Old Linn Run Coffee Bean Roastery

Old Linn Run Coffee Bean Roastery
A little bit about us.

Coffee Descriptions and Pricing

Coffee Descriptions and Pricing

Who we are......by Kandi

Who we are...... by Kandi

It was my desire to have a coffee roasting business in Ligonier Valley for many years. I discovered a transportable roaster and knew that “now was the time”. My partner, Dave was crazy enough to agree to the idea and “so it began”. Our business was established in June, 2010

We ordered the roaster, made with all U.S.A. parts, from a small company out west, traveling nine days round trip to pick it up. It was quite the adventure--- as I’m sure the business will be too.

Our intention is to offer quality coffee that is fresh roasted. This makes all the difference in taste, as our increasing number of coffee “fans” can attest to. To maintain peak freshness, the beans are roasted after they are ordered.

Since our first event, Back to the Garden Market, “just down the road” from us, we’ve brewed and sold coffee at many festivals and markets. Along with purchasing direct from us….our coffee is sold at various other businesses from Rector to Pittsburgh with more in the works. A list is posted. Other businesses have expressed interest and we are receiving a lot of phone and e-mail orders. The positive response is very encouraging.

We hope that once you try our coffee you’ll taste the difference too and become a valued customer and friend as well!!

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Something new... again

Here I go again.... get bored and have to come up with something new.... I am now making Dry Coffee Rubs for meat or veggies. There are a few different rubs.....Dave’s is full of herbs, mine “Kandi’s’, is mocha, sugar spice and everything nice :-), and making more types this week.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Shop Small Business Saturday!!!

American Express is offering a one time $25 credit to your Am Ex account for a single transaction of $25 + if you purchase at a local small business this Saturday, November 26th. We are listed as one of the businesses that you can shop with. Just go to the link below, click on “get involved”, register your card + find businesses.


Saturday is also Ligonier Country Market’s Christmas event from 10-3 at the YMCA. We will be there!
(Note: the Echo incorrectly listed times to be 8-5 on the front page no less)

Monday, October 17, 2011

Oh noooooooo!!!

Surely this should make everyone be more environmentally conscious and do what they can to “SAVE THE PLANET” !!!

The Early Show: Climate change pushing coffee to extinction? - Some scientists say global warming is threatening the world's coffee supply

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Fort Ligonier Days!

Come see us at Mellon Park!!! We are at the corner of Walnut St. and West Main St.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Coffee....is good for you!!

It is 12:17 am so I guess it is officially Thursday.   Coffee is good for you day, right?

Good for a laugh, I hope. I thought it was funny, but I have a weird sense of humor

Friday, September 30, 2011

This Saturday and Sunday...... getting warm with coffee at:

We will be at Delmont this Sat. & Sun. Hope to see you! 
Come get warm with a cup of coffee!
The Delmont Apple 'N Arts Festival is a Non-
Profit Organization. We have a festival once a
year on the first weekend in October.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Monday, September 26, 2011

Coffee....is good for you!!

Not Thursday’s occasional info but it is no TV tonight.

Just heard on KDKA @ 5 pm......coffee and it’s healing qualities, Yea! We will certainly be watching!

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Coffee is good for you!!

Info graciously supplied to us from Granny Earth

Effect of Coffee on Alzheimer’s-
Coffee drinking protects against Alzheimer’s.
A recent Alzheimer’s study (U. of South Florida) found that an unidentified component of coffee interacts with caffeine to boost blood levels of a growth factor called GCSF (granulocyte colony stimulating factor) that seems to fight off Alzheimer’s process (Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease).
GCSF is a substance that’s greatly diminished in patients w/Alzheimer’s- and demonstrated to improve memory in Alzheimer’s studies.
The USF team presents the first evidence that caffeinated coffee offers protection against this disease- protection that doesn’t occur with other caffeinated drinks or decaffeinated coffee. Hurray for coffee!

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Have been off the blog for awhile.

I have found signing into this blog is always a hassle lately and I don’t have the patience/time for it.

We have been very busy with the weekends at Ligonier Country Market, Music in the Mountains at Ohiopyle etc.

We will be at Stahlstown’s Flax Scutching this entire weekend. 

We are happy to announce that Fallingwater Cafe is now serving our coffee too! We think there will be some other clients soon....we hope. :-)

We have donated a basket of items for the silent auction at the Polo Match this Saturday.

We will be brewing our coffee as a donation again at the Loyalhanna Watershed Art Auction, next Saturday. There isn’t any mention of us in the newspaper articles so I thought I should let you know. People have been asking.

