The owner of the Seattle-based roasting company Fonté Coffee, Paul Odom, along with master roaster Steve Smith, is launching a new program called “The Coffee Vault” on July 18. The pair will offer single-origin, limited small-lot coffee that will be roasted to order in one-pound minimums after being stored in a zero-oxygen environment.
From the Company:
Beginning July 18, Fonté Coffee Owner Paul Odom and Master Roaster Steve Smith will launch a new program called “The Coffee Vault.” These hand-selected, extremely limited small lot coffees vary in price from $20 a pound and up, depending on the bean origin. Fonté will source and purchase a specified amount of single origin beans which will be sent to the roasting plant and placed in a zero oxygen environment to preserve freshness. These rare, unroasted beans will be stored separately so each registered client can call or email Fonté Coffee with their weekly order. Steve will roast-to-order a one pound minimum of the reserved micro-lot coffee, shipping the following day.
A single origin, micro-lot coffee constitutes a very limited amount of green or unroasted beans.
The coffees are from a specific growing region and country, and may represent a farmer’s entire harvest or a small lot separated from the overall harvest. The growers manage and maintain the bean quality by hiring experienced pickers who will individually select coffee cherries at the peak of ripeness. As a collaborative effort between the producer and roaster, these single origin lots undergo a higher level of processing and sorting which adds to their uniqueness. A single farmer or region may produce a number of lots varying in characteristics and qualities, and range in size from as small as a single burlap bag weighing 132 pounds up to 2000 pounds.
“We are very excited to add ‘The Coffee Vault’ program to Fonté’s current offerings. Usually we sell out of these coffees within the first six months of each crop year. This new approach toward reserved roast to order single origin coffees is going to ensure availability throughout the year for any registered members,” says Odom.
To become a registered member contact Lara Jones at [email protected]
Fonté Coffee Roaster, one of Seattle’s premium independent roasters provides single origin and specialty coffees and tea for cafes, retailers, restaurants and hotels. The company was founded in 1992 by Seattle native Paul Odom to create coffees that would please the most discriminating enthusiast. Fonté’s Master Roaster Steve Smith is committed to exceptional cup quality. He sources the best handpicked beans, blends compatible aromas and flavors with artisan quality, and roasts by hand with masterful expertise. Smith manages a rigorous roast to order production process that involves shipping on the same day of roasting, ensuring to-the-minute freshness. For more information about Fonté’s finely crafted coffees, please visit www.fontecoffee.com
Source: Daily Coffee News
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