New Page Added – What’s on the Roasting Log

New Page Added – What’s on the Roasting Log

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

Something We Were Waiting To Tell You So in this edition of the Roasting Log, we have added a new page under “Responsibly Harvested.” We have done this to communicate the new arrivals of coffee and what is no longer on our shelves. As a fresh crop roaster, we are constantly varying our single origin beans which impacts our blends. Lots of people ask “What’s New,” for us there are so many changes during crop cycles that it is difficult to communicate them to our costumers. This is why we have added the page “On the Roasting Log.” Crop Cycles Each crop cycle is four to eight weeks and all beans have  different outcome each time. It takes a lot of work in sample roasting to pick the right ones for taste. We normally are able to pick one of three options on samples.  Now thankfully the entire markets has become more transparent on farm names to allow us to provide confidence in our selections. As always, try new things and see the variety available in craft coffee. Never settle for lack of variety in life. The taste in the variety of coffee is maximized when you drink Black Coffee. But the beans can handle some additives like cream and sugar to find your perfect brew. On the Roasting Log...

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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. Also 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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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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