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Eduardo Godoy left a comment for Jeremy Spainhour
"I loved reading about you up here. It's inspiring even for a 59-year-old chap down here in Brazil. Congrats!!!! Though I love the craft of coffee and all about it I never had the guts to go ahead and start a business with coffee. It's…"
Oct 11, 2020

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What is your position in the coffee industry?
coffee roaster, coffee enthusiast, supplier
Where are you located? ( City and Country )
Lexington, KY, USA
How many years have you been in the industry?
4
About Me:
My name is Jeremy Spainhour, roaster and owner of Kifu Coffee Roasters, a retail and wholesale coffee roastery located in central Kentucky. I love being a part of the [micro-] coffee culture--the people, the product, and the passion *here* are very unique.

I have a passion for roasting. For the first three years of Kifu's existence, we (my wife and I) operated entirely as a not-for-profit (and before that I roasted for myself and friends). Only since July have we transitioned into a for-profit business, so roasting for me begins with a passion for coffee. I like to make money as much as the next person, but I'm not willing to pursue money at the cost of quality of life. Coffee roasting allows me to enjoy life and make money. I will negotiate just about anything to roast coffee for a potential customer. I just want to keep my drum turning, and continue improving at my craft.
About My Company:
I roast on an Ambex YM-15 with ProfilePlus RT. However, I don't depend on automation to do my job for me. I have created all my own roast profiles and have a few tricks to manipulate my roasts that the computer cannot do :) We are a roastery only, so all of our time and financial investment is spent on the quality of our product--sampling / sourcing, cupping, and experimenting with various profiles to find the optimal roast for each coffee that comes through our inventory. It has been suggested to us multiple times to open a coffee shop, but we have no desire to do so. Kifu Coffee Roasters is a dedicated roastery, and that's it. We love what we do and have no plans to do anything else.
What is your favorite thing about the coffee industry?
Probably being able to constantly try new coffee.
Website:
http://www.KifuBeans.com, www.KifuBeans.wordpress.com

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At 10:09am on October 11, 2020, Eduardo Godoy said…

I loved reading about you up here. It's inspiring even for a 59-year-old chap down here in Brazil. Congrats!!!! Though I love the craft of coffee and all about it I never had the guts to go ahead and start a business with coffee. It's great to know you have the support of your wife.

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The Problem of Cupping Notes, the Problem of Realism, and Andy Warhol’s Solution for Both

Posted on October 15, 2011 at 7:42am 0 Comments

I have recently been asked how I come up with my cupping notes. Do I really taste things like “musty, cocoa dusted over-ripe strawberries,” “apricot syrup,” “sweetness like meringue over cooked bananas,” “damp pipe tobacco,” “leather soaked in apple juice,” and so on. My answer for this probably qualifies as a tangent (hence my necessary category: “Ramblings”), but I have attempted to illustrate the problem, and perhaps the solution, with analogy from art history and theory. If you just want…

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