Hi there! Thanks for visiting us. Take a little time to look around the site and see what we have to offer. There’s the coffee page of course, and we should have a retail page soon. Retail will include home brewers, grinders, gift baskets, shirts, and other non-coffee items. There’s also the Coffee 101 page. This is where I will try to define a lot of the coffee jargon that I and many others in the industry use. You can also go there to learn about proper grind, how to brew a French Press, how to cup coffee, and lots of other cool stuff. Then there’s the blog. This is where I’ll keep everyone generally informed of interesting happenings in the industry, barista competitions, direct trade trips I may go on and things of that nature. All in all, this site should serve as your all encompassing coffee and coffee info resource. I hope you enjoy what we’re doing here and become enlightened to the possibilities of what coffee can be.
Fusion Beans was started in late 2007 by Sean and Michelle Marshall in an effort to bring enlightenment to the coffee drinking masses. That enlightenment involves more than you might expect on the onset. It starts with becoming aware of real coffee. Coffee that knocks your socks off, coffee that makes you want to keep drinking it,… the kind of coffee that makes you say, “That’s the best cup of coffee I’ve ever had!” Coffee isn’t just a brown, caffeinated liquid. It’s a living, exciting cup of joy with a fascinating story. It can be coerced into being a sweet and sultry experience, or it can be utterly destroyed and cast into a sea of monotony. Coffee is fragile, but with careful and skillful preparation, it is transformed into a piece of art. We are passionate about coffee, and when you learn your coffee’s story, we hope you will be too.
Every coffee has a story. When you take the time to listen, you become part of that story. Coffee passes through more hands and is affected by more processes than most people know. It is said that as much as 700 man hours can go into the farming, processing, shipping, roasting and brewing of one cup of coffee. When you take that first sip in the morning, you become involved in a chain of stories and livelihoods and are an integral part of the life of that coffee. Your choice to drink that cup has affected everyone along the chain. Pretty cool, huh? The farmer appreciates you, and you should appreciate the work that they, and everyone, do along the way.
You also become part of our story, and we appreciate it. I (Sean) have been in the coffee industry since 2002. I started as, and still am, a professional barista, and love learning continually how to seduce coffee into a cup. It’s an art, and I’m happy to know it. I have competed in several barista competitions, and they were all very exciting. I hope to continue competing in the future, as it keeps me on my toes and challenges me to always know how to brew the best cup of coffee. I learned to cup coffee ( the systematic tasting and classifying of coffee) from Ken Palmer (a student of Alfred Peet) which spring-boarded me to a whole new level of coffee appreciation. I started roasting coffee in October of 2007, and am having a blast doing it. I’ve worked with several coffee companies in the Houston area, including Catalina Coffee (awesome, awesome café), and Java Pura catering in Houston. My wife (Michelle) is a registered nurse in the ICU, and has been my biggest supporter in all of this. She is constantly challenging me to be better, and I couldn’t have done any of this without her.
For those new to Fusion Beans, we’re a specialty coffee roaster based out of South Houston, Texas. We roast every batch to order so that you receive the freshest beans possible. We are also continually updating our coffee offerings. Certain coffees may come and go, but you can always bet that not only will there be something to fit anyone’s palate, it will be one of the best coffee experiences you’ve ever had.
If you need to get a hold of us for any reason, just give us a buzz at 832-758-7904, or e-mail me at Sean@fusionbeans.com. Also, check out our pictures from our latest adventures at http://www.flickr.com/photos/southsideespresso/