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Truckee has a new coffee roaster

An extraordinary cup of coffee begins with sourcing, is quality controlled through every phase of the coffee supply chain, and leads to an extraordinary life. Those are the beliefs of Truckee's newest coffee roaster, Nick Visconti,

His brand, Drink Coffee Do Stuff, is roasted from their brick-and-mortar shop in Truckee and brought to the public through online sales.

"Roasting coffee is a dance of art and science. I'm manipulating the chemistry of the coffee bean on a molecular level, but it's also an art where I'm using all five of my senses," Visconti said.

This passion of his has been growing as he worked in the Pacific Northwest as a production roaster over five years, learning from masters of the trade and building his personal brand — Drink Coffee Do Stuff.

In his previous career, Visconti was a professional snowboarder and recalled stories about chasing his athletic dream around the world while noticing a common thread throughout his journey — coffee.

"It began at 12,000 feet in the Swiss Alps. We'd be on a photo shoot and all day it was like, 'Snowboard, cappuccino…snowboard, Americano…snowboard, espresso,' I was so amazed by how the coffee culture is embedded in the European lifestyle," Visconti said.

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Visconti spent much of his life in Truckee, and said he and his wife Laura wanted to relocate to the area to start their businesses and raise their family in the environment they love.

"I snowboarded professionally for seven years and my career was instigated here. The community and the mountains really served me and I feel really blessed to get to turn around and serve it," he said.

And what better gift to serve the North Lake Tahoe-Truckee community than coffee to fuel an adventure?

Visconti offers four single origin coffees, which will change throughout the season as well as two blends that are always on the menu.

All of the coffee beans Drink Coffee Do Stuff roasts are classed as specialty coffee and are the highest caliber coffees around the world, accounting for 20 percent of the annual global crop.

Their specialty coffee beans are grown between 4,000 and 9,000 feet, and are scored above 80 points on a 100 point scale by industry experts.

"If we were looking at it from the product element, we source the highest quality coffee arguably within 100 miles, but what's really unique about this brand is that all of our specialty coffee is sourced for mountain people, by mountain people," Visconti said.

His brand is designed to reflect the mountain culture and adventure lifestyle, regardless of what the day's schedule has in store.

"Whether they're off to work or their next Tahoe vacation, I want this coffee to be the catalyst to a really extraordinary day," he said.

To get your hands on Drink Coffee Do Stuff, head to their website and place your order. By signing up for the coffee club subscription patrons will receive 10 percent off their order, and free local delivery.

"There's no more traffic, grocery store lines, running out of coffee or needing to run out of the house. Less hassle, better coffee, extraordinary life," Visconti said.

They currently offer free delivery to locals of Truckee, Glenshire, Olympic Valley and Northstar, and are hoping to expand to more communities in North Lake Tahoe.

All of Visconti's beans feature a light roast to caramelize the natural sugars and let the bean's flavor shine.

"I personally like to roast around nine to 10 minutes, afterward you burn the organic material that's in the beans: the proteins, carbs, sugars, and you burn out the caffeine," Visconti said.

Flavors include: Guatemala Huehuetenango, Colombia Huila, Mexico Chiapas, Ethiopia Sidama, Colombia Decaf, Hell Yeah!, and Grandpa Max.

Cassandra Walker is a features and entertainment reporter for the Sierra Sun. She can be reached at cwalker@sierrasun.com, 530-550-2654 or @snow1cass.

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Drink Coffee Do Stuff believes extraordinary coffee leads to an extraordinary life. Visit http://www.drinkcoffeedostuff.com for more.