Roaster Basics: A Guide to Sample Roasting

When you get a sample of green coffee in your hands, how can you tell if it’s going to be good? Find the best roast profile? Show it off to potential customers? And how can you...

A Guide to Achieving Consistency in Coffee Roasting

You’ve sourced a great green coffee from your favorite origin and roasted a delicious batch. But how can you replicate it for your next batch, and the ten or twenty after that? When coffee is roasted...

Slavery & Specialty: Discussing Coffee’s Black History

When you reach for a bag of Brazilian roasted coffee or order a pour over from Colombia, you may consider yourself well-informed about its origins. But how did coffee come to these regions in the...

Understanding The Myth of Heirloom Variety Coffee

When we speak of Ethiopian coffees, we use descriptors such as “rosehips” and “magnolia”. But if you’re curious to know what specific variety produces these flowery notes, you’re often stuck with just one word: heirloom.  In...

A Guide to Achieving Consistency in Coffee Roasting

You’ve sourced a great green coffee from your favorite origin and roasted a delicious batch. But how can you replicate it for your next batch, and the ten or twenty after that? When coffee is roasted...

Being Black in Specialty Coffee

Who do you picture when you think of a barista in specialty coffee? How about the average customer in a third wave coffee shop? Although people of colour are represented throughout the supply chain, most...

Why Are Some Coffees More Acidic Than Others? A Brew & Roast Guide

Acidity: one of the most revered but also the most contentious attributes of a cup of specialty coffee. Loved by third wave consumers and prized by competition judges, it’s also often a cause for confusion. What...

Using UV Light For Quality Control in Coffee Roasting

Consistency is key in coffee roasting. Keeping all of your variables as uniform as possible helps maintain a level of quality. Ultraviolet (UV) light is one tool that you can use to help achieve consistency. Read...

Is Producing Fine Cacao Worth It?

In a small village on the shore of Lake Atitlan, Guatemala, I recently purchased a pound of cacao beans from a local vendor. They cost 15 quetzales. At a fine chocolatier in the touristy sector...

A Conversation With Women in Coffee Roasting

Coffee should be for everyone, regardless of gender or ethnicity. But the industry is traditionally dominated by men. That’s changing – for example, 2018 saw us celebrate the first female World Barista Champion, Agnieszka Rojewska...

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