spilling the beans

Local roasters bring unique, direct-trade coffee to Michiana

By & / Photography By BlueKrishna Photography | March 09, 2016
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Light Rail Roasting Co. is making plans to triple its roasting capacity, offer brewing methods to accentuate individual coffees and begin a program to educate the community about all things coffee through events at Light Rail Village Café. Every package of single-origin, micro-roasted coffee beans features details about the country of origin, region, farm, processing, altitude, date the beans were roasted and flavor profile. Light Rail also has a partner heading to Ethiopia to explore several micro-lot farms in hopes of developing relationships for direct-trade offerings that will benefit both the farmers and their communities, as well as the consumers who buy their beans or visit the café in Winona Lake, IN.

Although Bendix Coffee Co. roasts its beans for coffee drinkers who enjoy a good morning cup of joe, it has also been experimenting with flavors that suit a later hour. For example, its bourbon-barrel-aged beans. Using barrels from neighboring Indiana Whiskey Company, Bendix ages its roasted beans, turning them daily for a couple of weeks until they are sufficiently infused with the whiskey notes. And, working with Michiana Brewing Supply (now closed) of South Bend, Bendix is perfecting a Cascade hops–infused, cold-brewed coffee served via nitro taps. For details on purchasing or tasting these specialty coffees or beans for your morning cup, visit Bendix Coffee Co.’s Facebook page.

Zen Café Coffee Roasters have a beautiful new website that features the farmers from whom they buy beans directly. Check out the stunning photography and detailed information at zencafecoffee.com. They recently purchased a new roaster to increase their capacity and are remodeling the LangLab space in South Bend with plans to open a café. They currently share the LangLab space with Violet Sky Chocolates. Their blog mentions plans to use the chocolate in the café—coffee and truffle pairings from the same country of origin, anyone?

Light Rail Roasting Co.
(Address for Light Rail Village Café)

1000 Park Ave. 

Winona Lake, IN


Bendix Coffee Co.
2721 Kenwood Ave. 

South Bend, IN 


Zen Café Coffee Roasters
1302 High St. 

South Bend, IN


Article from Edible Michiana at http://ediblemichiana.ediblecommunities.com/shop/local-roasters-bring-unique-direct-trade-coffee-michiana
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