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Learn how to roast coffee and get tips and tricks on how to improve your coffee roasting skills with Compound Coffee Co.'s coffee roasting blog!
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

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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What is the best way to roast coffee for different waters?

Dec 12, 2019

What is the best way to roast coffee for different waters?

We've all experienced it, we taste a delicious coffee, we buy the beans home, brew it and it doesn't taste the same. Is water the culprit? How should roasters respond to different waters used by their customers?
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Challenge: Can you roast a coffee darker on the inside?

Nov 28, 2019

Challenge: Can you roast a coffee darker on the inside?

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We recently held a quick poll on social media. Can you roast the inside of a coffee darker than the outside? 60% voted yes while 40% voted no. Then we asked if you can grill the inside of a steak darker than the outside. 27% voted yes while 78% voted no. Why the difference? What's the answer? Read more to find out.
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How to pre-heat your coffee roaster

Nov 20, 2019

How to pre-heat your coffee roaster

How does your pre-heating routine compare with other coffee roasters? Let's explore some of the pre-heating best practices we've learned from other amazing roasters and compare them with our own pre-heating routine.
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How to choose green coffee for espresso coffee

Nov 14, 2019

How to choose green coffee for espresso coffee

There is one major component to keep an eye out for when sourcing green coffee for espresso. a)Flavour, b)Sweetness, c)Acidity, d)Body, e)Aroma. Which is the correct answer?
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How to choose green coffee for filter coffee

Nov 7, 2019

How to choose green coffee for filter coffee

Choosing the right green coffee for your filter offerings can be very tricky due to a number of factors affecting the cup you're tasting. Here are some of the things that we like to look out for on the cupping table when we are sourcing for filter coffees.
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Why you need to care about coffee roasting in 2020

Aug 25, 2019

Why you need to care about coffee roasting in 2020

Coffee Roasting is going to take over the world of specialty coffee. If you want to truly differentiate your coffee brand, then you need to start roasting your own coffee. Don't worry, we'll show you exactly how to get started and everything you need to become an elite coffee roaster. Those who choose not to go with the trend will eventually get left behind.
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