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a good reason never, ever to move house

CoffeebeansroastedThe independently owned coffee roaster and espresso bar that's a block from my house and is open 24 hours a day (!) now uses only organically grown fair trade coffee.

Life is very, very good.

I do roast my own coffee, partly because it's fun and partly because it costs less than half as much as pre-roasted (and I drink a LOT of coffee). I use an air popcorn popper that I bought for $7.88 from Target and triple-certified (organic, shade grown, fair trade) coffee beans that I mail ordered from Seven Bridges Cooperative (who also do organic home brewing supplies for beer -- something I'd like to try one of these days). I don't always have time (it takes a little over an hour to roast a pound of coffee) or energy to do my own, though, so it's really, really nice to have a place that's an easy stroll from my front door (and open 24 hours!) that does organic fair trade.

March 21, 2005 in Food and Drink | Permalink


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I stumbled upon your blog trying to acquaint myself with the web’s lectionary resources. Yours is the first blog I’ve ever visited by the way. Aside from your perspectives I’ve read, I was prone to be fond of your site also because you are a Ph.D candidate as am I, in NT and Christian Origins. Now that I learn you drink a LOT of coffee and seem to like beer, I’m sure to visit your blog regularly. It’s been years, but I used to roast beans in an air popper. The smell is not so great and the husks (or whatever they are) can make a mess, but the result is great.

Thomas, a CC(DOC) pastor

Posted by: Thomas | Mar 22, 2005 11:08:36 AM

I wish I had one of those close by! Occasionally, I sell my soul to Starbucks because that's the only choice for decent coffee here. I really miss my favorite independent coffee shop near where I lived in California.

I had not heard of roasting coffee with an air popcorn popper. I may have to give that a try.

Posted by: Friday Mom | Mar 23, 2005 10:46:03 AM

If you'd like to try home roasting, check out Sweet Maria's, which has lots of articles on the subject, and this book, which I've found to be indispensable. I've had a lot of fun with it. I also think it's a nice low-cost gift to bring a pound of custom-roasted coffee to a java-loving friend.

Posted by: Sarah Dylan Breuer | Mar 23, 2005 11:57:04 AM

Thanks. I'll check those out.

Posted by: Friday Mom | Mar 23, 2005 10:04:33 PM

I love fair trade (organic, shade-grown) coffee. I've been buying it from Equal Exchange through the United Methodist Committee on Relief Coffee Project (I am a student pastor in the UMC and a seminarian at Eden Theological Seminary). And we all know just how dependent seminarians are on coffee!

Posted by: Willie | Mar 29, 2005 4:08:58 PM

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