With overnight temperatures in the -30 range we weren't sure if we would be able to roast today.
We wanted to have some really fresh coffee to take with us to the Spiritwood Lioness Craft Sale tomorrow. (Saturday Nov. 23 at the Spiritwood Civic Centre).
We also wanted to try some new charcoal that Chernesky`s Hardware in Glaslyn had supplied that looked promising. We haven't been happy with the charcoal we have been using - and today we would need all the heat we could get!
Fortunately, there was very little wind, and the roast went off without a hitch, albeit with a lot of steam and smoke in the cold, dry air.
The new charcoal burned clean and hot, and the beans cooled quickly leaving us with a very good medium dark roast.
Come see us in Spiritwood tomorrow if you'd like to try some!
Bogart, our rapidly growing puppy stayed indoors for most of the roast ... he loves the snow, but his paws get cold!
We're looking forward to more green coffee arriving next week, including a sack of Sidamo - from the land where some say coffee came from - Ethiopia. More on this interesting coffee soon!
We will be busy the next two weeks getting ready for the Flock and Gather Collective`s Winter Wonders Sale In Saskatoon Dec 6th and 7th.
We're excited to be part of this sale that we we've heard so many good things about.
Wendy and I enjoy roasting in winter. We've found that we can do it quite comfortably down to -20C - as long as there's not too much wind to cool the heat envelope. Today it was about -14C.