Y'all might recall, I mentioned our work to get the roasting room and farm store up and runnin'...well, they are runnin'! We got the roaster about a week after the last time we wrote - all one thousand pounds of her! Brought her down the lane on our track loader and deposited her in the roasting room. Next we searched far and wide for the proper insulated venting materials...got the facility ready for inspection, and the roaster properly hooked up to electricity and gas...spent a fine Tuesday curing the roaster and roasting our "first roast" in the new machine...then I went into the hospital for an operation that laid me up for what will be six weeks! Now on week five and looking forward to the future without the little stuff bothering me!
We are in the process of roasting all our differing roasts to make sure the new roaster is turning out the same great tastes that the older one did. So far - so good!!
Now we are staring down on National Alpaca Farm Weekend. We are excited about showing off all our new alpacas...and the new farm store...and the roasting operation! We had around 150 visitors last year on a Sunday, so we decided to expand to a two day event. Once that is "in the can", we will be getting ready for a new season on the road! It promises to be hectic as always, but the best part is being around all our alpaca industry friends. You cannot beat being able to catch up with everyone, and sharing a good cup of Alpaca Bean Coffee!
Speaking of coffee...we now have a branch of The Alpaca Bean Coffee Company, LLC...The Alpaca Bean Roasting Company. Anyone that has asked us about wholesaling in the past, ask again. You will be happy that you did! Since moving the roasting operation to our farm, we have found that we will be able to offer you a price that will allow you to resell at a good profit.
Well that is a ramblin' account of where we are, but wanted to let you know that we are alive and well on our way to building a dream, better yet, to building a couple of dreams...and we want to share them with you!
Take care of yourselves, drink The Alpaca Bean Coffee, and enjoy visions of alpaca lifestyle with each cup! Remember, life is too short to drink a bad cup of coffee!!!