Fluid Bed Roasting

What’s Fluid Roasting and Why Do We Do It?

Early on in our roasting journey, we fell in love with fluid bed roasting, which allowed us to learn how to roast on a small scale. We made a lot of mistakes and learned a lot. This learning translated to installing bigger roasters as we grew. What really captured our attention was how smooth and consistent the roasted coffee was—it was never burnt, regardless of how dark we roasted.



The art of roasting is a big part of coffee. A great bean can be made (or not) by the roaster. We like art, but we also love science. Our roasting profiles produce consistently delicious coffee – every time. Each bean varies from region to region and farm to farm; each has its own unique qualities. We experiment with the beans from our Café Femenino producers and dial in the exact roast prfiles to bring out the best flavors. Once dialed in, each profile is digitally-programmed to ensure that you are getting the same quality in every bag of Saw-Dog Coffee you order, every time.

A Few Words About Cafe Feminino

While women have always been crucial to coffee production, men traditionally held the economic power. In 2004, 464 female coffee producers in Peru united to change this dynamic and take a step toward empowerment. They decided to separate their coffee production from men to gain visibility and a voice inside their community. Working in partnership with OPTCO, they developed a never-before-existing market for women-produced coffee to serve as an important vehicle for social change and the empowerment of poor, marginal-ized women coffee farmers. Since then, the Café Femenino movement now includes thousands of women farmers from nine countries across the world.

Café Femenino requires participating cooperatives to give their women farmers control of revenues, land ownership, and acknowledgement for their exceptional coffee. With economic control in their hands, the women farmers of Cecanor have used Café Femenino funds to invest in community betterment projects including children’s libraries, schools, health and nutritional education, and programs that build self-esteem, human rights awareness, and literacy. Learn more about Cafe Femenino.

Commitment to People & Planet

Business decisions from Saw-Dog HQ (aka, our dinner table) take into consideration not just profits, but also how outcomes can affect people and the planet.

Second only to oil, coffee is the most-traded commodity in the world. You can get a cup of coffee almost anywhere, but every cup is not created equally, and there is a personal story behind each bean. We do our best to ensure that your coffee beans taste great, but also make a difference.



Saw-Dog sources 100% Cafe Femenino certified coffee farms that empower women

Your coffee is roasted with solar power

Your coffee bag is compostable which avoids creating waste

You make a difference by enjoying coffee that was roasted just for you – not a store shelf

Sawdog remains committed to our environmental and social mission and the world gets a little better – well done!

We look forward to being your personal coffee roaster and doing some good together!

“Great flavor, always fresh. Convenient pickup location at my gym! The owners are great with service and are quick to help with any additional beans that I need.”

— Dani H, Colchester, VT