Jun - Jul 2003: Costa Rica: Can a Coffee Be Too Perfect?; On the Flip Side …; Just One More Inscrutable Detail …

Sun, 2003-06-01
Sample and roasting room of S. Cassinelli and Co. San Francisco. Circa 1920

Costa Rica: Can a Coffee Be Too Perfect?
There's a few of us in the coffee trade… overopinionated, obsessive, bi-polar green coffee buyers. We like an underdog, and will champion a great, under-appreciated coffee ad nauseam. And conversely we will hurl invective with enthusiasm at an overrated coffee. There's nothing in-between, greatness and

Apr 2001: Pops, Cracks and Snaps; New Crop Central America Update

Sun, 2001-04-01

The Coffee Cupping Reviews for our green coffees usually recommend how long you should roast a particular coffee relative to the sounds of the roast; thefirst crack and the second crack. While it’s an imperfect way to talk about the “degree of roast,” let me explain why we chose cracks as reference points for how dark the roast is, and the alternatives.

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