Blue and Belle
I don't hunt, but don't tell these two. They think our outside adventures are specifically intended to identify every creatures' whereabouts.
Neither of them have much of an interest in actually catching a critter. They much prefer seeing it in a tree or on the run. It's hilarious...if a creature stops running, so do they. Then, they just kinda sheepishly look at the critter and wonder why it stopped. They both have a natural aversion to actual contact and conflict...to a point.
These hounds want to find a scent trail and track...not catch. Because I usually take them out during the high sun day the likelihood of them actually coming in contact with a critter is fairly remote.
They both are so incredibly happy on a run day that my responsibility in executing their frequent exercise runs and training sessions is overwhelmed by simple joy and amusement.
Good dogs. Good life.
Some say that ladies from the South are demure and socially appropriate. This "all blue" coonhound, a South Carolina Blue Tick, is anything but. In fact, she can be a real pistol.
In the field she is "top dog". Always the lead and very well trained in both recall and non-aggressive tracking...except for an occasional bad decision with a skunk, porcupine or irritated cow moose.
A little bit aloof and definitely upper class, super model stuck-up, she remains mostly lovable despite those often off-putting characteristics.
Blucephus Bluregarde Blumenthal
100 pounds of pure energy but sweet and gentle with folks and my best buddy. He only leaves my proximity when a hot trail is available.
Very good with recall, but cursed with a stubborn streak, he is less likely than Belle to get into a fix that he can't negotiate his way out of.
Does the breed seem familiar? If you've read "Where the Red Fern Grows" you might imagine the image of "Old Dan", a Redbone Coonhound.
Dogs Gotta Run...and Trash Needs Picked-Up
We take the hounds to some fairly remote places accessible only by stout, four wheel drive. While the pups are having their fun, we gather-up litter and trash dumps that have been left behind by mindless knuckleheads.
Occasionally, when doing so, my "hey, watch this" intentions write checks that my skills can't cash.
What's this buggy?
Can-Am Defender Limited HD10. It took 15 minutes to be winched out of this mud hole and four hours to remove the mud from both inside and out. What a mess.
Shout-out to all the guys and gals at HK PowerSports in Hooksett, NH who do a great job keeping our bad-ass buggy in tip-top condition.
"Climb the mountains and get their good tidings." - John Muir
What Do Our Customers Say... & Covid-19 Updates
5-26-2020 Covid-19 Related Update: No Disruptions to service and currently there are none expected. Copley Market in Boston started last Friday. My little "Leave it to Beaver" emotional bubble here in Canterbury was popped in an instant when I strolled into the Back Bay Station on Dartmouth St. at 5:pm...it was empty. I was alone. It got real, real quick. It is with heart-felt hope's promise that we have seen the worst of this virus and that this writing will be the last of my Covid-19 updates.
5-12-2020 COVID-19 Related Update: No Disruptions to service and currently there are none expected. Copley Square Farmers Market was scheduled to open this coming Friday 15th but the mayor of Boston has put the kibosh to that for the time being.
5-4-2020 COVID-19 Related Update: No Disruptions to service and currently there are none expected. As the natives get restless, businesses are beginning to open-up; we will resume Farmers Market participation beginning Saturday 9th in Concord, NH.
4-21-2020 COVID-19 Related Update: The postal service (USPS) has advised that some "Priority" shipments will be delayed by one day. The exception are shipments denoted as "One Day" (most of New England) that are not disrupted at this time and will continue to enjoy one day service. Also, we are experiencing no disruptions in service at this time.
4-9-2020 COVID-19 Related Update: Panic coffee buying by the public has ceased to be a thing and demand, while greater than is typical, remains reasonable and measured. We currently are experiencing no disruptions on the supply side and all indications are that we personally are in good health.
4-3-2020 COVID-19 Related Update: It's been raining for two days straight and the coon hounds are driving me mad. They destroy the bed, continuously bay at squirrels from every window in the house and generally become ass-clowns when not religiously exercised every other day consisting of woods running a bare minimum of 5 miles. What does this have to do with CoronaVirus? Typically, their ass-clownyish behavior does not bother me much but today I have the sense that I might lose my marbles. There could be a correlation.
