Where does the time go? I just looked at my blog and realized that I haven’t posted anything since June 3rd. It has been a busy Summer for me. As you can see in the picture above that I am still manning a booth at the Long Sault Farmer’s Market. Basically this summer has been spent just trying to stay cool during this long hot drought that has been afflicting south eastern Ontario. Last weekend I went to my godson’s wedding in Cambridge, one of the few weekends that I have taken off this year.
I have added a couple of new coffees since my last post, Ethiopian Wild Forest – a fair trade, organic and eco friendly coffee, and Hawaii Mocha, a very tiny bean with a high acidity, light body and a caramel finish. To my surprise I am still carrying Jamaica Blue Mountain coffee. I have been able to find a few coffee connoisseurs who are willing to pay for quality. I guess I should rethink my attitude about light roasted coffees. The Jamaica Blue is awesome when roasted to a city roast just short of the second crack. I am never too old to learn….so far.
I finally have my new Solar Roaster operating and I have to admit it has been a challenge. The roaster is very energy efficient but that means it is so well insulated that I can’t hear the cracks to control the roast. I have had to go by trial and error to find the right time and temperature for each type of bean which means I’ve lost a few roasts. Fortunately the roasts are very reproducible and once I have a roast profile down pat I just have to set the time and temperature parameters and let it go.
And speaking of roasting, it’s time to start. I’ll try to be a little more consistent in my posting but I can’t promise anything.