Joan D'Amico in front of her new coffee roaster
Frank D'Amico Juniorfire in October 2012, owners Joan and Frank d'Amico have been roasting their coffee in Red Hook.
Luckily, they just received delivery of a brand new Dietrich coffee roaster. It's pretty impressive looking.
I happened to walk by on Friday afternoon, when the machine was still standing on the sidewalk. It certainly caused many people to stop in their track to admire it.
The D'Amico family has operated its business at this location since 1948. All through 2012, the owners Frank Junior and Joan had been dealing with an anonymous 311 caller, who had complained about the smell of roasting coffee. The same person had also called in a few false alarms to the Fire Department.The 311 calls had prompted a visit from an New York City's Department of Environmental Protection inspector, who told the d'Amicos that they needed a costly after-burner to reduce the smell.
If the 311 caller is still living in the neighborhood, he/she may be interested to know that the Dietrich roaster makes "roasting coffee 50-60% more energy efficient and cleaner by orders of magnitude than any other roaster on the market."