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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 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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  2. Shrubs and Brokers and Importers

    Shrubs and Brokers and Importers

    Shrub backed its way into selling green coffee to roasters.

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  3. Shrub in Boston and our NYC cupping

    Shrub in Boston and our NYC cupping

    It's been a bit disorienting coming back from a good deal of activity on the east coast with stops in Boston for the SCAA Expo and New York City for a cupping that we organized for roasters there that was generously hosted by JOE coffee at their pro shop.

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  4. Early Season Guatemalan Coffees

    Early Season Guatemalan Coffees

    The spring can be a dead zone for many a coffee menu and most glaringly so for Latin American offerings.

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  5. Offer Great Decaf

    Offer Great Decaf

    Between pit stops in Narino and Cauca I've found some time to chime in about the deliciously fresh new decaf offerings we've just recently released.

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  6. 3 Roasts: Java Mayang

    3 Roasts: Java Mayang

    This coffee is the result of working with the local farmers in the oldest coffee-growing region in Java, and wet-processing the coffee in little batches to high standards.

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  7. Talking the roaster talk, walking the roaster walk - Justin Carabello, Carabello Coffee (

    Talking the roaster talk, walking the roaster walk - Justin Carabello, Carabello Coffee (

    Justin Carabello from Carabello Coffee in the Cincinnati area answered the call to talk about roasting, sending me a number of different shrub coffees roasted on his Primo 5K, including the Corazon Del Robot blend and a blend of his own using some shrub coffees which I was stoked to see.

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  8. Ethiopia Fundamentals

    Ethiopia Fundamentals

    With their perfumed, floral aromatics, uniquely honeyed sweetness and tremendous balance between flavor components, Ethiopian coffees are true diamonds in the rough.

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  9. Kenya Fundamentals

    Kenya Fundamentals

    Kenyan coffees are masterpieces. They're the total package.

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  10. Is Chicago

    Is Chicago

    Chicago has been a great coffee town for a good many years.

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  11. Talk to me about it, roasting: Wade Windsor - Lord Windsor Coffee Roasters

    Talk to me about it, roasting: Wade Windsor - Lord Windsor Coffee Roasters

    These are my cupping notes for the Guatemala Finca Cabrejo that Wade Windsor of Lord Windsor Coffee Roasters roasted and sent to me.

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  12. I like to talk about roasting - Michael Marinelli, Orazure Coffee Roasters

    I like to talk about roasting - Michael Marinelli, Orazure Coffee Roasters

    Michael Marinelli had posted some questions about nailing a profile down with the Kenya Gatomboya AB that we had up on shrub just a little bit ago.

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  13. I like to talk about roasting - Jessica Cole, Elysian Coffee

    I like to talk about roasting - Jessica Cole, Elysian Coffee

    When we started shrub one of our big ideas was that it wasn't just about getting these coffees out there but that we really wanted to have discussions about the coffees we put together with other passionate roasters.

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  14. Gettin' Together

    Gettin' Together

    Earlier this month here in Colorado, a number of different roasters, coffee shops, and coffee enthusiast got together at the Brew Market in Longmont.

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  15. Kenya in 50's and 100's + Colo Micro-lots

    Kenya in 50's and 100's + Colo Micro-lots

    We launched our first offering from Kenya that will be available in both 50lb and 100lb Shrub bags.

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  16. Our Ethiopias, for you

    Our Ethiopias, for you

    With Tom and Aleco in Ethiopia, I thought it would be swell to take a look at our current Ethiopia offerings as some have changed out since the last time we looked at them all together.

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  17. 4 Roasts!

    4 Roasts!

    Don K is named for the grandfather of Ricardo Koyner, who produces this coffee from Panama. Koyner's grandfather built the Kotowa coffee mill in Volcancito de Boquete, which is still fully functional.

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  18. Sydney: Not All Cappuccino Look like This...

    Sydney: Not All Cappuccino Look like This...

    ...but some do. There's this tradition of adding cocoa powder to the top of milk drinks here. I am not sure why.

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  19. Sweets

    Sweets

    I was just up at the Barista Camp in Santa Barbara this week and was stoked to have so many great conversations about tasting coffee.

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  20. Northbound Through the Andes. Again.

    Northbound Through the Andes. Again.

    OK, so I'm finally back in the Bay after two intense weeks trekking through the Peruvian and Colombian Andes.

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