For the past 3 years I have been home roasting my last green bean purchase was from you. I have been quite happy with your beans they have roasted very well. I have been using a Whirley Pop popper to roast them. The roast level I have been using is between city roast and french roast. I just finished roasting a Ethiopian Yirgacheffe at City Roast Plus we shall see how it tastes tomorrow morning. I am also playing with sous vide cold brewing. It gives you a cold brew coffee in about 2 and one half hours. and tastes great either heated or cold. I am hoping to be able to afford a real coffee roaster sometime in the near future as I would like to start selling fresh roasted coffee at farmers markets.
My wife and I started our downtown cafe in Cambridge, ON Canada 3 months ago. We have been using a 1 lb roaster and have already roasted over 100 pounds. These machines are work horses! We are able to keep an entire shelf of roasted coffee stocked fresh all the time and still have time to roast for the cafe itself. If you keep to the maintenance schedule it stays clean and runs great! Customers love to watch it whenever they come in and the roasting fragrance always brings people in off the street too. Were looking forward to adding another roaster to the cafe once we need it. Customers have commented on it’s taste and have said it produces a nice lively cup of coffee over other traditional roasters in the area.
We roast 3-4 times/week and the machine has more than paid for itself within three months. You can’t say that about many pieces of equipment. It is a pleasure to use, and once you get the hang of cleaning and maintenance, these steps become second nature and simply part of each roast. In good weather we set it up in front of the store and the aroma of roasting coffee always draws passersby. Most people have never seen green beans or seen a roaster in action, so it’s a great opportunity to chat and inform. More often than not, the visitor will walk away with a bag of coffee.”
When Sonofresco walked through our doors and showed us the roaster, Carla and I were skeptical. Roasting is done by Master Roasters! Carefully roasting for perfect coffee! The Sonofresco roaster seemed too good to be true. Carla and I went to see the prototype machine, and in about 5 minutes we knew we needed our own. Every day we are so happy with our roaster. Our customers love our coffee. We are in control of how the coffee tastes. Never stale! We don’t have to wonder how long the beans sat in someone’s warehouse. We thank Sonofresco.
I want to pass on to you a compliment. Our serviceman (who maintains and repairs our Verissimo Espresso Machine) has maintained ever since we started buying our beans from you that in his 20 years of installing and repairing espresso machines, he has never seen crema as nice as what our beans produce. Our customers are so pleased with our espresso and I tell them all about your company and how you had a world renowned coffee expert come in to come up the various blends that we use. Thank you for doing what you do so well!
As the oldest chandlery in the Pacific Northwest, you’d expect Marine Supply & Hardware of Anacortes, Washington to have a wide array of merchandise, but freshly roasted coffee? When Sonofresco’s first Coffee Roasters came out in 1999 (then called “Syd & Jerry’s”) the chandlery provided parts for the prototype machine and added freshly roasted coffee beans to their inventory. Boaters and fishermen love to get their coffee roasted while they wander the store aisles and locals call in to place their orders too. Owner Steve Demopoulos remarked, “Folks on vacation tried our coffee and now have us ship it to their home back east.”
Good luck with the show [Coffee Fest – Seattle 2010], we will be there in spirit as one of your loyal customers. We bought one of the first units in mid 2001 and have roasted almost 17,000 pounds (10-20# a day now) for a lot of great people. We roast when they call and deliver anywhere! (in the city we live in). Customer service is the key, something you do well! Thank you all at Sonofresco.”
The Sonofresco team couldn’t be more welcoming and informative. They demoed the 2-pound machine for us, showed us around the assembly area and warehouse, and patiently answered all our questions. This gave us the confidence to purchase the machine then and there, and bring it home to Victoria.
Campbell’s Coffee & Tea was founded in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. The owners, independent of one another, were washed across Lake Pontchartrain to Covington when their houses flooded after Katrina. Campbell had researched the business of coffee shops and Elizabeth had been teaching about Latin American coffee before they met. They opened as a micro-roaster of specialty coffees in 2006 and have carved out a niche market of discerning coffee consumers. They have built the business primarily on their house blend of Latin American Arabica beans, but occasionally will roast single origin beans and new blends for special occasions.
Part of the mission of Campbell’s Coffee & Tea is to raise awareness of the important part the New Orleans region has in the history of coffee in this country. They were trailblazers in the New Orleans Coffee Fest. Part of what they put on display is their Sonofresco 1-lb. Roaster. Roasting beans on site is a huge draw. Both potential customers and seasoned roasters can’t help but reveal their curiosity and surprise when they watch the fairly simple roasting process. Both Campbell and Elizabeth are fanatics about the Roaster and the quality in each cup of Campbell’s coffee that micro roasting allows.
Furnace Hills Coffee Company in Westminster, Maryland has an incredible mission and commitment to the developmentally disabled population. They have experienced growth in the roasting business with the help of their Sonosfresco Coffee Roasters. Owner, David Bladwin and his daughter Erin enjoy using their roasters for the following reasons: “We needed something simple…We needed something affordable…Fluid Bed Roasters produce a brighter tasting coffee…The roasters are reliable and easily repairable.
13 years ago, Blue Heron started out with a 1-lb Sonofresco Coffee Roaster. As the company has grown, so have the number of Sonofresco Roasters in the shop. The company now owns 3 Sonofresco Roasters: 2 x 2-lb roasters and a 1-lb roaster, roasting approximately 300 pounds per month. Blue Heron’s owner commented, “..adding Sonofresco Roasters to his business rather than converting to a larger roaster model made perfect sense. Sonofresco roasters are affordable, require minimal overhead and space, are easy to use and maintain, allow for small batch roasting, and produce freshly roasted coffee made to order for the customer.
I thought I would send this link to an article about us in the Vernonia’s Voice, a local paper for our area just west of Portland. Our Sonofresco got 2 pictures in the paper. We are featured on the front page and there is a great picture of my wife roasting on a 2lb Sonofresco in the article. My wife and I started Keturah Coffee Roasters here in Vernonia with our Sonofresco. We were originally going to start with a drum roaster and I was hesitant to go with a fluid bed. I am so glad we changed our minds. We love this little machine! We added the ADR to ours with which we have been able to produce some wonderful roasts for our customers. This Sonofresco is a workhorse for us. When we have needed Help, the customer service at Sonofresco has been amazing. Everyone from the receptionists, sales reps, to the technicians are very kind, helpful, and knowledgeable not only about the machine but about good coffee.
Here is a link to our article.