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AZBadgerFan
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re: Noticed a lot of coffee questions lately, specialty coffee industry pro AMA
From your username I'm assuming you are located in/affiliated with the Phoenix-area? If so, where would you go in the Scottsdale/Phoenix for a good cup of coffee and some beans? I live just south of the Carefree-Cave Creek area and typically head there to some of the specialty places. Not too bad.
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BRPHXCoffee
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re: Noticed a lot of coffee questions lately, specialty coffee industry pro AMA
Assuming you're just trolling, that statement is beyond ridiculous and I feel dumber for having read it.


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BRPHXCoffee
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re: Noticed a lot of coffee questions lately, specialty coffee industry pro AMA
It's really hard to find anything decent outside of a dedicated specialty shop.
Pretty much everyone you mentioned is using commodity grade stuff with a year shelf life, was roasted god-knows-when, and brewing on a drip setup that pulls tons of acidity out of the coffee and is designed for high yield to save $$$.
Dunkin typically buys coffee that scores in the 70s, so they have that going for them. The other fast food options are all on the same level IMHO.
I was in Denham a few months ago visiting friends and had to settle for a Starbucks blonde iced americano. It still had dominant burnt notes, but was by far the best option I could find.


Powerman
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Virginia
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re: Noticed a lot of coffee questions lately, specialty coffee industry pro AMA
I'm pretty sure you know more about coffee than I know about myself


Tigertown in ATL
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re: Noticed a lot of coffee questions lately, specialty coffee industry pro AMA
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I'm pretty sure you know more about coffee than I know about myself


Haha!

As I read this thread I’m simultaneously elated and disappointed that I don’t have the palate to care that much.


Fatty Magoo
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USA
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re: Noticed a lot of coffee questions lately, specialty coffee industry pro AMA
Do you have any recommendations for good “Easy” coffee makers.... I have a good one at home but my issues is at work. Other than a French press, what are some small/portable type systems that I can easily keep in my desk that don’t require a ton of attention.


Modest
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Baton Rouge
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re: Noticed a lot of coffee questions lately, specialty coffee industry pro AMA
What local shops/roasters have you tried?

When I can, I tend to buy from Garden District Coffee. Everything from them just seems to taste fresh and clean.

I personally haven't been impressed with the flavor profiles of French Truck and Cafeciteaux Beans (and I think I've got most pour-over methods down to a science). Maybe I'm getting the wrong blends...


Bronson2017
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Birmingham
Member since Feb 2019
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re: Noticed a lot of coffee questions lately, specialty coffee industry pro AMA
Have you ever heard of Seeds Coffee? Located in the Birmingham, AL area: LINK

This thread intrigued me so I looked for specialty coffee near me and this was highest rated. From their website and reviews it looks like they sell fresh beans like you recommended.


Bronson2017
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Birmingham
Member since Feb 2019
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re: Noticed a lot of coffee questions lately, specialty coffee industry pro AMA
For anybody that has had the sudden urge to go all out on coffee due to this thread, I googled how to use a chemex and this "how to" was the first link.

It looks like it uses all the pieces that the OP described in his setup and is a step by step with pictures for baws like us.

LINK

OP thank you so much for this information. I think I might have found a new hobby and ways to impress guests in the future!


BRPHXCoffee
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Member since Oct 2019
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re: Noticed a lot of coffee questions lately, specialty coffee industry pro AMA
Definitely recommend an Aeropress!
Super simple and easy to clean, and probably the fastest brewing time. There are countless ways to use it, even upside down.
This is it: LINK
Here's the inventor showing you how it's done: LINK
If you've ever had coffee from a Clover machine, it's similar. Can be made iced as well.
When you press down it creates pressure in the brew chamber, which will can pull a ton of great flavors out of the coffee. It's also full immersion, and has good filtration through the small disposable filter (it will come with a ton). Hope this helps!


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REG861
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re: Noticed a lot of coffee questions lately, specialty coffee industry pro AMA
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Longtime lurker originally from BR. Moved out of state but still check-in regularly. I work for an acclaimed specialty coffee roaster, and will try to answer any and all questions you may have. From roasting to consumption, let me know if I can help you make your coffee experience better.



Are you familiar with 90 Plus coffee? If so what do they do that's so different/special?
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BRPHXCoffee
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Member since Oct 2019
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re: Noticed a lot of coffee questions lately, specialty coffee industry pro AMA
So glad you found some of this stuff interesting and useful.
I decided to post here because I know how seriously people take food (and all things culinary) in Louisiana, and most of the south. Making a gumbo is 100X more complex than brewing coffee. And everyone here would probably have a strong opinion on the best ways to go about making a roux, stock, seasoning, etc. Considering almost everyone drinks coffee every day, I figured there would be some interest on this topic.
I still come to the food board for this very reason. It's great info and input from passionate people. One thing I really miss after moving out of BR is the culture of cooking, it's just not the same in the Southwest. But I'm thrilled that there has been interest! I'll keep answering questions as they come. Thanks!


