Mountain Air Roasting is a micro-roaster of specialty coffees based in Asheville, North Carolina. We source coffees from East Africa and the Americas that can be generally characterized as bright, clean, and sweet. These coffees are the literal fruit of careful farming, picking, and processing practices. Coffee is brightest, cleanest, and sweetest while still fresh crop, and so has a limited time window of excellence. We roast these special coffees in such a way to maximize ripe fruit like qualities in the cup.
Our mission is to give you the best cup of coffee you’ve ever had, every morning.
Roasting: We roast Monday through Thursday, and deliver Tuesday through Friday.
Orders submitted prior to noon eastern time are delivered or shipped USPS Priority Mail next delivery day.
We roast in the Nordic style to highlight the natural sweetness, acidity, and ripe fruit like qualities that define great coffee.
Our Espresso roasts offers more caramel and a tempered acidity for balance as espresso or a mellower brewed cup.
Our Dark roast is our most caramelized, heavy bodied, chocolaty roast, and is designed to go well with milk.
Freshness is guaranteed not only by our roast-to-order practice, but by virtue of a gentle roast process. Still, we suggest enjoying your coffee within three weeks. It is at this time that the most flavor is present. Moisture and heat deteriorate coffee flavor, so careful freezing practices can extend a coffee’s life. Be certain to thaw completely before opening if you choose to freeze.
Brewing: To brew coffee well, it advised to weigh your ingredients. Investing in a good gram scale will allow you to brew better coffee.
For volume based brewing, here is a starting point: 1 part Coffee to 8 parts Water @ 200°F for 4 minutes
Unfortunately, the density of coffee and water are not constant for all roasts and temperatures, so your results will vary.
For a pour over or drip brewed coffee we suggest a ratio of 60g/Kg of coffee to brewing water.
45g/750g makes a great Chemex, 24g/400g is a good starting point for a V-60.
For immersion style brewers, we recommend a ratio of 68g/Kg of coffee to brewing water.
This brew may be a 34g/500g French press or a 17g/250g Aeropress.
We believe paper filtered coffee offers the greatest clarity in a brewed cup. An even grind (.5-.8mm) and a gentle pour yields the best balance. Grinding finer makes a sweeter, heavier cup, while coarser brews a brighter, thinner cup. It is our opinion that a great cup of coffee is predominately sweet with crisp acidity and an expansive body. We offer both the coffee and equipment for you to experience this at home.