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Nectar of Life, out of Coeur d´ Alene, Idaho, was actually the first only organic and Fair Trade certified roaster. They began roasting in 2003, and moved into their current location in September 2003. Many other roasters claim they only roast organic and Fair Trade coffee, but Nectar of Life is the only one in the area that complies with both National and International organic certification requirements for exclusively organic coffee roasting. They have had and maintained organic certification at their site for every single bean they roast since 2003. The USDA has visited their site annually. They also are the only local roaster that has the right to use the Kosher certification on their bag. Sure these legal requirements are time consuming and difficult, but the owners believe that all customers deserve to see certification from the farm to the bag that every single process is certified. Martin, the Master Roaster, and co-owner, was also a wine-maker from UC Davis. He graduated from their world renowned wine making program first in his class with high honors. He has been exclusively roasting the coffee since 2003. "Coffee was a very natural transition from wine-making. The process of turning a fruit into a drink is complex and has chemical changes that make each step of roasting each bean very important." He goes on to say, "The regions of coffee each have their own composition. Beans from Ethopia, for example, are better light roasted to bring out the blueberry flavor. Education in conjunction with experience will help make an amazing cup of coffee." Martin and his wife, Hannah handle all aspects of the business making sure each customer gets great customer service, low-prices, and the certifications they need to run their business.
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