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Saturday, May 19, 2012

Roasting Coffee on a sailboat

Recently, we had the chance to catch up with Tucker and Victoria of s/v Conviva in Taiohae Bay here on Nuka Hiva. Tucker a true coffee aficionado, purchased over one hundred pounds of green coffee beans in Mexico and about once a week custom roasts a fresh batch of beans. Tucker was nice enough to invite us over for afternoon coffee and roasting session.

We're always looking to become more self-sufficient and we jumped at the chance to learn the art and science of boat coffee roasting. Tucker uses a modified stainless steel BBQ with a rotating internal drum that can hold up to 4 pounds of coffee. The roasting process took about 40 minutes then we dumped the beans on a cookie sheet for the cooling stage. The beans then need to rest for 24 hours before enjoying the first cup of delicious boat roasted coffee.

Green coffee beans can last up to 2 years making them perfect for the boat and ensuring freshly roasted coffee is always on hand. We definitely see a coffee roaster in our future.

Thanks to Tucker and Victoria for sharing the art and science of coffee roasting and for the wonderful gift of 1 pound of freshly roasted coffee.

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