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More on the Quest M3s Airflow Circuit

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The Quest M3s, a simplistic and robust sample roasting machineThe Quest M3s, a simplistic and robust sample roasting machine
Within the class of table top coffee roasting machines, the Quest M3s sample roaster is about as simple as they come. There are no preset roast profiles, built in data loggers, blue tooth technology, or any other gadgetry to speak of. In this way it's much more like a larger production drum roaster, thermal dynamics controlled by two main adjustable parameters, good old fashioned heat and air flow.

A Closer Look at Ethiopia Sidama Nansebo for Espresso

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by Dan Wood

a steady stream of Ethiopia Sidama Nansebo from the Flaira steady stream of Ethiopia Sidama Nansebo from the Flair

Coffee Fermentation: Shrub Tasting at 2017 SCA EXPO

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A small slice of the rich dialogue that took place at our Expo tasting in April on the role fermentation plays on cup quality and price.
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Wet fermentation - this coffee is just about ready for a final rinseWet fermentation - this coffee is just about ready for a final rinse

Import Partners and Direct Trade

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If you've ever purchased full bags from us, you may have spotted logos other than the "Coffee Shrub". These are the logos exporters and importers who provide us with logistics services to get our coffee to the Port of Oakland.
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Bag marks vary, this one showing importer, lot ID and ICO number infoBag marks vary, this one showing importer, lot ID and ICO number info

If you've ever purchased full bags from us, you may have spotted logos other than the "Coffee Shrub". These are the logos exporters and importers who provide us with logistics services to get our coffee to the Port of Oakland.

Controlling Quality: Sample Roasting

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by Dan Wood

1950s Probat B3 - Capable of consistency, this one sees daily use1950s Probat B3 - Capable of consistency, this one sees daily use

Moving Our Warehouse: Update

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Panorama of the back half of our new warehousePanorama of the back half of our new warehouse

 

As most of you already know, Coffee Shrub and Sweet Maria's moved to our new warehouse all of last week. The move's gone well, and we're working to shore things up this week. In reality, we'll likely be putting on the "final touches" for weeks to come, but we expect our order fulfillment to be back up to full capacity middle of the week (Wednesday August 31).

Rwanda + Burundi = Espresso Perfection

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Rwanda + Burundi = Espresso PerfectionRwanda + Burundi = Espresso Perfection

Coffee + Photography = ?

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I like to take pictures, I like to travel, and I sell coffee. On its face, myself and many others do the same in a straightforward way, especially when we go to a specific farm or mill where we are buying. We point our cameras at the farmer, at their trees, and their dog, at their wet-pulper machine, at their family members, and we take a picture.