We also may be having our coffee served at the Gala for the 75th anniversary of Fallingwater. However, I have not had a confirmation on that yet. It sounds like a wonderful evening!!!

Hope to see you somewhere in our travels or call/e-mail us!!!  Thanks!!! kandi & dave

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Schedule for festivals and markets + purchasing locations

Hi!  After listening to our coffee friends, one question keeps popping up: "How can I buy our coffee other than the festivals and markets”? The information above covers where we will be the rest of the season, as far as we know to date + how you can buy our coffee directly or elsewhere, as well. Thank you for your interest and support!!! We do appreciate it!

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Coffee is good for you!!

At times, we have been asked if our coffee is “Fair Trade” coffee that many have heard of. The answer is “no”. Our coffee is Direct Trade, which we prefer, although both options are good! Please read the following excerpt that may explain the two.


Ideas and Issues for green, organic, and fair trade products and making the World Better.
Fair Coffee Showdown: Direct Trade vs. Fair Trade Coffee
Posted on August 20, 2010 by tony
“…both focus on high quality, and trade  fair coffee of some sort…”
On my shelf I have a can of Kicking Horse Coffee sitting next to a bag of Level Ground Trading Coffee. Despite my IQ handicap at this hour of the day, I recall both are great coffees, but one is fair trade certified, while the other is direct trade coffee. So what’s the difference? They both are much better choices compared to free market coffee beans, but there are distinguishing factors between the two labels.
Fair Trade Organic Coffee
This certification is probably the best known in the fair coffee trade.  Fair Trade emerged in the late 1980′s and represented a third party certification body which aimed to provide a more equitable price to producers of coffee the world over.  Today, each country has it’s own Fair Trade certification body, all with similar certification standards and tied to the Fair Trade Labeling Organization (FLO) International.
By purchasing a product with these labels, consumers receive a guarantee that the product has met the third party certification requirements.  Some of these include: a minimum set price to producers; coffee produced in farmer co-operatives; producers hold a balance between environmental protection & business results; a premium is collected which is re-invested in the community; all producers work in fair and just working conditions.
Direct Trade Coffee   
Direct Trade coffee has emerged more recently as an alternative to fair trade coffee.  This system focuses on creating direct relationships with individual farmers.  The advantages to this are higher prices paid to producers than global Fair Trade prices (since costs of having a third party certifier are removed), and higher control over coffee quality (since coffee importers & roasters are able to choose specific farmers and crops of coffee (rather than accepting a blend from a fair trade co-operative). They also see for themselves the actual working conditions and the growing environment of each farm.
A truly whole coffee bean
This is certainly a high level overview of ethical coffee – there is a wealth of information available by searching for “fair trade coffee” or “direct trade coffee” for those interested in delving deeper.
Truth be told…Both focus on high quality, and trade fair coffee of some sort; they are both market leaders and innovators when it comes to providing an ethical bean.  The whole point is leave the Folger’s on the shelf at the grocery store, and in doing so put more money in the coffee farmers’ pockets.
*** Our coffee is purchased through a small, “one man” importing company in California. Steve is a green coffee import expert, roaster and licensed Q-grader. He travels to the farms, “cups” the coffee, gets to know the farmers and directly purchases the beans from them. He buys what he considers the best quality of beans. 
You are able to enjoy the end result, fresh roasted, quality beans from small farms around the world.
Steve and a friend on his visit to Indonesia

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Coffee is good for you!!

It seems that the last few of these did not post. I never thought to check so shame on me.
In honor of summer and swimsuit season......(something I am not ready for yet again)

The amount of caffeine in two cups of java cuts hunger by 35% and boosts metabolism by about 50 calories.  

1/2 tsp of cinnamon causes the body to metabolize sugar 20 times faster, resulting in less hunger and fewer fat storage hormones

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Coffee is good for you!!

Make exercise easier with coffee. Not only does a cup of joe right before a workout give you extra endurance, it also reduces any aches and pains you may feel during exercise, say University of Illinois researchers. Why? Caffeine blocks adenosine, a chemical that sends pain signals to the brain.
from Woman’s World 4/11/11

Monday, May 16, 2011

New places to buy OLR beans

Soon we will be at Ligonier Country Market, starting the last Saturday in May. Our location: L-5  left/exit side, row w/electricity  Just look for our cafe au lait colored tent & our roaster or......follow your  nose, stop and smell the coffee and better yet have a cup and take some beans home with you! Hope to see you there!!!!

