Coffee is Cheap…

Coffee is cheap. Way cheap. Coffee is a commodity that’s traded on the futures market. The vast majority of coffee is bought by the cargo-container load by mega corporations that roast it, grind it, stale it, spray it with aroma du cafe and pack it in vacuum...

Tasting Notes: Tres Rios, PNG

I tried the new Costa Rica Tarrazu Tres Rios on the gang at a morning meeting. They gave it an unsolicited thumbs up. I’m reserving judgment… it’s maybe a bit too mild for me. Which likely means my better half will like it very much. The Papa New...

Where does obsession begin?

Always fun to get a new shipment of coffee that I’ve never cupped before. Among the new arrivals is a blended Costa Rican Tarrazu–Tres Rios–that’s gotten a spiffy review from my green dealer. All the more intriguing that he’s so excited...

Sometimes a cup is a cup…

Sometimes a cup is a cup, and sometimes it’s not. In the U.S. a standard “one cup” measure is eight fluid ounces. That’s what a typical coffee cup will hold. Except that’s not what the typical coffee brewer will deliver. The capacity of...

Smithfarms Kona Peaberry, 2001 Crop

Rating: [rating:4/5] It’s a pretty rare thing today when a coffee consumer has the opportunity to communicate with, much less buy from, the coffee farmer. Hawaiian coffees provide a delightful exception, and few, perhaps, are more delightful [coffees and...

Who’s got time to write? I’m busy roasting!

Who’s got time to write? I’m busy roasting! For a couple weeks I’ve found myself shuttling beans straight from the roast chamber into the hopper on the grinder. For the most part this is not a bad thing. After all, coffee just can’t get much...

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