BLUE RIDGE COFFEE CRAFTERS - ARTISAN, ON DEMAND ROASTER - Coffee-Brewing-Methods.com/coffee-beans-review/blue-ridge-coffee-crafters
I am very honored to have the following review written about Blue Ridge Coffee Crafters by Mr. Dorian Bodnariuc, owner, author and publisher of Coffee-Brewing-Methods.com.
Dorian & I discussed many things, some of which he didn't include is our climate controlled storage room. We take great care and presence of our green coffee beans and we are very concerned about their proper care. As with the method and technology we use to roast our beans. It may be simple in the process but the expertise required to masterfully roast our coffees by sight, smell and temperature is a delicate process requiring a precise exactness.
I have perused Dorian's site in detail and he has impressed me, not only with his knowledge of coffee, brewing methods and roasting. But to read his articles regarding his experiences I found he is very well established as someone who can be regarded as an authority. So, as a coffee lover I can honestly suggest each and everyone of you who wish to learn about coffee and brewing methods, he would be a reputable critique. Enjoy reading and learning...... Bon Appetite.
Chris A. Curtis Owner and Master Hand Craft Specialty Coffee Roaster
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Dorian Bodnariuc, Coffee-Brewing-Methods.com wrote the following review of the Medium Roast Colombian Organic we sent to Dorian for an independent unbiased review.
I met Chris Curtis online on Twitter, where he was promoting his coffee roasting business. He said that his company roasts on demand, because they want to ensure the best and the freshest coffee on the market. I got some coffee beans from him, and I absolutely loved them.
Chris’s company, Blue Ridge Coffee Crafters is based in Charlottesville, Virginia, but they ship coffee everywhere in North America. They have some of my favorite beans, which made me curious to try them. They roast Ethiopian Yirgacheffe, Brazilian Cerrado, Sumatra, and a pleasant surprise for me, their Colombian Supremo, which I didn’t try before.
What I liked about Blue Ridge Coffee Crafters is, beyond the professionalism, and the fast order processing, is the level of accuracy while treating your order. Every order is customized for your needs. You can choose one of their standard roasts, while ordering on line: Dark, Full City, or Medium. You can, however, ask them to tweak your roast to a finer degree. My order was a Colombian Supremo Organic roasted to a medium roast of 430 deg F. The result was a medium-light full flavored roast.
I used these beans for my cold brew, and I had the perfect cold coffee. You know cold brew, sometimes is just bland, no excitement for the taste buds. Or it can have a smoke like taste if you use a dark roast. Not with the Colombian beans from Blue Ridge Coffee Crafters. It was the perfect roast, as I wanted it.
Funny story with espresso… My daughter pulled an espresso, without asking me anything about the beans she was using. Then she complained her shot didn’t have enough crema, and it didn’t taste quite good. I checked her settings, and discovered she didn’t know how to adjust the grind size for a light roast. Once I adjusted it for her to a finer grind, the shot was amazing. I had to pull one for me as well, although it was late in the afternoon. I wasn’t going to use that Colombian for espresso, but after I tried it, I was hooked on.
Blue Ridge Coffee Crafters is looking to grow, and their objective is to reach to those who wish to have their personal coffee roaster. Their equipment allows them to roast to order from 1 lb to 8 lbs per roast, and the roasting equipment is very precise, with accuracy of .25 of a degree. Beyond technology, you still need a good roaster with experience, which is their case. When I spoke to Chris he wanted to point that they never allow the oils to extrude out from the beans during roasting, because it changes the bean’s chemistry and it negatively affects the taste and overall flavor.
If you want to chat with Chris, you can find him on Twitter. He is an awesome guy, and you’ll love his coffee.