Monthly Archives: June 2014

Brazil Cerrado Roasted Coffee

  • Steven Hodel
  • June 28, 2014

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Calusa Coffee Roasters Fort Lauderdale Florida

Calusa Coffee Roasters - Brazil CerradoWe started roasting Brazil Cerrado yesterday… Well, I should clarify that not all of us roasted as the foreman of the project rested while the other roasted and bagged the coffee ( see photo)..

The Brazil Cerrado is located in the Cerrado Region. This region is located in the part of Brazil known as the Minas Gerias Estate. Consistent rains and high daytime temperature and dry winters make it ideal for coffee growing.

The Cerrado coffee is generally clean with a good body (creamy mouthfeel) and features more crema and body, adding sweetness, nutty, and low acidity. It can also have a bittersweet and even slightly caramelly flavor when light-roasted and a more chocolate taste if roasted darker.

Sumatra Mandheling Coffee

  • Steven Hodel
  • June 24, 2014

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Next week Calusa Coffee Roasters will have Sumatra Mandheling available…

Many consider Mandehling coffee of Sumatra one of the world’s very finest. From Indonesia and grown near the port of Padang, Sumatra has a rich, smooth flavor and a magnificent full body that is deep, dark and earthy .

This shade grown Sumatran is a classic and for the best experience which we will roast a little to the dark side. Vibrant and spicey, this is a heavy coffee reminiscent of the atmosphere on this tropical paradise

Why buy Specialty Coffee?

  • Steven Hodel
  • June 14, 2014

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Brazil Coffee in a Burlap Bag

To start off with and to clarify, the opposite of specialty coffee is commercial coffee. From the coffee buyers viewpoint, the most immediately noticeable difference between commercial and specialty coffees is packaging,  Here are some of the  other differences between the two.

Generally speaking, Commercial coffee comes in little bottles of instant or is already ground and packed in a tin or a collapsed, plastic-encased brick whereas Specialty coffee comes as whole beans or ground, either in small bags or in bulk.

Commercial coffee also is typically roasted and packed in very large industrial sized plants, under nationally advertised brand names. Specialty coffee is usually roasted in small factories or stores, as is the case with Calusa Coffee Roasters, using traditional methods and technology.

Specialty coffees, offer considerably more choice than commercial coffees. You can buy coffee by the place where the bean originated ( for example, Costa Rica, Ethiopia, Brazil), by roast (Dark, Light, Etc.), or by blend designed for the time of day, price, or flavor.

Commercial coffees offer only a very limited selection of blend and roast, and little possibility of buying straight, unblended coffees whereby specialty coffee offers many of these options.

There is trend now to for consumers to want to buy items that are locally done or created.  This way they support the local community and get items that are much more fresh then those prepared commercially.

One can see this in the restaurants where farm to table has caught on in most areas. This also applies to the coffee one buys where  locally roasted  ( roasted that day or week)  specialty coffees just cannot be beat for both freshness and taste.  It is for this reason among others that fewer and fewer consumers are buying commercial coffees and going to their local coffee roaster

What is Fair Trade Coffee?

  • Steven Hodel
  • June 6, 2014

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We are often asked this question and therefore I thought in this blog post I would give just a very brief description.

Although there are a wide variety of opinions on just exactly is Fair Trade because their is not a universally accepted definition, but basically Fair trade is coffee that is certified as having been produced and marketed to a stated set of standards.

Because of these standards, many customers are willing to  pay a higher price when buying coffee with the fair trade certification logo or brand in the belief that, by doing so, they are helping farmers in the coffee producing countries get a better price for the coffee they grow.

Fair Trade Label

Diedrich Drum Roaster

  • Steven Hodel
  • June 3, 2014

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The ventilation system for the new the roaster at Calusa has just been installed so I thought I would take this time to write a little more about the Diedrich roaster and explain what type of roaster it is.. The Diedrich is what called a drum roaster.. A drum roaster roasts coffee in batches and uses a drum to hold the roasting coffee. The drum is both non perforated and carbon steel.

As the drum spins, hot gasses transfer heat to the drum and the drum conductivity heats the tumbling specialty grade coffee beans that we use here at Calusa. Some drum roasters have perforated drums that allow hot gasses to pass through the drum and the convectivity heats  the roasting coffee.

Roaster for Calusa Coffee

Using the drum along with radiant heat  and other factors to roast the coffee beans allows us to achieve optimum roasting for all our coffee.