Roaster arrives at local cafe

Monty Ruckman, owner of Jackson's Corner Café and Cabin Creek Roasters, stands next to his new Toper bean roaster. Henry Culvyhouse/Daily

NEW MARKET — A local coffee shop is in the process of installing a coffee roaster on site, consolidating the business’s retail roasting and café operations into one location.

Monty Ruckman is the owner of the Jackson’s Corner Café in New Market and Cabin Creek Roasters near Edinburg. A coffee enthusiast from his days in the U.S. Navy, Ruckman launched Cabin Creek Roasters about four years ago, after retiring from the Department of Defense. He opened the café in the Lee-Jackson building at 9386 Congress Street New Market last summer.

In an effort to consolidate both operations while maintaining two distinct brands, Ruckman bought a coffee roaster from Toper, a coffee roaster manufacturing company based in Ishmir, Turkey, to put into the café’s kitchen. After five months of waiting, the roaster arrived in New Market on March 12.

Ruckman said one of the reasons for the delay was the machine had to be built to order.

“I ordered that in October, because they don’t build anything unless the order comes in,” Ruckman said. “They need to know what color I want it, the power requirements, is it natural gas or propane … they need to know all that before they build.”

The roaster Ruckman uses in Edinburg roasts about 33 pounds of beans per hour. The Toper roaster can roast between 90 to 134 pounds an hour “depending on the roast,” Ruckman said.

Weighing a little over 1,000 pounds, the roaster will run off natural gas. Ruckman said he bought the roaster from Turkey because most of the parts are manufactured in Turkey.

“What a lot of people don’t realize is even coffee roasters made in the United States, majority of the parts are made in Turkey … so why not go to the source?” he said.

Pending the permitting process, Ruckman said the roaster should be fully operational by May or June.

“This is the only coffee roaster in a café between Lexington and Winchester,” he said. “I think more people will pop into the shop to check it out, and the smell of the roasting beans will entice a lot of customers.”

Ruckman said there has been an informal naming contest among patrons and employees for the roaster, with names like “The Rebel Roaster” in the running. Ruckman said he’s mostly partial to calling it “The General.”

Contact staff writer Henry Culvyhouse at 540-465-5137 ext. 184, or hculvyhouse@nvdaily.com