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Stumptown Expands With the Help of a Powerful Investor

June 2, 2011, 2:22 PM By OLIVER STRAND Matthew Peyton for The New York TimesStylish baristas at the Stumptown Coffee Roasters cafe at the Ace Hotel. It looks like a big year for Stumptown Coffee Roasters. The Portland, Ore., company, known for getting … Continue reading

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How sweet is your cup?

Sweetness (taste sensation based on sucrose ( is the organic compound commonly known as table sugar and sometimes called saccharose. A white, odorless, crystalline powder with a sweet taste, it is best known for its role in human nutrition.) is … Continue reading

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Balancing act-Sweetness

The “golden period” of roasting where the color of the once-green coffee bean changes from pale yellow to bright orange. The roasters gently heat the beans and maintain a low minute-to-minute temperature increase. It is in this stage of the … Continue reading

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Coffees of the Year

The most prestigious annual event for producers around the world, the COTY competition celebrates the most exceptional coffees. Only coffees scoring 84 or higher are eligible to compete; once qualified, the coffees are then vetted bi-annually by a team of … Continue reading

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KONE FUNNEL

Coava Coffee Roasters introduces their kone funnel. A full immersion glass brewer with steel and adjustable height base/holder.

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The Three Stages of a Roast

Roasting unlocks and frames a coffee’s flavor potential; it is a science and an art that requires loads of experience, concentration and split second timing. Roasting is also the means by which the roaster imprints his/her signature. How bright or … Continue reading

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What if my coffee is too strong or too weak?

Good quality coffee will commonly have some bitter elements, but they should exist in balance with other aspects; bitterness should not be an overwhelming component. Unfortunately, most people are rarely served anything but poorly prepared coffee that may also have … Continue reading

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Know your roaster

Know your roaster. Here’s what you should keep in mind: Opt for the roaster who travels a lot, someone who is familiar with source farms and trades “at origin,” meaning where the beans are grown. This will not rule out … Continue reading

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Dark roasted coffee

Dark roasted coffee beans are quite suitable for making espresso coffee. Espresso beans are just ordinary coffee beans that have been dark roasted and designated for that type of drink. Espresso beans are dark roasted because darker beans are sweeter. … Continue reading

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Roasting profile

The most obvious change when coffee is roasted is in the color. The bean moves along a scale from green to varying shades of brown to near black. Underneath the surface a number of other changes are occurring. One of … Continue reading

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