So much coffee, so little time..

Some 30 pounds of coffee has found its way to my front porch in the last few weeks. About half of those beans are simply to restock my coffee shelf. The rest are destined for this year’s Christmas blend, and will go to coffee-loving colleagues, friends and...

Dr. John on the Radio

Dr. Joseph John — creator of the venerable Malabar Gold espresso blend — shared his experience with American espresso [95% bad!] on The Conversation, a Seattle public radio show today. The good doctor offers his very lucid views of what’s wrong with...

Postscript, Redux.

A postscript to the, er… the postscript below: turns out my roasting didn’t suck, I just don’t much care for that particular lot of coffee. Most of the small-farm Kenya auction lots I’ve tried have been supremely tasty. Not so the...

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...

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