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What is your position in the coffee industry?
coffee roaster, coffee grower, home barista, coffee enthusiast
Where are you located? ( City and Country )
Savannah, GA
How many years have you been in the industry?
Not as many as I would like.
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 worked at a coffee shop in Alabama for about a year and a half. Then I traveled around the world. Then I apprenticed in Guatemala learning how to roast coffee. I recently opened a small coffee roastery in Savannnah, Georgia.
What cities or countries are you interested in traveling to?
Norway, Iceland, Australia, New Zealand, Italy, England, Ireland. Basically anywhere I haven't been yet
About Me:
Music major turned coffee roaster.
About My Company:
Cup to Cup Coffee Roasters is an itty bitty coffee roastery located in Savannah, GA. We roast specialty coffee for folks in the greater Savannah area. Come visit!
What is your favorite thing about the coffee industry?
The people.


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Music and Coffee!

Posted on September 17, 2009 at 10:33am 0 Comments

One of the highlights of my time here in Savannah has been the pleasure of being a member of the Savannah Philharmonic Chorus. On Friday, Oct. 2 the chorus along with the Savannah philharmonic orchestra will be putting on a performance of Verdi’s Requiem.

In hopes of encouraging people to attend the concert, Cup to Cup Coffee Roasters is offering a discount to anyone… Continue

New (ish) Blog

Posted on September 15, 2009 at 10:10am 0 Comments

I haven't been on here in a while and felt the need to remedy that. I do have a blog that I've started for the roastery (which also needs to be posted on soon) and I plan to start posting those blogs here for you guys to see. If you want to see what's already there, you can head on over to http://cuptocup.wordpress.com. I'll put one of my first posts here for you to get an idea of what it's about. Hope you enjoy!

This is the… Continue

Busy Busy

Posted on April 2, 2008 at 1:34pm 2 Comments

So I've finished my roasting apprenticeship and now am getting the ball rolling towards opening my own roastery in Savannah, GA! I'm currently going through the frustrating, time consuming, and sometimes ridiculous ordeal of all that goes on on the business side of getting things started. Looking at spaces, finding web designer, licenses and what not. All is going well so far. We'll see how things develop. Peace.

One Month in, What now?

Posted on March 6, 2008 at 7:43pm 1 Comment

I've been here in Guatemala now for a month. I'm now doing all the roasting orders for Mike with the exception of a few special ones he directs, but still involves me in. I've visited several farms and learned about green coffee selection and what to look for.

My next big task is taking my own farm trip. I'm planning on spending a week in Antigua visiting friends and checking out a few farms. There is also a possibility that I'll make a trip up to Hue Hue Tenango, though I'm not sure about… Continue

A Typical Day in Guatemala . . . kinda

Posted on February 16, 2008 at 7:28pm 1 Comment

Just a general idea of what's going on with my apprenticeship. Got into the shop at 6:00 A.M. and started up the roaster. I've gotten to the point where I (get to) start early by myself and clean things up and get the roaster started and ready for the day. Today was light, we roasted about 60 lbs. of Hue Hue. Mike comes down finally with coffee and a little something to eat. He reminds me (again and again) what I"m looking for in the roast and when to drop it in and when to take it… Continue

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At 4:04am on October 10, 2010, angela said…
My name is miss angela desmond i saw your profile today and became interested in
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.
Here is my email address( ( angela5000desmond@yahoo.fr)
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)
( angela5000desmond@yahoo.fr)
At 7:20am on April 28, 2010, Adam Wilson said…
Oh man! When did you come in? I hate that I missed you when you were in town.
At 10:05am on March 8, 2010, Philip Brown said…
Hey man! Yeah I'm working on it but the city putting through the ringer. I'm almost there now - just gotta run gas and get the beans cooking. How's it out there on the island? I'll drop a line when we're up and running - p
At 12:07pm on September 17, 2009, Paul Yates said…
James, I think my bro-in-law actually has been to Crossroad Cafe a few times. He spent a couple years in Guatemala as a missionary, working with Mennonite Air Missions. I live in Waynesboro GA, just a little ways up the highway from you. If I plan an anniversary trip to Savannah with my wife, would I be able to see your roastery, or perhaps could you recommend a shop to visit?
At 6:49pm on January 7, 2009, Alun Evans said…
Did you make Indonesia on your trip?? I guess not if you did not tack on OZ and NZ (not necessarily as an afterthought!!). My 25kg drum originally came from a roaster just outside Antigua
At 3:04pm on September 18, 2008, mike cubbage said…
your internship sounds exciting. how did you get into that. did you have to pay room board and a fee ??? i'd love to know more about it.
At 3:08pm on September 9, 2008, teresa pilarz said…
muchisimas gracias!! i'll check it out and keep your comments in confidence. greatly appreciate the input!
At 2:33pm on September 9, 2008, teresa pilarz said…
Thanx so much for the info. I checked out the website...it says costs is over $3k for 20 days. Were you able to negotiate a better rate with him, or is he open to allowing people to work it off or exchange skills/expertise?
At 11:56am on September 9, 2008, teresa pilarz said…
Hey James,
How did you land your roasting apprenticeship w/ Crossroads? I'd like to open a roaster/retail shop but only have home roasting experience. It seems hard to find a temporary apprenticeship in roasting. Would welcome any suggestions you may have.

At 6:43pm on July 9, 2008, David LaMont said…
How's it going? Been a couple weeks, eh?

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