The beans are simply drying for the first few minutes. They start to roast after two to three minutes, at a temperature of about 400 degrees.
“That’s when you really start to smell them,” Dwane said.
The beans eventually start to crack, a small popping sound similar to popcorn.
“Once that happens throughout the roast, it’s coffee,” Dwane said.
After that, the length of time the beans remain in the roaster determines if the finished product will be light, medium or dark roast.
Once roasted, the beans are dumped into the attached cooling tray, where sweeper arms circulate the beans to regulate the cooling process.
Krissie said they offer custom flavors. The flavor is added to the bean as it cools but while still warm.
Different flavors need to be applied at different temperatures for full effectiveness.
The coffee beans are then packaged or ground.
The Basts met at an espresso bar in Reno, Nev., 16 years ago.
“That’s where the love of coffee came from,” he said.
The Basts started the company in April 2007 in Peru. They offered wholesale coffee sales to area shops and supplies for school fundraisers, which they continue to do.
Renovations to the new location were supported by a $20,000 micorenterprise grant through the Town of Plattsburgh.
“The microenterprise program has enabled us to find a way to help a number of local entrepreneurs,” said Town Supervisor Bernie Bassett.
The Basts received training from the North Country Small Business Development Center and worked with a town consultant before the funds were awarded.
“We could see they had a very strong potential,” Bassett said. “We wish them the best.”
Dwane said he is the North American representative for Ozturk. He helps people get started in the business across the country.
“I’ve been doing that for about four years now,” he said.
Adirondack Coffee Roasters is open 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday. The business accepts cash, checks and credit cards.
For more information, call 324-2633 or visit www.adkcoffeeroasters.com.
Email Dan Heath: firstname.lastname@example.org