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Ross Street Roasting is topic At Kiwanis

April 30, 2018
Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

At the April 18t Toledo-Tama Kiwanismeeting, Brian Gumm spoke about his business Ross Street Roasting. Brian and his family moved here 5 years ago, and 3 years ago he became very interested in roasting coffee. He began roasting coffee in his garage on Ross Street. Since then he has moved his business to a shop on Harmon Street in downtown Tama.

Brian orders his coffee from Nicaragua and is moving toward purchasing coffee directly from the farmer rather than going throuch an importer This not only promotes a closer relationship with the grower, but also it means the grower receives more money for his product.

Last month, Brian visited the farm from which he purchases his coffee,

Interestingly, the coffee Is not really a bean, instead, it Is a seed produced by a tree. The farm was at 4,000 feet elevation. Brian observed the harvesting and the processing, which involves both a wet and dry procedure. He had the opportunity to taste test coffee made fresh from the harvest. This tasting allows for evaluating the quality of the coffee, and he buys only the highest grade.

One of the farm families he met had 13 children He commented that the farmer's wife arose at 2 AM to make a meal for the pickers employed in the harvest. He also said that recently through donations, enough money was raised to allow the farmer to buy fertilizer to use on the additional land he had purchased.

One of Brian's audience commented that she purchases his Bohemian Gothic coffee, which is a dark roast. She said that the coffee is rich in flavor but has no bitter taste which she has never found true of any other coffee,

Brian's coffees are available at Fareway. The difference between his coffee and national brands is a very pleasant surprise. Tends to spoil a person.



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