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  1. How to Roast Coffee (circa 1850) !

    How to Roast Coffee (circa 1850) !

    When roasting at home was the primary method, and buying from a shop was your plan b !

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  2. The Fifth Wave of Coffee

    The Fifth Wave of Coffee

    Fifth Wave Coffee. I stake a claim on where it will come from, even while I don't like this whole "wave" thing ...

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  3. 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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  4. Podcast Episode #25: The Global Trade/Burundi Discussion

    Podcast Episode #25: The Global Trade/Burundi Discussion

    Some very informative audio from last month's discussion

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  5. The Flores Factor

    The Flores Factor

    Crowd pleasing coffee from a promising origin.

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  6. Discussion: Burundi & Global Coffee Market Issues

    Discussion: Burundi & Global Coffee Market Issues

    Sign up for this informative talk about issues surrounding global coffee pricing and small holder farmers.

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  7. Video: Sample Roasting with an Aillio Bullet R1

    Video: Sample Roasting with an Aillio Bullet R1

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  8. 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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  9. Video: Kenya Koffee Klips (& Kupping)

    Video: Kenya Koffee Klips (& Kupping)

    New video starring Tom, goats, farmers and coffee....in Kenya.

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  10. Video: Dry Process Coffee & Quakers

    Video: Dry Process Coffee & Quakers

    How we grade for the quality of our dry process coffees

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  11. Podcast Episode #24: Kafa in the Morning, Ethiopia

    Podcast Episode #24: Kafa in the Morning, Ethiopia

    Tom's thoughts and various experiences from his recent travels in Kafa, Ethiopia, near the town of Bonga.

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  12. Ethiopia - Road Dust and Deep Ruts

    Ethiopia - Road Dust and Deep Ruts

    A post from the road ... about our trip through southern and western Ethiopia coffee lands in late 2018.

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Crazy coffee tasting competition at scaa.

Crazy coffee tasting competition at scaa.

So this coffee taster competition (SCAA US Cup Taster's Championship!) seemed ridiculous and I dismissed it out of hand as a dog and pony show. But upon seeing it I thought it was pretty cool and wish I had tried my hand at it. It seems really hard and it's not really cupping at all. It is done with brewed coffee and you are given 3 cups and must choose which is different: triangulation cupping. The winner was Ben Kamisky.

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