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BRPHXCoffee
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Member since Oct 2019
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re: Noticed a lot of coffee questions lately, specialty coffee industry pro AMA
Ha!
Definitely a "rabbit hole" pursuit.
I've been really getting into the chemistry of roasting lately. There are around 89 chlorogenic acids in green coffee, and tons of reactions take place in the roast process as these convert, create, and destroy compounds (malic, citric, acetic acid to name a few). These account for the aroma and taste of coffee. There still isn't a ton of reliable info on the subject, though. I've been working through someone's PhD dissertation on roasting, and there a several instances of him having to say "we don't know why or how this happens".
Roasting feels like alchemy. You can smell fresh cut grass, then biscuit dough, and then cherries all in the span of one minute. It's definitely science, but so much of it seems nonsensical. I have to mention that I work with people who know far more than I do, and I'm learning just like everyone else. So glad you found some of the info on this thread useful!
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BRPHXCoffee
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Member since Oct 2019
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re: Noticed a lot of coffee questions lately, specialty coffee industry pro AMA
I haven't, but checking out their website and it looks legit.
One thing I don't see is the processing method listed for single origins.
The Ethiopian Guji is probably what I would choose, but I would want to know if it was natural or washed process. Natural takes 2-3 weeks, and the coffee seeds (they're not beans) are left in the fruit to ferment. By far my favorite.
Washed coffees are picked and sent to a wet mill quickly, the fruit is removed and they are dried quickly. These tend to be lighter bodied and more tea-like.
Any specialty roaster should include this info on the bag somewhere for each coffee.


BRPHXCoffee
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Member since Oct 2019
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re: Noticed a lot of coffee questions lately, specialty coffee industry pro AMA
We buy from 90 plus occasionally. They offer only top tier green, and you pay a premium for it.
When we want to offer something in the $30-$50 per 8oz range, they are a great resource. Another is Royal's Crown Jewel selections. These are high scoring coffees that can give some crazy flavor profiles (usually floral fruit bombs).
Usually when people think of crazy expensive coffee, they think of kopi luwak (disgusting and inhumane) or Jamaica Blue Mountain (marketing nonsense).
Top of the line specialty grade coffee reveals its value in the final product. You will taste things that you didn't know could be in coffee. My first real Geisha coffee was like this. It was $100 for 8oz (it was a gift), and it was like a symphony of jasmine, lime, and blackberry. Unreal.


puse01
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Baton Rouge
Member since Sep 2011
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re: Noticed a lot of coffee questions lately, specialty coffee industry pro AMA
How would you rate my coffee brewing setup?

Image: https://i.imgur.com/vlgeZM5.jpg


$9 for three pounds of coffee. Not a bad deal....


txbd
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Valhalla
Member since Jan 2014
1526 posts

re: Noticed a lot of coffee questions lately, specialty coffee industry pro AMA
I bought a Ninja CP301 the other week. Have you heard of or had any experience with this machine?

LINK


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mceuph
LSU Fan
Montevallo, AL
Member since Dec 2005
604 posts

re: Noticed a lot of coffee questions lately, specialty coffee industry pro AMA
Thanks for this thread!

1. Is there any particular advantage to using a Chemex over a V60 dripper (or other pour over mechanism)?

2. If you had a budget of $100 to spend on coffee brewing/grinding equipment, what would you buy?


puffulufogous
USA Fan
New Orleans
Member since Feb 2008
5977 posts

re: Noticed a lot of coffee questions lately, specialty coffee industry pro AMA
What is the price to performance sweet spot of grinders? I saw you recommended one at the start of the thread but Im not sure I want to spend $150 on a grinder to replace my still working Cuisinart blade grinder.


BRPHXCoffee
LSU Fan
Member since Oct 2019
59 posts

re: Noticed a lot of coffee questions lately, specialty coffee industry pro AMA
I haven't been able to try any of the newer shops in BR. I only come in once every year or so, and on the last trip I went to Light House (LINK /) and they were closed. It was in the afternoon and I guess they were on summer hours.
Looking at Garden District on Yelp (don't think they have a website), it looks like a second wave shop similar to CC's. If you ever see pump pots on the counter, it's generally a bad sign.
If you want to know more about 1st vs 2nd vs 3rd wave coffee shops, I'll write more.


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