Launch! January 28 2014, 1 Comment
I love coffee. I love that freshly roasted coffee smell. I love picking out different varietals of green beans and roasting them and finding new flavours and new experiences. I love that green beans are grown in places that I want to visit, by people whom I wish I could meet. I love talking about coffee, drinking coffee, sharing coffee...I just really like coffee!
It was a cold Christmas morning many years ago that I first experienced home roasted coffee. It was the beginning of a journey that I hope continues for many many more years to come. I lived in a tiny community in the Northwest Territories and good coffee was hard to find. So my wife bought me a roaster and a few pounds of green beans. She teases me that a monster was born that day.
In the hamlet where we lived there were no movie theaters, no restaurants and no coffee shops. So I started to "take my wife out for coffee" in the living room of our log cabin. It was nice. But then we rediscovered something that we knew already- shipping to small northern communities is expensive! But I consoled my Scottish heart with the realization that even with the pricey shipping, home roasting coffee was cheaper (and way better) than any coffee shop "down south".
Fast forward a few years. Now we live in rural Alberta and news flash! Shipping coffee is still expensive! I did a lot of thinking and decided to start selling green coffee beans in Western Canada. And because I'm selling green beans I found some roasters that I really like and am carrying them, too. And I've found a new coffee maker designed to brew freshly roasted coffee that I'm excited to try, as soon as it arrives. And if it works as well as I think it's going to, guess what? it will become available in Canada!!
So here it is: Pre-Umber.
-D (written for J)