Rise N Shine

Earlier this week I photographed the roasting facility for JavaVino, a local Virginia-Highland coffee and wine shop for the Virginia Highland Patch. Owned by the husband and wife team of Heddy Kuhl and Steve Franklin, JavaVino imports close to 130,000 pounds of coffee beans each year from Heddy’s parents who own a coffee farm in Nicaragua. La Hammonia Farm is one of the most sustainable coffee growers in the world earning that title from the Special Coffee Association of America. The farm is also certified organic by the Rainforest Alliance and the Smithsonian Institute. These are my favorite images.

Close to 20 pounds of freshly roasted coffee beans cool after being fired in a drum at JavaVino's roasting headquarters on Tuesday. Owned by Heddy Kuhl and Steve Franklin, the beans come from Kuhl's parents who own a farm in Nicaragua.

Ian Lanz uses a forklift to stack the last of a fresh shipment of coffee beans inside the JavaVino roasting facility on Tuesday. Each year JavaVino imports close to 130,000 pounds of coffee beans from co-owner Heddy Kuhl's parents' farm in Nicaragua.

JavaVino imports close to 130,000 pounds of coffee beans each year from co-owner Heddy Kuhl's parent's farm in Nicaragua. Heddy and her husband Steve Franklin opened JavaVino in 2004.

Steve Franklin holds a handful of unroasted coffee beans in his hand at JavaVino's roasting facility on Tuesday.

Steve Franklin, co-owner of JavaVino, fires up the roaster at his roasting facility on Tuesday. Franklin and his wife Heddy Kuhl import close to 130,000 pounds of coffee from Heddy's parent's farm in Nicaragua each year.

Some of JavaVino's wholesale customers include Whole Foods, Radial Cafe, Thumbs Up and Candler Park Market to name a few.

Steve Franklin, co-owner of JavaVino, picks up coffee off the shelves at his roasting facility as he fills orders for his wholesale customers on Tuesday.

Ian Lanz pours close to 20 pounds of raw coffee beans into the roaster at JavaVino's roasting facility on Tuesday.

Coffee beans fall into the cooling tray as Ian Lanz finishes roasting close to 20 pounds of them at JavaVino's roasting facility on Tuesday. JavaVino, which opened in 2004, has been roasting it's own beans from Nicaragua since the begining.

Close to 20 pounds of freshly roasted coffee beans cool after being fired in a drum at JavaVino's roasting headquarters on Tuesday. Owned by Heddy Kuhl and Steve Franklin, the beans come from Kuhl's parents who own a farm in Nicaragua.

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  1. Amazing pictures, and great documentation of the roasting facility. It’s amazing the many steps that it takes to get that great cup of Joe.

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