The Art of Roasting
The two of us used to giggle and pass notes in 8th grade math. After college, walkabouts, and real jobs, we met back up in Alaska and lived in a old VW van, down by the river. That’s when we decided to open a coffeehouse back in Virginia. We wanted to make a difference. People thought we were crazy. Banks thought we were crazy, but we persevered, starting with a little cart on the mall and at our beautiful city farmers market, and now here we are, 20+ years later, in the middle of a dream, roasting coffee together for people we love and playing around, still giggling like two little monkeys
How we got here
Once we decide on a coffee, we bring it into our roastery. Then we analyze and profile it to find the bloom of the bean’s natural flavor derived from a multitude of factors including varietal, elevation, rainfall, soil, and processing method. After discovering a bean’s profile, we cup and roast and cup and roast until we find its sweet spot of expression.
Then we roast for you.
Licensed Q Graders
In 2014, we became licensed Q Graders. Why is this so exciting and important? Q graders are professionally accredited cuppers who have passed rigorous certification exams to work on behalf of the Coffee Quality Institute (CQI). Q grader status allows us to be of service to the farmers and producers in the specialty coffee industry.
CQI’s Q Coffee System locates specialty coffee at origin and helps to improve those that have the potential to meet specialty standards. The effect is a common language between buyers and sellers that draws attention to specialty coffee while creating an
infrastructure that gives producers greater opportunities to enter the marketplace and to increase their economic viability.
When a coffee moves through the Q Coffee System and is verified as a Q Coffee TM, it signifies an independent confirmation of quality that can truly be deemed specialty. Green coffee samples are submitted to and In-Country Partner (ICP), and 3 Licensed Q Graders cup and score the coffee. Coffee that meet the standards for green, roasted, and cup quality are issued a Q Certificate. If a coffee does not meet specialty standards, it receives a technical report that explains why.