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The Happy Roastmaster SANTOSH NEUPANE

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Santosh, the Roastmaster-Extraordinaire at Vail Mountain Coffee & Tea packs joy and gratitude in his daily grind to live up to his name.

The name Santosh are "Satisfaction", "Gratification" or "Happiness." In South Indian languages, Santosh often implies happiness. In Sanskrit the word means contentment.

When you enter the Roastery at Vail Mountain Coffee and Tea Company in Minturn, there are two distinct smells. One is the aroma of freshly brewed coffee within the glassed-in Roastery Cafe (a 1,300-square-foot portion of the 7,150-square-foot building.) The other fragrant in the air is from fresh coffee beans being roasted in the background.

Austin Julik-Heine making a bag for me.

Through an unobtrusive glass one can view all steps involving this esteemed coffee business, from breaking a burlap sack of unroasted green coffee bean to slapping a label onto a 12 oz whole bean coffee packet and all the daily tasks in between.

Santosh Neupane hails from the Dolakha, a region centrally located in Nepal. This is also the home of the well-known Bhimeshwar Temple. Just some 24.7 kilometers (15.28 miles) away is Mt. Gaurishankar, a mountain in the Himalayas.

Roasting coffee and brightening up coffee drinker’s day gives Santosh the contentment and satisfaction where he feels at home living in the central Colorado Rockies.

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Santosh trying on a more resolute pose
Coffee beans from many parts of the world

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Raw Unroasted Coffee Beans

Santosh places up to 45 pounds for a single roast. For a light to dark, the time Range is between 13 to 15 minutes.

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Pouring the beans for roasting

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Programming coffee to perfection
By far, The San Franciscan roaster is the world’s best small-batch coffee roaster manufacturer.
The smiley roaster

When pointed out that his roasting machine resembles a smiley face, Santosh said “Yes, I see it, I will smile back,” he said with a glee.

Each week the ‘San Franciscan’ Roaster is inspected and greased

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The San Franciscan is a classic hand-made American beauty

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Ready for cooling the coffee beans!

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Coffee beans blending

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Chris Thacker filling 12oz coffee bags

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A selection of exclusive teas from all over the world
Gore Range, the three-in-one coffee blend. My favorite daily

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Vail Mountain Coffee & Tea started as The Daily Grind Coffee Company in 1989 by Chris Chantler and Craig Arseneau, two buddies from Boston, Massachusetts. On a personal note I am so proud to call them friends!

To learn more about Vail Mountain Coffee & Tea visit their website here. Visit their Roastery Cafe at 23698 US Hwy 6 & 24, Minturn, CO 81645

Created By
Raj Manickam
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