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February 19, 2021

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February 11, 2021

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June 8, 2020

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May 13, 2020

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Responding to Coffee Bean Weight Loss in Roasting

February 26, 2021

How can coffee roasters drive change at origin?

The coffee industry is huge. In August 2020, the ICO reported that approximately 10.4 million 60kg bags of coffee had been exported in the 2019/20 production year. It also states that some 60% of the world’s coffee production comes from smallholder producers, who together represent some 12 million coffee farmers worldwide. This means that there are millions of people around the world who rely on coffee production as a source… read more

The coffee industry is huge. In August 2020, the ICO reported that approximately 10.4 million 60kg bags of coffee had been exported in the 2019/20 production year. It also states that some 60% of the world’s coffee production comes from… read more

January 2, 2019

Coffee Degassing; What Does It Mean For Brewers & Roasters?

The fresher a coffee is, the better – right? Well, yes… but also no. Even though nobody wants to drink stale coffee, brewing a coffee...

November 14, 2018

Kenya AA, Colombia Supremo: Understanding Coffee Grading

It’s not unusual to see “Supremo” or “AA” on a bag of coffee. But what are these labels actually evaluating? And would you ever consider...

August 30, 2018

Roaster Basics: A Guide to Sample Roasting

When you get a sample of green coffee in your hands, how can you tell if it’s going to be good? Find the best roast...

August 22, 2018

A Home Roaster’s Guide to Buying The Right Green Coffee

You’ve got your roaster. You’ve read all about how to roast. And you can’t wait to get started. But what’s missing? The coffee. As a home...

August 3, 2018

How Can Roasters Ensure Quality – In The Roastery & In The Café?

Unpredictability is one of the biggest challenges wholesale roasters face. That, and maintaining quality. You need to bring out the best in the quality coffee...

July 6, 2018

Blending Coffee Through Molecular Analysis

When it comes to coffee, taste is king – but could chemistry give us a shortcut to the perfect blend? We’ve been working on creating...

May 16, 2018

Acidic Coffees: A Brew & Roast Guide

Acidity is a revered but contentious attribute in specialty coffee. Loved by third wave consumers and prized by competition judges, it’s also often a cause...

May 1, 2018

A Roaster’s Guide to Creating Coffee Blends

Blends are a staple on most coffee shop menus, and something every roaster should master. However, designing and roasting one presents several unique challenges, from...

March 28, 2018

Why Every Coffee Roaster Should Break The Rules – Sometimes

Do you want to understand coffee roasting in greater detail? Become a more creative roaster? Develop your own personal style? Then it’s time you start...

January 31, 2018

Coffee Tasting Exercises That Will Improve Your Palate

Some people are lucky enough to have a highly refined palate. These are the kind of people who can easily detect specific stone fruits in...

January 4, 2018

In Defense of Blends: Coffee’s Most Underrated Offering

When we think about a truly exceptional specialty coffee, it’s always a single origin that comes to mind. Often it’s even those tiny little micro...

January 2, 2018

What Does “Direct Trade” Really Mean?

Direct: without intervening factors or intermediaries. Trade: the act of buying and selling goods and services. But direct trade represents far more than just its...

December 20, 2017

Bitterness in Coffee: What Is It & Is It Always Bad?

Bitter has become a dreaded word in the specialty coffee industry. We all “know” that good coffee should be sweet and well-balanced, maybe a little...

November 30, 2017

Roaster Basics: An Explanation of Roast Graphs

Roast graphs may look intimidating at first, but once you understand them, they are a valuable tool. Whether you’re a pro or a home roaster,...

November 24, 2017

What Does It Mean to Be a Roaster in a Producing Country?

Local roasters have the power to positively transform a producing country’s coffee industry, but it’s not easy. In my home, the Dominican Republic, coffee is...

November 20, 2017

What Roasters Need to Know About Decaf Coffee

Roasters, don’t make the mistake of thinking you can use the same roast profile for decaf and regular coffee. Decaffeination affects the composition of your...