3-31-2020 COVID-19 Related Update: Currently, there are no disruptions in supply other than a small to moderate upward pricing trend; especially with organics. In addition, all related personnel remain employed and asymptomatic. We are considering the discontinuing of all on-site wholesale deliveries therefore utilizing USPS regarding all restocking of grocer accounts.
3-24-2020 COVID-19 Related Update: We have discontinued offering the larger bulk sizes (larger than 7 pounds) in an effort to maintain adequate supply for those needing product and homebound.
3-21-2020 COVID-19 Related Update: "How are you doing? Should we order now or do you think you’ll be able to keep roasting coffee? There are some things that are just that essential." -Linda >>> RESPONSE >>> Hi Linda, We do not expect any disruptions at this time. I am now the only person allowed in the production facility, which is located where I live, and expect to continue without any problems. Jeanette works off-site. Posten works off-site and as long as we remain smart about it we should be good to go. Haha..My hounds and I are living a hermitic life excepting for trips to the Post Office where I leave the packages outside their door; giving them a knock to alert that they are there…working perfectly. Thank you! - Christopher Evans, GraniteLedgeCoffee.com
" "LOVE YOUR COFFEE! Happy Summer! Stay safe." -Linda C., Manchester, NH
"Just wanted to share... this past weekend we went on our semiannual overnight canoe trip. This time we took your coffee for the camp fire coffee pot. Best cup of coffee w we’ve ever had on the sandbar!" -Michele M., Walker, LA
"Hope to see you at the nashua farmer's market this summer! Thanks for your great timely service during the long months." -Lisa H., Nashua, NH
"Thanks for the wonderful brew." -Chase K., Boston, MA
"You're our number 1 place for really great coffee. Thanks so much, and stay safe!" -Suzanne C., Quincy, MA
"Thank you so much for what you do! The shipping is so fast and we are so lucky to have great coffee during quarantine so we can work from home and chase after our 6 kiddos!" -Justine N-L, Bow, NH
"I hope you and yours are well. I can't wait to drink your coffee!" -Caren Z., Wellfleet, MA
"Grateful you can keep our family supplied with delicious coffee. Stay well." -Kathleen K., Wellesley, MA
"Hope you are doing well. Thanks for the coffee! It's a great comfort." -Lisa F., Nashua, NH
"Hope you're safe and well. Did G'Morning get discontinued? I couldn't find it on the site. Looking forward to trying a new blend from you instead. Missing those weekend mornings at the summer markets in Boston." -Lucy P., Somerville, MA
"Glad I found your website. We always get our coffee from you at the farmers market. Hope you're safe and well!" -Joseph R., Concord, NH
"Hi Chris, Hope the warmer weather will get you and the dogs out into the fresh air and maintain your sanity. It could be worse and it will get better. Soon we will be meeting in Concord at the outside farmers market enjoying the day. stay safe and healthy." -Elaine N., Northwood, NH
"Stay healthy and sane! Hope to see your smiling face at the Copley Farmers Market when things are safer." -Althea WB, Boston, MA
"So glad you are in business. Stay well." -Ellen G., Brookline, MA
"I miss the Farmer's Market in Concord! I am glad I can order online and still get my coffee." -Colleen L., Concord, NH
"We love your coffee!" -Sam G., Dorchester, MA
"Thanks for the great brew!" -Chase K., Boston, MA
"Coffee makes the world go 'round." -Andrew B., Hudson, NH
"Worth getting a bean grinder...Parrot approved best coffee!!" -Phillip C., Ft.Lauderdale, FL
"Love the coffee! The freshness is amazing!" -Linda S., Warner, NH
"Hello, We bought your coffee at the Concord Farmers’ market today. We can’t wait to try it! Regarding the plastic bags, if we brought our own glass containers to you, could we refill them to avoid using more plastic bags? Thank you. Have a great weekend." V.C., Gilford, NH >>> RESPONSE >>> Hello, Thank you for your purchase and we hope you do enjoy the coffee. Unfortunately we are currently unable to accommodate your providing glass packaging that we would be required to wash/sterilize, store and transport. Our doing so would add an enormous cost that very few customers would be willing to pay and therefore an ineffective manufacturing system and business model. Maybe some day... Again, thank you! Christopher Evans, Granite Ledge Coffee
