Storing Roasted Coffee

Have you ever had a cup of coffee at a cafe you often frequent only to find something is off? We run into this a lot!  Sometimes we ask questions and find out that it is simply a novice barista. Sometimes we realize that a setting with the espresso machine/pour-over system/French press/etc is off (normally a water temperature problem).  Sometimes we find that the grinder needs to be calibrated. But most often we find that it is a storage issue. …

Farmer First Green Coffee Pricing

While most of the coffee industry is primarily concerned with consumer-first costs we are primarily concerned with farmer-first price values.  It might seem backwards for a for-profit company to focus on the product provider as opposed to the product consumer but it is for the best interest of the industry and end-user for us to be primarily concerned with farmer first green coffee pricing. In the current specialty coffee environment there is such a demand for competition in pricing to …

2018 SQUARE COFFEE REPORT

  SCA recently teamed up with Square to publish their 2018 coffee report.  It is really good to see some of the trends that are going on across the States: In regards to tipping baristas: National average is 11.4% but Alaska is the setting the bar high at 17.5%.  Things aren’t so good for baristas in New Jersey where the average tip lands at only 7.5% While iced coffee consumption is on the rise 42% of Americans prefer cold brew …

Green Coffee Data

In the past most green coffee grading was done by physical analysis.  Defects were easy to find: insect damage, chipped, black beans we very easy to spot.  As technology advances so is the ability to track other types of defects in beans.  Some of these defects are not as easy to spot…but they greatly impact the quality of the bean.  Density and water activity are two examples of this.  Physical defects like are much easier to measure over time than …

Behind a Coffee Bean

  The Roasters Guild recently did a coffee tour in Yunnan in conjunction with the Yunnan International Coffee Exchange.  From that tour they produced a great little video to let the world see just how good the coffee is here.  Please watch this little video for a great glimpse into the quality of coffee that is starting to be produced here.  When you are done with the video visit our store and try some for yourself!

The Milling Stage

For the majority of coffee growers around the world harvest season is nearing an end.  Much of the coffee that will be enjoyed over the next year is entering a critical phase of its journey to your cup – the milling stage. Milling During the dry mill stage the coffee is sun dried to prevent the beans from over fermenting or spoiling.  To dry the beans they are placed on raised beds that allows airflow from both above and below …

Coffee Habits Around the World

  Xinglong Coffee The enjoyment of this coffee for the locals is not due to the economic benefit it brings.  In a land where tea culture is deeper than any outsider can truly understand, tea is the sacred part of culture where relationships are forged, broken, and deals are made. It is an event that is to be stretched over a long period of time…to rush the process is to dishonor the relationship of the person you are sharing tea …

Coffee Ground Uses

If you search online for uses of old coffee grounds you will find a lot of different ideas.  We tried a lot of the ideas to see which ones really work.  The following list are our top 5 favorite uses for coffee grinds that we found work really well Coffee as Fertilizer Coffee is highly acidic (unbrewed grinds significantly moreso than brewed grinds).  This can have a negative effect on some of the plants you grow in a garden.  It …

What is Specialty Coffee?

Last year, Perfect Daily Grind, published an excellent article detailing what specialty coffee really is.  It is an important distinction because we hear different terms thrown around interchangeably and it causes a lot of confusion.  Specialty coffee is not a flowery term used to make bad coffee sound good.  It is coffee that has been graded and received a score placing it in a category of excellence that is highly monitored and highly coveted.  The aforementioned article describes it as …

Interview on Yunnan Coffee

Yunnan Coffee has not yet gained the recognition it deserves.  There is a lot of effort and quality control being put into sharing this coffee with the world.  A recent interview was conducted for China’s main social media outlet WeChat in which Tim Heinze, founder of Hani Coffee and CEO of Yunnan Coffee Traders answers some questions about Yunnan coffee.  The article is back-translated into English so some of the wording is a little funny but it is a great …