ABOUT BUFFALO MOUNTAIN
HOW BUFFALO MOUNTAIN COFFEE ROASTING COMPANY CAME TO LIFE
Buffalo Mountain Coffee Roasting Company is a labor of love, quite literally. After my husband Dominic and I moved to the rural remote mountains of Green Bank, West Virginia, we realized we were living in a region that did not have freshly roasted coffee. In the past, we always had access to great coffee, but for the first time in our lives, we felt clueless as to how to get hold of a fresh coffee. Our choices were to go to the local dollar store for stale lifeless coffee or travel 2 1/2 hours out of town to find fresh coffee. Our neighboring state of Virginia had a number of fantastic roasting companies, and even our new state of West Virginia had a few roasting companies to choose from, but again, distance kept us apart.
Our marriage was one forged in coffee. Okay, well, maybe not coffee, but when I think of the early days of us being newlyweds in 2004, it was the coffee love dance accompanying our Saturday mornings that caused me to truly cherish my coffee time with Dominic. Each morning and especially on Saturdays, Dominic would grind the fresh coffee beans, measure out the grinds for the French press, and he would become ensconced in what I would describe as a ceremony of sorts (often there was a little dance he would do). It was important to him to serve me coffee that he found in some obscure little roastery or other place prized for its unusual coffee offering or blend.
Through the years, our lives always seemed to revolve around coffee. Coffee was the tie that kept us passionately tuned in towards one another. When we didn’t have coffee something seemed like it was lacking from our day. We grew to love the habit of sharing our lives, our hopes, our disappointments and failures, and everything else over a good cup of coffee. We didn’t need to drink it all day, but it was a part of our lives, like that first passionate kiss of the day. It was my lover’s excuse for spending just a little more time with me as he shared his deepest thoughts or intimate feelings.
That’s what coffee is to us. It is the gift of our lover’s kiss, that passionate embrace, and the ever increasing desire to make a way for it to happen the very next morning. Coffee does that to our souls…every day.
To solve this dilemma of Dominic being coffee-less, I began searching for a way to roast coffee at home for him. I became obsessed with finding a solution as I watched him wither on a Saturday morning without a good ceremony or offering for his wife. You see, he needs to make me coffee every morning and regular store bought coffee in a vacuum sealed bag just wouldn’t do!
I searched craigslist for a simple home coffee roaster when I came across one that would be perfect for our needs. It took 6 hours round trip to get my new roaster, but I knew it would serve us well. I had no idea at the time just how well it would serve us. I ordered coffee beans and my journey began. Our very first roast we did together. We were scared, didn’t know what to expect, or if we would utterly fail, but we knew it was worth trying.
That first roast was a success and I became hungry to find new exciting coffees from far off lands to surprise Dominic with. After roasting about 50 pounds of coffee from all over the world, I realized I had a gift for roasting coffee. Never in a million years would I ever have thought I would fall in love with roasting coffee. We started sharing it with our friends and family, and from there Dominic felt that I should start a coffee company. He didn’t want to keep my roasts to himself. He felt my coffee was a gift that should be shared with everyone.
Buffalo Mountain Coffee Roasting Company came to life the day we made the decision to share coffee as a gift.
Coffee is a gift. It brings joy, happiness, fulfillment, contentment, bravery, and even a little moxie. From the time it is planted in the ground until we grind it up and serve it to one another, it is a gift worth giving, worth having, worth sharing.
Buffalo Mountain Coffee is my gift to you. Every time I purchase green coffee I get this giddy feeling in my belly, like when you purchase that perfect surprise gift for a loved one. And each time I roast that green coffee, I squeal a little on the inside in anticipation because I know that my slow roasted coffee is often the first thing our customers and friends think about when they rise to greet the day.
Angela Knipfing: Owner & Slow-Roast Mistress
SLOW ROASTED COFFEE
When I first started roasting coffee, I followed the instructions passed on to me by the previous owner. He was a farmer from Virginia who was roasting coffee for his customers at farmer’s markets. He had a pretty sweet operation and a loyal coffee crowd eager to purchase his coffee. His heart just wasn’t in it though. He felt he had a great product, but if he was going to leap into the coffee business, he would need to spend far more time roasting coffee and less time in the garden. When I purchased his coffee roaster, he gave me a copy of the roasting notes he kept and shared his insights from years of roasting.
Following his way of roasting, we had great success. I wasn’t flying blind in any way, and since roasting isn’t rocket science, it was easy to learn and get the hang of. Those first few experiences of roasting coffee his way gave me the confidence to begin asking a few questions of myself. Questions like “why do I need to heat the roaster first?” How long would it take to roast the coffee and what would be the outcome if I roasted it slow for 20 minutes instead of 6-10 minute roast?
The first time I slow roasted coffee I knew I was on to something. Dominic fell in love with my coffee with that first slow roast and I never looked back after that!
There’s nothing wrong with roasting coffee quickly which has become the standard for commercial roasters, but in my opinion, there is something special about slow roasting that is undeniable. It’s soothing like a well-written love song. It makes us want to grunt softly after we take that first sip and agree in that moment that all is right in the world.
The most notable thing we noticed is that when I roasted at higher temperatures and finished within 10 minutes, the result was a coffee high that shot like a bullet straight to the brain and caused a coffee buzz. Some people truly enjoy this kind of experience from freshly roasted coffee. It certainly is pleasurable, like a lustful turn-on, but nothing has captured us like the long embrace of a good slow roast.
Our coffee is slow roasted with a dash of respect and a hint of integrity.
This coffee is amazing….as a European trained coffee snob–i can say you will NOT be disappointed….
Keep ’em coming Angela…
A LITTLE BIT ABOUT US
OWNER & SLOW-ROAST MISTRESS
I’m almost 50 years old, and as I enter the next chapter of my life, I’m so pleased to be able to share it with all of you. I am a lifelong artist, writer, vocalist and crazy organic farmer. I feel beyond blessed to have the opportunity to craft an amazing coffee company from the ground up. I have 5 beautiful children ranging in age from 10-29, and I’m wife to the most supportive and generous human on this planet. On a steep learning curve and filled with determination and a little bit of insanity, I’ve spent my days and often nights in a balancing act between homeschooling our special needs daughter and birthing Buffalo Mountain Coffee.
OWNER/SALES/RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT
Dominic is an artist, skilled craftsman, commercial and residential barn builder, musician and vocalist, food allergy advocate, with the most gentle spirit a man could possibly have. He is an amazing father and he crushes it as the most loving and dedicated man a wife could ever want or desire. He’s my feedback master, idea spawner, and excels at research and development of all my coffee products. His input is the backbone of Buffalo Mountain and so important to the health of our company that nothing is done or settled until he has had time to take it all in and digest it with me. Dominic excels in sales and is instrumental in procuring new fans and loyal customers to Buffalo Mountain.
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About Buffalo Mountain Coffee Roasting Company
Buffalo Mountain Coffee Roasting Company, located in Reserve, NM, provides specialty coffee from small sustainable coffee farms around the world. Our coffee is slow-roasted to ensure a beautifully balanced, smooth coffee that is never bitter even when roasted to the dark side.