Aunt Jenn & Uncle Aaron are starting their own coffee roasting business, and we got to see how it works, first hand! Mommy tried to take some pictures for them that they could use for their promotional sites, and she got to drink A LOT of cappuccinos that week!
The process starts with a 50 pound bag of fresh coffee beans…
Did you know that coffee beans are green before they are roasted?
Uncle Aaron always washes his hands before he begins, and they had new industrial sinks put into their new “roasting center”!
He keeps track of everything on his computer… What types of beans he uses, the size of the batch, the temperature he roasts the beans at and for how long, and any notes on the taste when they try a new one EVERY day! (They drink A LOT of coffee now…)
Next, he weighs the beans & roasts them in 8 ounce batches…
Then he fires up the air roaster…
When the beans go in, they pop around and crack, and slowly get their caramel color as the roaster heats up to around 400 degrees… It smells wonderful when this starts happening! The skin from the beans (called the “chaff”) is also blown away during this process so it doesn’t burn and make the coffee taste bitter.
After carefully watching and smelling for the perfect roast to be done, he pours the beans into an air quencher (at least that’s what Mommy thinks it called…) and the beans cool down as a fan draws cool air through the beans…
Then he bottles them up, and they have a new roast to grind up and try!
They have transformed their basement into an industrial space with a roasting room, a shipping center and a merchandise center!
Cup of cappuccino anyone????? It looks, delicious, doesn’t it????
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