Humbled by compliments

Posted by on Aug 25, 2014 in Blog

“Thank you again for helping us!  I am truly spoiled now and have a difficult time drinking coffee that does not meet the standard you provide!”  – Terry H. Black Powder Roasting is doing a lot of coffee education to the public. It is always great to hear positive reinforcement for anyone, but especially for an entrepreneur family that is challenged to build a business. We regularly hear positive compliments about the quality of the product and we are believers that Black Powder Roasting has created a unique flavor profile as the signature for the brand.  Good business starts with an outstanding product that is backed by service, support, and humility. Having humility means you appreciate the value of each individual for what they can do, not criticize people on what they can’t do.  There is something basic and authentic that the Black Powder brand represents.  Honest work, honest pay, and a great product….just like the pioneers that expanded the United States. Letting people know the product is good (or areas for improvement) are valuable insights. These insights allow our company to adapt and grow to meet the needs of the customers, while still maintaining the values on which the company was...

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Freshness yields unbelievable cup.

Freshness yields unbelievable cup.

Posted by on Aug 13, 2014 in Blog

Most people that walk into to the roastery are amazed by the taste you get from freshly roasted coffee that is ground within 15 minutes of brewing.  You can also enjoy that freshness at home.  We have read quite a few studies that claim the average age of coffee on the shelf at the grocery store is 4 months old.   When buying coffee with a roasted on date, you know exactly how old it is without the mystery of “best before” dates.  BPR recommends that a coffee is consumed within 90 days and has maximum aroma from day 3-30.  We use a 3 layer, foil lined bags to extend the freshness as long as possible without any UV (sunlight) impact. As green coffee is roasted it the bean doubles in size and reduces in weight by 20%.  This process results in a bean that produces CO2 excessively for the first 6 hours, but continues producing this gas for much longer which is the reason we have a vent in our coffee bags.   We personally do not buy any coffee that doesn’t have a vented bag for that implies stale coffee in our humble opinion. Make sure you look for a roasted on date for your next purchase to maximize your freshness.  ...

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Innovation is a Long Road…

Innovation is a Long Road…

Posted by on Aug 7, 2014 in Blog

“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” ― Thomas A. Edison This week Black Powder was experimenting with the help of HEbrew’s Coffeeshop – Mooresville with a 5 liter mini-kegerator to dispense Dynamite cold brew concentrate.  Well, it just isn’t practical at this time due to quite a few learnings.  Continuous improvement is a key to successful business and that includes continuous innovation.  Black Powder is always trying to push the envelope and find creative roasts, blends, concentrates, and even cold brew dispensing methods. Black Powder installed the mini-kegerator at the roastery about a month ago.  Learning how to fill the kegs, clean the kegs with potassium meta-bisulfite, and changing the pressure system from CO2 to Argon so the coffee doesn’t come out fizzy – yes, it will carbonate!  We ran water through the system for the first few days to understand how it works and learn some of the challenges.  We then filled the 5 liter keg with concentrate and used it for 3 weeks and almost emptied the keg.  Every time our family or customers came in, everyone was keen to try the new gizmo.  Everything seems to work well after we fixed some small pressure leaks and replaced the argon cartridge once.  Then we convinced Nikki Tate and her team to give it a try.  The use at the coffee shop has high frequency and after fixing the argon leak, it was still using expensive cartridges at a high rate.  Also, the change over time took time away from serving customers. Therefore, we went back to HDPE 1/2 gallon jugs for bulk distribution of the concentrate to coffee shops.  You might see the mini-keg again in the roastery or at some events, but we learned that the math to use recyclable kegs is a lot more expensive that use recyclable HDPE containers with argon cartridges.  With that said, we do have a full size kegerator with 2 x 1/6th kegs powered by a Nitrogen pressure system at the roastery that works like a charm and is an elegant solution.  I will share more on that after we prove out it’s functionality over the next few months.    ...

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