Too much of anything is bad, but too much good whiskey is barely enough.

Mark Twain

Peet’s Coffee is coming home…

Peet’s Coffee is coming home to Seattle, again. Sort of. Almost. Well… it’s complicated. Peet’s was established in Berkeley by the venerated Alfred Peet nearly 40 years ago. It was at Peet’s that Jerry Baldwin and his partners found their...

Coffee Doldrums

Coffee – like most any stuff that’s a product of soil and rain and honest sweat – is a seasonal crop. Where it’s grown determines when coffee trees [shrubs, really] will bloom and fruit and ripen. Coffee only grows well in the spaces between...

Hall of Famers

If the specialty coffee business ever were to build a hall of fame, pride of place would likely go to Alfred Peet, who brought European-inspired roasting to Berkeley, California nearly 40 years ago. And in that same hall, at Peet’s right-hand, there surely would...

Tip o’ the Hat

A tip of the hat…to Mark Prince – a caffeinated compatriot and fellow writer of expressions espressi – who picked up some nifty coverage in today’s USA TODAY. “As with soccer and fermented grapes, coffee drinks are another European import...

Supertasters: Both Sides

Now *there’s* a double-edged sword.Supertasters – those lucky few who pack an extra parcel of taste buds on their tongues – are apparently at an increased risk of a number of cancers. It would appear to be a diet thing… supertasters don’t...

A Study in Constrast

Swiss-based Nestle — which together with Proctor & Gamble, Sarah Lee, and Kraft [the “big four”] distributes about half of the coffee on the planet — last year turned some $5 billion in profits. Ethiopia is the planet’s poorest...

All I want for Christmas is…

If you’re wondering what might make the perfect gift for the coffee lovers in your life [hint: pre-ground, flavored coffee may not result in squeals of delight] you may need to look no further than CoffeeGeek’s Holiday Gift List. Personal favorites…...

Pop Quiz

You wake up in the morning and smell the aroma of fresh-roasted coffee. Do you: Savor the aroma and smile, Track down the source, so you can get some, Try to guess the origin by its fragrance, or Lodge a complaint with the Department of Environmental Protection? In...

Coban: Zounds!

Rating: [rating:4.5/5] Zounds! My first taste of the Guatemala Coban “Tanchi” left me wondering if I dipped into the wrong bin at roast time. This coffee has stellar acidity that reminds me very much of the powerhouse Ethiopian Yrgacheffe that Barry...

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.

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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