Grind Size and Extraction November 21 2018, 0 Comments

In your search for the perfect cup of coffee many of you have come to realize that how we grind our coffee once we have finished roasting it can drastically change the quality of the coffee that we are drinking.

Why roast coffee at home with the FreshRoast SR500 or SR700? August 06 2014, 1 Comment

The answer to this question is adapted from the FreshRoast SR500 box.  I felt that it was very applicable and something that many of you might find interesting.

So why roast coffee at home?

  • Fresh and flavourful coffee, guaranteed - Commercially roasted whole bean coffee starts to lose flavour in just three days but green(unroasted) beans stay fresh for about two years.
  • Home roasting is fast and easy- The FreshRoast SR500 automatically roasts enough coffee to brew about 20 cups and does it in under ten minutes.
  • Beans are roasted to your liking - Whatever your favourite roasting style, from light cinnamon to rich Italian, the FreshRoast SR 500 lets you have complete control.
  • You will discover your creative side - Combine different bean varieties and roasting styles to create special blends for yourself, family and friends.  Custom coffee blends make thoughtful gifts.
  • More coffee choices - At we offer popular and exotic green coffee beans, including decaffeinated, organic, sustainable and fair trade varieties from around the world.

Introducing the Fresh Roast SR700 May 29 2014, 4 Comments

We want to introduce you to the Freshroast SR700. We are Canada's only retailer of the Freshroast SR700 and are pleased to offer these roasters to those of you that would like to go a little bit more hi-tech.

The SR 700 is an improved design over the SR 500.  The SR 700 still roasts the same quantity as the SR 500 and SR 300. With the fully programmable computer software, you will now be able to save and duplicate roast profiles for all preferences of coffee. It’s an easy plug and play system, use the provided sync cord and program. You will now be able to adjust time, temperature, and fan speed at any point during the roast and save your changes, to be used again.  The software allows you to make changes to the roast profile, even after the roast has completed for a later roast.


Our Fresh Roast SR 700 are now in stock.  Be one of the first to own this machine in Canada.  Order yours today.

Tips for roasting with the Gene Cafe Drum Roaster May 26 2014, 0 Comments


Attention:  Do not run this machine without the roast chamber in place.  Parts will melt if you do this.  Always ensure that the roast chamber is in place before beginning to run the machine. 









Attention:  Do not run this machine without the roast chamber in place.  Parts will melt if you do this.  Always ensure that the roast chamber is in place before beginning to run the machine.

Able Brewing Company Permanent Filters for Aerobie AeroPress May 01 2014, 0 Comments

There have been a number of people asking about the possibility of getting a permanent filter for the Aerobie AeroPress and so we have listened and now added two  types of permanent filters, fine and standard, to our inventory made by the Able Brewing Company.  These filters are listed at $15.00 and include free shipping to anywhere in Canada.  We hope you enjoy them and continue to look for new items to be listed in the future.

Free Shipping over $75.00* March 17 2014, 0 Comments

In this day of the internet and internet shopping one of the greatest concerns of many people have is how much will the shipping be.  I will try to address this issue without complicating things too much.  We are trying to focus our business on the home coffee roaster in Canada.  Thus we wanted to use a shipper that would be able to reach every home within Canada at a fair price.  For this reason we have chosen to use Canada Post and are using a flat rate shipping price.

We have now added Free Shipping on orders over $75.00 (Sorry NWT, Nunavut, and the Yukon do not receive free shipping but do get discounted shipping).  If you do not want to order $75.00 worth of merchandise you will need to use our flat rate shipping option.

So what does flat rate shipping mean?  Well let me give you an example.  Say perhaps you are from Alberta and have chosen to order 2 pounds of coffee.  In this instance you would pay $12 for shipping.  Thus you would be paying $6.00 a pound for shipping.  But let's say instead of two pounds of coffee you ordered 12 pounds of coffee.  In this instance your shipping would still be $16.00 and so you would be paying approximately $1.33 per pound for shipping.  Quite a savings.

Now maybe you are really a coffee enthusiast and like to roast coffee not only for yourself but for some friends and family.  In this instance you have decided that you want to order 20 pounds of coffee.  This bumps you up to the next shipping rate at $22 but your cost per pound for shipping would drop to $1.10 per pound.  If you are wanting to order more than that you can message us through the contact page and we will be more than willing to figure out the best shipping rates that we possibly can.

Therefore you can see from these examples that your cost for shipping is based off of the province that you live in as well as the weight of the merchandise that you are ordering as well as if you spend $75.00 or more.  If you haven't already taken the time to read our shipping information in the footer area of our webpage I would encourage you to do so.  We look forward to filling your order and shipping it within one business day.

Oh yes!  If you are in Alberta and will be driving by Ponoka, please feel free to send us a quick message via our contact page to make arrangements for pick up and save yourself the cost of shipping. 

Hope you can enjoy a cup of freshly roasted coffee.

Roasting Coffee At Home February 14 2014, 1 Comment

Since we have launched the store we have had many inquiries: how to roast coffee at home?  The answer to this question can be almost as varied as the number of people asking the question.  There is not just one way to roast coffee and many people have their own preferences as to which way is the best.  In this blog entry, I will not take the time to go into great detail as to any one home roasting method for green coffee beans but will try to give a brief overview to wet your interest.  Perhaps in future blog posts I will take the time to go into greater detail of the different methods and how to gain the best success with each method.

There are many different methods to roast green coffee beans in your home.  One of the most basic methods is by roasting coffee beans in a fry pan.  With this method it is best to use a fry pan(perferably a heavy cast iron one) that will be dedicated to roasting coffee beans.  The reason for this is that you don't want your bacon or sausage contaminating your coffee beans.  You will need to continuously stir your coffeee beans to try and ensure the most even roast that you possibly can.  This can be very challenging and can also result in quite a lot of smoke so remember to keep your hood fan on.

Another way that many people have tried is by baking their beans in the oven.  Again this is a very difficult way to evenly roast your beans although their are many people that feel that this is their roasting method of choice.

A great entry level roaster would be a whirley bird popcorn maker.  This method works pretty good as long as you do not overload the machine and you remember that you need to continuously turn the crank until your coffee is finished.  At that point you should get the beans into a colander as quickly as possible to stop the roasting process.  This method of roasting works very well and I have had many cups of coffee roasted this way that I have thoroughly enjoyed.

Many home coffee roasters have found that using a air popcorn maker works quite well. This is much less labour intensive and can provide for a pretty good roast if your popcorn popper can provide the necessary heat  to bring the beans from start to finish (not all popcorn poppers are created equal).

The next method that I would like to mention is using the Fresh Roast coffee roaster. This is an air roast coffee roaster and within five to nine minutes will provide you with a nicely roasted batch of coffee beans.  It is a very user friendly machine and in many ways is idiot proof.  You will have a great batch of beans that will result in a lively cup that is easy to reproduce should you want to roast some more beans the same way.

The final way that I would like to mention in today's post is using the Gene Cafe coffee roaster.  This is a drum roaster that will roast a larger batch of coffee than the Fresh Roast.   It will take you approximately fifteen minutes to roast and then another 10 minutes to cool the beans.  This machine will empasize the body of your coffeee and allows for much more user input should you want to tweek your roast.  This is my perfered method for home roasting.

There are many other methods that have been used from hot air guns to barbeques, to other home made contraptioons.  As I always say to my wife, "even a bad home roast is better than store bought coffee."

So why not try starting to home roast today?  You might be in for the best cup of coffee that you have ever had.