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About Us

Bowen Island Coffee Roasting Company is the offspring of a little Espresso Bar/Café “The Happy Italian”, that opened in 2002 on Bowen Island, BC, Canada. In 2005, we started roasting our own coffee to supply our café. The quality of our freshly roasted coffee was noted immediately and the popularity grew. This was due simply to the fact that the product was vibrantly fresh and custom controls were limitless.

We soon outgrew our 5kg roaster along with our location and upgraded to the 15 kg roaster and afterburner set-up that we still use on Bowen Island today.

Come and visit us and watch the roasting process in person. Call or email to get a roasting schedule so you don’t miss out the excitement.

The afterburner is basically a catalytic converter that uses high heat to break down the odour and smoke produced during the roasting process and turns it into a water vapour. These machines use a power burner to oxidize the smoke and smell when they run between 1,200 and 1,400 degrees.

Need larger quantities or interested in wholesale opportunities?

Please contact us by email

or phone: 604-916-0848 for quotations.

What is the “rocketship” a.k.a. “the afterburner” all about? 

In 2007, when we upgraded to the Ambex 15kg coffee roaster and because of environmental concerns and wanting to keep the fresh air fresh on Bowen Island, we purchased the afterburner (also known as “the rocketship”) that currently sits outside the roasting facility.

The RoasterMate 800 is a vertically orientated, propane fueled thermal oxidizer designed to treat the odorous VOCs, smoke and chaff containing air streams from coffee roasting equipment. The “Thermal Mode Destruction Efficiency” of this unit is an amazing 99%!

...because we care about the air!