Roaster's Corner

The Process of Q Calibration

October 09, 2017

I am a Q Grader. On SCAA founder and former executive director Ted Lingle’s Excel spreadsheet of Q Grader test-takers,...

Roaster's Corner

Decaf Doesn’t Have to Suck

August 02, 2017

Really. It doesn’t.But in many cases, it does. And because it does, decaf and its drinkers have been looked down...

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World Coffee Growers Forum Update

July 11, 2017

This little shindig in Medellin was supposed to have about 500 people attending, but somehow 1,500 people thought it'd be...

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Winter Is Coming

June 21, 2017

View from the front gate of Finca Belempata, Dept. of Cusco, Peru 18 JUNE 2017, 11:01 PM Aside from Game of...

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It’s Not Easy Being Green

February 15, 2017

Being an organic farmer isn’t easy. When something like Rust Disease breaks out in the coffee world, a farmer may...

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Growing Coffee in Portland

December 05, 2016

So, in our Vaughn Street store in Portland, we have some coffee trees that were given to our GM Brian...

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Honduran National Barista Team

May 12, 2016

As a means of introducing the Honduran staff to the International Jurors, an impromptu barista jam was organized at IHCAFE...

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The Ritual of Formal Cupping

May 10, 2016

While there are many differences in cultural preferences, age, and language among the jurors, what we have in common is...

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From Origin — Cup of Excellence: Honduras

May 09, 2016

The International Jury arrives at the new IHCAFE (Instituto Hondureno del Cafe) building for a day of calibration. What does...

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Organic Brazil Fazenda Camocim, Part Deux

April 02, 2015

It seems like just yesterday that I wrote about running to East Bay Logistics to get arrival samples of our...

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The Road to The U.S. Coffee Championships

February 22, 2015

Sitting in traffic on a long drive “crosstown,” as much a part of living in Los Angeles as it is,...

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A Peek Behind The Groundwork Curtain

December 31, 2014

So, where do we keep all of our coffee? Those of you who have visited our little warehouse nestled in...