Like a queen bee, a good cup of coffee is carefully tended to by workers, generates a buzz, and makes you scream if it lands between your eyes. Save face with today’s Groupon: for $13, you get a coffee cupping (tasting) and roasterie tour package (a $27.45 total value) at Just Love Coffee Roasters in Murfreesboro. The package includes:
- Bag of coffee (a $13.45 value)
- Travel mug (a $9 value)
- One-hour coffee cupping and roasterie tour (a $5 value)<p>
On Just Love Coffee Roasters’s roasterie tours, owner Rob Webb and his passionate staff detail the process of preparing fair-trade, organic, and shade-grown beans for sustainable brews, which the Murfreesboro Post calls “the freshest coffee available in Murfreesboro.” Single-origin and microlot beans from around the globe darken and split inside a black and chrome Probat roaster, which can reach up to 420 degrees, or about the temperature required to vaporize a telephone book.
During the cupping, one of Just Love’s coffee savants guides tasters in the dissection of brew flavors and aromas while detailing the history of each bean’s grower. With newly gleaned coffee knowledge, tasters depart with a bag of Just Love’s renowned beans—such as Tanzanian Peaberry or Ethiopian Harrar—and a travel mug, in which beans can be placed to create an aromatic maraca.
In addition to adeptly transforming beans into enlivening drinks, Just Love Coffee Roasters supports coffee sustainability by forwarding 5% of every sale to support clean-water projects in developing countries, including Ethiopia, Haiti, and Honduras. Just Love is proud to be a fair trade–certified company, which means that it doesn’t pay its growers in Bazooka bubble gum like most importers.