Kenya Mukiria Mururine Coffee

Kenya Mukiria Mururine Coffee

Posted by on Apr 25, 2017 in Blog, Feature News

New Kenyan Coffee Launched Great news! We have switched our Kenya Lenana to Kenya Mukiria Mururine to provide you with the best quality coffee! Our new Kenyan provides a riveting flavor of grapefruit as you drink from your warm mug. Located in the Murkiria region of Kenya, this new coffee is a perfect fit for all! Kenya Mukiria Mururine is a sweet and strong cup that is packed with several enjoyable tastes! Along with the sweetness of grapefruit that fills your mouth, there are hints of black currant and brown spice in every sip! For those worried they will miss our old Kenyan, the two coffees still have their similarities with a few small differences. Kenya Mukiria Mururine differs through the production process of double fermentation and washing. You may be thinking, “isn’t fermentation related to the process of wine making?” This is correct, but it is also used specially for Kenyan coffees! You may also be wondering, “what is double fermentation?” Double fermentation is the process of soaking the coffee beans in a fermentation tank twice, each time for a period of around 12-24 hours. Between the soaks, the beans are flushed with water to remove any excess organic material. During the second soak, the beans are transported through a water channel where the densities are separated, removing the lowest-density beans. The final soak is completed after this process and the beans are taken to a raised bed to sun dry. As shown through the explanation of this process, the beans we provide for you are the best quality! We make sure to research the farms and mills where the beans originate and the processes they go through. In doing this, we ensure the success of each individual coffee bean to strengthen the overall flavor of the coffee poured into your cup. We hope you enjoy our new Kenya Mukiria Mururine as much as we...

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Bourbon Infused Coffee

Bourbon Infused Coffee

Posted by on Dec 25, 2016 in Blog, Feature News

New from Black Powder Roasting – Bourbon Infused Coffee! Our newest creation is the delightfully warm combination of Kentucky straight bourbon and our Costa Rican coffee beans. These infused beans are non-alcoholic, as the alcohol burns off in the roasting process. We are working in small batches, so the availability is limited (to ensure the highest quality!) We take Costa Rican green coffee beans and soak them in high quality Kentucky straight bourbon. They “marinate” in the bourbon for several days before they are roasted at a temperature high enough to burn off the alcohol, but just right for extracting the best flavor from the beans. The result is a medium roast coffee with a distinct bourbon flavor, not overwhelming, but bold enough to stand out! The concept of making infused coffee is a relatively new one to the coffee roasting scene. There are a limited number of roasters in the country who are using this infusion process, sometimes with wine or other alcohols. When the process is done carefully (and correctly), the effect is amazing! The trick is to use the correct ratio of alcohol to beans, and to use a bean that is suitable for the infusion process.    The art of coffee roasting is a continuous learning process, and a true roaster never stops their education. At Black Powder Coffee, our roasters are interested in bringing coffee education to the public, to make it accessible and enjoyable to learn. We are always open to “talking coffee”, to answer questions about beans, preparation techniques, and flavor profiles. Our retail area is in the same building as our roaster, and (when possible) we love to show off our production area to those who are curious about the process. Questions and ideas are always welcome! We offer hour-long tours of our roaster, which include tastings of 4 different coffees, a pound of coffee to take home, and two Black Powder Coffee ceramic mugs. These tours are the perfect opportunity to learn about what king of coffee you enjoy, and what’s new at our roastery! Visit us at 256 Raceway Drive, Suite 10, Mooresville, NC 28117. Our website is a wealth of information at blackpowderroasting.com. You can reach us by phone at...

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How to taste test coffee like the Pros!

How to taste test coffee like the Pros!

Posted by on Nov 10, 2016 in Blog, Feature News

Taste testing coffee can be a fun way to learn about what kinds of coffee you enjoy, and help you pick out a new bean to try. Using a Coffee Flavor Wheel is a great way to get started… The world of coffee can be intimidating for someone new to the subject: the countries and regions of the beans origin, the roast level of each bean, the preparation methods, all the gadgetry – oh my! The mind boggles at all the details and options.  Where to begin your coffee journey? Many people start out by simply having a really good cup of coffee, and wanting to learn more. A great tool to use for every level of coffee drinker is the Coffee Flavor Wheel. This colorful chart is used by coffee drinkers to help them identify what exactly they are experiencing within each cup of coffee. To use this tool, all you need is a cup of coffee (preferably black, without cream or sugar), the Flavor Wheel, and a few minutes to analyze the tastes and aromas you encounter. Bear in mind that each persons taste buds are different – what you taste in a cup may be different than what someone else tastes. Generally, people will experience similar first and second level tastes and aromas (Sweet & acidy, Sugar Browning & Nutty). When it comes to the more finite descriptions, opinions may vary. There are no wrong answers!     Another fun tool to use is a tasting diary. This little notebook helps keep track of the different coffees you try. By noting the coffee origin/name, the roaster, the producer, the varietal, and the preparation method used to make the coffee, you will quickly become able to decipher the variations in each cup. We have a pocket-sized diary available for sale at our roaster (this makes a great gift!). Black Powder Coffee roasts 21 single origin beans, and we offer several blends. Our coffee ranges in flavor and roast level from light (Mexican Chiapas and Frontier Breakfast Blend) to bold (Sulawesi and European Espresso Blend). We encourage our customers to come in to our roastery and try some coffee to see which flavors they prefer. We are constantly sampling new beans to bring you the best in craft roasted coffee....

