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

    Quick Guide to our Rwanda and Burundi Coffee Sale!

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  2. Behmor Roast Profile: Burundi Kayanza Dusangirijambo Coop

    Behmor Roast Profile: Burundi Kayanza Dusangirijambo Coop

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  3. Timor No Leste

    Timor No Leste

    Posted from the road, some thoughts on coffee from East Timor (Timor Leste) and working with small holder farmers.

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  4. Roasting Flores Gunung Gedha on a Popcorn Popper and Quest M3s

    Roasting Flores Gunung Gedha on a Popcorn Popper and Quest M3s

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  5. Aillio Bullet R1 Roaster: Testing Airflow with Rwanda Kageyo

    Aillio Bullet R1 Roaster: Testing Airflow with Rwanda Kageyo

    A look at two extreme examples of airflow settings on the Bullet and how they affect roast development.

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  6. 20% Off Guatemala Sale - Check Out Our "Cheat Sheet" Overview

    20% Off Guatemala Sale - Check Out Our "Cheat Sheet" Overview

    Take advantage of this great discount on these crowd-pleasing coffees.

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  7. Behmor Roast Profile: Ethiopiques 2.0

    Behmor Roast Profile: Ethiopiques 2.0

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  8. Video: Sample Roasting with an Aillio Bullet R1

    Video: Sample Roasting with an Aillio Bullet R1

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  9. 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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  10. Rwanda + Burundi Fundamentals

    Rwanda + Burundi Fundamentals

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  11. 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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  12. 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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Sydney: Not All Cappuccino Look like This...

Sydney: Not All Cappuccino Look like This...

(11/12/12)
...but some do. There's this tradition of adding cocoa powder to the top of milk drinks here. I am not sure why. But at least it precludes the fanciness of Latte art decorations.

In general the caliber of the espresso here, in particular from the shops we went to like Reuben Hills, Mecca, and Coffee Alchemy, is excellent. They really have the shots dialed in. We only had a few where I felt the roast was a little off.

But the green coffee scene here is where things are a bit sketchy. There just aren't the options we take for granted in the US. Oddly the access to Papua New Guinea doesn't seem to result in great PNG lots coming here. Then again we don't see great Mexico coffees much anymore in the US and they are a stones throw away.

Indonesian coffees are humdrum run of the mill types here. It's really a few Ethiopias and Central American coffees that are most prevalent in the better roasteries. Green coffee is very expensive here at the wholesale level. Well, everything is expensive here at any level.

Off to Melbourne and to sneak in a bit of surfing before more cuppings and cafe visits. I saw the Sydney opera house. It looked sadly small. But what a cool, vibrant place this is. -Thompson.