Sumatra Mandheling — Age Defying Coffee?

Sumatra Mandheling — Age Defying Coffee?

After a bit of a hiatus I’m back at the roaster in the garage. Why the break? It’s been chilly lately — it’s winter in Vermont, after all — and besides, my roaster doesn’t perform so well when the ambient temperature is anything...
Winning the Hearts and Minds of Terroirists

Winning the Hearts and Minds of Terroirists

If a recent article in the New York Times‘ Style Magazine is right, then everything you think you know about terroir may be wrong. The article — Talk Dirt to Me — takes aim at some long-held thinking about the stuff that makes a wine’s flavor...

Hurricane Stan, Revisited

For a little more than five years now I’ve been a keen student of coffee… of coffee’s origins and varietals, growing and processing, beans and blends and roasting. Along the way I’ve learned more about farming than I’d ever have imagined...

Coban: Zounds!

Rating: Rating: 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 Jarrett...