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What’s new at Black Powder Coffee? What delicious new blends have we come up with? We are changing the face of craft roasted coffee in North Carolina and beyond. At Black Powder Coffee, we want people to stop and enjoy the experience of craft roasted coffee. It’s a fascinating world, with a lot to learn: regions, bean types, brewing types…the list goes on and on! Stop back often toblack powder blog the Black Powder Blog to find out what we’ve been up to, and to learn more about craft roasted coffee.

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Growing Coffee – Seed to Cup – The Journey Of Coffee

Posted by on Nov 19, 2018

The Journey Of Coffee – Steps of Making Coffee Beans Here at Black Powder Coffee we work independently small, direct trade coffee farms that deliver the highest quality coffee beans. From growth to the finished product in your cup, here are some of the basic steps that show the journey of growing coffee and developing delicious tastes! The Process Of Growing Coffee 1. Planting – Coffee beans are cherry seeds from a flowering plant.  These coffee plants usually take 3-4 years to produce flowers. 2. Harvesting – Coffee cherries are usually harvested once a year, strip picked or selectively picked methods.  Most harvesting are done by hand, although lower elevation farms may use mechanical harvesting methods. 3. Processing the Cherries – Coffee can be processed by wet or dry methods to remove the coffee bean seed from the cherry shell. 4. Drying – Wet – Removal of the skin and pulp of the cherry to leave the bean for drying. Dry – Cherries are placed on a raised table or drying patio. Dry processing is the oldest method and most common for Arabica coffee. 5. Milling – Removal of the outer layers of the cherry and dry skin which leaves the final product, dry coffee.  It it then processed for hulling, polishing and cleaning. 6. Grading and Sorting – Size, weight, color flaws and other imperfections are considered as the green coffee is sorted and prepared for sale. 7. Exporting – Stored in proper containers, Green coffee is usually shipped in jute bags or poly bags.  With changes in technology, specialty coffee is often shipped vacuum sealed to ensure the coffee is protected from the elements. 8. Cupping – The coffee is “cupped”  and tasted as a professional practice to develop and grade the quality of the coffee.  “Q Graders” observe the tastes and aromas of the coffee beans.  Specialty coffee is graded much like wine or craft beers. 9. Roasting – Once green beans are received at the roaster – beans are roasted to develop the finished product, coffee. Single Origin, blends and flavors are all developed from green beans being roasted. 10. Grinding & Brewing – There is a science behind grind levels and brew methods.  Insuring you have the proper weight, grind level of coffee mixed with the right amount of water and temperature produces the optimal flavor when it comes to brewing coffee. To get more education on coffee and roasting visit Black Powder Roasting – www.BlackPowderRoasting.com  Shop for delicious craft roasted coffee online at www.BlackPowderCoffee.com...

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Be A Pioneer… Gold Mining

Posted by on Nov 12, 2018

Be A Pioneer… Gold Mining

Prospector’s Gold – Best Selling Coffee Prospector’s Gold, one of our customer’s favorites, is also one that brings back heritage of gold mining to our area in which developed the brand – Black Powder Coffee.  Long before the “California Gold Rush”, early pioneers struck it rich here in Reed Creek North Carolina. History of Gold Mining in Charlotte – Carolina’s Gold Rush 12 year old, Conrad Reed found a nugget of gold in Cabarrus County in 1799, Reed Gold Mine was established.  This 17 lbs nugget was the first authenticated discovery of gold within the United States!  Gold mines in the Charlotte area is known for what made Charlotte’s banking industry with the discovery of two gold mines in the hearth of uptown; Rudisill mine & St. Catherine’s.  Robert M. Miller, co-owned Rudisill Mine and was one of the original board members of Commercial Bank, today’s Wells Fargo. Learn more from this article from Charlotte Five. Check out Reed Gold Mine Innovation in Coffee Roasting We consider ourselves to be “pioneers” in roasting coffee.  We aren’t trying to mass produce, become the most well known brand……although that would be nice!  😉 but when it comes to roasting coffee, we are looking for our “gold”. Sourcing green coffee beans from the right farms – Direct and Fair Trade. Making sure that the beans we select for our roasting are responsibly harvested. 21 Origins – we select beans from different areas, Indonesia (not many local roasters roast coffee from this area based on pricing), Americans (South America & Mexico), & African. Constant Improvements and Cupping – Innovation is part of what makes us pioneers, we are constantly looking to improve, develop and provide the best tasting coffee. Just like the area in which we live, roast and call home, we look back to the history in gold mining and use this as navigation in our coffee roasting. Be a Pioneer…..Drink Craft Coffee.      ...

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2018 Thanksgiving Hours

Posted by on Nov 9, 2018

2018 Thanksgiving Hours

WE WILL BE CLOSED THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 22 FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 23 OPEN:  SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 24 9:00 A.M. – 4:00 P.M. ENJOY YOUR THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY WITH YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY! #OPTOUTFRIDAY Don’t forget locally we are available at Lowe’s Foods, Publix, Josh’s Market, Point Blank Range and Earth Fare (Huntersville, South Park, Ballantyne, Concord and Fort Mill, SC) HAPPY THANKSGIVING FROM BLACK POWDER...

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How Fresh Is The Coffee You Are Buying?

Posted by on Nov 6, 2018

How Fresh Is The Coffee You Are Buying?

Check Your Bag For Freshness How fresh is the coffee you are drinking? Look for Roasted on date! Every bag of Black Powder Coffee comes with the roasted on date. As soon as we convert the green beans to roasted coffee, the coffee begins to release CO2 gas. By buying and consuming coffee from 3 till day 21 for a dark roast and from day 28 for a light roast after roasting – you will get the maximum flavor. Some customers have been surprised that when the coffee is only one day old it does not yield the same flavor a.k.a. weak. This is due to the science behind coffee aging. The coffee needs to degas enough to allow the water to leech the coffee grinds to produce a good cup. Sadly many of the commercial coffees that you find in the grocery store have a one year expiration date. Many times this means you were not consuming coffee till it is at least four months old – the freshness has left the bag. Some companies package in nitrogen to extend the shelflife but as the beans degas that nitrogen evacuates as well. Nitrogen is heavier than air and heavier than CO2, so it may help but nothing can help after four months. Taste the difference when you buy from a craft artisan roaster. Roasted Fresh Daily. Look for Black Powder Coffee’s roasting schedule and new bean releases.  We are always roasting and delivering fresh...

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How to enjoy delicious craft coffee while still using a Keurig

Posted by on Oct 9, 2018

Craft Coffee – Single Serve Pods Black Powder Coffee has made it easier to enjoy delicious local roasted craft coffee by offering prepackaged single serve coffee pods.  Enjoying fresh roasted coffee isn’t always easy and convenient, if you are looking for a quick cup on the go, shop the fresh selection from BPC.  A lot of people are drinking  single cups a day and having your Keurig brew a single cup works great for individuals on the go. Opt for a fresh roasted cup of coffee instead of a mass produced coffee blend that has been on the shelves for months. Learn More About What Makes Black Powder Single Serve Coffee Better. Here at Black Powder, we roast each of our single serve pods to order. Using the iFill technology, we have been able to dial the right grind level and fill the pod to 12.5 g vs the standard K-Cup at 8.5 G.  We are delievering 38% more coffee. We make sure that our coffee is as fresh as possible when you stop by to pick it up or it hits your doorstep.  Read more about the steps we take to ensure we are delivering the best coffee. In addition to having great single serve coffee options, our product is 100% Recyclable and BPA Free. Craft Roasted...

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