Greetings, dear friends in Coffeeland! As we enter the last few days of winter, historically a strong season for coffee, this is a good day to let you know what’s going on down at Blacksmith Coffee Roastery.
The New Roaster is a Racecar!
Though I announced the arrival of the new roaster last week, we didn’t get everything up and running until Tuesday this week. The first roast I did in the new roaster was pretty hilarious as I ran a batch through it without adjusting the settings for the smaller batch size. About 2 minutes into the roast I had a Homer Simpson, “Doh!” moment, and then just sat back to see what would happen. It only took 6 minutes to incinerate 10 lbs of beans! I felt like I went from a Yugo to a Ferrari! Now that’s roasting!
Seriously though, the performance is amazing and now that I’m getting some of the “recipes” for our common coffees adapted for the new machine, I’m really happy with the results and think you will be too! Bottom line, Blacksmith Coffee is going to keep getting better and better!
I’ll be giving away free samples of Papua New Guinea and other coffees on Monday between 12 noon and 2pm. Stop in if you’d like. I’ll grind them for you if need me to.
Ecommerce Site is 95% Complete (but has been for a couple weeks)
Amidst everything else going on with the new roaster coming in, I haven’t had time to finish up the site yet. This week I’m going to try to complete it well enough to launch.
One reason for the slowdown is that I’m creating screencasts that will demonstrate the “how-to” part of setting up an ecommerce site. Brick and mortar merchants in Lindsborg and elsewhere who aren’t already online know that it’s an essential element in the 21st century. Yet, many not know what options exist to set up their own storefront.
If you’re interested in knowing more about this yourself, stay tuned for these forthcoming ecommerce 101 tutorials.
Lots more coming soon!
Thanks for reading and thanks for drinking Blacksmith Coffee!