Christmas 2020 !!! December 11 2020, 0 Comments

This has been a difficult year for many of us in Canada but also around the world.  In Canada government restrictions have closed many retail stores but we are thankful that these restrictions have not impacted us as a family run business.

We have continued to receive new coffees regularly and look forward to having some new coffees arriving in the next few weeks that we can continue to offer you.  We have been short on some grinders and kettles because of manufacturing delays but we have a large stock of each of our roasters in our warehouse.

Orders are being packaged and shipped daily and we have not seen major delays by Canada Post as of yet.  We will continue shipping parcels right up till Christmas and then will start up again on December 28th.

During this time being able to enjoy wonderful coffee at home is such a blessing so why not gift a coffee roaster and some amazing specialty coffee to that friend or loved one that is struggling during this time of Covid.

We want to thank each one of you that has continued to support us during these days and pray that you would remain safe and healthy.

From our Family to yours we would like to wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Still Shipping during the Covid-19 Pandemic March 28 2020, 0 Comments

Hi everyone.  I hope that you have been able to keep safe and healthy during this time.  I have had a number of people reaching out to ask us if we are still open for business and shipping parcels.  The answers to both of these questions is YES!!!

We are deemed an essential service in Alberta and as we are strictly an online store we can proceed to operate following all of the health and safety guidelines.

We look forward to serving all your home coffee roasting needs during these days and wish you many wonderful cups of coffee while you are self isolating.

Jonathan Yeo

Owner Pre-Umber

Behmor 1600AB Plus It's Arrived!!! May 31 2019, 0 Comments

It's arrived.  Get yours today and begin enjoying freshly roasted specialty coffee!!!

We have just received exciting news.  Our new and improved Behmor 1600AB Plus Customizable coffee roasters are going to be shipped to us mid next week with delivery hopefully happening by the end of the week or the beginning of the following week.

So we are now taking pre-orders of these coffee roasters and we do not expect that they are going to last long so make sure that you get your order in fast.  

Look what's coming 4th Quarter 2019 Behmor!!!! April 27 2019, 1 Comment


Here is a quick video of a new 1 Kilogram roaster to be released by Behmor in the 4th quarter of this year.

Delivery Standards April 23 2019, 0 Comments

After having to deal with the Canada Post strike this fall Canada Post has now said that they are honouring their delivery standards for parcels for all areas except around Vancouver.  This means that there is still time for many of you to get that last minute shopping in and still get your packages before Christmas.  

To check and see how long it will take for you to get your parcel please follow this link. Delivery Standards

You will need to input our shipping postal code T4J1R1 and your own postal code.

We look forward to serving all your home coffee roasting needs in the days to come.

Free Shipping over $100 March 26 2019, 0 Comments

Many of you might have noticed but we have needed to up our free shipping from $75 to $100.  This was not an easy decision for us to make but we wanted  to ensure that we could continue offering free or flat rate shipping to our customers throughout Canada.

Over the last five years we have seen Canada Post rates steadily increase and we have tried to figure out how we could continue to offer free shipping.  We realized that shipping is one of our greatest expenses as a company and many of you might not realize but it costs almost the same to ship one pound of coffee as it does to ship 10 pounds of coffee.  The heavier the order is the lower the cost per pound to ship the order becomes.  Therefore rather than charge for shipping we worked the numbers and found that if we had larger orders this would offset the increase in price by Canada Post as our cost per pound would decrease.

We want to thank those of you that have chosen to place larger orders as this has helped us be able to continue offering free shipping.

As an added bonus we are still offering free coffee lids on orders of $200.00 of green coffee(this does not include other merchandise).

Thank you for your understanding and we hope that we can continue to meet all your home coffee roasting needs in the weeks and months to come.


Jonathan Yeo

Owner Pre-Umber

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, 2 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.

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.