"I place an order with you about once a month and have always been very happy with the coffee. This month I decided to try the Equatorio 50/50 blend. Simply put, it was AWFUL! I tried brewing two separate pots to be sure, but each brew tasted like water poured over cardboard. What happened? This is definitely not the quality I have come to expect. It is so undrinkable that I tossed the rest of the bag into the trash. It would be a nice gesture if you would refund the cost of the Equatorio. In any case, thought you would like to know that you might have an internal quality control issue. Thanks." -J.H., Watertown, MA >>> RESPONSE >>> Ms. H.,Thank you for your communication regarding the Equatorio coffee recently shipped. Without our analyzing the undrinkable product that you tossed in the trash we will never know if there is actually an internal quality control issue. Regardless, I not only refunded you the $16.39 per your suggestion, we have refunded the entire amount of the order totaling $49.54. We trust this response more than compensates your awful experience. Regards, P.G., Granite Ledge Coffee
"Hello. I bought your Oroma Buna coffee at the Kearsarge Coop in New London; it was wonderful. Now I've had my last bean: is the bag recyclable? I hope so...hate the prospect of tossing it in the trash." -David M., New London, NH. >>> RESPONSE >>> Our foil coffee bags are currently not considered “recyclable” in the commercial sense. We continue to look for that perfectly sustainable bag for our product. But, because coffee has two inherent properties (oils and CO2 diffusion) that render that technologically difficult, we will have to continue with what is currently available. Thank you for the comment and question.
"This coffee is the best - always soooo fresh - it has ruined us for regular beans. Chris is great to work with and has suggested so manuy good varieties for us ! LOVE seeing him at open air farmer's markets and also order online." -Donna V., Boston, MA
"So looking forward to it!" -Richard D., Canton, MA
"I purchased from you at SOWA last week. The BEST coffee ever!!!!!" -Pamela C., Norwood, MA
"My husband spoke with you at SOWA Winter Festival and ended up purchasing these beans [Preto Mogiana]. He has a grinder and an espresso machine. Result was outstanding. Thank you!" -Kathleen K., Wellesley, MA
"This coffee was excellent! I worked for many years as an archaeologist in the Eastern Andes of Peru and became a bit of a connoisseur ("coffee snob"). This Crepusculo reminds me so much of the coffee I used to drink there, in the province of Chanchamayo. Today there are many companies that sell Peruvian coffee here in the US, but none have captured that special essence." -Charles H., Mt. Pleasant, MI
"I recieved my order today AND I AM MORE THAN DISAPPOINTED. SIX DOLLLARS MORE THAN I PAID AT THE FARMER'S MARKET. YOU JUST LOST CUSTOMER. SO LAME. All the good things I said about your coffee now I will make a point of going back to these people to tell them WHAT A RIPOFF". -E.M., Nashua, NH
>>> RESPONSE >>> Ms. M: Oh no! I’m so sorry for your bad experience. Yes, it is true our coffees are more expensive online…especially when only one pound is purchased. There are many quantity discounts available. One, when used, actually makes the price much less than at the farmers markets...and then the 20% off code is also applicable. We don’t see many 1 pound orders…and that’s why. We will be at the market this Sunday. Please return the coffee there and we will give you a full refund. Again, we apologize for not meeting your expectations." -Christopher Evans
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Coffee just as you said it would be. So smooth no bitter taste loved it
Chris is the best roaster around!!!
CHRIS IS AWESOME!!!
