Vernonians now have a new option for a really great cup of coffee right here in town.
Sam and Kari Hough are now roasting small batches of artisan coffee in their home and are making it available for purchase.
Small batch artisan coffee is a newer movement built on the idea that consumers are interested in knowing about the product farm-to-cup. The coffee generally uses high quality beans that are lightly and medium roasted to retain the flavors from the region where they are grown and can be personally roasted to fit the taste of the consumer.
“We’re happy to be introducing people to the world of good, fresh coffee, said Sam Hough during a recent visit to see their coffee roasting operation.
What started as a hobby and a desire to drink the best coffee they could brew, the Houghs have expanded their passion into a small, home based business.
“I’ve been roasting my own coffee for quite a long time,” said Sam. “I started out doing it in a frying pan, and learned how to roast it really well that way, and then moved into using a popcorn popper. Back then we were doing it for ourselves and giving it to friends as gifts, and people really liked our coffee.”
Sam is the pastor at the Vernonia Christian Church and Kari does pet grooming and pet care in the community. They homeschool their children, and have created a small urban farm on their property on OA Hill, with rabbits, chickens, bees, a small orchard and they make their own kambucha and keiffer. A home based coffee roasting business was a perfect fit, something they could fit in around their somewhat flexible schedules and other responsibilities.
Sam says his goal is to build up some small and medium wholesale accounts; he’s already secured several through connections in Vernonia. A local Bed and Breakfast is using their coffees as well as several local realtors in gift baskets for new clients. They have also established a good retail following of locals who stop by to pick up their roasted coffee beans or have them delivered by Sam or Kari. They’ve also started a website (www.keturahcoffee.com) where customers can order coffee for mail shipment or delivery if they live in Vernonia. The website also features high quality coffee grinders, drip coffee makers and espresso machines that can be purchased through Keturah Coffee Roasters. Read More