June 2013 La Marzocco Roaster Showcase

On Thursday, June 13th from 11am to 1pm Deeper Roots Coffee will be at the La Marzocco USA headquarters as guests for LM’s Roaster Showcase.  La Marzocco is an espresso machine manufacturer based in Italy who designs and hand assembles, in our opinion, some of the best espresso machines in the world.  We use and distribute the whole line of La Marzocco machines on a daily basis and have fully integrated their products into how we perceive and teach about quality espresso.  We were invited by LM in the winter of this year to come out and showcase our coffee and story with the Pacific Northwest specialty coffee community and are honored to be able to be out there for the summer.  So we at DRC with some brainstorming help from our friends at LM have decided to make a beach themed party on LM’s parking lot to celebrate the coming of summer and to have one heck of a time sharing coffee and community with our friends in Seattle.  If you’re in the neighborhood come on by, bring a lawn chair, grab a drink from us and stick your feet in the kiddie pool!

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Baristas That Can Swing a Hammer

Don't we all...

Don’t we all…

One of our biggest joys at Deeper Roots Coffee is connecting farmers with the baristas who serve their coffee every day. We get to do this pretty regularly, taking small groups of coffee-pilgrims to Guatemala during harvest. But, from time to time, we also bring whole teams of coffee professionals and coffee lovers to Guatemala to get their hands dirty as well. In May, Greyhouse Coffee in West Lafayette, IN came to Santa Maria de Jesus, Guatemala with 14 people to meet the La Armonia Hermosa farmers, learn about coffee farming and help build parts of our new processing mill there. Before coming, Greyhouse ran a campaign with their customers to raise funds for a generator for the mill. Through their generosity, together they raised enough to purchase the generator and buy some additional supplies for the mill.

The roof is going up on the new wet mill.

The roof is going up on the new wet mill.

During their trip the baristas, and other students from Purdue University, had the opportunity to help construct the roof for our new wet mill, start seedlings for the new coffee nursery, and work on some small engineering projects. One of those projects was to install and train on a water filtration system so they can collect rain water for drinking from the roof of the mill.

Julio running the new water filteration system.

Julio running the new water filteration system.

The mill has been a dream for many years now and will greatly increase the production capacity for the Santa Marian farmers which means more and even better La Armonia Hermosa coffee for us here in the States! Construction started last summer with another group from Mississippi having come down to pitch in as well.

Greyhouse Coffee baristas

Greyhouse Coffee baristas

The project is the work of many hands, and though we “gringos” may not be the most skilled laborers, the relationships forged while working together with Julio Cuy and the community of Santa Maria has made a great impact on both sides of our coffee chain. You’ll no doubt be seeing many more updates on the progress of the mill and its inaugural use in this coming year’s harvest. In the meantime, fingers crossed, our fresh crop of La Armonia Hermosa will be here in a few weeks!!