The Process of Roasting Coffee

Before we even start roasting our coffee we search the world for the best beans. We look for the highest quality beans with the best flavors and that are grown in a sustainable way, not only for the environment but also the for the farmers. When possible we like to work directly with the farmers to import their beans. This ensures we get the highest quality beans at the best price while helping out the farmer.

Bags of our green coffee beans

The beans arrive to us in large burlap bags weighing in at 45-70 Kilograms depending on where they come from. After we check the beans to make sure everything is good we can begin the roasting process.

Now the roasting begins, we preheat the roaster to 450 degrees so when we add the beans the temperature is stable and doesn’t sharply drop. Roasting requires the use of all of your senses. We constantly monitor the temperature throughout the process to ensure the perfect roast profile for the beans we roasting. As the beans reach different points in the roast the temperature will change and we use these temperature changes to help figure out where we are in the roast process. We use the sound of the beans as well, the sound of the beans in the roaster change throughout the process as well. It is also extremely import to listen for the first crack. This is when the bean has gotten hot enough for the chemistry inside to start changing and a high quality bean will almost sound like popcorn popping when it cracks. After the first crack there will be a second crack later in the roasting process depending on the roast. As the beans roast their smell will also change as will their color. They will go from a brown-green color to that classic coffee brown-black color.

One of our roasters

Once the beans hit the perfect roast we remove them from the roaster and put them in the bean cooler. This is to cool them down evenly and as quickly as possible so they do not continue to roast as they sit. The bean cooler constantly pulls air through the beans to ensure they cool quickly and evenly.

Now that the beans are roasted and cooled we can now fulfill your order, grinding and packaging to your specifications.

Roasted coffee fresh off the cooler
Grinding, sealing and fulfilling orders