Karumandi… Bummer.

From the ironic twist department, the Kenya Karumandi I oh-so-carefully photographed below cups for crap. I don’t yet know if I unknowingly stalled the roast, or whether I just *really* don’t like this origin. I’ll let it rest a bit longer to see if...
The Quest for a Bigger Batch.

The Quest for a Bigger Batch.

Sooner or later it happens. You’ve been roasting for a while… sharing with family and friends. Maybe you’ve just bought a new espresso setup, and suddenly discovered the voracious appetite that your portafilter has for fresh-roasted beans. And it...

Upgrades…

Inspired by conversations with enthusiasts on alt.coffee, about two years ago I bought a tiny air-roaster and a sampler-pack of green coffee beans. I wanted to dabble. To experiment. To see what the fuss was all about. I have to admit, I was warned. Home-roasting is...

Coffee Quality Bottoms Out?

Even the folks at the Wall Street Journal have noticed that coffee quality has hit a new low. Low prices and huge coffee stockpiles, largely fueled by the glut of low-grown Vietnamese robusta, have dealt a one-two punch to growers of specialty-grade beans…...

A Holiday Vision

The night sky is improbably bright. The beacon moon and its crystal corona wash the sky with a pale blue glow, paint purple shadows under the trees… Then again, the neighbor’s halogen Christmas lights might have something to do with it.
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