SHaBean Coffee Roastery is growing and we have outgrown our original roaster. This spring (2018) SHaBean acquired the Artisan 9 coffee roaster from Coffee Crafters located in the American north west where the specialty coffee industry tends to be located. The Artisan 9 is a state of the art fluid bed roaster, roasting green beans in a column of hot air. The process is clean, producing chaff free evenly roasted coffee beans. Our roasting capacity is now increased at least by a factor of four. We are in control of more variables and are doing great roasts. Of course we are still roasting only high end single source beans.
When we first started our home roastery we found a broker to sell us insurance who insured us through Lloyds of London. We make jokes about SHaBean Coffee Roastery being so huge, Lloyds of London is needed to spread the risk through many insurance companies. As we learned the history of coffee we discovered that Edward Lloyd owned a coffee house in London in the late 1600’s. One of the things he did in his coffee house was post lists of ships with their cargos and schedules. Underwriters frequented Edward Lloyds selling insurance. Our insurance company, one of the largest in the world, began in a coffee house!
For almost two years SHaBean Coffee Roastery has been using a converted BBQ to roast green coffee beans. In those two years we have done 557 roasts and roasted over 2200 pounds of coffee. For ambitious amateur roasters RK Drums provides reliable conversion kits to turn gas BBQs into roasters. The price is modest compared with alternatives. The roaster does need to be outside. There are various sized drums for various sized gas BBQs depending on what quanity of beans one wants to roast. See the detailed write up for RK Drums roasters on shabeancoffeeroastery.ca
In the 1930s the colonial government of Kenya hired Scott Laboratories (still known for strains of wine yeast) to identify strains of coffee and recommend strains to grow. The highest recommendation was for the twenty-eighth strain Scott Laboratories numbered in sequence SL-28. SL-28 is now the famous strain known as Kenya AA. Kenya AA is so highly regarded that Green beans as it draws a high price and holds its price when green coffee prices go down. Kenya AA is a bright fruity coffee with a winey finish: it is known as the cabernet of coffees.
SHaBean Coffee Roastery has recently started roasting Papua New Guinea Kimel AA. This estate which was owned by an Australian now belongs to the people along the Kimel River who grow the coffee. Workers are provided with housing, running water, health care, and education for their families. The pulp from processing is reused as natural fertilizer and water used in processing is recycled. The coffee smooth with a fig like sweetness, fruity flavours, and a hint of chocolate. It is excellent coffee! For more information go to SHaBean Coffee Roastery.