A cup of coffee from freshly ground beans is one of the simpler pleasures in life. A cup of a robust and full-bodied grind is the best wake up call a person can have in the morning.
I recently found a new coffee roaster in the town of El Dorado, California. Keith Berry and I had stopped by the Thursday night farmer's market in El Dorado to talk to the merchants about the then proposed railroad park on the old Southern Pacific right-of way.
When I caught up with Keith, Tom Tankersley, proprietor of Blue Mug Coffee Roasting with his wife Barbara, was handing him a one-pound bag of freshly roasted coffee beans. Until that moment, I wasn't aware of any coffee roasters in El Dorado County.
Since I had a pound of supermarket coffee beans in the cupboard, I returned the next week to purchase a bag. Tom roasts a new batch each Thursday morning.
From the first cup that I prepared in my French press, I've enjoyed Blue Mug coffee. Tom and Barbara's beans make a refreshingly clean brew with bold flavors. I'd recommend it to anyone who lives nearby in El Dorado County.
The store and coffee roasting plant are located at 6211-C Pleasant Valley Road, El Dorado, California, 95623. The telephone number is (530) 622-3630. The store is located to the rear of Books and Bears.
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