Meet Buddy’s Beans Teenage CEO Jonmichael Weaver of Los Alamos High School

By BERNADETTE LAURITZEN
Los Alamos

Los Alamos High School senior Jonmichael Weaver would like to start your day off right, as another recipient of LACDC’s Summer Youth Business Grant Program. Weaver is the owner and chief bean counter of Buddy’s Beans, a new local coffee roaster with a heart of gold and the integrity to back it up.

“All my beans are from a couple of Christian missions around the globe,” Weaver said. “The beans are grown in small quantities by farmers who care.”

Weaver has always loved food and drink and decided to apply for the Summer Youth Business Grant Program to set up shop and give his idea some legs.

“I enjoy the people I meet in selling coffee,” Weaver said. “Coffee is a way for people to sit down and talk, or to stay up all night studying for a big test. So many people use it to help them become successful.”

Weaver wants to help others to be successful with life and roasting coffee is just the start. He roasts each batch to order in light, medium, dark or any style of roast the customer desires. He also has a variety of beans to tempt the taste buds. 

“I only sell in small quantities to ensure the customer always enjoys a quality and fresh cup of coffee,” he said.

Weaver was one of 11 students funded through the Summer Youth Business Grant Program. The goal is to help local and regional youth tap into their passion, building great business relationships and assets along the way.

“The YBG made my business a reality, without their wonderful suggestions and financial support I would not be here today,” Weaver said.

Email Weaver at buddysbeans@gmail.com. The tech savvy teen is utilizing a variety of media sources to increase sales. Coffee connoisseurs can check out his Facebook Page at Buddy’s Beans.

Those interested in helping the Summer Youth Business Grant Program to learn more may call 505.695.9139. Additional youth businesses include landscaping, yard and pet care, jewelry, fashion and video production. Even the smallest donation allows the SYBG program to continue. The students not only receive start-up funds of up to $400, but free advice, promotional opportunities, customer relation building suggestions and in some cases, mentors from local business leaders.

Buddy’s Beans Menu

  • El Salvador SHG EP $6 – A Strictly High Grown (SHG) European Prep** “Pacas” Bourbon Arabica from the reknowned Pacas family. Yet another wonderful El Salvador estate coffee, that brings together high altitude, heirloom Bourbon stock, and volcanic soil to render a complex coffee with chocolate, peanut and orange notes, good round acidity, and creamy body, cupped at 82.5. Fresh and sweet, it’s no wonder that Pacas estates have won numerous awards in the last number of years, including the Cup of Excellence® several years running! From the Vivagua coffee mill in the Santa Ana region. Altitude: 4,400: Strictly High Grown; Varietals: Pacas Bourbon; Season: 2013 Harvest; Process: Wet Processed. European Prep. Patio Dried. **European (EP) and American Preparation (AP) classifications refer to the hand process of removing defective beans and foreign matter (pebbles, etc.) from a given amount of green beans. EP coffees are so named as they typically are destined for more discerning European markets, and apply to the higher quality gourmet specialty coffees.
  • Panama SHB Lerida Estate $7 – An European Preparation** Strictly Hard Bean High Grown at Finca Lerida in the Alto Quiel region of Panama. Above the small town of Boquete in the green mountain highlands of western Panama, the coffees of Finca Lerida are characterized by clear acidity and a silky body. Look for sweet tropical fruit and Meyer lemon, with a spice finish. Altitude: 5249 – 5905 feet; Varietals: Caturra, Catuai, and Geisha; Season: 2011 Harvest (GrainPro lined); Process: Semi-Washed Processed (Pinhalensed machine demucilaged to utilize less water, then patio and machine dried). **European and American Preparation classifications refer to the hand process of removing defective beans and foreign matter (pebbles, etc.) from a given amount of green beans. EP coffees are so named as they typically are destined for more discerning European markets, and apply to the higher quality gourmet specialty coffees.
  • Sulawesi Kalossi Grade 1 Toraja SemiWashed $8 – This is a Wet-Hulled “Semi-Washed” coffee (rather than Wet-Processed or Washed). Wet-Hull processing means the coffee is picked, pulped, and then the seed is partly dried. When it still at 25-30 percent moisture it is hulled out of the parchment, and laid out in the sun for final drying. Much of that low-toned famous Indonesian flavor is due to this unique process. Sulawesi Kalossi Gr. 1 2013 Toraja(h) semi-washed. From the Mamasa sub-region of the the Western Sulawesi Province of the island of Sulawesi, Indonesia. Very sweet, with hints of prune, tamarind, brown sugar, sweet earth, and pumpkin, this coffee has a lively acidity, yet a syrupy body, and import cupped at an 86. Altitude: 5.600 to 6,000 feet; Varietals: Bourbon, Timor Hybrid, & Catimor; Soil: High iron; Screen size: Arabica Grade 1 (double-picked hand sorted); Season: 2013/14; Process: Wet Hulled; Marks: “PT Sumatra Jaya Kopi DP Grade Torajah Mamasa Sub-region.”

Light Roasts

  • Light City
  • Half City
  • Cinnamon Roast (roasted to just before first crack)
  • New England Roast (to the end of the first crack)

Medium Roasts

  • American Roast
  • City Roast
  • Breakfast Roast
  • MediumDark
  • Roast
  • FullCity
  • Roast
  • Vienna Roast

Dark Roast

  • French Roast
  • Italian Roast
  • Espresso Roast

All prices are per 1/2 lb.

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