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Brazil Natural

Brazil Natural

Posted by on Nov 6, 2016 in Blog, Feature News

Brazil Natural – The Brazil Espirito Santo is the newest addition to our single origin roasts. It is a pulped natural bean from the Espirito Santo region of Brazil. The “pulped natural” refers to the drying process that the bean undergoes – the skin is removed before drying, which causes the bean cherry to retain a natural, fruity pulp which affects the flavor. This is a light (city) roast coffee. The multitude of flavors that come in this coffee make it an experience to sample. I decided to try the Brazil Natural with a variety of preparation methods to see what it could do. The beauty of this bean lies in its ability to transform in flavor depending on its preparation. Read on… Drip method using 200° water in a Behmor brewer When drinking this cup black, it produced a very sweet, fruity flavor (blackberry), with hints of caramel. Adding a small amount of sugar (less than 1 tsp), the caramel disappeared, making it a very fruity cup. When both milk and sugar were added, the fruit lightened and a nutty, almond flavor came out. This was a very pleasant cup. Drip method using 208° water in a Behmor brewer This cup of coffee served black at the higher temperature produced a mainly nutty flavor. Adding the sugar again brought out a caramel flavor, while retaining the nuttiness. When both milk and sugar were added, this again produced a very nice cup, like the 200° preparation with a light fruit and almond flavor. Pour Over Method (approximately 200°) Drinking this cup black produced a sweet flavor with light acidity. The aroma was fruity, like apricot Adding sugar to this cup retains the sweetness with light acidity, and the fruitiness lightened Adding milk and sugar mellowed out the acidity, creating a candy-like caramel aroma. Black Powder Coffee has Brazil Natural available for sale at our website and at our roastery in Mooresville. We encourage our customers to come in to visit us and try a complimentary sample of any of our coffees. Black Powder Coffee 256 Raceway Drive Suite #10 Mooresville, NC 28117 Black Powder Coffee Brazil...

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Press Release – App Launch for Smartphones

Press Release – App Launch for Smartphones

Posted by on Sep 22, 2016 in Blog, Feature News

Mooresville, NC – Black Powder Coffee LLC, a locally owned and operated business, announces the launch of their new App for smartphones – Black Powder Coffee. The App is available for both iPhone and Android is designed to educate customers on the power of craft coffee. The growing regions, types of coffee trees, harvest technics, roast profiles, and brewing methods all affect the taste in your cup of joe. Customers can order Black Powder Coffee and accessories, participate in a loyalty program, learn about each coffee in our portfolio, follow social network feeds, and find retailers (with maps) that sell or serve Black Powder Coffee. The App allows customers to get information on our coffee and products on the go, with the intention of gaining knowledge on the craft coffee process from farm to cup.  Black Powder Roasting Company is located in Lakeside Business Park: 256 Raceway Drive, Suite 10, Mooresville, NC 28117 Hours: Mon – Wed by appointment; Thu-Sat 9am-4pm; Closed Sundays. Visit to try a sample at the cupping table. Website: Black Powder Roasting – Responsibly Harvested. Craft...

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SF25 San Franciscan Roaster

SF25 San Franciscan Roaster

Posted by on May 29, 2014 in Blog, Feature News

Long awaited arrival of the best artisan roasting machine in the world.  BPR ordered this upgrade on January 24, 2014 after much trial and tribulation.  Should we upgrade from our 1 kg electric roaster and expand our business out of our home?  Tough questions and a leap of faith! The San Franciscan 25 lb roaster is the only roaster on the market capable of full capacity operation.  Further to that, the controls allow the artisan (sometimes called the operator) to vary gas heat and airflow through the beans to drive phenomenal taste.  You heard me right, not all roasting machines are created equally and taste is the goal! Coffee Per has breathed new life into the San Franciscan product line after it almost became extinct.  Coffee Per (http://www.coffeeper.com/) is made in Fallon City, Nevada USA.  You can find testimonials on their website.  BPR toured the USA to understand the competing products with lower cost and came up with a compelling reality………you get what you pay for.  Really??  Yes, the San Franciscan has the biggest bearings, thickest drum, and fancy copper plates.  If you want the control of your process – good investments have good returns. You may notice we have a seal on the website called Black Powder Certified.  We created that because of the care that went in to find the best beans that matched our flavor profile likes, combined with the best machine, The San Franciscan SF25, to convert those hand-picked prime beans into a flavorful and consistent cup of...

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