Several months ago I stumbled upon Wood-Fire Roasted Coffee Company’s Facebook page. A little intrigued, I decided to Google them and find out a little bit more. After a perusal of the website, I told Mr. SBF that this was definitely a place we should check out soon. But, as so often happens in life, soon turned into, “Oh my goodness, we still haven’t checked out that coffee place.” Ugh.
However, having followed their Facebook page, I’ve been able to keep up to date on what’s happening over at Wood-Fire Roasted Coffee in Reno, NV and when I saw that they had created an event for an upcoming coffee roasting demonstration, I “saved” it and put it on my calendar to attend.
On Saturday, Girl2 and I attended their coffee roasting demonstration and we’re so glad we did! In case you didn’t know, we are a coffee-loving family. When Mr. SBF and I first met, he wasn’t crazy about the stuff but he eventually crossed over to the “dark side” (pun intended) and is now as much of a “coffee snob” as the rest of us.
In addition to being coffee lovers, we’re also into attending demonstrations, taking factory tours, and finding out how things are done, so going into the roasting demonstration, we knew we were in for a treat.
Wood-Fire Roasted Coffee Company is located in an industrial area and since they regularly encourage people to stop by for a cup of coffee, Girl2 was skeptical that we were in the right place. But having done my research, I knew we were where we should be.
When we walked in we were warmly greeted by Tim, the owner, and his (only) employee, Myra. Myra was busy brewing their Ethiopian coffee for us to sample.
Since we were the first ones to arrive, we had time to ask some questions and get to know a little bit about them.
Tim had previously been in the restaurant business and was toying with the idea of opening a coffee house. Figuring he should educate himself a little more about the subject, he bought a book about coffee and became intrigued by the roasting process. So, he ordered some coffee beans and late one night after work he decided to roast them on his stove top. With one taste, he knew that he was hooked.
That was in 2001 and he’s been roasting coffee ever since.
What makes Tim’s coffee stand out is the fact that it is roasted in a wood-fired coffee roaster. A wood-fired roaster enhances the coffee bean’s natural flavor profile. I asked Tim how many people in the United States use firewood to roast their beans and his reply was,
“Not very many. Wood-Fire roasted coffee is an Old-World tradition and not very many people do it here in the U.S.”
And he’s right. I didn’t delve very deeply into trying to find other wood-fire coffee roasters but my initial Google search only turned up six results. And Tim’s website was right at the top!
Another thing that I believe makes Tim’s coffee stand out is his roasting process. Though there is a general method to it, Tim has discovered some tricks regarding heat temperature, timing, and flavor development which allow the brewing of his coffee to result in a smooth, low acid, well-rounded cup of coffee. Tim’s coffee has received one of the highest ratings by Coffee Review in a blind tasting.
I mentioned before that when we arrived, Myra was brewing some Ethiopian coffee for us to sample using the pour-over method. She was very precise with her brewing technique, carefully grinding the beans, weighing it, heating the water to a specific temperature and pouring the perfect amount of water over the beans. The results were great. Ethiopian coffee has a bright flavor with a little hint of lemon.
But it wasn’t up to Tim’s standards so he had Myra tweak the grind just a bit and then brew another batch. And oh my goodness, much to our surprise, there was a difference. With just a slight adjustment to the grind, we were able to taste its complete flavor profile with its lemony smoothness!
After the Ethiopian brew, Myra and Tim treated us to the Sumatra coffee. Again, after precise brewing, Myra handed us another cup of delicious coffee. This time we tasted the Sumatra’s cocoa profile with just a hint of smokiness from the firewood. It was, by far, the best Sumatra I’ve ever tasted.
When everyone arrived, Tim began his demonstration by giving us an overview of the general coffee roasting method and then told us how he had discovered certain tricks to making his coffee better than others (besides just using a wood-fired roaster). I could go into the details but his website does a much better job of it and if you’re interested, please visit his site after you’re finished here. My purpose is to tell you how amazing Tim’s Wood-Fire Roasted Coffee is!
Generally, Tim uses oak wood to roast his coffee, but for our demonstration, he chose to use some cherry wood that he had access to. He used a blend of Ethiopian beans and Guatemalan beans to create a smooth, creamy coffee with hints of hazelnut, cocoa nib, and raw sugar. This would make a delicious dessert coffee, but we’ve been drinking it every morning since we bought it! It’s so good!
Mr. SBF wasn’t able to attend the roasting demonstration with us but he got to hear all about it later that evening. The next morning when I brewed him some, his response after his first sip was, “Oh, my. That is smooth!”
