Been working on getting the planets (or some of them at least) aligned, and it looks like we're getting pretty close with Jupitar, Venus, Mercury, and Mars all getting into the fun. What does all this mean for Coffee Shrub? For starters it means that Aleco is just getting back from his first Shrub mission to Ethiopia and Kenya, and word is that there are some stunning offerings lined up. It also means that there will be a Schooley trek out to Oakland in about two weeks.
In this video I talk about different styles of drum roasters and how they use airflow differently depending on the placement of the blower in relation to the energy source. There are a number of styles that I don't touch on, namely pure convection roasters or even the Loring Smart Roast which is billed as a hybrid roaster but seems to me to definitely be more convection based. Anyway, here's the video.
I uploaded a video to youtube about green coffee freshness and seasonality, basically a spontaneous monolgue of random thoughts, while I was roasting a bunch of super-fresh Guatemala samples. It's a "talking head" video, not very exciting, but I hope there are a couple ideas of use there... -Tom
I did some roasting in the lab last night and video-ed a roast of the Guatemala Finca San Diego Buena Vista Bourbon which I took to a City roast level. If anybody has any roasting questions, feel free to shoot them my way and maybe I can address them in future episodes.