Rosary Acres will be having their grand opening in mid June! Our beans will be there also. We plan on stopping in on Saturday after the Country Market to offer samples of our coffee. Will keep you posted.
Future site of Rosary Acres!

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Coffee is good for you!!

Feliz Cinco de Mayo!  Enjoy some Mexican coffee today!

1 ounce Kahlua
1/2 ounce tequila
Whipped cream
Nutmeg for garnish
Fresh but fairly strong hot coffee
Pour Kahlua and tequilla into glass coffee mugpastedGraphic.pdf
Stir gently
Garnish with whipped cream and sprinkle a little nutmeg on top if you'd like 

Note: As you may know, tequila is made from the fermented juice of the agave plant. Tequila is the national drink of Mexico. It is like a fine cognac in that it gets better with aging. Popular brands include Jose Cuervo, Patron and Sauza. A white tequila would be best for this recipe.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Coffee....is good for you!!

Drinking more than a cup a day was associated with a 22-25% lower risk of stroke, compared with those who drank less. (Stroke: Journal of the American Heart Association)
Low or no coffee consumption was associated with an increased risk of stroke in a study of 34,670 women (ages 49-83) followed for 10  years. It’s too soon to change coffee drinking habits, but the study should ease concerns of some women, researchers noted. Potential ways coffee reduces risk of stroke-weakening subclinical inflammation, reducing oxidative stress & improving insulin sensitivity.
“Some women have avoided consuming coffee because they have thought it is unhealthy. Increasing evidence indicates that  moderate coffee consumption may decrease the risk of some diseases such as diabetes, liver cancer and possibly stroke”. (Susanna Larsson, Ph.D.- National Institute of Environmental Medicine, Sweden)    taken from an item written in Granny Earth’s Connections April 2011 edition

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Dave not only roasts coffee, he dyes eggs with it too 
...some boys never grow up. 

Now we found another use for the beloved caffeine.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Coffee is good for you!!

Dr. Weil
Question  Coffee to Prevent Gallstones?
I've been trying to cut back on caffeine, but I just read that drinking coffee can lower the risk of gallstones. What should I do?

Answer (Published 12/19/2002)
New results from a large study did show a 25 percent lower risk of gallstones among women who regularly drink four or more cups of coffee a day (compared to women who drink none). This finding, published in the December 2002 issue of the journal Gastroenterology, comes from the famous Harvard Nurses' Health Study, which has followed more than 80,000 women for 20 years. An earlier study found that drinking coffee lowers gallstone risk among men.
The Harvard researchers suggested that the caffeine in coffee is responsible for the gallstone effect, perhaps because it triggers gallbladder contractions that may discourage stone formation.
If you're prone to gallstones (risks are highest among overweight, mid-life women, diabetics and those whose mothers had gallstones), you can take a number of other preventive measures that may be better for overall health:

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Coffee is good for you!!

5 New Uses for Coffee Beans
From hand deodorizer to pore shrinker, check out creative ways to use coffee beans.
1. Pie Weights: When prebaking a piecrust, use beans to keep it from puffing up or shrinking into the pie plate: Line the bottom and sides of the cold dough with foil and fill to the brim with beans.
2. Hand Deodorizer: After handling onions or garlic, rub a few beans between your palms to eliminate any lingering smell.
3. Candle Anchor: Pretty and functional: Fill a hurricane vase with beans before adding a pillar candle to help keep the candle steady and minimize mess (the beans will catch the wax).
4. Nose Neutralizer: Sniff beans between spritzes at the perfume counter to cleanse your "palate" between fragrances.
5. Pore Shrinker: Place two cups of medium- to light-roast beans (which have more caffeine than dark varieties) in a bowl or a bathroom sink and fill with hot water. After a few minutes (when the water is cooler), splash your face for a tighter complexion.

Sunday, March 27, 2011


Just delivered beans to Currant Thymes in Ligonier and Barb’s Country Store in Rector this weekend!
We will also be delivering to Backyard Gardens in Ohiopyle mid April in time for April 16th weekend!

Friday, March 25, 2011


Connections Gift Shop and Tea Room will be having their grand opening April 2nd!! Don’t be confused by the name. They will have coffee too, our fresh roasted coffee, brewed and french pressed.
We will be there offering samples of coffee to help them kick off their opening. Please stop in!
Dave roasted and I am getting the beans ready to deliver to Currant Thymes and Barb’s Country store in Rector. Hopefully it will be there tomorrow, Saturday !!!

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Coffee....is good for you!!

