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How to know if your coffee was badly roasted

Jan 19, 2021

How to know if your coffee was badly roasted

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Whose fault is it when the coffee tastes bad? The roaster or the barista? This is a common question I come across whenever I am troubleshooting coffee. Was it poorly extracted or just a bad roast to begin with?
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Coffee roasting in 2021: What we are excited about

Jan 14, 2021

Coffee roasting in 2021: What we are excited about

2020 was a crazy year for sure. But we're not out of the woods yet, Covid continues to run rampant even with vaccines being released. This is not an obstacle, but rather a learning opportunity, a chance for us to improve and be better. Here's what we're excited about in 2021.
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Why roasting is the most important for calibration

Sep 1, 2020

Why roasting is the most important for calibration

As baristas, one of our most important jobs is to calibrate the coffee daily and make sure it tastes great. But just like chefs are limited to their ingredients, baristas are limited by their coffee. Understanding how the roast impacts calibration is key to making your coffee taste better. Here's how.
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What makes a coffee bitter and how to fix it.

Jul 15, 2020

What makes a coffee bitter and how to fix it.

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Sometimes a coffee doesn't taste the way we want it to. It tastes bitter or astringent. Here's why and how to fix it.
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How and why you need to read the green coffee

Jul 8, 2020

How and why you need to read the green coffee

When you first receive your green coffee, what should you do with it? Do you just jump in and start roasting? Or do you measure the attributes of the coffee, plan and strategize before starting your first roast? If you're not doing the latter, you're wasting time and coffee. Here's how to read the green coffee and get better results straight off the bat with your first roast.
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How to separate a good cold brew from the bad

Jul 2, 2020

How to separate a good cold brew from the bad

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Hint: it's the roast. Cold brew has exploded recently, especially with the covid-19 situation. It allows us to enjoy the goodness of cafes in the comfort of our own homes. But are all cold brews made equal? Of course not, here's what separates the good, the bad and the ugly.
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Want to be a better coffee roaster? Stop using the refractometer

Jun 17, 2020

Want to be a better coffee roaster? Stop using the refractometer

Ahh the coffee refractometer. The amazing $1000 tool first popularized by Matt Perger during his WBC routine. For quite a long time, I used it religiously and incorporated it into many of our operating procedures and research practices. Until I stopped and my coffee roasting improved tremendously. Here's how.
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How long should you rest your coffee? Depends on the roast.

Jun 10, 2020

How long should you rest your coffee? Depends on the roast.

7 days, 10 days, as fresh as possible. So many differing opinions regarding the ideal rest time for your coffee. Guess what? They are all correct. It just depends on the way the coffee was roasted. Let's take a look at how coffee roasting affects the "aging" process of coffee.
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How does coffee roasting affect your brew recipe?

Jun 3, 2020

How does coffee roasting affect your brew recipe?

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Have you ever followed a roaster's recommended brew recipe and got underwhelming results? Or worse still, they didn't even provide a recipe? There are many factors that affect how you should approach calibrating a coffee. One of the major factors is how the coffee was roasted. Here's how coffee roasting affects your brew recipe.
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How to deal with the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Mar 19, 2020

How to deal with the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

These are uncertain times for many individuals and businesses alike. But we can all come out of this situation stronger and wiser. Businesses should optimize their operations, pivot if necessary. Coffee professionals should learn how to future-proof themselves. Here's how we think you can get through this period and emerge stronger than before.
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A beautiful coffee: collaborating to roast for good

Feb 26, 2020

A beautiful coffee: collaborating to roast for good

We came up with a plan to help coffee farmers achieve better profitability and sustainability for their farms. Starting with Mexico, here is a full breakdown of our action plan to raise funds to help them. We will update this page regularly with monthly transparency reports so you can see how the funds are being used to support these farmers.
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3 things you need to know about Mexican coffee

Feb 12, 2020

3 things you need to know about Mexican coffee

This year, we went on our first origin trip to Mexico. We visited a number of farms, made some new friends and of course tasted some delicious coffees. Beyond that, we also learnt a great deal about the coffee scene there. Some of it absolutely shattered our hearts and we felt we had to share it with you. Here is the top 3 things you need to know about Mexican coffee.
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