A Light Roast Love Story

In love, in life, and in coffee, it’s essential to try new things. Once upon a time there was a woman who was living happily divorced, raising two amazing kids, had a growing new business, and a circle of friends who loved and supported her. She didn’t think she needed anything more. Sure… one day……

The Unspoken Acceptance Speech

Last night, the Okotoks Chamber of Commerce hosted its annual awards gala and my little coffee roasting business was nominated in the category of New Business of the Year. It is given to a business in operation fewer than 3 years recognized for excellent product quality and value, a record of community involvement, and high…

In Memoriam – Not just a ‘Regular’

I’ve already written about how meeting someone for coffee can change the world. But what about the people we meet through coffee? Turns out they can have just as much of an impact. In the coffee shop I roast within, we see a lot of ‘regulars’ — those people who come in daily at the…

Brewing Tips

At Rebel Bean we do our part by providing you with fresh organically grown coffee that is roasted to perfection but if it’s brewed improperly, you could end up with coffee that is bitter or sour or at the very least doesn’t taste as good as it could. For best possible flavour, please consider these…

Birth of a Coffee Roaster

“The two most important days in your life are the day you were born and the day you understand why.” – Mark Twain Have you ever heard that quote? In the past few years, I have heard it countless times. And every time I did, I felt nauseous. I mean, really, that’s a LOT of…

I’m a geek, not a snob, thank you very much

I prefer coffee geek, thank you. I started this blog as a coffee lover’s way of paying homage to the beautiful beverage that has kick started my day for the last twenty plus years. Yes, I had my favourite brands and ways to prepare my coffee but honestly, the fact that it was caffeinated was…

Raising a coffee kid

As a parent I find I’m in a bit of a transition zone these days. My kids, aged 7 and 10, are in the in- between years. They aren’t little kids anymore but I’m not ready to treat them like big kids either. I notice it more and more every day. Especially with my 10…

My Joyful Addiction

I’m sure that by now you’ve figured out that I enjoy my coffee. For those who don’t know me, your mental image probably conjures up a vision of someone with mug in hand, who is always slightly hopped up on caffeine and talks a mile a minute. Would it surprise you to learn that I…

Slow Coffee

Slow Coffee Some of you may have noticed that there has been a longer lapse than usual between posts. I could blame my hectic life but instead I’m going to use it as a teaching moment. Some things are worth waiting for. In this age of instant messaging, instant downloads, and instant coffee (blech) we…

Math + Science = Great Coffee

Numbers have never been my thing. As a student I used to break out into a cold sweat during math class and to this day I can’t do simple addition and subtraction in my head with confidence. I’ve learned to make peace with it though. After all, my phone has a calculator if I need…