Talking About Roasting

Fundamentals: Roasting Guatemalas and Washed Central American Coffees

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Washed coffees from Guatemala and other Central American producing countries are in some ways the control batches, the roasts that give you the base knowledge and experience for how a coffee can or should roast.
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Roasting Washed Central American Coffees by Chris Schooley, Photos by Thompson Owen

Penagos Depulpers at ProvidenciaPenagos Depulpers at Providencia

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

Talking About Roasting: Robbie Dietrich Cup - Fine Coffee & Roasters

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Robbie sent me a couple of different roasts of the Ethiopia Teklu Chele'lektu that we had up, so I wanted to ask him a couple questions about their approach to roasting
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Robbie and EstherRobbie and Esther

Talking About Roasting: Mark Michaelson, Onyx Coffee Lab

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Talking all about roasting with Mark Michaelson of Onyx Coffee Lab
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Double Diedrichs on a DimeDouble Diedrichs on a Dime

I was so excited to get a roast of the Ethiopia Deri Kochoha from Mark Michaelson of Onyx Coffee Labs in Fayetteville, Arkansas. It was a lovely roast of the coffee with so much of the honey sweetness paired with ginger and citrus that popped out in the brew. Mark reached out to me to ask how the coffee was, and so I turned it around on him and barraged him with questions about his approach to roasting.

Mark M: what did you think of it?

Can We Talk?

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Why you need to say things out loud, and why you need to also listen
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AK on a Probatino at Roasters Guild RetreatAK on a Probatino at Roasters Guild Retreat

This past July we hosted our Sweet Talking tasting up at the Four Barrel training space. There was a great turn out and it was incredible how open and enthusiastic all of the attendees were. Side conversations around roasting carried on for hours after we were done, and in the month and change since the event I've had a number of discussions around this topic come up with participants as well as people who hadn't attended but had heard great things about it.

Talking About Roasting: Tuli Keidar, Mecca. Sydney, AUS

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Tuli reached out to me a little more than a year ago about some roasting issues and followed up over time, sending me some coffees just a few weeks ago to say thanks.
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Tuli Keidar, Mecca Espresso Sydney, AUSTuli Keidar, Mecca Espresso Sydney, AUS

Talking About Roasting: Amanda Daley, Fable Coffee

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We like talking with roasters about roasting. This time out I spoke with Amanda Daley of Fable Coffee in Nevada County, CA.

Amanda and the Fable(d) Diedrich IR7Amanda and the Fable(d) Diedrich IR7

Sweet Talking

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Four Barrel Coffee Roasters hosted us and a whole mess of other Bay Area roasters on Friday July 18th to taste some coffees and talk about sweetness and how to roast for it.
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Sipping on that SweetnessSipping on that Sweetness