"Bought Koobi Fora and Preto Mogiana Friday at Copley Mkt....BEST coffee I have ever tasted. I drink it black so the wonderful flavor comes through." -Walter B., Chatham, MA
"Looking forward to seeing you at the Copley Square farmers market again!" -Ann E., Brookline, MA
"This coffee is stellar. Thanks for the great pricing!". -Matt F., Waltham, MA
"Very excited to try this dark roast! Have loved every roast so far." -Maria M., Quincy, IL
"Love your coffee and always find you to be cheerful and friendly". -Regina, P., Concord, NH
"Yummy, I love my coffee. See you soon at farmers market Copley Square" -Frank P., Cambridge, MA
"Love your coffee!!" -Linda C., Manchester, NH
"I visit the Farmer's market in Copley square every year for 2 things: Fresh Produce and THE BEST coffee I've ever had... we drink a lot of decaf and this one hits the spot. Lately we've been mixing, and tried the light roast which was outstanding. I am going to try a dark roast to mix with it this time around as well. Love the fact that also have organic grounds for my plants and compost as well. This will be the first year that I will not wait until the stand opens up in the spring and will be placing an online order next week. Thank you Chris for the awesome coffee!!!" -Dave T., Boston, MA
"Love your coffee." -Gita Z., Monroe Twp., NJ
"Thanks! I've enjoyed your coffee and talking to you at the market." -Howard K., Rockford, IL
"Thank God you ship! For the price and quality per ounce, you can't be beat, and I no longer live in MA." -Christopher H., Raleigh, NC
"We LOVE the fresh, delicious blend of Kali-Ko. Such a discovery! Thank you! -Deborah A., Severna Park, MD
"Thanks. Love your coffee. Discovered at Boston Farmer's Market. Best Ever." -AnnMarie B., W.Roxbury, MA
"I bought coffee from you at a farmer's market in Boston and I love it. Thank you so much for my nice cup of coffee every morning." -Pascal D., Mystic, CT
"Great beans...great roast. Chris knows his coffee... and he knows his customers." -Robert O., Boston, MA
"Great to get my new supply of wonderful beans." -Julie J., Boston MA
"Your coffee delivery arrived yesterday and presently I am sipping my first cup. Umm!" -Ann B., Boston MA
"Always good when I'm drinking your coffee!" -Maria H., Boston MA
“I was very happy with our recent fundraiser using Granite Ledge Coffee products. The staff was a real pleasure to work with." -Gary H., Concord Reg. Tech. Ctr.
"Granite Ledge Coffee provided our fund-raiser with a user-friendly and very well organized program. The coffee was fresh! A+" -T. Brown, M.P.A.L.
“My husband and I bought a 2lb. bag of the Koobi Fora from you yesterday at the Concord Farmers Market. It is the BEST I've ever had! Thank-you!" -Dianna L., Penacook NH
"Good morning I was at So Wa Boston last Sunday April 30th and was happy to see someone selling coffee. My Husband is a big espresso fan and I wanted to get him some real good espresso. The person at the stand insisted that Preto Mogiana was the strongest and darkest espresso that you have and insured me that my husband would love it. I asked why not the coffee in the bin actually labeled 'espresso' and again he said no, the Preto Mogiana is by far the strongest and the darkest espresso, so I purchased it. My husband was disappointed in it. Says its too weak for espresso and it was not ground fine enough for espresso. We are now drinking it as a regular dark roast but I really felt obligated to write to express my disappointment. Not willing to purchase at your stand again or recommend you to anyone else. I am not one to
post on Yelp, this is as far as I go with expressing my feelings, so you don't have to worry about that, but I wanted to let you know. Sorry. -Patti D., Weymouth MA
>>> RESPONSE >>> "Patti, I am so sorry for the bad experience. It was me that you spoke with and unfortunately, I misunderstood that you wanted to process the “pre-ground” coffee as espresso because it was offered “auto-drip"; I would have suggested it be ground much finer. Please send me your mailing address and I will send you our Espresso Roast, pre-ground as a fine espresso grind, at no charge to you. Again, I apologize for my mistake. Thank you! -Christopher Evans
"Just wanted to say Thank You so much for your response and for the espresso! My husband loves it and it meant a lot that you responded the way you did. Much appreciated." -Patti D., Weymouth MA
"Working with the folks at Granite Ledge Coffee was so easy. We especially loved the way we could design our own package. It was great!" -Lisa C., Alvirne H.S.F.O.M.
