Warming up a Snowy Day

Today it is snowing in my backyard, making a nice backdrop for these beans that I roasted yesterday (when it was cold, but thankfully not snowing!) This coffee is a peaberry coffee from Rwanda, called “Milles Collines,” meaning “the land of 1000 hills.” The cooperatives who contributed to this blend are situated in the villages at the tops of some of these “collines,” affording access to the higher elevation coffees Read more…

Sweet People

I’ve used Sweet Maria’s Coffee as my green coffee supplier since I began roasting. Not only do they provide a wealth of information about coffee and home roasting, but I love their approach to coffee buying! Most coffee buyers find out how low of a price they can pay for their beans and then find a farm willing to sell for that low. Sweet Maria’s takes an entirely different approach. They travel Read more…

Freshness Matters

Did you know that the flavor of coffee beans peaks within the first 7-10 days after roasting? Unfortunately, most beans bought off the shelves of grocery stores and coffee shops have already lost much of their flavor potential, even if they are vacuum sealed. That’s why I will be shipping my beans within two days of roasting via Priority Mail. When they get to you they will have the fullest Read more…

Scouting Beans

I was invited to share about The Backyard Beanery with a local Girl Scout troop on Friday as they worked toward earning their Product Development badges. The girls were so much fun and had really great questions. They also enjoyed sampling the coffee! The funniest part was when my four-year-old son came up to the front, grabbed a coffee bean out of the bag that I was showing the girls, announced proudly, Read more…

Join the Story

Hi everyone! First of all, thanks so much for joining the story of The Backyard Beanery! Here’s a little summary of how things will work when we launch in April: I will feature a different single origin coffee each month, from a specific farm. Starting out, I will roast 50-100 pounds of that coffee on a specific date each month. Roasting date will be announced a few weeks prior to Read more…