This past summer I decided to create a little side-project, roasting coffee and selling it at our weekly farmer’s market and online. Some of you are aware of this, but I have never announced “Fireweed Coffee” on Gathering in Light.
The purpose was to really make a creative outlet for myself, give me an opportunity to build community with folks in Greensboro, and improve my roasting skills. 5 Months later we’re going strong, selling about 13-15 pounds of coffee a week to friends, colleagues, and folks in the neighborhood. I love selling my coffee at the farmer’s market each Saturday. It gives me an opportunity to connect with folks and have fun “wearing a different hat.” One of the things I really love about this side project is that it remains creative rather than stressful, and it is a very basic, concrete thing to give someone a cup of hot coffee, see them taste it, and then have them smile because they really like it.
If you want to read more about the story behind all of this there are two places online:
- My friend and owner of the best coffee shop in GSO – The People’s Perk did an interview with me here: Small Batch Coffee Roasting Can Mean Big Flavor in Your Cup: Micro Roaster Fireweed Coffee Partners with The People’s Perk.
- And I was in our local free paper – the Triad City Beat: Fireweed, and the neutralizing power of coffee.