Chainring Coffee Roasters

We roast for sweetness, and for happiness. We roast for the amazing flavors and inherent qualities of the coffees we painstakingly source. We care about the people who grow, harvest, and process the coffee we buy, and will always make an effort to buy our coffee via Fair Trade, Direct Trade and Farm Gate pricing. Your coffee love matters to us.

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Here are some questions you might be pondering. If you have others, by all means contact us.

Think of Chainring Coffee as more of a fine dining experience than a Vegas casino buffet.

The "quantity available" number you see on our products is a way for us to communicate to you what's on-hand in our green coffee storage without getting into the situation where you purchase coffee that we're out of and can't reorder. It is a seasonal crop after all.

Also, our goal is "fresh" coffee. We stamp our bags with a "roasted on..." date, not a "use by..." date. Keeping the beans whole, not ground, helps to preserve the aromatics and coffee oils.

Whenever possible, drink Chainring Coffee within 2-3 weeks of the date stamp, keep the bag sealed, and only grind what you need.

As mentioned at the top of the home page:

We roast for sweetness, and for happiness (yours and ours). We roast for the amazing flavors and inherent qualities of the coffees we painstakingly source.

Sometimes that means a lighter roast on a particularly delicate and floral bean like a Gesha varietal. Sometimes that means taking a lower grown Panamanian Bourbon varietal right to the edge of Full City +.

Experimentation and cupping determines the best place to stop the roasting process. We hope you agree.

Side note: Chainring prefers to use the City, Full City, Vienna roasting scale instead of Light, Medium, Dark.

Read more on roast scales here and here.

Coffee is a seasonal crop. Chainring is a "micro" roaster with a "just-in-time" inventory management approach.

Our pledge is to seek out the best offerings available at the time of need. If the supplier happens to still have the bean we loved last time, hurray! If not, we'll go to great lengths to find a suitable replacement, or at least a delicious alternative.

Admittedly, for those who require an undisturbed routine of sameness, Peet's is there for you.

We're working on it. In the meantime, try ordering a couple 250 gram bags and mixing them yourself. Start with 50/50 and adjust. It's fun!

Actually, that's us too. Names are tough. Plus the whole website domain name dot this and that thing. Branding. Marketing. First impressions... Ugh.

Naming my son (Keiran) was way easier than naming this business.

Anyway, there's a lovely 40' Curly (or sometimes Twisted) Willow Tree in my backyard that loves to deposit its spindly branches and twisty leaves on the grass.

The photo at the top of this page is of one of those branches in its current use as a lighted fixture on the wall of the Slow Coffee Exploratorium (more on that name later).

The logo, designed by Kris at Pool Creative, was much harder to give up than the name.

But in the end, it's a mouthful to say, and not in the way we want our coffee to reflect a mouthful of enjoyment. Hence Chainring Coffee Roasters won the day.

Because, bikes and coffee resonate to the core.

Follow me on Strava if you're into that sort of thing. Not that I have time for much of that right now, but when you have a chainring in your name/logo it's a constant reminder to get out there and do what you love...

PS. Chainring's logo design by Jenny Taylor.

For now I choose not to reinvent the wheel. Instead, below you'll find an amazing collection of brew method tutorials.

Please keep in mind that lighter roasted coffees like ours tend to be more dense than typical "dark" roasts, as such they generally require a slightly finer grind than what you're used to.

Please refer to Matt Perger’s 80:20 Method, or his Coffee Compass for further instruction on getting the most out of your coffee and brew method.

It’s just this easy… But be patient and assume the coffee can be better until it gets worse. And if it really certainly isn’t getting better, go ahead and blame the roaster.

Extraction according to Matt Perger… (via)

Espresso, drip, plunger, aeropress, siphon, your shoe; it doesn’t matter what you’re brewing in or with. This quick and nasty trick will help you find the sweet spot for your coffee every time. You can call this the Lazy Barista Method, or even a plain old cheat. Just know, this is the very first step I take when encountering any coffee for the first time.

Here’s how to use it for both Espresso and Filter Coffee:

• Maintain the same weight of coffee grounds throughout.

• Extract More = Grind finer AND/OR brew for a longer time AND/OR use more water.

• Extract Less = Grind coarser AND/OR brew for a shorter time AND/OR use less water.

Follow the flow chart and forget everything else. No temperature surfing, no agitation schedule, no water analysis, no in-depth recipe usage, and absolutely no bullshit allowed. Just focus on more extraction or less extraction.


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Got an Aeropress, or thinking about getting one? Here's one of the most definitive guides to date (except that the author gave little more than a hat tip to metal filters like the one I use the Able standard disk).

Huila, Colombia. Coffee farming from above!

I loved being able to see coffee farming from new vantage points.

From James Hoffmann’s travel vlog… Coffee farming in Pitalito, Huila, Colombia.

Assuming the coffee and roast is good, Matt Perger posted a very handy brewing guide to move the needle out of the nasty zone and into the sumptuous circle of deliciousness.