Rosetta & Bean There often too.
What does the perfect day look like?
Wake up before the world does, make a coffee on the beach in the dark. Surf at sunrise. Go straight to our store after and share many great coffee moments with friends.