Coffee Resources

Coffee + Photography = ?

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I like to take pictures, I like to travel, and I sell coffee. On its face, myself and many others do the same in a straightforward way, especially when we go to a specific farm or mill where we are buying. We point our cameras at the farmer, at their trees, and their dog, at their wet-pulper machine, at their family members, and we take a picture.

Taste and Price: When Values Shift

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Taste and Price: When Values Shift

I miss a lot of things that happen in the coffee press. There's just too much out there. But I recently caught glimpse of this and found it very thought-provoking.

Posting the image above to Instagram and asking for comments lead to a huge range of reactions. So I thought I would post my own thoughts in a better-suited format here.

Throwin' the Chain

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The back end of the roaster doesn't usually get the same amount of attention as the trier, bean temp thermocouples, cooling tray or chaff collector. Chains, belts, sprockets and grease aren't usually featured when we talk about the coffee we drink, or when we write reviews on the coffees we roast. But though they are less discussed, they are equally important parts of the roasting equation. It's annoying when these mechanical parts don't work how they are supposed to, or at all.

Cleaning Out the Squirrel Cage

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The squirrel cage is not really a cage for putting squirrels in, but acts as a industrial strength fan blade that draws the airflow through your roaster.
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I am one that does't typically believe everything I hear. Even if the roaster is making some crazy sounds and I think I might know what is going on, it never hurts to have someone else lend an ear. In this case, I came close to spending cash on a motor when in fact it only needed to be inspected closely. A high pitched squeal accompanied by a serious repetitive knocking sound was coming from the motor on the L12. My first reaction was to replace the motor and be done with it.

L12: Finding my Bearings

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Sharing and documenting how I replaced the rear bearing in our Probat L12. I would love to hear your stories and experiences with your roaster too!
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Getting started with a new (to me) roaster means I have to get down and dirty with it before I get too deep in production. It is a good idea that I get well acquainted with the rig as I ease into it. Even if you have had experience with a similar make and or model, there is bound to be at least some differences from roaster to roaster. I assume that somebody before me has done some modifications or "duct tape jobs" to keep the thing rollin'. I have had the opportunity to work on larger roasters (60 & 120 kilo), but this is my first time for me with taking apart a 12 kilo machine.

Video: Hand Cupping: New Ideas in Coffee

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Serious discussion about adding a new dimension to the coffee evaluation technique.
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Serious discussion about adding a new dimension to the coffee evaluation technique, hand cupping.