You can't work as a journalist for 30 years without becoming something of an expert on coffee. Several years ago, we started roasting our own beans. Our friends and family loved the taste so much, they asked if they could buy some of our coffee. In the fall of 2009, we bought a one-pound roaster and opened Buona Caffe Artisan Roasted Coffee. (Buona caffe means "good coffee" in Italian.)
To give our customers the freshest, most flavorful cup of coffee, we roast on demand, which means we don't roast our green coffee beans until we have an order. The coffee you buy in the grocery store was probably roasted six to nine months ago. Immediately after roasting, we seal all of our coffee in bags that are specially designed to protect its flavor and freshness.
When you buy our coffee, you're also saving lives. Around the world, a billion people are at risk of life-threatening illnesses because they don't have access to clean water. For every bag of coffee you buy, we donate 50 cents — enough to purify 50 liters of water — to Children's Safe Drinking Water, an organization that provides water purification packs in developing countries.
Besides selling directly to coffee lovers across the country from our website and through Augusta Locally Grown, we now also sell to local restaurants and bakeries in the Augusta, Ga., area. Our coffee currently is served at La Maison on Telfair, Crum's on Central, Polka Dot Pig Gastropub, Neapolitan Cupcake Shoppe and Lily's Café and Bakery.
I hope you'll check out the website. You can keep up to date with what's happening at our little coffee company by following us on Facebook. Remember, good things happen over good coffee!