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  1. Video: Guatemala 2019 Coffee Clips

    Video: Guatemala 2019 Coffee Clips

    A few fairly low tech clips and some thoughts on coffee processing and coffee buying in Guatemala.

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  2. Podcast Episode #21 - Burundi Conversation with Alistair Sequeira - Part 1

    Podcast Episode #21 - Burundi Conversation with Alistair Sequeira - Part 1

    Part 1 of 2 - Talking about the coffee supply chain among other topics

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  3. Colombia: Early Harvest in Nariño

    Colombia: Early Harvest in Nariño

    Harvest in Nariño comes at a time that is somewhat in between the middle and main harvests of our other primary sources of Colombian coffee, namely Urrao and Caicedo in the north, and La Plata and Inzá down south.

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  4. Guatemala: Proyecto Xinabajul

    Guatemala: Proyecto Xinabajul

    For years we have thought about working in a more direct way with small-scale farmers in Guatemala, and in the 2013 harvest year this effort came to fruition.

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  5. Another Home Roaster Takes the Leap

    Another Home Roaster Takes the Leap

    Sweet Maria's customer jumps into his own coffee business

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  6. A Path to Food-Grade Cascara at the Helsar Micro-mill

    A Path to Food-Grade Cascara at the Helsar Micro-mill

    Cascara beverages are popping up everywhere these days.

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  7. Day after Day Job

    Day after Day Job

    Many home roasting enthusiasts dream of starting their own roasting businesses.

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  8. Fundamentals: Roasting Guatemalas and Washed Central American Coffees

    Fundamentals: Roasting Guatemalas and Washed Central American Coffees

    High grown washed Central American coffees are practically the control coffee when it comes to roasting, the coffees that roast just like they should.

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  9. Decaf Fundamentals - Updated 1/2017

    Decaf Fundamentals - Updated 1/2017

    When thinking about how to make an excellent decaffeinated coffee you have to first focus on the coffee before decaffeination.

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  10. Introducing the Quest M3s Drum Coffee Roaster

    Introducing the Quest M3s Drum Coffee Roaster

    The Quest M3s isn't necessarily bigger than our other home machines, but perhaps more closely resembles a production roasting experience.

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  11. Taste and Price: When Values Shift

    Taste and Price: When Values Shift

    I recently caught glimpse of this and found it very thought-provoking.

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  12. Day After Day Job Part 6

    Day After Day Job Part 6

    Part 6: Dream Machine- choosing a roaster.

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  1. Let's Take a Break and Have Some Coffee 

    Let's Take a Break and Have Some Coffee 

    Taking a look at our offer lists the last few days, I realize that a huge part of our job is keeping coffees separate.

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  2. Three Roasts Three Brews - El Salvador Matalapa Tablon Cidra 

    Three Roasts Three Brews - El Salvador Matalapa Tablon Cidra 

    El Salvador Matalapa Tablon Cidra deserves some sharper focus, as we like to return to coffees in our current inventory and flesh them out in greater detail.

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  3. Two Roasts Three Brews - Java Sunda Gunung Patuha 

    Two Roasts Three Brews - Java Sunda Gunung Patuha 

    In QC-ing a few of the Shrub coffees this week, this Java stood out as cupping especially fresh and sweet.

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  4. Artisanal, Hand-Wrapped Pallets

    Artisanal, Hand-Wrapped Pallets

    Part of daily life here at Coffee Shrub home base is preparing freight shipments for orders that are 400 lb or more.

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  5. A Short List, but More to Come! 

    A Short List, but More to Come! 

    You might be looking at our offering list right now thinking, “where is all the coffee?”

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  6. Trystero Coffee in the LA Times 

    Trystero Coffee in the LA Times 

    We’re always happy to see our Coffee Shrub customers get propers for all the work they put into roasting .

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  7. Costa Rica Coffee Competition

    Costa Rica Coffee Competition

    No, we're not having a competition for Costa Rican coffee. But for both private and cooperative mills in many of Costa Rica's growing regions, the competition for ripe cherry has become quite intense insuring an uptick in coffee prices, despite the ever-dipping NY Commodities Exchange.

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  8. Shrub Holiday Hours Review

    Shrub Holiday Hours Review

    Hey everybody, just wanted to review for you our Holiday Schedule

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  9. Talking About Roasting: Robbie Dietrich

    Talking About Roasting: Robbie Dietrich

    Hearing Robbie's answers to my questions about roasting, I found his focus on roaster cleaning and maintenance to be particularly important as well as his approach to manually profiling.

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  10. Cupvemberfest 2014 - Blend Intentions

    Cupvemberfest 2014 - Blend Intentions

    A warehouse full of Bay Area (and beyond) coffee roasters shared an open discussion about blending on November 14th here in Oakland.

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  11. Guatemalas in November

    Guatemalas in November

    This is the time of year where it starts to get a little tougher to find a really stellar offering from Central America.

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  12. Rhyme or Reason: Why You Roast - Carlos Aguayo

    Rhyme or Reason: Why You Roast - Carlos Aguayo

    I've been talking with some roasters, both home enthusiasts and professionals about why they do it.

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  13. Rhyme or Reason: Why You Roast - Hunt Slade

    Rhyme or Reason: Why You Roast - Hunt Slade

    I've been talking with some roasters, both home enthusiasts and professionals about why they do it.

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  14. Quality Control: Sample Roasting

    Quality Control: Sample Roasting

    We do our best to explain how sample roasting is unique, and its function as a tool for measuring quality.

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  15. Side by Side 

    Side by Side 

    Danny recently roasted a washed and a dry processed coffee from the same washing station in Ethiopia and wrote a a post for the Sweet Maria's blog.

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  16. Rhyme or Reason

    Rhyme or Reason

    I've been talking with some roasters, both home enthusiasts and professionals about why they do it.

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  17. Talking About Roasting: Mark Michaelson, Onyx Coffee Lab 

    Talking About Roasting: Mark Michaelson, Onyx Coffee Lab 

    I was so excited to get a roast of the Ethiopia Deri Kochoha from Mark Michaelson of Onyx Coffee Labs in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

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  18. Can We Talk? 

    Can We Talk? 

    This past July we hosted our Sweet Talking tasting up at the Four Barrel training space.

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  19. Talking About Roasting: Tuli Keidar, Mecca. Sydney, AUS 

    Talking About Roasting: Tuli Keidar, Mecca. Sydney, AUS 

    A while back now I got some correspondence from Tuli inquiring about roasting on a Probat UG-22 as well as a G90.

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  20. Cleaning Out the Squirrel Cage 

    Cleaning Out the Squirrel Cage 

    I am one that does't typically believe everything I hear.

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