METEGHAN CENTER, NS – Lise and Brad LeJeune are self-proclaimed espresso geeks. They will be the primary to inform you there may be plenty of enjoyable available with espresso – whether or not you are consuming it, accessorizing it, or, as they’re now doing, roasting it.
With a brand new enterprise – Brûlerie Du Vieux Moulin espresso – working from their Meteghan Heart residence, they hope the enjoyable catches on.
Espresso has all the time Lise. Within the late Nineties, she and her brother Marc Robichaud purchased and operated a espresso store in Wolfville. However a bakery subsequent door caught hearth, spreading to the neighboring companies, together with theirs. Every thing was misplaced.
Properly, not all the pieces.
Lise all the time knew she’d get again into the espresso enterprise.
A brand new espresso course
She began interested by it once more lately.
“Then the pandemic hit and all the pieces began closing down,” she says. “There was no level of opening a restaurant when you’ll be able to’t have prospects.”
It gave her time to ponder issues. The extra she thought of it, the extra her Acadian tradition stored seeping in.
“I am huge on Acadie,” she says. “For me, my household, our Acadian tradition is large.”
As an alternative of a restaurant, she determined to develop into a espresso roaster after discovering there have been no Acadian espresso roasting companies in Nova Scotia.
“If we have been to have a espresso store, we might wish to get our espresso from Acadians,” she says. “There’s Acadian people who find themselves concerned in espresso, however they do not promote themselves in French. The titles of their enterprise will not be French. Their merchandise are in English.”
The extra she stored inquired, the extra she stored coming throughout this phrase: Brûlerie.
“In Quebec and France, a brûlerie is as frequent as a Starbucks or a Second Cup. They’re everywhere. It simply means espresso roster,” she says.
So Lise and her husband Brad determined to begin one.
Acadian tradition essential
Enter their enterprise: Brûlerie Du Vieux Moulin.
“I do not care if the phrase is tough to pronounce, individuals will get used to it,” Lise says with fun, though there’s a severe aspect to her considering as properly.
“In our world, shedding our language is an enormous deal. We have develop into assimilated by English,” she says. “The one purpose individuals do not know the phrase brûlerie right here is it is exhausting to pronounce. It is simply simpler to choose the English title.”
The couple is working their espresso roasting enterprise out of the basement stage of their Meteghan Heart residence.
The house is a piece in progress, however up to now, so good.
Along with the roasted espresso they promote, they’ve arrange a retail portion that sells espresso equipment. You possibly can even purchase a Chemex. “Within the films, that is what James Bond makes his espresso with,” Lise says.
The espresso is roasted utilizing a fluid air roaster containing a barrel drum. If through the roasting course of it reminds you of a popcorn machine, you are not alone.
It is environment friendly, too. It solely takes about 12 minutes to roast as much as 10 kilos of espresso.
Freshness and high quality
The couple is selective relating to sourcing their espresso beans.
“As a lot as we are able to we attempt to get ethically sourced, pretty traded. We make sure that the farmers on the co-ops are properly handled and properly paid and the espresso itself is sweet,” Lise says.
They supply espresso from Brazil, Honduras, Ethiopia, Costa Rica, Indonesia and Columbia. They’re very excited in regards to the Haitian espresso they will have.
Their espresso – which incorporates gentle, medium and darkish roasts – is packaged with French (and a few English) languaging. Apart from the prominence of the French language on their packaging, one other crucial a part of the packaging data is the date on which it was roasted.
“The large objective for us is getting individuals to vary their notion about espresso. We will do one thing others cannot and that is present it recent,” says Brad, noting in case you purchase on the spot espresso in a grocery retailer you do not know when it was roasted.
Provides Lise, “In case you drink this recent, it does style totally different. Some coffees are so good you will not even wish to put sugar or milk in it. You may say I can really drink it straight up as a result of it is actually good.”
Out and about
An official launch of Brûlerie Du Vieux Moulin’s espresso happened April 3 at Chez Jean in Belliveaus Cove.
Proprietor Jean LeBlanc is happy to be carrying the espresso.
“We’ve their espresso to promote and when anyone needs espresso that is the espresso we make now,” he says, saying they’re pleased to advertise a product that’s tapping into the Acadian tradition.
Shane Robicheau additionally included the espresso at a latest plant-based tasting occasion at La Delicacies Robicheau in Saulnierville.
“We had our dessert paired along with her espresso. We simply needed to showcase her new enterprise and market it,” he says, saying individuals favored it and expressed curiosity in it.
Robicheau says he is within the technique of opening some Airbnb properties and intends to make the espresso rental complimentary for friends.
“We’d like to see our espresso in eating places, B&Bs and Airbnbs … and in some retail areas, markets and outlets,” says Lise. She additionally sees alternative from the World Acadian Congress the municipalities of Clare and Argyle will probably be internet hosting in 2024.
“1000’s of individuals will probably be right here and so they drink espresso,” she says.
Historically, espresso roasting trade to be a male-dominated, so each Brad and Lise are proud to see her concerned in it.
Additionally they have objectives for the longer term.
Generally introducing herself as Lise à Camille à Ulysse à Élisée à Jean-Pierre Robichaud (it is an Acadian factor) Lise’s great-grandfather was the founding father of Le Vieux Moulin, a steam-powered grist mill that operated between 1912 and 1929.
Sooner or later the couple hopes to carry the outdated mill again to life, mixing the outdated with fashionable roasting methods to create a neighborhood espresso.
However that is down the street.
Sharing their love of espresso
For now, they’re wanting ahead to sharing their roasted espresso and love of espresso with the general public.
“There are quite a lot of issues that espresso geeks like Lise and I do know that folks do not find out about,” says Brad.
“If we are able to share that data, if we are able to share these merchandise, that is what is going on to make us pleased,” he says.
Lise says they’re even trying to make movies and have public classes on the thrill of espresso.
“In case you get proper into it, it is enjoyable,” she says.
Fill your cup with extra
To study extra about this roasted espresso enterprise go to the web site: www.brulerieduvieuxmoulin.com