"I consider myself to be quite the coffee snob... let me just say that it was an amazing first time. Thanks so much." -Elise C., Manchester NH
"Wonderful products! Wonderful service." -Amanda T., Saugus School District
"Met you at SOWA. Bought a couple of pounds (Koobi Fora). You were right. I did love it...Thank you for the T-Shirt!". -Ben R., Arlington MA
"I purchased a pound of whole beans at SoWa this past Sunday, and the coffee is so delicious! I'm a happy customer!" -Stephanie U., Boston MA
Your coffee is outstanding! I am so happy you will be a regular at the market." -Jeanne, Boston MA
"Thanks for making such delicious coffee! Keep up the good work!" -Julia W., Boston MA
"This is my first time ordering on line. Last month I bought my first coffee at the Copley Square Farmers Market. I can no longer have caffeine due to heart AFib and found your decaf coffee rich and satisfying . Your Water processed method is wonderful. Thank you so much. -Ann Marie B., West Roxbury MA
"Love, love, love your coffee" -Linda C., Manchester NH
"Fantastic!!! Third day of starting my day with your coffee.....
You've destroyed my Dunkin history - no comparison. Don't know if I should thank you or cry." -Rebecca M., Concord NH
"On Friday I bought a pound of your G'Mornin breakfast blend roast at Copley Square, and I just wanted to say that I'm enjoying it very much.
I'll be adding it to my "rotation"! -David Y., Boston MA
"Your coffee is THE BEST!!!!!!!!" -Toby F., Bedford NH
"Thanks.....just list me as one more loyal customer" -David F., Cambridge MA
"Have really, really enjoyed your coffee! I bought it at the Friday Farmer\'s Market in Copley Sq." -Peter H., Boston MA
"Hi... we met at SoWa the past two weeks. Really loving the Good Morning Roast." -Ben P., Boston MA
"We received our coffee and are loving the blend! (Our first time to try it)." -Michelle M., Walker, LA
"I just wanted to express my appreciation for your fine product(s) and advice. I have been purchasing your coffee at the Copley Square farmers market ( Boston ) on Fridays. There is a HUGE difference in taste with your coffee vs other companies. It's a no-brainer. Locally roasted and fresh is the only way to go." -Tony, Boston
"Working with Granite Ledge Coffee was so easy. Our fundraiser was a huge success and truly stress-free!" -Emily Jaworski, J.S.R.H.S.
"You did a great job. I’d be happy to recommend your service (in fact, I already have)." -Peter C., Canterbury, NH
"It is rare that I see a really new opportunity that people will enjoy. Granite Ledge Coffee made it happen" -Don Harty., Pembroke Academy L.B.C.
"Thanks for all the great service; love your product and your way of doing biz." - Howard Osterhouse, Nourish to Flourish
"I made a pot of the dark roast this morning and I have to say it is one of the best I’ve had (and I drink it black!)." -Ivy F., Manchester, NH
"The jury LOVED your coffee!" -Megan Parker, Hannah Grimes Marketplace, Peterborough NH
“Working with Granite Ledge Coffee was fantastic...people loved supporting our cause." -Shyla B., Epsom NH
"Selling Granite Ledge Coffee is our school's new favorite fundraiser." -Christine D., St.Joseph R.J.H.S., Manchester NH
"We really enjoy your coffee. Thank you for the free shipping!" -Theresa K., Ashland OH
“I found Granite Ledge's customer service excellent, and their product is fabulous." -Joshua D., Goffstown High School Music Dept.
"Just like you said, Fresh makes all of the difference in the world. There's no going back to grocery store coffee. Thanks." -Phil S., Boston MA
“It is always a pleasure to work with the staff at Granite Ledge Coffee. Thank you so much.” -Sister Judy Langevin, St. Benedict Academy
"The whole family has joined in with our own "coffee co-op". We appreciate your fresh beans and fast service." -Janice T., Boston MA
"I love your coffee, iced" -Patsy W., Laconia NH