Saturday, January 12, 2019

Torrefazione at Caffe Amouri

"Torrefazione" means "Roasting" and this is what this machine does. It roasts coffee beans for the independent coffee shop "Caffe Amouri" in Vienna, Virginia. Coffee roasting is a fine art and especially in Italy it is a matter of national pride. In Italy machines like this are deployed in the windows of the shop and vented onto the street so that passers-by can enjoy the delicious smell of the roast (and come in to get some coffee). Raw beans are poured into the hopper above and are routed to the drum at bottom where the roasting goes on as the beans are stirred. I've never seen this one in action but it must make quite a show and aroma when it's running.

Sepia brown tech pen on sketchbook page, 4 1/2" x 6 1/2", January 11, 2019.

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