After filling out my production records today I realized that I have completed over 2000 roasts on my little efficient Solar Roaster. When I bought the roaster in 2012 I didn’t really think I would be using it this long. Sure, I have had a couple of problems with electric coils but that was mostly because of a poorly designed ventilation system….and operator error. Just another reason to celebrate this year, 10 years roasting in Eastern Ontario and 5 years of roasting with my efficient electric Solar Roaster.
I know this sounds like an ad for the company that makes the Solar Roaster but you have to give credit where credit is due.
Once again it is farmers’ market season and we are attending 3 different markets this year. It has not been particularly pleasant weather wise but people depend on me to provide fresh roasted coffee and fresh brewed cuppas. I will brave the weather to do my duty to the vendors and community and continue educating the public at large about the healthy benefits of fresh locally roasted coffee as well as the delicious flavour.
One thing I am looking forward to is trying out my new Barbecue roaster as soon as it gets warm and dry enough to spend an afternoon outside. I think it should provide an interesting smoky flavour. I’ll let you know how my trials work out.
Not my roaster but you get the idea.
Well if the United States Government says it’s true it must be, right? After all the research done into the benefits of moderate coffee consumption, the US has decided that it must be true. It seems that even pregnant women can indulge in a little caffeine now rather than abstain all the way through their pregnancy.
Benefits of Coffee
Spring has sprung and we are entering into the “Market Season”. The first official event of the spring is the Small Business Spring Showcase this coming weekend at the South Stormont Town Hall. I’ll be there with a hot cup of coffee ready for anyone who wants to be healthy.
On the coffee front, I have had to de-list the Ethiopian Harrar because of a lack of supply. I will not be carrying the Jamaica Blue Mountain as well this year because the price has just about doubled because of a poor crop. It always puzzles me that when there is a poor crop the price goes up. Shouldn’t it be the other way around? I guess that’s why I’m a coffee roaster and not an economist.
Growing Coffee Trees
It’s always gratifying when someone recognizes your business as a benefit for the community. A couple of weeks ago I got an email from the manager of the Manotick Farmer’s Market, Jack Williams, asking me if I wanted to be a vendor. I know Jack from other events that I have attended as a vendor and obviously he recognizes how great my coffee is and that it would add value to his market.
I drove up to see the market on one weekend. It is in a great scenic spot in Manotick and the people walking through the market were really positive and appreciative to have the market there. The next week I showed up as a vendor. I wasn’t the only new vendor either. The market had grown from 6 vendors to 15. The third week I went to the market there were still 15 vendors and the number of people shopping were at least double. …as were my sales. I even sold a number of espressos and cappuccinos. It appears that there is a much more sophisticated coffee consuming public up there near Ottawa.
There were a lot more tourists there visiting the Watson’s Mill and Dickinson’s House Museum who wandered over to enjoy a great cup of coffee.
Dickinson’s House Museum
It is over an hour drive to Manotick but how can I not go where I am so appreciated. It feels good to be wanted.
The Morning Ritual