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January 27, 2022

Streamlining quality control in your coffee roastery

Across every step of the coffee supply chain, quality and consistency are important concepts. Whether you’re a producer, a trader, a roaster, or a café owner, managing both is imperative for forging long-term relationships with your customers. In the roastery, this is usually a process referred to as quality control, or QC for short. These typically describe procedures that monitor and maintain coffee quality, to ensure that the first bag… read more

Across every step of the coffee supply chain, quality and consistency are important concepts. Whether you’re a producer, a trader, a roaster, or a café owner, managing both is imperative for forging long-term relationships with your customers. In the roastery,… read more

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?

Bitterness 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...

November 15, 2017

Where Does A Coffee’s Flavor Come From?

There are so many things that contribute towards a coffee’s flavor: the variety, the roast profile, the brew recipe, the processing method… Yet when you...

November 10, 2017

Learn How to Roast Coffee With These Resources

Are you looking for ways to improve your coffee roasting? Troubleshoot problems? Learn more about those magical green beans? True mastery relies on practising, experimenting,...

November 3, 2017

A Home Roaster’s Dictionary, From First Crack to Silverskin

Few things are better than sipping on a delicious coffee that you roasted yourself. Becoming a home roaster allows you to explore the different types...

October 12, 2017

Understanding How a Coffee Tastes – Through a Microscope’s Lens

The first time I cupped coffee, like many, I struggled to understand acidity. I didn’t understand where all the aromas were coming from. And I...

October 11, 2017

How to roast natural & honey processed coffee

Natural and honey processed coffees offer sweet profiles and fuller bodies, but don’t try to roast them like a wet processed lot. You’ll either burn...

September 21, 2017

How to Control Charge Temperature: A Coffee Roasting Guide

Don’t underestimate the power of knowing how to control charge temperature. If you want to really control your roast, highlighting the coffee’s best features for...

September 1, 2017

Maxwell Colonna-Dashwood: The Coffee Dictionary – An Extract

Part of coffee’s beauty lies in its complexity. From the intricacies of coffee processing to the precise parameters of brewing, there are numerous details that...

August 29, 2017

Roaster Guide: Why Is Green Bean Moisture Content Important?

Green bean moisture content might not sound exciting, but it is of key importance for good-quality coffee. It affects how a coffee tastes, how it...