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What is your position in the coffee industry?
coffee shop owner, coffee roaster, home barista, coffee enthusiast
Where are you located? ( City and Country )
Victoria BC
How many years have you been in the industry?
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About Me:
Former fine dining chef, turned coffee roaster. Bought a little cafe with a vintage German roaster and fell in love the first time I heard first crack.
What is your favorite thing about the coffee industry?
People, and drinking coffee

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At 5:17am on October 10, 2010, angela said…
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you,i will also like to know you more,and i want you to send an email to my
email address so i can give you my picture, for you to know whom i am.
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I believe we can move from here!
I am waiting for your mail to my email address above.
(Remeber the distance or colour does not matter but love matters alot in life)
At 1:26pm on June 15, 2010, Stickman said…
I haven't been measuring density. I will start. I will pick my standard measure tonight from Superstore and begin.

I'll run a few experiments. But just because a bean is more or less dense...I don't necessarily want to roast them in the same manner. A baggy old African might take well to a fast start and long crack, no?

I would like to talk more about this but I'll need a few roasts to mess around with some theory before I'm ready!
At 10:15pm on June 13, 2010, Stickman said…
I heard you went to the Boot camp. That's great. I envy you...One day!

Well, I don't know what I want out of it - just more! It's new crop Honduras Las Capucas. More crispness, more flowers, more acidity and citrus fruit. It's to be brewed French Press. I thought about cranking the heat for the first 350 and backing off near to zero to extend the crack and bring out something different - like some cherries and chocolate because I am not getting any of the Central American I expected. They said melon, caramel, citrus.
I'm off to bed but I look forward to your ideas... Thanks
At 10:02pm on June 13, 2010, Stickman said…
Black Keys are good but just a bit overplayed. Had a Barista who brought it in a few months ago.

You know what's funny? The spell check on this site offers corrections for 'barista'
At 9:56pm on June 13, 2010, Stickman said…
Yeah, 16 hours repeats every day and a half when you're open 10 hours. 5 days a week...Crikey. Staff usually plays their own stuff but some defer to my playlist. I should get a little laptop and run live365 through it.
Just dl'd Mother Mother and Aldo Vanucci. Also Thom Yorke - the singer from Radiohead...I am SUCH a 40 year old man.
What's coming for you and new beans? I have a Honduran I'm having trouble with. Just tastes boring and I've tried a few different profiles on it. Maybe it'll age well.

I might order more than one pallet next time as my espresso takes up 6 or 7 bags per order. If you want to talk about sharing a pallet from some interesting broker let me know.
At 9:41pm on June 13, 2010, Stickman said…
I'm well baby, how are you?
I'm just loading up the iPod before the new week.
Any recommendations?
At 11:06am on January 4, 2010, Stickman said…
I am VERY interested in an island roasters/buyers co-op. keep me updated n that. WHen can I try your Blue Mtn?
Also, do you have any leftover double-walled, stainless, pressure-vented, chimney pipe? My engineer negelected to order when I sent him the info and we're looking at ANOTHER 10 weeks before sparking up the little black Diedrich...Any leads on pipe?
At 5:46pm on January 3, 2010, Stickman said…
Ben baby!
Congratulations on Fernwood's Amazing Success in the competitions.
Out in Sooke my little Diedrich has arrived but there's no chimney as yet. The contractor brought in an incorrect pipe 3 weeks ago and we're hoping he can finish the install this week. Otherwise I'll just get a drier vent and snake it out the window! It'll all be fine...
I was reading some of your comments on small bean brokers on another thread...Good info, thanks. Any groovy new beans you're anticipating?
At 6:10am on September 19, 2009, Jay Caragay said…
Vancouver would be fun. The organizers called me after the Western Regionals to see if I would like to come out and MC the nationals but I haven't heard from them since. So, I would have to guess No, I won't be out in Vancouver this fall. Would love to though.
At 7:16pm on September 18, 2009, Matt Milletto said…
Dude that is great news! What are the dates? I'd love to drive up for the comp.

- Matt

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