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Coffee roasters are amazing!!

Two things that we emphasize for Red Bulb is the quality of our products and customer service. It is amazing how many cafes and restaurants get them wrong even though these are two of  the most basic things in the food industry. Big chains in particular, have been guilty of this as the focus becomes growth instead of things that made them big in the first place.

Mindful of the importance of our products, we set out to find out the best coffee, tea, and syrups. I have thought about roasting coffee(maybe even within the store) to create the novelty factor of freshness, but I realize that this is not my forte right now and it is not the best move to deliver quality to the customers.  Through drinking coffee at multiple independent cafes, research, and word-of-mouth, I managed to contact and visit some of the top Canadian roasters, both huge and micro-roasters.

Samples of coffee samples that I have sampled

Samples of coffee samples that I have sampled

They include Globe, Reunion Island,  Patera,  Equator,  Bona Fide, Mark H  from Ontario; Moccasin-Jo and Toi Moi et Cafe from Quebec; 49th Parallel from Vancouver;  and from sampling in cafes, Classic, Illy, and Intelligentsia. Apart from the last 2, all the coffees are roasted by Canadians and it is our goal to support Canadian roasters by serving and selling them at Red Bulb. While they vary in size, origins, and taste profiles, all of them share a common passion for coffee and it is amazing how they could transform green beans into the myriad range of coffee blends and flavours.

This is freaking good coffee!

This is freaking good coffee!

Our direction at Red Bulb will be to carry coffees from two  roasters and profile coffees from independent micro-roasters. This will provide opportunities for roasters who are starting up/looking to expand their business to showcase their products and also for Red Bulb’s customers to enjoy a wide variety of coffee. We have not decided which coffee roaster to go with but we do know the characteristics of the coffee we would like for our espresso and brewed coffee, and we have come across a few that are able to meet this.

What we would also want to do is to thank each and every coffee roaster we have met. I have spoken about their passion for coffee, but what also stands out is their willingness to share their product knowledge, time to run through their roasting process, and their belief in letting their coffee speak for themselves. Regardless of who we will be working with, they will always remain a part of Red Bulb’s journey. We are blessed to have the opportunity to try their coffee.

Kay is playing at Moccasin Jo; it is situated within Kanehsatake Mohawk Territory in Quebec

Kay is playing at Moccasin Jo; it is situated within Kanehsatake Mohawk Territory in Quebec

With Walter at Moccasin Jo

With Walter at Moccasin Jo

p/s: will be talking about syrups and chocolates in my next blog entry, stay tuned!

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Thursday, November 12th, 2009

3 Comments to “Coffee roasters are amazing!!”

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You post awsome posts. Bookmarked !

June 7th, 2010

[...] This aspect of the journey has been the most interesting so far, and as I mentioned in my earlier blog entry, there are a lot of impressive folks out [...]

March 28th, 2010

I’m impressed with the due dilligence you have put into this whole process. It is amazing to see your dedication and passion. Well done :) I came to the website to see how you are progressing with your venture and instead got sidetracked reading this article. Hopefully things are going well.

February 10th, 2010
Colleen Brock