We had a great opportunity to join Chuck Vandaele of the Eagle 93.5 FM on the morning show to talk coffee and tea.  You can hear the 4 part interview by going to the morning show website

https://www.pembinavalleyonline.com/eagle-935/other-brother-roasters-small-business-week

 

Our Store is Now Open!

October 11, 2017

We are now open in our new location.  Come down and take a look at our brewing equipment for both tea and coffee.  Pickup a coffee to go or get your fresh roasted coffee or loose leaf tea.  

Come and say hi at 191 Kimberly Road in Winkler, MB

 

While Other Brother Roasters has been in operation for almost 5 years we've always operated "behind the scenes" so to speak.  We are very thankful for everyone that has supported us over this time. We are excited to announce that Other Brother Roasters will be moving our roasterie into a retail shop in Winkler coming Fall 2017! Follow us along while we turn this former office into a go-to coffee stuff shopping spot (say that ten times fast - ha!) also, it will smell amazing

New Partnership Provides Ethically Sourced and Sustainably Grown Coffee at Churchill Northern Studies Centre

Starting in Feb 2017, researchers and learners at the Churchill Northern Studies Centre will begin their days with a cup of coffee sourced from Other Brother Roaster. Other Brother Roaster’s equitably sourced and sustainably produced coffee is a perfect fit for the Churchill Northern Studies Centre as they work toward a more sustainable future. Other Brother Roasters has created the Birdfish Blend, named after the CNSC’s mascot, which will be served in the cafeteria and available in the gift shop for purchase.

“As a research station, coffee is an important part of our days which can start early and end late. We are always searching for new ways for our operations to be more sustainable, and this partnership does that while supporting others here in our province.” said Grant MacNeil, Executive Director at the Churchill Northern Studies Centre “The opportunity to work with Other Brother provides us with a delicious, ethically sourced product we are proud to serve!” Erin Plett, owner of Other Brother Roasters said “We were so excited to be providing coffee for the Churchill Northern Studies Centre. Knowing that a researcher is going to fill their thermos with our coffee before they jump in a helicopter or drives out into the field is really great!”

  • Other Brother Roasters sources and roasts ethically and sustainably grown coffee, and creates a custom blend for the Churchill Northern Studies Centre
  • By purchasing coffee from Other Brother Roasters, the CNSC will save hundreds of dollars a year which can be put back into research and education projects
  • The Birdfish Blend will be brewed in the CNSC Cafeteria, and available exclusively for purchase in the CNSC giftshop.
About Churchill Northern Studies Centre
The Churchill Northern Studies Centre is a not-for-profit research and education facility located 23 KM east of the town of Churchill, located in the Churchill Wildlife Management Area. As an independent not-for-profit organization, Learning Vacation fees help the centre to fulfill its mandate “to understand and sustain the north.” For 40 years, the CNSC has provided logistical support to researchers and learners in the region.

This is how roasted coffee is transformed from green (raw) to brown (roasted). Also notice how the beans almost double in size. Top left is green coffee, bottom left is a light roast and bottom right is where dark roast would start. Because this roast was stopped at the beginning of a dark roast the surface oil will only start to show up a week or two later.

Some fun facts about decaf: since caffeine gives coffee the majority of its bitterness decaf tends to be much sweeter, the decaf process affects the cellular structure of the bean so that even at light-medium roasts you'll still get surface oils whereas with regular coffee you'll only get that with a dark roast, also with some decaf coffees you'll get a very savoury smell (like meat) after roasting

Left: decaf coffee before it's roasted. Right: regular caffeinated coffee before its roasted.

What is an espresso roast?

December 02, 2016

Well, there is no short or clear answer! In traditional Italian coffee an espresso roast would be a very dark and oily roast that probably contains a percentage of robusta (a cheaper more bitter coffee variety). By roasting dark and using robusta they were able to create a coffee that isn't too picky about grind, doesn't significantly change taste as it ages and creates a lot of crema (the light brown foam on an espresso shot).

We at Other Brother Roasters like to keep it simple - an espresso roast is anything you would put into your espresso machine. Any coffee can be a used to make espresso but there is one thing especially that makes espresso easier to work with and that is solubility. Roasting a coffee to be brewed in a drip coffee maker (which takes a few minutes) is different than roasting for espresso (which takes a few seconds to brew) because we want the coffee to extract at different rates. So through some tricks of roasting we are able to increase the solubility of a roasted coffee (even at a light roast) so that it extracts nicely and evenly when brewed as espresso. Another thing we do when roasting for espresso is tame the acidity (or liveliness) because the espresso brewing method tends to accentuate this more than other brewing methods.

It grows on trees (more like shrubs) and there are usually two coffee "beans" per cherry. The photo shows under ripe (yellow, orange) and ripe fruit (red). In high quality coffee only the ripe cherries are picked but in cheaper coffee all the cherries are picked and even in some cases the entire trees are stripped bare using machines.

There are two main methods to get the coffee out of the cherry - washing the cherry or not washing it - and there are many variations in between. In the washed process first you remove the fruit by putting it through what looks like a large grater to remove the fruit and then you wash it in a large tank.

A fully washed coffee will accentuate a brighter, cleaner and lighter taste of coffee.

A natural coffee will not be washed at all but have the whole cherry (with the coffee inside) dried and then the dried fruit is removed later from the green bean. The natural method will accentuate body, minimize acidity and tend to have more of a fruity taste but there may be more defects because the coffee isn't washed. This is because defective beans float in water and there may be issues with rotting cherry fruit if it's not tended to properly.

A pulped natural is between a washed and a natural. In this process the producer will remove the skin off the cherry but leave the fruity mucilage intact during drying. These coffees have more body and lower acidity than washed but are cleaner and more uniform than natural coffees.

Then we have a wet-hulled sumatra which is essentially a different take on the pulped natural method in that they remove the green bean from the fruit in a similar way as is done in the natural method but then instead of drying it they put it in a tank or sack and let it ferment overnight and then the rest of the cherry is removed. This results in a funky musky, spicy, full body and low acidity coffee which Sumatra is famous for.

left: washed Colombia, center: pulped natural Brazil, right: wet-hulled Sumatra.

Where does coffee grow?

October 28, 2016

Did you know that all of the worlds coffee is grown in countries close to the equator? Also did you know that these are the poorest countries in the world? The commodity price for coffee is just over USD$1.10 now (by the way, similar to what it was in the 1970s) but specialty coffee is purchased for considerably more than that due to the work the farmers have to put into creating a quality product.