Nine Flags Coffee Roasters roasts their coffee the old fashioned way

Hand Roasted The Old Fashioned Way in the Oldest Town in Texas

Originally published February 1, 2019

Nine Flags Coffee Roasters in Nacogdoches is a small-batch, wood-fired gourmet coffee roaster. So what does that mean?

It means they roast their gourmet coffee beans by hand in their own monitored wood-fired oven until they’re perfect for coffee.

“I think it helps if you think of  a barbecue when you cook a hamburger,” said Shane Jackson, owner of Nine Flags Coffee Roasters. “The smoke will do the same thing to food that it does to coffee because at the end of the day coffee is a food.”

Other shops that roast their own beans use either air or gas. Nine Flags Coffee Roasters is the only place in East Texas that uses wood to roast their beans.  When the coffee beans are roasted over the wood, the smoke infuses in the coffee and it brings out the flavor in each bean unlike any other roasting process.

Then, once the beans have been taken out of the oven, they’re examined by hand to throw out any burned beans.

“Our quality control is second to none. We really take care of our product and we think it shows,” said Jackson. “We have no problem throwing coffee beans away if they don’t match the standards that we’ve gotten used to and our clientele has gotten used to.”

Nine Flags Coffee Roasters currently has coffee from a variety of different countries. Here are their current flavors:

  • Congo
  • Costa Rica
  • Ethiopia Yirgacheffe
  • Guatemala Jasmin
  • Honduras Micro Lot
  • Kenya
  • Mexico Don Pepe
  • Nicaragua
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Tanzania Pea Berry
  • Timor

They import directly from small batch farmers. Each country brings a new flavor to the bean due to the condition they’re grown in. The soil and acidity in each country is different, so that ultimately affects the final taste of each bean.

“Costa Rica, you think tropical, lush rain forest,” said Jackson. “You’re going to see those characteristics come out in the coffee.”

Nine Flags Coffee Roasters is located at 1504 North Street in Nacogdoches.

Their hours are 6 a.m. – 6 p.m. Monday – Saturday.

Want some coffee for your home? Check our their products and order online here.

You can visit their website here.

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