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To understand how different Lakota’s fresh roasted coffee really is, we need to take a close look at our roasting process.
We begin with worldwide selections of the best green mountain-grown coffee that money can buy. Why mountain grown? The saying is: The higher a coffee plant is grown, the harder the bean, the harder the bean, the better the flavor. By some miracle of nature, coffee plants grown from 3000 feet and up produce very hard beans and truly amazing flavor components. We have been working with several coffee importers for many years to bring us the best coffee that money can buy. They employ experts who make sure that we continue to get the best of the best!
Now that we know we have the best beans in hand, preheating our small batch San Franciscan roaster to 400 degrees is the next order of business. What’s the big deal about small batches? Simply put, batches of 25 pounds or less are kept completely air-borne throughout the roasting process; imparting a very smooth, even roast. Most coffee roasting companies prefer to roast with a 100+ pound roaster because it saves them a lot of time and money. Here at Lakota can roast about 100 pounds per hour with our 25 pound San Franciscan compared to if we had a 100+ pound roaster we could roast about 400+ pounds an hour. What the other guys are missing out on is a great quality cup of coffee. The bigger coffee roasting machines do not distribute the heat evenly through out the roast and as a result the coffee beans are not roasted evenly, this ultimately means not having that great of a Cup of Joe in the morning! Our process takes longer but we believe this is a key part to providing our customers with the worlds best coffee that money can buy.
Now that we know that we have the worlds best green beans, and the worlds best coffee roaster, the next topic is temperature. Why is the temperature important? Many Coffee Roasting companies do very short roasts at very high temperatures, this is known as “flash roasting”. They also tend to roast their coffee lighter than we do because it saves them money. Green coffee has some water weight to it, the longer you roast your coffee, the more weight you lose. Just like when you are cooking your favorite steak on the grill. You may throw your steak on and it weighs 16 ounces but when it comes off the grill it only weighs 14 ounces. You have effectively cooked off some of the juice’s to the steak. The same thing happens to coffee, you lose water weight the longer you roast the coffee beans. We roast a bit deeper than most other companies do because we believe that’s where the “sweet spot” is, where each coffee fully develops its flavor. We do a longer roast, from 12 to 18 minutes, at a lower temperature – from 400 degrees to no more than 440 degrees, depending on the amount and type of coffee being roasted. Have you ever had a cup of coffee and you feel like there is a wheat or grassy flavor to the cup. Thats because its been under roasted. Why would somebody take a great green coffee and under roast it? By under roasting you save water weight and by saving water weight coffee roasting companies can save thousands and thousands of dollars each year. It’s more expensive to roast our way because we lose up to 18% of the coffee’s weight during the roasting process compared to 14%-15%. The goal here is to gently bring each coffee up to it’s full potential, through personal attention to the characteristics of each coffee. This is why we call it “hand roasting”. Every roast we perform gets hands on, personal attention. Every roast is different, depending on everything from the type of coffee, the specific type of roast we are doing, and the humidity and barometric pressure on that particular day. It’s not rocket science but the result of paying attention to the details of each and every roast pays big dividends in terms of pure unadulterated flavor “in the cup”!
Below you can see the different grades of coffee beans.
Starting at Green Coffee moving all the way up to a French Roast Coffee.
To get the full story on roasting go to:
Here you will find a complete step-by-step pictorial roasting tour as performed on Lakota’s 25 pound San Franciscan Roasting Machine.
When we say we’re serious about our coffee, we mean it. Give us a try!
We guarantee you’ll love us or your money back!