Roasting coffee is an art and a science. The beans absorb heat at times in the roast (are endothermic) and give it off at other times (are exothermic). Holding the beans at a steady temperature is no good; that is called baking in the business, and it has the effect of killing the flavors inherent […]
Loading coffee the hard way, Nicaragua. The bags contain freshly picked coffee “cherry,” which is heavy, wet, and bulky. The pickers are very careful with these bags as they carry them to a pickup. Two men lift each bag and place it on the shoulder of a third man. One of the lifters then slaps […]
We have finally gotten our La Nuova Simonelli Aurelia semi-automatic espresso machine into place, with a large notch cut into the top of our counter and the machine pushed back safely against the counter. And we are steamin’! This machine is a baby locomotive. It’s a little unfortunate that the manual that came with it […]
This is not us unloading freshly picked coffee “cherry,” but I (R. Thurston) did take this photo at La Combia farm, Quindio, Colombia. On the other hand, we are not really that far from this coffee. At the store this week we have been roasting Ethiopian Yirgacheffe, Peruvian organic Chanchamayo, Kenyan Safari Ridge, and Brazilian […]
Our first Saturday was a busy day! Thanks to all who stopped by for fresh beans, a cup of coffee, or just to say hi. We roasted 30 pounds of coffee that afternoon, just to keep up with demand.
We roasted! And bagged. And roasted and bagged. Peruvian Chanchamayo, Ethiopian Yirgacheffe, Colombian Decaf, a Mexican variety and an Espresso blend. 25 pounds of coffee. It was fun, and we learned what equipment we still need, and talked to our first customers. Yes, we need to get spoons, and sugar in the raw. Things are […]
Oxford Coffee would like to introduce you to our roaster. We roast in small batches (5 pounds at a time), using a highly respected Diedrich roaster. This roaster gives us the ability to fine tune the roast in order to get the best taste from the beans. You can catch a glimpse of the roaster […]