John Gibbons
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Which Coffee Roasters?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Mike McGinness Jun 11, 2011. 11 Replies

I'm looking at very small batch commercial roasters. Prices are also really annoying to find.  What are the prices for/which is better: Diedrich IR-2.5San Franciscan 6lbUs Roaster Corp. 3 kiloContinue

Tags: san, franciscan, corp., us, diedrich

Siphon heat source

Started this discussion. Last reply by Keith Eckert May 20, 2011. 7 Replies

I have a yama siphon, and fired it up for the first time the other day. I was extremely bummed out when 30 min of heat passed with no boiling...I reboiled water and poured it in WHILE the heat was…Continue

Tags: fire, flame, heat, burner, siphon

Roasting help

Started this discussion. Last reply by sage Oct 14, 2013. 3 Replies

Hello, I'm getting a quest m3 roaster asap! I have very little roasting experience, but I know a bit about it.  I know all coffees are different, and some work better at different levels. My…Continue

Tags: roaster, drum, profile, roasting

Non-degasser valve bags a bad thing?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Brady May 24, 2011. 22 Replies

I've been looking at 1/2 pound bags for home roasting. Initially, I liked the thought of the super decked out bags the big companies seem to use. They are all foil lined with degasser valves and a…Continue

Tags: bagging, roasting, degas, valve, bags

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Santa Lucia Naranjo, Costa Rica

Posted on February 9, 2011 at 11:27am 0 Comments

Today I was delivered my Coffee from Square Mile from the UK. I was sooo pumped to try it! I must say that the label and description is perfect! 


I'm really interested to see how this Santa Lucia compares to Madcap's Santa Lucia. 


Madcap = amazing Gr, MI coffee bar. Check it


Posted on February 8, 2011 at 8:59am 0 Comments

Currently I'm studying abroad in Spain. I've gotten used to stovetop espresso since that's all they have. I have some Santa Lucia, Naranjo on it's way from Square Mile from the UK. Unfortunately, my V60 cracked during the flights, but luckily it still works. I also desperately need to buy some new filters.

Profile Information

What is your position in the coffee industry?
barista, coffee enthusiast, entrepreneur
Where are you located? ( City and Country )
Grand Rapids
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.
I'm young, hard working, and coffee is what I do. Though I have not been in the industry for long, I have spent most of my time studying coffee and how to best present it. I want to be the best barista I can be. My heart is set on being a coffee bar owner, roaster, and barista. As soon as the college years are over, it's time for me to start. I'm here to learn, and would love every ounce of input from others.
What cities or countries are you interested in traveling to?
As many as possible, I have traveled to a lot of places...but let's face it...the world is an enormous playground begging to be explored. Now, I'm not too specific, but anywhere will do. I would like to see some major west coast cities, colorado cities, and others in the midwest. And obviously anywhere coffee is grown.
About Me:
I like coffee....a lot
What is your favorite thing about the coffee industry?
The connections and relationships created with people of the same mindset, creativity, and love. The coffee industry has created many ties and relationship that haven't existed since before the recent years. Now, we can tie all nationalities and help one another thrive in their passions.

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