As I mentioned before, Tim’s place is located in an industrial area and isn’t your typical coffee house. You won’t find any sugar-laden coffee drinks in his shop. Though Myra prepared our coffee via the pour-over method, they usually serve french-pressed coffee which is equally delicious. His hours are Monday-Friday 9am-2pm, but if you can’t make it to the shop, you can experience his coffee at other places around the Reno area since a large portion of his business is through distribution. Check his website to find his coffee partners. And if you don’t live in northern Nevada but are eager to try some of his coffee, the good news is that his coffee is available on his website and you can even join his Coffee of the Month Club!
It doesn’t take an expert to brew a good cup of coffee. A good cup of coffee essentially comes from the beans and how they are roasted absolutely makes ALL the difference. We were able to taste excellent coffee that was brewed with great precision, however, when we took it home and brewed it in both our espresso machine and in our french press, the coffee was still fantastic!
Tim recommends that you purchase coffee that prints its roasted date on the label and to make sure to use it within three weeks in order to get the best-tasting coffee. I think we’ll take his advice and buy smaller quantities of freshly roasted coffee from now on.
If you’re a coffee-lover and have a coffee roaster in your community who offers live demonstrations, we recommend that you attend one. It’s not only a great way to experience fabulous coffee, but it’s a great way to support your local business too.
And since I’ve made such a fuss over Tim’s Wood-Fire Roasted Coffee, I thought it would be fun to give away a one pound bag of the Cherry Wood Roast that he created for us!
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With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, I thought it only appropriate to share a little bit about our hometown flower shop – Twigs!
Twigs is a beautiful little shop on the south end of town, providing wonderfully creative floral designs to Yerington residents. Owner/Designer, Tracey is passionate about creating both beautiful and one-of-a-kind arrangements for her clients.
The shop is filled with unique and upscale gift items, household goods, soaps, lotions, jewelry, chocolates, a selection of baby items and plenty of other goodies!
As you can see from the photos, Twigs is all geared up for Valentine’s Day! This is just a sampling of what Twigs can provide for your special someone. It’s a wonderful place to shop for a great gift.
If you aren’t a local resident but want to send flowers or a gift to someone in Yerington, Twigs is happy to accept your order and to provide exceptional service to your gift recipient. Visit their website here!
And if you’re in Yerington, stop by, say hi and take a look around!
It’s a funny thing, living in Nevada. When we first moved here from California and would tell people that we live in Nevada, they would say, “Oh! Do you live in Las Vegas?” No, no we don’t. So, we learned early on to say, “We live in northern Nevada.” Now people ask, “Oh! Do you live near Las Vegas?” No, no we don’t. Las Vegas is about 360 miles south of us. We live near Reno. Sort of.
The state of Nevada spans 109,781 square miles and has a LOT of vacant land. The Las Vegas area (southern Nevada) has more population than the rest of the state’s cities and towns combined. Northern Nevada is rural. Even the cities, like Reno (“the Biggest Little City in Nevada”) and Carson City (the state’s capital) have a rural feel to them. In between the various towns and cities are wide open spaces with an abundance of wild horses and plenty of other desert fauna to see.
In order for us to get to a shopping center with retail chains, we have to drive a minimum of fifty miles. Reno is the only city near us with a shopping mall and it’s about 75 miles northwest of us. But we’re not complaining. We’ve been here for going on fifteen years and the rural life suits us just fine.
Much of the area still has an “old west” feel and even though the towns and cities are spaced far apart, there is a genuine sense of community in northern Nevada. One of the things we love about it is that every city has a plethora of small, locally owned and operated businesses. Sometimes we will take a drive to another town specifically to visit one business or another. Fernely, NV has our favorite Chinese Restaurant, Fallon, NV is home to our favorite distillery, Gardnerville, NV has our favorite pizza place, Dayton, NV has our favorite hair salon, Carson City, NV is where our favorite panaderia is, Reno, NV is where our favorite sushi restaurant is located and Lake Tahoe, NV is where most of the snow is. Oh, and Yerington, NV (aside from being where we live) is home to our favorite florist!
Sometimes I wish that shopping was a little more convenient (by that, I mean that we lived closer to shopping centers) but then again the internet makes shopping these days pretty convenient! In fact, I did most of my Christmas shopping online this past Christmas and I am seriously considering subscribing to one of those grocery delivery programs! But I digress. Living in northern Nevada, for the most part, is pretty nice. Like I said, rural living agrees with us and I honestly don’t think we would ever be able to go back to the city life.
Oh, and the real purpose of this article is to let you know that the “Local” tab at the top of our website is where I am going to be sharing more about our northern Nevada area, so come back soon and see what there is to do when you’re in Nevada (but not in Las Vegas!)