Not Just Your Average Cuppa Joe!

Posted By:  Liz Goodrich
Date Posted:  1/14/2004

Learn about the history, geography and the art of brewing the perfect cup of coffee as Deschutes Public Library celebrates International Gourmet Coffee Month on Wednesday, January 21, at the Bend Public Library. The program begins at 6:30 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

“Every coffee we produce is handcrafted,” says Ondi Hibbs who roasts coffee for Dilusso Royal Blend of Bend. “Coffee implies much more than just what is in your cup,” continues Hibbs. “It is the social experience as well as the taste and the aroma that makes a cup of coffee good.”

For 15 years Royal Blend has been roasting coffee at its Bend plant. According to Hibbs, she roasts anywhere from 500 to 1,000 pounds of beans each day. “We get green beans from a broker in California.” Royal Blend buys high end, high quality beans grown in the tropical places that have become synonymous with good coffee. Places like Guatemala, Brazil, Sumatra and Java. From the green beans, Hibbs creates unique blends, following the secret recipes that have made Royal Blend a local tradition. Varieties of coffees get their unique flavors from the process of roasting and blending. “Some of our recipes are pre-blended, mixed prior to roasting. Others are post-blended and bended after the roasting,” says Hibbs.

Hibbs believes the American love affair with coffee has to do with much more than the caffeine rush. “Coffee has created the community gathering place known as the coffee shop. You can meet with friends, read the paper, soak up the atmosphere and enjoy a good cup of coffee.”

For more information about this or other library programs, please call 312-1032 or visit www.dpls.lib.or.

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