Over the past several weeks we have been hard at work building a state-of-the-art espresso training lab and cupping room attached to our roastery. In designing the Coffee Lab we wanted it to be bright and welcoming with the overall feel and bar flow to match our cafes. Building it was a lesson in DIY wood working with an eye towards green building. In construction we decided to use reclaimed materials whenever possible. My father Dale Schroeder built the cabinets using reclaimed Doug Fir Flooring, the counter tops were sourced locally through Windfall Lumber, and the cupping table is a reworking of the old maple butcher block counter we have been cupping on for the last couple years. After several weeks designing and building I am happy to say that the lab is now complete, and we have already begun putting it to use. We are currently cupping all of our production roasts in the lab, training with our wholesale partners, and inviting our retail customers in every Wednesday at 10am for our free public cupping.
We have been brainstorming other ways to integrate the lab into our thriving little roastery. Our vision includes using it to demo new brewing equipment, offering classes on home brewing and espresso preparation, and hosting events featuring tasting menus, like flights of coffees or coffee and food pairings. Stay tuned for details and in the meantime come by on Wednesday at 10am for our public coffee cupping and we will welcome you into our new space.