Sudbury·Northern Nosh

Sip air-roasted coffee from this St. Joseph Island coffee company

"We roast coffee in what would look like a large commercial popcorn popper," explains co-owner Shane Hoffmann.

Air roaster similar to a popcorn popper, says co-owner Shane Hoffmann.

Owners Heather and Shane Hoffmann. (Supplied by Shane Hoffmann)

The other day, when looking for coffee roasters in our region, I came across a company called St. Joseph Island Coffee Roasters, located on the island southeast of Sault Ste. Marie.

The home of St. Joseph Island Coffee Roasters. (Supplied by Shane Hoffmann)

Like many small roasters, they offer a selection of fair trade, organic beans from around the world — but what intrigued me was that they use a process called "air roasting."

The production area, with the air roaster in the centre. (Supplied by Shane Hoffmann)

To find out more, I reached co-owner Shane Hoffmann. Tap to hear our conversation.

Jonathan spoke with Shane Hoffmann, co-owner of St. Joseph Island Coffee Roasters.

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The Hoffmanns ship their coffee across the province. (Supplied by Shane Hoffmann)


Jonathan Pinto is the host of Up North, CBC Radio One's regional afternoon show for Northern Ontario and is based in Sudbury. He was formerly a reporter/editor and an associate producer at CBC Windsor. Email


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