On Assignment | River Road Coffees | 225

River Road Coffees owner John Melancon holds freshly roasted coffee beans in his hands inside the River Road Coffees warehouse and offices on Monday, August 29, 2011. Melancon and his wife founded the local coffee company in 1997 and have been roasting coffee ever since with special signature blends of coffees from all over the world. (Erin Parker)

River Road Coffees owner John Melancon holds freshly roasted coffee beans in his hands inside the River Road Coffees warehouse and offices on Monday, August 29, 2011. Melancon and his wife founded the local coffee company in 1997 and have been roasting coffee ever since with special signature blends of coffees from all over the world. (Photo by Erin Parker / 225)

I wasn’t a coffee drinker until my junior year of college, conveniently during my stint studying abroad in Italia. (How could I not get into espresso and cappuccinos while there?)

After that fateful summer, I was hooked and brought my love for all things coffee back to the States, drinking some kind of coffee drink most every morning to start my day off right.

Imagine my excitement in receiving a photo assignment that revolved around coffee.

One of our writers – Maggie Heyn Richardson – was spotlighting a local coffee company for the November issue of the magazine, and we needed images of the owner, the employees, the coffee and the roasting process.

So I headed out to the River Road Coffees warehouse and office one August morning to learn what they were all about.

When I walked in, I was immediately greeted with the scent of fresh roasted coffee beans. I was offered a cup of coffee. River Road Coffees owner John Melancon and I sat down and discussed what kind of photographs I wanted to take while there. And then we started the tour.

I’ve never seen coffee roasting before, nor have I ever been in a place where coffee is roasted, packaged and shipped out, so this was a new experience for me. The entire warehouse smelled delightful, and I was fascinated with the roasting process. I stuck around to see Melancon’s son, Ian, roast a few batches of coffee, snapping off images each round.

I am pleased with the photographs, and even more pleased to find another locally-owned company producing wonderful coffee.

To read Maggie’s article on River Road Coffees, click here.

To learn more about River Road Coffees, browse their website here.

 

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