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CoffeeFest 2009

Recently, I spent the weekend in Chicago at CoffeeFest 2009. Again, I had a great time. It is worth the expense to spend a few days with other people who have a passion for coffee and coffee roasting. I learned how to repair my espresso machine, to make Latte Art (only a heart and rosetta) […]

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Don’t Try This At Home

A good friend of mine prepared the following picture for me. It was a shame to waste delicious aromatic Chazzano Coffee- but, the smell of the coffee was taste of the World to Come. I guess the important message is that I love coffee. Enjoy the photo.

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Mexico Chiapas Fair Trade Organic

I have just cupped and roasted my first batch of Mexico Chiapas. When I enter a cafe that roasts their own coffee, I order the Mexico Chiapas, if available. For me, this is an easy test to determine whether their coffee is fresh and the artistry, or lack thereof, in roasting. In my preliminary roasts […]

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Tosta Caffe Roaster

I have been roasting all of my coffee with the 8lb.-capacity Tosta Caffe Roaster from http://www.cafecoffees.com/ for several months. I have always worried that this line of electric drum roasters could not compete with the gas burning large roasters. There is nothing to worry about. The coffee roasted by any of Don Hudson’s machines (cafecoffees) […]

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I can’t believe it’s not Caffeinated!

I am ashamed to admit that my new Decaf Blend is delicious and full of chocolate and berry notes. I have finally found decaffeinated green beans from my favorite broker, http://www.freshcoffeebeans.com/, that rival many caffeinated specialty beans. I have been drinking this coffee for the last two weeks because I still don’t believe that it […]

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Highlander and the Golden Cup of Coffee

The TV show “Highlander” was one of my favorite shows ever. The main character would say after a battle to the death (of his foe) and after he cut off the other highlander’s head, “There can only be one!” That is how I feel about the French Press method of brewing coffee. For me, there […]

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A Decent Decaf? Maybe…

I just roasted 2 lbs of decaf Panama. It is not bad- a bit smoky and a bit sweet but not very interesting. There are no flavors that are comforting or intriguing. I will continue to experiment until I can roast and brew a decaf that is worth drinking. Life is too short to drink […]

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Coffee Fest Chicago

It is a wonderful feeling when one receives information that supports their beliefs. I participated in a class on Brewing and Grinding the Gold Cup standard. Specialty coffee begins with the proper care of the coffee cherry.

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Decent Decaf Coffee?

I have roasted some of the most interesting single origin or blends with notes of chocolate, sometimes berry, sometimes with hints of nuts, sometimes just a smooth full bodied elixir. I have never tasted a good decaf coffee. The hunt is on for a decaf coffee that one can compare to a complex and intriguing […]

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