Yup, we roast our own beans. And when I say “we,” I really mean Mike does the roasting. We started with a Behmor 1600+ from Sweet Maria’s and even made a video for you laying out the initial experience. You can order the roaster from Amazon as well. Behmor was nice enough to include us as a featured roaster. And we were featured only after a few months of roasting. For us, it’s been an incredible experience so far. All in all, it’s a sweet roaster and a sweet company.
Sweet roaster. Mike is a perfectionist in many senses of the word. He wants to make sure he gets everything right and that everything he does is done for a reason. Once he buys into a system, he is committed to learning it. Then once he learned the principles of that system, he adds his own flair and personality to it. You can see it in his photographs. He’s a photographer with many years experience shooting weddings, family portraits, landscapes, and sporting events.
So when it came to roasting, Mike took the same approach. As we’ve mentioned before, Mike embraces Scott Rao’s principles of roasting, as outlined in his book The Coffee Roaster’s Companion. The Behmor is a bit limited in how much customization you can do and how well those principles can be applied. And I really don’t know what those principles are. I know it has something to do with the application of heat, time, and what volume capacity of your roaster that you use. But Mike understand and applies them. Here’s the unboxing and first roast video that Mike put together for you:
Sweet Company. Joe Behm, a recovering alcoholic who is 28 years sober, started the company back in 1988. He told Nick Brown, from Daily Coffee News, that he was “poor” because he was making “poor decisions.” He understands how blessed he is to make a living doing what he loves. He gets it. So he gives back. And he gives back in one of the most incredible way I have every heard: He gives coffee farmers roasters. There are coffee farmers who have never tried their own crop before. They don’t drink coffee. They have no way to roast it. They’re just working hard harvesting green coffee in order to provide for their families. It’s an export only industry to them.
To Joe, coffee was a life-changer. So he’s about changing other people’s lives. He’s given 235 roasters to some of the poorest farmers in some of the remotest areas in order to let them taste a bit of what they’re growing. To me, that’s incredible and I’m happy we are a part of this company. Not a big part, mind you. But we’re a small part of the coffee industry and happy to be partnered with Behmor.
We’ll get a new video up with the new changes Mike has made to his techniques and update you fully on what the Behmor can and can’t do. But until then, we’re happy roasting with it and happy to recommend it to you.