I was able to visit Scott Miller last week at his Ogeechee River
Coffee Company coffee shop in Statesboro GA. It was late in the
afternoon when I arrived and things were slow in the shop, so we were
able to have a nice visit.
There's only one way to describe Scott's shop: beautiful. A couple
The counter in the main part of the shop is granite, beautiful and
eye-catching, and does a nice job of letting customers know right away
that Scott's is a top-flight shop.
Another beautiful aspect of the shop is the men's restroom. It is
spacious and immaculate. The floor is beautiful, tiled with large,
light-colored tiles, with matching tiles in a decorative design on the
walls. Paper hand towels are presented on a gorgeous wrought-iron
Scott does his roasting in a gorgeous gas-powered roaster toward the
rear of the shop. I know nothing of commercial roasters and can't tell
you the brand, but it is a very pretty yellow. Scott has himself
installed electronics that allow tracking roasting data on his laptop.
I have seen commercial roasters at a distance and have of course seen
the cooling trays they all seem to have. I have always assumed that
the metal, in connection with the stirring, cooled the beans, and so
was surprised to learn that a vacuum device pulls air through the
beans, which of course cools them quite rapidly. I wasn't there for a
roast, but would think that customers in general would be fascinated
by the roasting process, though it sounded like other people are a bit
less interested in that process than I would be.
Scott pulled a shot from his espresso blend that I happily sipped
during our discussion. Roast, grind and pull must have all been
perfect. I don't have many opportunities for espresso, but the shots I
have had locally (here in Columbia) have had a bitter component
somewhere; Scott's shot had no bitterness at any point, just a great
spread of coffee flavors.
As I was leaving I couldn't pass up the opportunity to try one of
several flavors of Gelato. Scott had mentioned in his email that he
stocked Gelato, which I had never heard of, but discovered is a sort
of Italian ice cream. I ordered a pistachio flavor which was
delicious. To my palate, Gelato is a bit less sweet than ice cream,
with a thicker texture. It is eaten with a very small spoon-like
implement, with the "spoon" part about half an inch square and nearly
flat. The Gelato's consistency stayed firm enough over quite a period
that it was quite easy to eat while driving. (I would set it down,
drive for a while, pick it up and have a small spoonful, set it down
for a while, etc.)
I had already eaten before leaving Ridgeland, SC, so I didn't have
lunch at the Ogeechee River Coffee Company, but I hope to be able to
visit again and lunch is high on my list for the next visit.
Sorry about the late posting of this account, several days after my
visit, but I have been on the run ever since I returned and haven't
had time to do it until now.
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