You just know when people are passionate about what they do. There is a physical change that comes over them as they start to talk about something they love to do. Their eyebrows go up, there is a twinkling light in their eyes, and a smile that stretches from ear to ear. In their voice is an unbridled excitement that makes you sit up and think "I am about to hear something REALLY good".
I was fortunate enough to meet some people last week who are passionate about coffee roasting.
Thanks to the bull dog persistence of my friend Jane and the graciousness of the staff at Uncommon Grounds in Saugatuck/Douglas. Jane and I were about to go to their roasting facility in Douglas and take some pictures of the roasting process.
I went on this adventure with only the intention of taking some pictures and writing a blog post about the adventure, similar to Walk and Click Photo Walks that I have done in the past. Little did I know that a whole new blogging series would be born.
John was the roasting instructor for our visit. He has been roasting for two years and seems to have quite the touch for it.
John went to a local university and majored in Spanish. He admitted to me he chose that because it came easy to him in high school and he wasn't really interested in anything academic. Then he said something that echoed my own words for the last two years as my daughter has struggled to decide on her major. He said "What 18 year old kid knows what they want to do for the rest of their life?" Seems like John has found his spot, at least for now.
The day that Jane and I visited was a lighter load roasting day, so they were using the smaller roaster at their facility.
On heavy load roasting days they use the large roaster.
Such an interesting process to watch, and John was keeping meticulous notes.
Now while John was roasting, Danielle was extra busy bagging the roasted beans, as well as, answering the phone and working on the computer.
They stamp their own bags. As someone who has a rubber stamp or two, I had to take some shots of their stamps.
They also offer coffee classes, so if you live in the West Michigan area and love coffee, this would definitely be something to check out. I think it would be fun to go back and take pictures at one of these classes.
I want to say a BIG thank you to the staff at Uncommon Grounds for letting us come take pictures and ask questions. It was such a unique and wonderful experience.
On the way home I had to stop at their Cafe...I love their Vanilla Latte.
I also needed to buy some beans to bring home...