a cup of relationships
Mr. Crabb as I know him, Rupert as he now wants me to call him, was one of my favorite teachers growing up. As a history teacher he made the past come alive and was very passionate about his subject as well as his students’ learning. When I learned later in life that he was roasting coffee as Aduro Bean, I was glad that we could share two passions history and coffee.
I bought his coffee at the Cowtown Farmer’s Market and really enjoyed his roasts. After the high prices of coffee beans the past couple of years Aduro Bean suffered and he thought about taking a tenured teaching position in Houston. But just in the nick of time he gained two business partners and is now back in business. Roasting at the Local Yocal in Mckinney where you can go see him on Saturdays. (as well as enjoy live music and delicious steaks) He’s also at Artisan Baking Company from 9am-1pm on Fridays, where I snapped this shot (after my film camera suffered a technical difficulty) with my digital camera. He’s still using his 10 lb US roaster and sources his beans out of Houston. Rupert got into the business after sipping Starbucks. He thought he could do better and his wife challenged him to follow through on his statement. He loves making drinks in general, he’s also blended tea and enjoys brewing beer, but his talent and passion for coffee are evident in the cup.
I am so glad to see small roasters like this in the Fort Worth coffee scene. The more variety of good coffee available allows a larger number of people to participate and enjoy specialty coffee. When more people realize how good coffee can taste they will want to buy more and try more from other roasters. Coffees taste very different in the hands of each roaster so the more there are the more delicious cups of coffee we can all imbibe. By supporting these independent roasters you are encouraging the growth of the market and their ability to work with each other and learn from one another.
You can also try Aduro Bean’s coffee at Stir Crazy Bakery’s new shop off S. Main St.