Becca, my first comment to you was not very clear. We roast our own here and are focusing on the commercial roasting side. I was wishing you the best if you pursue in house or shop roasting. I know you would love it. Roasting is just one more move closer to the source for me. I can't wait to visit the farms and coffee farmers.
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I want to encourge to persue the shop roasting. There are many roasters to choose for for this purpose so choose wisely. My partner and I choose http://www.coffeelab.com/ to get basic training and insite from one of the best men in the business. Very worthwhile. I know you would love the hands on adding the roasting side to your business.
Best wishes to you with your persuits. Follow your dream. Feel free to ask me any questions you may have.
You are so very welcome, in the time I was with Starbucks I received 2 barista awards in the same week by separate managers, just to say how serious I was(am) about my beans, there had been baristas there for over 5 and 10 yrs that never receive awards, just never be afraid to ask questions and learn, because ultimately it makes you better, surround yourself with the coffee pure n hearts and you will excel as coffee takes control of you, open your mind, be free, let the coffee move you!!!When you are ready to go out on your own you will know it, and will be a force to reckon with, we as Baristas must let our lite shine, Being a Barista in not a JOB, it's an HONOR, spread to Knowledge of Coffee, that the Bean may grow!!!! May the BEAN Be With You~
Just Want To Let You Know Starbuck$ Exposed me to the SCIENCE of a SYSTEM, without them lots of mom and pops wouldn't exists, nor bigger shops, Starbucks showed the world the possibilities in COFFEE are endless, be proud of that, not saying you aren't, lot of Coffee bashers out here and there, but believe you me Starbucks is the MOB of coffee shhh" watch what you speak of them " ;-) 1 last note you can have an impact on them as they are changing things a bit, trying to get back into the culture of coffee "Big Opportunity" Learn as much as you can, and apply it, just a little wisdom from a nobody lil PAN ROASTER...
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