We have been in business now for about 2 1/2 months. Since starting out with a few types of coffee at our Opening Celebration, we have been asked everywhere we go about flavored coffees. At first, I wasn't going to offer flavors because, well, I personally don't like them. But with the amount of people requesting them, I could either stay my path, or give my customers what they want. As a business, I have to keep customers happy, or coffee will be found elsewhere.
Last week, I flavored my first pound of coffee. Attempted is more like it. I roasted it with care, cooled it down, and added the flavoring. Did you know that coffee flavoring turns to a putrid smoke when it hits coffee beans that are hot? It filled the kitchen at the shop so fast, I thought for sure an alarm would sound, bringing Appleton's finest to douse my now ruined coffee with water.
I roasted some more, cooled it all the way to room temperature, measured it out, and flavored again. This time, no smoke!!! I popped a bean into my mouth, and was overtaken with the incredibly strong taste of Banana Nut Bread. After about 4 days, the taste went away, and I was able to identify water from acid. I don't recommend putting a flavor concentrate in your mouth.
We are still experimenting with flavors. The Banana Nut Bread went over really well at the Oshkosh Farmers Market on Saturday. I am going to do a few 6 ounce bags of Nutel'lah, and some Pumpkin Spice shortly. If you have a flavor you would like to see, let me know,and I will do what I can to get it. I plan on offering Hazelnut and some version of Vanilla on a regular basis.