Buring the Midnite Coffee Oils

I should maybe add a bit of advice… progressive roasting on the dark side of the curve isn’t something you want to do late at night whilst other family members are nestled all snug in their beds. Tripping the smoke alarm in the middle of the night is bad...

The Hearthware Gourmet

I’ve spent quite a lot of time this weekend roasting with my new Hearthware Gourmet roaster. I’ve spent at least some of that time making coffee that I’m willing to drink–but much of what I roasted was completely awful. I can’t blame the...

Uganda Bugisu A, Mbale, 2001 Crop

Rating: [rating:3.5/5] If Kenya is the elder statesman of East African coffees, Uganda is the uncle that nobody talks about. You know the guy… he got in some trouble a few years back, he’s got a history of hanging around with the wrong crowd… and if...

A Second Cupping

A Second Cupping of the Tarrazu Triple Play yielded notes enough for a formalized review. Formalized, in this case, means I scribbled down tick-marks and cobbled together some charts. What I don’t do is try to suggest an overall rating–a la Wine...

No Shortcuts

You don’t have to be obsessive to make great coffee, but it helps. Let me just get this over with right up front… I have a natural tendency towards laziness. [This comes as no surprise to those who know me well.] I view this not so much as the stuff of the...

The Lonliest Island – St. Helena’s Golden Cup

This year, St. Helena, a tiny little island in the South Atlantic, produced only 4,500 pounds of coffee. Two bags of the ’01 crop–maybe 270 pounds–made it to the U.S. One pound of this elusive bean found its way to my house. It’s a pretty bean:...

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