Today we went down to LeCenter to go to Shanna's Birthday Brunch and a tour of the European Roasterie where Shanna's Dad works.
On our way down there we ran into the bikers riding the Minnesota Ironman Bicycle Ride. The route was 100 miles from Lakeville heading west to Jordan, then turns south to LeSueur, Montgomery, Lonsdale and back to Lakeville. I read on the website the fastest person did this ride in 3 hours and 49 minutes, that's 27 miles per hour.
At brunch we had two kinds of waffles, pancakes, sausage and fruit. It was delicious.
After brunch Shanna's dad took us on a tour of the European Roasterie. It was pretty interesting to learn about the coffee making process.
The process starts with the coffee beans arriving in the warehouse.
The beans are then roasted in this huge coffee bean roaster. After the roasting, they are either kept whole or ground. The grinder is on the left and the roaster is on the right.
Roasting the coffee beans is the at the discretion of the person roasting the beans. To have the beans roasted consistently they use a sample tray to compare the roasted beans to.
The ground coffee beans are stored in these plastic containers.
Some of the beans are then flavored after roasting. Here are some of the crazy flavors they have.
We then saw the area where they package the coffee.
Elysia then found the hair and beard nets, so she tried them on.
To close out the tour we all sampled some of the varieties of the coffee.