If you smell coffee beans roasting in Calaveras County, you might be in Murphys.
Gold Country Roasters, at the corner of Scott and Jones streets, is the only coffee roaster in the county. The company also runs a retail cafe and a mail-order website, and supplies coffee wholesale to local businesses.
The aroma of freshly roasted beans wafted through the air on Oct. 1. The front porch of the coffee shop was lined with patrons, who sat chatting over coffee and pastries and enjoying a pleasant morning in Murphys.
Next door, roastmaster Tonja Peterson was busy monitoring a large roasting machine. She held a clipboard in hand, checking temperatures and adjusting levers as the apparatus steadily roared.