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  1. Our Sourcing in Honduras

    Our Sourcing in Honduras

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  2. A Look at  Flores Manu Lalu as Espresso

    A Look at Flores Manu Lalu as Espresso

    Wet process Flores makes fantastic single origin espresso. Have a look at our cupping notes.

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  3. Behmor Espresso Roast Profile: Peru FTO Don Rigoberto

    Behmor Espresso Roast Profile: Peru FTO Don Rigoberto

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  4. Sumatra: Arabica Varieties in Aceh

    Sumatra: Arabica Varieties in Aceh

    This is a list of coffee varieties / cultivars found in Aceh and more broadly in Sumatra, Indonesia

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  5. Sumatra: Stories About Aceh, With Pictures

    Sumatra: Stories About Aceh, With Pictures

    A Sumatra travelogue in photographs, focused on Aceh area around Lake Tawar and Takengon town

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  6. Sumatra: Some Things I Have Learned About Aceh, Perhaps.

    Sumatra: Some Things I Have Learned About Aceh, Perhaps.

    Thoughts on Acehnese coffee and the trading system here, written from Banda Aceh, October 2019.

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  7. Organic Certification and Green Coffee

    Organic Certification and Green Coffee

    An inside look at Fair Trade and Organic Certifications

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  8. Not Another Fruit Cake! (and what to do about holiday blending?)

    Not Another Fruit Cake! (and what to do about holiday blending?)

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  9. Sumatran Coffee: Grading and Appearance

    Sumatran Coffee: Grading and Appearance

    The appearance of green coffee from Indonesia can be jarring, especially if you’re used to washed beans from Africa or Central America. Why, many ask, does a Grade 1 Sumatra lack uniformity of color and/or bean size?

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  10. The Return of Ethiopiques

    The Return of Ethiopiques

    Along with the slew of incoming fresh Ethiopian coffee comes the return of our always popular Ethiopiques blend.

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  11. Behmor Roast Profile: Burundi Kayanza Gahahe

    Behmor Roast Profile: Burundi Kayanza Gahahe

    Taking the "light and bright" approach to roasting Burundi Gahahe on the Behmor 1600+

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  12. Quick Guide to our Rwanda and Burundi Coffee Sale!

    Quick Guide to our Rwanda and Burundi Coffee Sale!

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Coffee Shrub's recent visit to Food Craft Institute in Oakland

Coffee Shrub's recent visit to Food Craft Institute in Oakland
 (03/14/14)

Last Saturday, March 8th, Sweet Maria's/Coffee Shrub taught a class in the Food Craft Institute’s Coffee Bar 101 course series. The students were all in the beginning stages of opening cafes and/or roasteries. They had spent previous weeks learning about different business aspects like financing and business training, as well as understanding the different stages of the roast process.

Our course continued the focus on roasting process, and in particular the importance of sample roasting, cupping, and how roast interacts with a cupper's ability to make sound purchasing decisions. Many hadn't ever roasted before, so for us it was a great opportunity to provide hands on training with some good old fashioned (well, not really 'old fashioned') home roasters as well as a Quest M3 sample roaster (though we seemed to be experiencing power issues in the room, and never quite got the M3 off the ground!).

The class started with a tasting of Ethiopia Yirga Cheffe Gedeo roasted to light and dark levels to illustrate the effect of roast level on origin characteristics. At the end, we threw some of the students’ roasts on the cupping table to compare and discuss the results.

All in all we had a great time interacting with folks, and were excited to once again be included as a part of FCI’s series on the coffee industry!

Dan explaining the Quest M3 roasterDan explaining the Quest M3 roaster