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For sale: Diedrich IR3 Roaster, 2009

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What is your position in the coffee industry?
barista, coffee shop owner, coffee roaster
Where are you located? ( City and Country )
South Western Vancouver Island
How many years have you been in the industry?
If you are a barista or shop, are you interested in a barista exchange with another coffee shop/barista?
Tell us more about your coffee shop or barista skills.
The Stick in the Mud COffee House is on Vancouver Island serving quality drinks to the thirsty 10,000 locals. We're pretty serious about our espresso.
I went to Bellisimo's ABCs in May 2007, opened the shop on 07/07/07 at 07:00 and have been learning more every day.
Began roasting in January 2010.

We'd be interested in mutual knowledge-sharing with anyone. I believe that everyone knows something that somebody else doesn't.
What cities or countries are you interested in traveling to?
About Me:
I'm thirsty!

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What are you: espresso bar or coffee shop?

Posted on May 12, 2011 at 8:20am 4 Comments

I run an espresso bar.  No drip.  No single serve pour-over.  We do serve S.O. french press that we brew up as needed in 1.5 litre pots.  This position is not to dis pour-over styles or say they're wrong rather it's to say that our shop serves espresso first and foremost.

Convince me that I'm wrong.  Convince me that espresso bars should deviate from their core (the core that has paid the bills for the past however-many-years) and delve into something new and time-consuming...And…


The Roaster is here!

Posted on December 14, 2009 at 5:43pm 3 Comments

The gas fitter was in today and tomorrow the venting goes in. Bean order is placed. Nervous! Excited!
Hoping to be running our beans for the New Year...Expecting hiccups.

Best summer drink?

Posted on July 6, 2008 at 9:35pm 4 Comments

What's your best summer drink.
Not most popular but favourite.
The one with the most redeeming features...

A Code?

Posted on July 1, 2008 at 9:33am 6 Comments

15 miles from here a new Starbucks opened a few months ago. It's a drive-thru/walk-up/stand-alone shop in the parking lot of an existing strip mall. There had been a small and successful independent in the main portion of the complex that sold just prior to the Starbucks' opening. There's also a Tim Horton's (big Cdn chain) across the street.

Last night I went in to the old shop to see how things were going. The new owner was there by himself cleaning up behind the counter. I asked… Continue

Aerabica Roasters...

Posted on June 18, 2008 at 9:14pm 3 Comments

Anybody know about the Aerabica's? One has come on the market around here and I can't find out much except that they're not made anymore...

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At 9:47am on March 28, 2011, Robbie Britt said…
Hi there.  The most updated pricing for that grinder and everything else will be on the website. Since they change frequently, I refer people to the site.  The manual grinders are a special deal that won't be reflected on the site.
At 6:18pm on March 21, 2011, Geoff Polci said…



here are a few photos, I can email some others to you, let me know.


At 12:20pm on February 21, 2011, mathew Klaver said…

Sorry taken a while to get back to you I am traveling right now. I would definitely be interested in coming to your shop and having a chat about all things coffee. Let me know where you are located and when I get back maybe we could set up a time to meet.


At 7:59pm on February 13, 2011, mathew Klaver said…
Just love coffee and want to learn more about it. I live on Vancouver Island and thought it was cool that there was a group.
At 1:00am on June 16, 2010, Ben Cram said…
You are right about different beans having different profiles regardless of density. Having an idea of density is one tool that you can use to better control development time post first crack. If you aren't already doing it try graphing a few different extreme profiles of the same bean and cupping them. Doing this gave me a better idea of which shape of curve I tend to like as a profile. (not that I would limit to one type of curve)
At 9:03pm on June 14, 2010, Ben Cram said…
Are you measuring bean density? It can be done pretty easily by capping a 10 inch piece of pvc standing it on a scale and measuring each type of green. The lightest beans will be your bench mark and for your own purposes say they have a density of 1. Divide each bean's weight by the weight of no. 1 and you will be able to assign each variety with a number showing the density. eg. your peru is the lightest (therefore it is 1) at 370 grams. your guat weighs in at 392 grams for the same volume. 392 / 372= 1.06. Once you have all your beans calculated you will have a really good idea how much heat to apply initially. Denser beans can take (and need) more heat than less dense.

Next thing to look at is air flow. Diedrichs give you some good airflow options which can help you manipulate your profile. Give me a call if you want to discuss 889-7800
At 10:03pm on June 13, 2010, Ben Cram said…
What are you going for with the Honduran? How do you plan on brewing it.I just did a three day intesive workshop with Willem Boot and learned some interesting stuff. If you have a target acidity/flavor/body in mind I might have a few suggestions.

Thom Yorke covering Neil Young on Neil's piano for the bridge school benefit is worth a dl.
At 9:56pm on June 13, 2010, Ben Cram said…
i just noticed someone mentioned black keys on your discussion. Rob just introduced me to them... really good. (the one song I heard)
At 9:49pm on June 13, 2010, Ben Cram said…
We've been playing some death Cab for Cutie lately and I always love the crazy variety of people who get nostalgic when the Ramones are playing. Dr. John is a stand by on our list. I gave up and made a 16 hour playlist that had anything cafe friendly on my Ipod and I put it on shuffle. But even that gets tired pretty fast.
Been thinking of trying a customer ipod day and seeing how it goes.
At 9:39pm on June 13, 2010, Ben Cram said…
hey Dave.
How are you?

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