At Bard, our mission is to always use 'best practices' when sourcing, roasting, and brewing coffee. When it comes to roasting, we utilize the best technology available to ensure best practices - The Loring Smart Roast. The Loring Smart Roast roasters allow us to develop coffee that remains true to its origin while practicing environmental efficiency.
The Flavour-Lock process of Lorings creates a closed-loop roasting environment where the gas burner simultaneously superheats the spent air to incinerate the smoke and odor before they leave the roaster while also heating the clean air to the perfect temperature for roasting great coffee. By multitasking the roaster’s burner we no longer need to operate an afterburner. One burner instead of two means we can reduce our energy consumption by up to 80% all the while reducing our greenhouse gas emissions.
Having state-of-the-art machines is only part of what makes our roasting process great. More importantly are the people behind the machine. Our Head Roaster, Bill Guddeck, is a licensed Q-Grader (professional coffee cuppers accredited by the Coffee Quality Institute) who uses his skills to develop Bard's tasty coffees. He works together with our Quality Control Manager, Kari Guddeck, another certified Q-Grader (and yes, his wife!), to tweak coffees and create new profiles when necessary. Along with our production crew, we are honored to have such an amazing team working hard to share these amazing coffees with all of you!