Need more reasons to drink coffee? Click on the link below and you can read five of them!!!!

5 health reasons to not quit coffee - Healthy Living on Shine
By Kerri-Ann Jennings, M.S., R.D., Associate Nutrition Editor at EatingWell Magazine I really like coffee. The morning ritual of brewing a cup, the smell that perks me up before I take a sip and, of course, the flavor all make it my favorite beverage…

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Coffee....is good for you!!

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!!!    
Here is an Irish Coffee recipe to round off a meal of:
Beef Stew in Stout with Herb Dumplings
Irish Soda Bread (of course)
Apple Cake (in  honor of St. Patrick himself planting an apple tree outside what is now Armagh city)
Irish Coffee
2 measures of Irish Whiskey
1 tsp sugar, or to taste
freshly made strong black coffee
2 measures heavy cream

  1. Put the whiskey into a warmed heatproof glass with sugar to taste. 
  2.  Pour in the coffee and stir until the sugar has completely dissolved.
  3. Pour the cream very slowly over the back of a spoon that is just touching the top                                 of the coffee and edge of glass. Keep pouring until all the cream is added and settled on the top.  
  4.  Do not stir! Drink the coffee through the cream


Wednesday, March 9, 2011

New Coffee shop will be opening soon!!!!

CONNECTIONS  will be opening for business April 2nd!!!
 Old Linn Run’s coffee, tea and Sharon Detar’s delicious pastries and other baked delights along with Fair trade items will be offered.
 We will be there to help kick off their opening day with samples of coffee.
Mary Miller and her Fork and the Road culinary tour will be visiting too! 
Please visit this new shop! We will be roasting fresh for CONNECTIONS and for your enjoyment.  Connect with each other with a cup of caffeine and some of Sharon’s delicacies.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

New coffee beans arrived and roasted!!!!

Dave roasted today for some orders. The Sumatra Mandheling and Sumatra Peaberry are both french roasted. The Brazilian is a lighter house roast this time. Dave wants to see if it brings out the different tastes of the blend better as Felipe (of Bobolink Farms/FAF) suggested. We have Columbian again, medium roasted and the ETHIOPIAN we have never tried. It was dropped at a lighter house roast to allow all the different tastes to reveal themselves too.  We can’t grind the beans for 48 hours and cannot wait to try the Ethiopian!

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Coffee is good for you!!

This is a copy of an article in Reader’s Digest    reverse Diabetes     march 2011 issue

Friday, February 25, 2011

A place to “connect” in town coming soon!

Heard there is going to be a new coffee, tea, pastry ++ shop opening soon in town! Plans are to serve coffee roasted fresh by a certain local roasting business. :-)   We personally cannot wait!

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Coffee is good for you!!

Coffee is good for you!!!........and helps others too.
Here is some info on the Ethiopian Beans we are waiting for.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Trying some new beans!!!

Along with a shipment of Mandheling and Brazilian, we have ordered Columbian Supremo and some Ethiopian Sidamo. Never tried roasting the Ethiopian yet. Can’t wait!

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Something interesting in Cooking Light magazine!

As a reminder:
If you want Old Linn Run’s fresh roasted coffee beans,
you need to order
in advance  to allow time for roasting
(processing payments and shipping if it applies).
We do not have an inventory of roasted beans.
We want to ensure freshness by roasting the beans as close to the day
 that you receive them, as is possible.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Coffee....is good for you!

February 17th is National Cafe Au Lait day! 
It seems there is a day to celebrate anything and everything. 

Café au lait
(French for "coffee with milk")
is a French coffee drink.

"Cafe au lait is simply strongly brewed coffee or espresso mixed with 
hot or scalded milk in a 1:1 ratio.”

My favorite way to enjoy our coffee:
Heat cream   ( I use organic vanilla creamer) in a mug
Froth with the Aerolatte Mooo milk frother
Add coffee
Sprinkle organic cinnamon on top 
  C’est Magnifique!

I love this!!!

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Coffee....is good for you!

Here it is, Thursday and posting another tidbit of info about the beloved bean and caffeine.
Coffee and Green Tea Slows Aging. 
More good news for people who can’t get by without their daily coffee or tea fix:
These beverages may keep you young (not just at heart). According to recent research, coffee and tea could protect your DNA from oxidation, which makes you more susceptible to disease and premature aging. In the study, people who drank 800 ml (approx 3 1/2 cups) of coffee a day for five days had a reduced DNA-oxidation rate. Oxidation levels for water drinkers stayed about the same. Green tea showed similar health benefits in a Hong Kong study resulting in “younger DNA” and possibly adding as many as five years to their lives.   Delicious Living February 2011

Friday, February 4, 2011


Old Linn Run Coffee Bean Roastery Hello again! Just wanted to post to all our coffee fans: please remember that if you are running out of the beans, all you have to do is call to order. 724-238-9102. Thought a reminder might be necessary, especially now that some of our retailers are not open that much during the winter months. Hope to hear from you!!!

