My Take On The SCA Dubai Kerfuffle

TL;DR The short version of the story is the Specialty Coffee Association (SCA) announced that next year, multiple international coffee competitions will be hosted in Dubai, where homosexuality is illegal (Sharia law). This prompted a discussion on various social media...

As Indonesia Rediscovers Quality

I've said it before, but it bears repeating; Indonesia seems to be in the process of rediscovering quality coffee and the value it adds to farmers, processors, and the country as a whole. At last year's Roaster's Guild Retreat, the campaign for Wonderful Indonesia had...

Origin Trip: Solok, West Sumatra, Indonesia

Our first stop of the day was a for breakfast. We had lontong (pressed rice) with a curry sauce and veggies poured over top. After a quick fuel-up and waiting out a short rain we went to a farm of about five hectares, more than twice the average small-holder size in the region. There was a large pavilion

How To: Avoid The Flick And Crash

Updated: November 7, 2016 The flick and crash is a roasting term coined by Scott Rao in his book titled The Coffee Roaster's Companion. The term is part of his second commandment of roasting and it defines an event in the that can occur around the time of first-crack...

Coffee Origin Trip: Revisiting K’Ho Coffee

My niece and I visited Rolan and Josh, of K'Ho Coffee again this year. My wife and I first visited them in 2014 and the improvements they've made since are impressive. In two short years, they have built a roasting room that doubles as a showroom and retail shop where...

Supply Chain In A Box

La Viet, owned by Tran Nhat Quang (Quang), is a unique coffee establishment in Dalat,Vietnam, where under one roof you have a dry mill, a warehouse, a roastery, a retail production space, a coffee lab, an education space, and finally a cafe--nearly an entire supply...

How To: Minimally Automate Artisan

Even if you don't want to or can't automate your roast via Artisan, there are tasks you can have Artisan perform to improve your experience. Automatically Start Recording I routinely charge my roaster with beans above 400°F as measured by my bean temp (BT) probe....

On Roasting: Effects of Airflow

Updated October 4, 2016 One of the recent upgrades I made to my HotTop roaster was to add two additional thermocouples in an attempt to collect more data from the machine. One of the probes I added was a second environment temp (ET) probe to see what the difference is...

An Intimate Coffee Conversation

I just wrapped up a coffee brewing class in Jakarta, Indonesia for a small group of enthusiasts. The small size of the class (six attendees) lent itself to a very intimate and relaxed conversation about coffee. My goal for the class was to teach the basic principles...