I cannot believe that it's been almost a year since our Diedrich IR-5 was hooked up to power and gas, and became 'alive'. How time flies!
When I first started A Cup Of Faith in Hemet, California in 2002, we were selling another Company's Coffee. I believed in the quality of their products, and still do! It was my Husband's and my Christmas tradition to purchase our favorite Coffee from them. I would anxiously sniff out my prize Christmas morning, and quickly brew some up for us to enjoy!
Sine the Lord told me to start Roasting around October 2009, a lot has happened.
First off, I was NOT thrilled with the idea. I argued with Him, (once again), and tried to explain to The Most High God that I cannot even bake, let alone roast Coffee!
I put it off, but once again, He continued to tell me, to urge me to start roasting Coffee.
Praying I heard the Lord correctly, and submitting, I told my Husband that I wanted a home Roaster for Christmas.
I have learned several times, that when the Lord wants you to do something, He will continue to gently, nudge you towards that direction, and will keep nudging you until you submit.
Christmas morning came, and to my 'surprise' (my Husband tried to hide the small roaster, but I snooped it out... he was not thrilled with me), I opened a lovely Gene Roaster, and a lot of green Coffee! I was thrilled, excited and so very nervous. This was an expensive investment, and I needed to learn how to roast!
As time went on, I did some roasts by watching Youtube video's or reading some books. I would get calls from my Husband when he was at the pool with the kids, telling me the smell would waft all the way there and through the Community since I had to roast outside.
Winter was quite, interesting during roasting.
It wasn't long before I was asking my friends on Facebook if they wanted to try some of my home Roasted Coffee. Several people were interested and so I sent out their samples.
Now I was really hoping for some suggestions, since I had no training in this area, but the responses I got were quite different. All of them were positive and encouraging comments! People were asking how they could purchase our Coffee, if we had a website, etc.
We decided to pursue Coffee Roasting more intensely.
We decided to invest in a larger, Commercial Roaster, and start building,
A Cup Of Faith Coffee Roasting Company.
We decided on a Diedrich IR-5 Roaster, picked out the colors, and all other necessary choice, and placed the order.
I picked out the place I wanted our Roasting facility at, and started the necessary repairs, adjustments, and changes that needed to be made. But the bigger factor that was on my mind was learning how to properly Roast Coffee.
You would be surprised at how many places Roast Coffee, yet have never had training. I'm sure they can Roast, but there are things about the Roasting process that need to be learned, as well as cupping, etc. You can't just slap some beans in a Roaster, turn it on, walk off and come back in 15 minutes.
I wanted this Business to have a good reputation, and to deliver a high quality product.
I studied beans, and decided to Roast Organic and Fair Trade Coffees as much as possible. I wanted high grade beans, not beans that are cheap and cannot deliver a fine Coffee.
I also choose the beans based on having smooth qualities.
After choosing the beans, I placed the order. Thousands of dollars worth of beans were on the way!
I choose Boot Coffee Roasting School in California for my education. Other people tried to talk me out of it, other Roasters, suppliers, and people in the Coffee Industry. They said it would be a waste of money, and to just take a one day class at their facility.
I am so glad I didn't listen!
I spent eleven days in California, going to class every day except the weekends. During that time, I learned more about Coffee than I ever thought! I had no idea how much went into Roasting, and Cupping!
My time spent with Willem and Jody were wonderful, and I made some good friends from all over the world that I still keep in contact with.
When I returned home, I was anxiously awaiting the Roaster. Days passed, weeks passed, and it seemed like forever! A Roaster from Diedrich takes about three months to build. Each one is built by hand.
They were kind enough to send me photos of the building process, and kept me informed.
Finally, the day came. Our 'baby' was to be delivered by a very large FedEx truck! Weighing in at nine hundred pounds, (yes, 900 lbs... and it's a smaller one!), it was a bit of a challenge moving it once we got it inside the building. But thanks to my wonderful Husband, it was in without any problems!
Venting was installed, and later on the gas and electric was hooked up to it.
The photo above was from that day, the day she became 'alive'!
That is what we are celebrating, the day our Diedrich IR-5 was able to start Roasting. And Roasting with her gives our Coffees such a sweetness in the Cup, unlike anything I expected!
Now you have the whole story, almost a years worth.
On our first year Anniversary, we are celebrating the direction the Lord showed us to take, The Holy Spirit for His Wisdom, the FAITH it took to do this (let me tell you!!!!), the monies God provided (this Business is DEBT FREE, and has been from day one!), the way my Family stood and still stands behind me, my Husband's strength, knowledge and determination (I could not have done it without you!), from the great instruction I received from Boots, the wonderful service and beautiful machine we received from Diedrich as well as all of our wonderful Customers who have stood with us since we started.
From all of us at A Cup Of Faith Coffee Roasting Company,
I cannot wait to see what the Holy Spirit has us make up for our Anniversary Blend!
A Cup Of Faith Coffee Roasting Company