Barnyard Coffee Roasters Establishes Roots in Blaine
Nestled up against the border in Blaine resides a family who has plunged wholeheartedly into their coffee-roasting passion. What began as a hobby has evolved to roasting coffee individually for customers, hosting tastings and providing a better deal than what you can find in most stores.
Derek and Debbie Peris, the Barnyard Coffee roasters, pride themselves on putting more intention and care than most into the cup of coffee you make in the morning. They fresh-roast each batch in small amounts to the degree (sometimes literally) the customer wants. You can get a full spectrum from a light to a dark roast from just about every origin you can think of, like Ethiopia, Guatemala, Nicaragua, and Bolivia.
“The drive behind getting into coffee roasting was allowing people the opportunity to taste coffee the way that it should be experienced, which is fresh-roasted,” Derek says.
Debbie says they take the time to ensure each batch of roasted beans is of the highest quality possible. They remove immature beans that can’t be fully roasted because they cause a papery taste. She says this is something large-scale producers can’t easily do.
Standing next to the large red roaster, Derek, being careful and attentive to the temperature (ranging from 350 to 425 degrees), continually checks on the beans to make sure they are just right before removing them to be rapidly cooled to room temp.
“There’s certain things specifically that I’ll do just out of habit, you know, [like] keeping the machine in top condition so that it performs every day,” Derek says.
The couple have been avid coffee drinkers for 20 years, married for 25 and have four children.
Their business rests on a five-acre plot and is home to horses, ducks, chickens, and a garden where Debbie says they grow produce like rhubarb, peas, beans, beets, and berries to be sold alongside the coffee. This is also where they got the name for their business, Barnyard Coffee.
“If you’re out and about, you have to buy coffee and the grocery store is probably where you are going to pick it up, or a coffee shop, but you don’t know how long it has been sitting on the shelf,” Derek says. “We’ve tried to bring it to a community level, where we are in the community, we’re servicing and our customers order it, we roast it and then they pick it up.”
For more content like this, check out our Lifestyle section here.
4434 Boblett Rd.,
360.393.0475 | barnyardcoffee.com