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Montana Made: Caffeic Coffee Roasters

Posted: 9:34 AM, Apr 17, 2018
Updated: 2018-04-17 11:34:51-04

HELENA – Roasting your own coffee beans could be seen as challenging, but Scott and Rayna Bouma have a passion for a good cup, and decided to brew up their own coffee company. 

“There’s no place in the world that you don’t either grow coffee or drink coffee,” explained Scott, co-founder of Caffeic Coffee. “It’s such a ritual, it’s such a part of people’s lives."

Coffee – it means a warm cup in the morning, or perhaps a meeting between old friends.

For Rayna and Scott, coffee means business. After returning from Peru and tasting freshly grown, roasted and served coffee, Rayna knew she needed that at home. 

“I said to Scott, ‘I want some more good coffee!’ And he said, ‘Well, start roasting your own coffee’,” she recalled with excitement. 

That was a year ago and this coffee loving couple hasn’t looked back since. 

“So we started with a tiny little popcorn maker we bought at the Goodwill store,” Rayna said. 

After some taste tests, these two outgrew their little popcorn makers and ordered a real roaster. Ryan said she ordered it from a company in Minnesota, flew out for a one day crash course in roasting, and came back ready to start. 

The next task had nothing to do with actual coffee beans – a name for the business. Their original ideas had already been taken. 

“So we just went with Caffeic because we figured we could get that domain name,” explained Rayna. 

Caffeine acid is naturally found in coffee, and as a former veterinarian and software engineer, they felt it was perfect. 

“We’re both kind of science geeks, science nerds,” Rayna said jokingly. “It does describe us very well,” added Scott. 

Just like that, Caffeic Coffee Roasting was born and now, the roaster inside their garages gets put to work twice a week filing their online orders. 

As the beans continue to roast, the smell is unmistakable. 

“The African coffees tend to be more floral and fruity and have a brighter acidity,” Rayna explained. “The coffee from Sumatra have a very earthy, spicy taste to them, very low in acidity.”

While the beans go round and round in the roaster, Rayna keeps a close eye on the temperature, watching to ensure the beans don’t roast too long. 

“I think if coffee is good and it’s fresh and a little lighter, you really get the taste of the coffee and then you don’t need to add the sugar,” she said. 

“We would like to grow this into a family business. We’d like to get our kids involved in some level and then maybe down the road, have it has a full time business for us,” Rayna said optimistically. 

Working together fits into the couple’s long term goals, as does traveling around to the different coffee regions of Africa, Asia and Latin America. 

“Eventually we would like to start doing more direct trade and go down to some of the coffee producing countries and meet the farmers and build relationships there,” she added. 

“Personally, I get really excited when people try my coffee and say, ‘I could drink this without sugar or I could drink this without sugar and cream,” Rayna said. 

In Helena, Caffeic Coffee usually sells their different brews at the farmer’s market in the summer months, and also sells their blends at Dinners Done Right.

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