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Coffee....is good for you!

Coffee Scrubs! 
A coffee body scrub is so much more beneficial than the everyday scrub. This information was provided by CancerLynx.
  1. No more cellulite. While coffee is wonderful for many reasons, it is actually the caffeine it contains that provides the added health benefits as a scrub. When coffee is applied to the surface of your skin, it helps redistribute fat cells and decrease the formation of cellulite.
  2. Problems with varicose veins. Many people accept varicose veins as a necessary evil--either as a sign of getting older or a predisposition inherited from Mom or Dad. Now with a coffee body scrub skin care routine, you may be able to prevent varicose veins or even make them vanish! The caffeine in a coffee scrub acts as a vascular restrictor--shrinking blood vessels, thus helping to reduce varicose veins
  3.  It has been used for years in spas in Hawaii and on the coast of Bali.

    **We have coffee scrub mixes  for sale. Just add your own choice of oil when you are ready to use it, to maintain freshness!

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Coffee is good for you!!

It is Thursday already and another Coffee is good for you !! post.  This time I’m giving you a  few  ways to recycle used coffee grounds.  Hopefully, some of you will find this to be a handy tip.

  As a Deodorizer:
  • Kitchen drains: Pour 1/2 c. grounds down the drain followed with 5 c. boiling water to keep it smelling fresh. *Caution: do not try if have trouble with clogged drains.
  • Dry the grounds on a cookie sheet in oven on low, put in a container with holes & use in fridge or freezer
  • Place dried grounds in a mesh bag & use in closets etc.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Old Linn Run Coffee Bean Roastery SNOW!!!! It is beautiful!!! The roads are unsafe though. I had to talk one of our favorite “coffee addicts” out of driving here to get some beans. They are out and she couldn’t bear the thought of starting off her morning with Peets. Hopefully the plow truck will clear our way to get some beans to B !   :-)

Monday, January 24, 2011

National Irish Coffee Week

What is this Holiday for?
To apprecipate the great taste of a world famous alcoholic coffee called An Irish Coffee. If you dont mind alcohol in your drinks and you like coffee then you will love an Irish Cream Coffee. If you've never had it before, give it a try. Let today be the day you try this ever so popular drink. Recipe is listed below.
Origin of this Holiday?
Our research did not find the creator, or the origin of this day.
This holiday is referred to as a "National" day.  However, we did not find any congressional records or presidential proclamations for this day. Even though we didn't, this is still a holiday that is publicized to celebrate. So have fun with it and celebrate it!

What is an Irish Coffee?
Irish coffee (Irish: Caife Gaelach) is a cocktail consisting of hot coffee, Irish whiskey, and sugar, stirred, and usually topped with thick cream. The coffee is drunk through the cream. The original recipe explicitly uses cream that has not been whipped, although whipped cream is often used. Irish coffee may be considered a variation on the hot toddy.
The original Irish coffee was invented by Joseph Sheridan, a head chef at Foynes, County Limerick. Foynes' port was the precursor to Shannon International Airport in the west of Ireland; the coffee was conceived after a group of American passengers disembarked at the airport on a miserable winter evening in the 1940s. Sheridan decided to add some whiskey to the coffee to warm the passengers. After being asked if they were being served Brazilian coffee, Sheridan told the passengers that it was Irish coffee

Black coffee is poured into the mug;
Whiskey and at least one level teaspoon of sugar is stirred in until fully dissolved. The sugar is essential for floating liquid cream on top.[4]
Thick cream is carefully poured over the back of a spoon initially held just above the surface of the coffee and gradually raised a little. The layer of cream will float on the coffee without mixing. The coffee is drunk through the layer of cream.

1 shot of Irish whiskey
1-2 teaspoons of sugar
Filter coffee
Lightly whipped cream
  1. Warm whiskey and sugar in heat resistant glass and stir until sugar is dissolved
  2. Add coffee
  3. Carefully pour lightly whipped cream over the back of a spoon so it floats on the top
  4. Garnish with cocoa if you wish
  5. Sip hot coffee through the cool cream