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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. Day after Day Job

    Day after Day Job

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

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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. Day After Day Job Part 6

    Day After Day Job Part 6

    Part 6: Dream Machine- choosing a roaster.

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  12. Saying Hello to Huky

    Saying Hello to Huky

    Tom and Chris from www.hukyforum.com talk about the Huky 1lb roaster.

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  1. 3 Roasts: El Salvador Majahual Tablon Tempisque

    3 Roasts: El Salvador Majahual Tablon Tempisque

    This is an extremely versatile coffee and one that is sweet forward.

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  2. Indonesian Fundamentals: Approaches to Roasting Indonesian Coffees and a Look at Rustic Sweetness

    Indonesian Fundamentals: Approaches to Roasting Indonesian Coffees and a Look at Rustic Sweetness

    These are coffees that you roast not to push acidity, but to push their rustic sweetness and mouthfeel.

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  3. Shrub Holiday Hours

    Shrub Holiday Hours

    Hey everybody, we're deep into November and wanted to square away our Holiday Schedule.

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  4. Talk about Roasting - Hideo Gunawan, Curious People Roastery Jakarta, Indonesia

    Talk about Roasting - Hideo Gunawan, Curious People Roastery Jakarta, Indonesia

    Some people might not be aware that the Shrub has a pretty far reaching global customer base.

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  5. An Approach to Roasting Brazils

    An Approach to Roasting Brazils

    The Natural and Pulped Natural coffees from Brazil can be some of the trickiest coffees to roast.

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  6. Talking about Roasting at Cuptoberfest 

    Talking about Roasting at Cuptoberfest 

    One of the most rewarding parts of Cuptoberfest for me was the second round of cupping and discussion that we did where we cupped coffees that were brought by the attendees.

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  7. Coffee Shrub Cuptoberfest 2013

    Coffee Shrub Cuptoberfest 2013

    Last week Coffee Shrub and Sweet Maria’s had the pleasure of hosting another “Cuptoberfest” here in West Oakland.

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  8. Talk About Roasting - Gary Theisen, Revel Coffee Roasters 

    Talk About Roasting - Gary Theisen, Revel Coffee Roasters 

    I was so jazzed when I got the email from Gary Theisen at Revel Coffee Roasters in Billings, Montana that he had received a 95 point score from Coffee Review for his roast of the Guatemala Acatenango Gesha from Shrub.

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  9. Talk about Roasting - Ed Freedman, Shearwater Coffee Roasters Fairfield, CT

    Talk about Roasting - Ed Freedman, Shearwater Coffee Roasters Fairfield, CT

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  10. Shrub Samples

    Shrub Samples

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  11. Planting for the Future in Huehue 

    Planting for the Future in Huehue 

    While the Guatemala coffees are arriving weekly here in Oakland, the harvest is all finished on the small farms that work with us in Proyecto Xinabajul.

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  12. Shrub Mtn Colorado Cupping

    Shrub Mtn Colorado Cupping

    Coffee Shrub Sourcerer Aleco Chigounis came out to Colorado to visit Shrub Mtn last week and we had a 3 day whirlwind tour of northern Colorado visiting roasters in Thornton, Denver, Boulder and Fort Collins

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  13. 3 Roasts + more roasts: Guatemala Alotenango - Guacatepeque Small Producers

    3 Roasts + more roasts: Guatemala Alotenango - Guacatepeque Small Producers

    This coffee is a careful construction, built by blending some smaller batches together.

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  14. Cupping across Colorado and new Guatemalas 

    Cupping across Colorado and new Guatemalas 

    It's been a pretty fun and sociable couple of weeks here in Colorado with lots of visitors coming up through Shrub Mountain for roasting and cupping, as well as some visits of my own to stop in and see some folks.

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  15. Talkin' bout Roasting with Vajra Rich, Boxcar Coffee Roasters 

    Talkin' bout Roasting with Vajra Rich, Boxcar Coffee Roasters 

    Vajra Rich at Boxcar Coffee Roasters in Boulder, CO. is one of my favorite roasters to talk to about roasting.

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  16. Rwanda + Burundi Fundamentals

    Rwanda + Burundi Fundamentals

    Rwanda has one of the most interesting East African coffee histories.

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  17. 3 Roasts: Sulawesi AA Tana Toraja 

    3 Roasts: Sulawesi AA Tana Toraja 

    This offering from Sulawesi is unique in that it's not been processed in the traditional wet-hulled method common for coffees here where the coffee parchment is removed at the same time as the fruit and mucilage of the coffee, and the exposed coffee seed is allowed to dry on tarps in the ground.

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  18. On the Horizon

    On the Horizon

    Just a quick heads up to let you all know that we have some beautiful, fresh coffees both clearing now in the Bay and afloat just behind them.

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  19. Talk about talk about it talk about it talk about Roasting - Christopher Oppenhuis

    Talk about talk about it talk about it talk about Roasting - Christopher Oppenhuis

    I've mentioned it a lot of times already I know, but I really can't say enough how awesome the roaster scene is in Chicago right now.

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  20. Let us talk about the roasting - Keith Hamrick, Northbound Coffee Roasters - updated

    Let us talk about the roasting - Keith Hamrick, Northbound Coffee Roasters - updated

    Keith Hamrick was one of the first roasters I met when I started my coffee roasting career, I've been talking to him about roasting for more than a decade.

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