I swoon at the smell of freshly brewing coffee. I love to put my face right into a bag of freshly roasted beans and breathe it in. Coffee ice cream, mocha drinks (like my beloved-yet-expensive ‘adult chocolate milk’ at Starbucks), and meat rubs with robust coffee flavors (like my favorite barbecued pork tenderloin recipe) are my absolute faves.
And, yet, I’ve been just an occasional java drinker most of my adult life.
Last week, however, was a game changer. We were treated to a visit to the coffee roasting operation of our favorite coffee roasters, Dan and Judy, of Coffee on the Porch – Camden, Maine. (Alright, fine, I don’t know any other roasters. They’re still my faves.)
I love food tours!
Whether it’s learning about beer production, maple syrup making, or raising dairy cows, food tours offer entertainment and an education. Touring the coffee roasting operation with Dan and Judy, though, was so much more. They welcomed us into their home like old friends. Over delicious cups of freshly roasted and brewed coffee (two of their varieties – Blueberry Mountain and Antigua Express), we gabbed about our families, our jobs, our favorite beverages, and eventually their business. Then, they took us on a little tour of their operation.
Coffee Roasting Up Close and Personal
First stop, the coffee roasting area…
…the storage and packing areas…
…and their merchandising space…
Dan even gave us a demonstration, roasting a batch of beans just for us. Our minivan has smelled deliciously of dark, rich Costa Rican beans ever since.
We had a great morning visiting the Coffee on the Porch – Camden, Maine headquarters. If you are a coffee-lover, check out their many varieties, and definitely check out their Facebook page, where Dan often posts what roast he is drinking that day, along with gorgeous pics of their coastal Maine area.
CHEERS TO YOU, DAN AND JUDY!