Archive for August, 2009


Can ya, can ya, Kenya!


The title, is the start to a little jingle that I am working on at the moment, due to be released in my mind only, out soon.

Sometimes there is a buzz in our little warehouse, every now and then something turns up that has us all doing quiet little skips across the warehouse floor (whilst no one is looking). Once in a blue moon, there is an occurrence like a lunar eclipse that all makes us stop, stand up and stare, like Kangaroos caught in a cars headlights at night.

This happened to us at the Intelli roast works this week, when collectively, we all gasped as our new crop Kenya coffees finally arrived! Now don’t ask me to pronounce the coffees names, I will leave that up to our master coffee procurer, Geoff Watts to voice.

As the delivery trucks air brakes let out and screamed, under the labor of trying to halt its behemoth weight. We all stopped and ran out into the streets to see if it was true, if it indeed did bring our Kenya loot to our doorstep.

Kenya coffees arrive

In there?

You see this year we heard stories of our Kenya coffees getting held up by our friends at the US customs, as they wanted to inspect the beans as it were. For most of us it was the first time that this had happened to one of our coffee shipments, and we were afraid of what might show up once or even if customs would released it.

Thankfully all the Kenya coffees protective mylar bags had all been left intact.


I had the pleasure of opening the first brick of greens and I did not hold back my imagination, that the small amount of air that was released was the same air, that filled the room back in Kenya months ago, that some other man or woman was breathing at that point in time. In some ways it is like a time capsule and I get to enjoy a sensory experience that only a few others have shared half the world away, in Kenya.

Romance is not dead, and I hope you find the similar romance when you finally get to brew these coffees and enjoy them yourselves, sometime in early September.

Happy drinking.


Versalab Espresso Grinder and Press at the Laughing Goat.


This is interesting, I have a few questions.

1. How long do the belts last on the grinders under those circumstances and how much are they to replace?

2. Is the coffee dosed by volume or weight? Could you explain how you adjust for which ever it is?

3. The purpose of two hoppers, are they purely for volume, or are they to house multiple coffees?

4. I am no engineer, could you explain the tamp for me, is it pneumatic or hydraulic? How do you control the pressure and tamp duration?

Of course I could imaging that maybe you could not answer all these questons, as you might not want to let the cat out of the bag, as it were…

As always I am not asking these questons in a negitive challenging mannor, rather I am coming from an excited/ curious mind.




Sunday roasts


Well you may or may not know, we have started to roast on Sundays for our cafes in LA. For the last two weeks I have been the “Sunday” guy as our man Jared has been away.

The Sunday roast day is our most relaxed day to be at work, with a come as you please schedule. With no one else working in LA (other then the packaging crew) nor in Chicago, there is a strange absence of emails flooding the inbox. We don’t have to run around grabbing coffee samples for evaluation, set up cuppings, do espresso evaluation nor data entries in fact it is the one day of the week we get to be just a roaster and nothing else (not that I don’t love doing that stuff it is just a nice change). Not sure if or when I will be doing that shift again, I guess it depends on Jared’s holiday schedule.

Feeling good about today, everything just fell into place, every minute marker, Agtron and drop temp were hit and I managed to get the day wrapped up in just 3.75 hours. A nice little bonus to the week at a pay rate of time and half!

Oh yeah!


Dare I ? A Coffee Roaster Speaks Out.


Chemex coffee brewing guide – By Intelligentsia


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Alterra Coffee Delivers.


Once again I am re-hashing old videos now that I have the ability to. I just happened to stumble into this cafe whilst visiting a friend in 2007 and did not know the rep that these guys had or have for that matter, within the industry.

It was a nice surprise to be looked after so well and to drink good coffee.

You might see a glimpse of the one and only Scott Lucey!


Sometimes The Words Aren’t There. 1.01


You know you have writers block, when you all you can think to do is rip this guy off.