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Interested in Roasting Professionally?

Q. I am interested in roasting coffee as a small business. My budget is going to be pretty tight, I would say I have about $5,000 to spend on equipment. Do you have any advice on which would be the best way to start out? ——— Start with good coffee of course, but don’t go

Strong Women Strong Coffee

Dorothy Jones  / Jane Barnard / Mary Gutteridge Back in 1640, when New York was New Amsterdam, Dutch merchants brought Ethiopian coffee into the US from the Yemeni port of Mocha via Holland. Coffee was not that popular in North America though. And, it didn’t taste that great due to the extended travels in the hold of a ship. It was

5 Free Tools to Create Mind-Blowing Home Roasted Coffee

…If for some reason you don’t have access to one or two of these tools, it’s OK. The others will work fine on their own.  And yeah!  They’re free.  Most people have them, right at home. Sight.   Look at the green beans, what size are they? Do they have a lot of silverskin? Can you tell

How is Coffee like Love?

In Ethiopia, you don’t usually see coffee in to-go cups, sitting in the dash of a car or at desks at work. It’s more than that, respected, cherished. Coffee takes time, understanding, and attention. It’s a relationship. Maybe you’ve heard about the Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony. Somewhat like a Japanese Tea Ceremony. There is tradition, meaning,

Don’t Burn Your Tongue

In prior posts, it was pointed out that coffee trees like good drainage. Volcanic soil is perfect for this and it tends to be found at elevations coffee like, so that’s a perfect match. Volcanic ranges tend to hang around the equator where sunlight is pretty even, and that’s perfect too. The kind of soil

Birthday Discounts

We’ve changed the way we handle birthday codes! Have you ever found yourself running really low on your favorite beans, but trying to stretch them out so you can get to your birthday discount in a few weeks? Then you will like this change! Starting this month, we’ve implemented a new code that allows you

Resting, Or Degassing Roasted Coffee

There are two reasons to not just going straight from the roaster into the grinder.  First is about degassing, the second is more about taste. Fresh out of the roaster coffee will throw off CO2 for a while. You can see for yourself that brewing super fresh coffee will “bloom,” that is puff up like

How do I roast this?

It’s really personal preference.  You should for sure reach the First Crack. Less then that will still have some grain-like tastes. On the East Coast, this is a pretty popular roast level and they’d tell you that’s how it’s done.  Just into the first crack. As you keep going the sugars in the coffee will

Storing your Green Coffee Beans

Store raw coffee like you would split peas or lentils. Keep them away from stinky things like garlic and new rubber tires. Use a plastic bag, a jar, or Tupperware. It doesn’t have to be fancy. Unless you plan on storing a few thousand pounds for a very long time, like a year or more,