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Opposites Extract: A Debate Podcast about Coffee
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August 19, 2016 08:00 AM PDT

Two of the most experiences coffee-tasters in the specialty industry, Holly and Pete, debate and discuss the use of various ratings, scoring, and sensory analysis on coffee. Should cupping be used for consumers as well for professionals? How effective is a 100-point or a 5-star scale? They also talk about the inspiration for their website, www.roastratings.com.

August 12, 2016 07:52 AM PDT

We're letting it marinate with Scott Laboratories fermentation specialist Lucia Solis in this episode arguing the meaning of the word "fermentation," dispelling common coffee-processing myths around coffee, and talking about pickles. Lucia and Joe Marrocco tackle one debate question, followed by a longer-form conversation about the role of fermentation in coffee.

August 05, 2016 06:46 AM PDT

The world’s two most popular hot, caffeinated beverages square off in this debate about whether specialty tea has a place in the coffee-focused coffee shop. Joining us on the show is tea expert, educator, writer, and consultant Suzette Hammond, founder of Being Tea (beingtea.com).

July 29, 2016 07:01 AM PDT

In today's episode, Meister debates the virtues of automated coffee brewing with Charles Babinski, former U.S. Barista Champion and current co-owner of Los Angeles's Go Get 'Em Tiger and G&B Coffee. Does "manual" always mean "better," and can there ever be an art to making coffee by machine?

July 22, 2016 11:22 AM PDT

As we face climate change and other agricultural obstacles in coffee production, is it more valuable to preserve heirloom varieties of Arabica or to develop new hybrids with specific characteristics to combat disease and pests? Communications director for World Coffee Research, Hanna Neuschwander, stops by to debate Joe on whether nature or science is the better botanist.

July 15, 2016 06:49 AM PDT

Cafe Imports' other full-time coffee buyer, Piero Cristiani, sits down to talk with Meister about his history in the industry, the future of some projects he's undertaking with producing partners, and a little about why coffee tastes so bad at origin. (Note: Joe Marrocco is out this week, but our regularly scheduled debate programming will pick up next time.)

July 08, 2016 07:15 AM PDT

Believe it or not, lots of people love "bad" coffee: Should we let them? In this week's debate, Fleet Coffee's Lorenzo Perkins argues whether it's specialty coffee's moral duty to encourage people to drink better quality coffee. We also discuss what "bad" and "good" coffee is, and how consumers can understand the difference.

July 01, 2016 07:37 AM PDT

Director of Counter Culture Coffee wholesale sales, Jesse Kahn, discusses the benefits and drawbacks of a cafe offering coffees from multiple or rotating roasters. Does the multiroaster model excite or confuse customers?

June 30, 2016 07:51 AM PDT

One of Cafe Imports' green-coffee buyers, Luis "Lucho" Arocha, briefly talks with Joe and Meister about some of the pros and cons of his job.

June 23, 2016 02:49 PM PDT

Nathanael May, director of coffee for Portland Roasting Coffees, takes on the tough question of whether a roasting company needs to have a direct relationship with the farmers who grow the coffee it buys, or if it is possible to buy great coffee without establishing that direct connection.

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