Coffee Roasting – What Do You Do When Starbucks Coffee Opens Next Door?

I remember growing up on the farm remembering my parents as they enjoyed their morning coffee. The coffee of choice was purchased in a sealed tin can already ground.  My mother made it in a percolator. Local coffee roasting was unheard of at the time. Fast forward from the 60’s to today. I found a […]

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African Sunrise Blend Fresh Roasted Coffee

Fans of African Sunrise Blend Fresh Roasted Coffee can thank Sir Charles Cecil Farquharson Dundas.  He was the district commissioner of the Moshi area in Tanzania during the 1920’s.  He popularized coffee production in the area and founded the Kilimanjaro Native Cooperative Union (KNCU).   KNCU is now owned by more than 60,000 farmers from about […]

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Costa Rican Coffee Growers Diversify for Profit

One of my favorite coffees is Costa Rican Coffee.  I do enjoy most Latin American coffees though. When I read about the difficulties the Costa Rica estates were having it gave me concern. When coffee growers cannot make a profit, they go out of business and have to abandon the estate.  These estates are not […]

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Best Coffee in Pittsburgh

I’m new in town.  One of the very first items on my to-do list is to find the Best Coffee in Pittsburgh. Great coffee is important to me.  It needs to be fresh roasted. The history of Pittsburgh goes back to the late 1700’s. University of Pittsburgh originating in 1797. The city is filled with […]

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How To Make Shanghainese Seasoned Salad and Cooking Oil

I enjoy cooking with olive oil.  Even though there is such a wide selection of oils on the market and most very inexpensive in comparison, I’m still cooking with olive oil.  Why?  Because I like the taste that it adds to the dish I am making. Oils are used for a number of reasons on […]

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Colombia Coffee – How Much is Produced Annually?

Colombia is one of the world’s top coffee producers.  It is believed that coffee arrived in Colombia by way of a Jesuit priest sometime in the 1730’s. Colombia’s first export was a shipment of 2500 pounds that arrived in the United States in 1835.  By 1860, coffee was one of the dominant Colombian agricultural exports. […]

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Have You Ever Eaten Gourmet Popcorn with Chopsticks?

Have you ever eaten Gourmet Popcorn with Chopsticks?       One of my favorite snacks is popcorn. I eat popcorn a lot. A time in my life when I didn’t eat much popcorn was when I was in Shanghai.  When I found it, I was excited. But then when I tasted it, the excitement went away.  It […]

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Goodbye Saarbrucken Coffee – Hello Shanghai Coffee

Our stay in Saarbrucken has come to an end.  In July it seemed as though four months would be a very long time. The stay was wonderful as we found little creature comforts to help us through the summer and fall.  As I mentioned earlier, I roast coffee in Shanghai. Enjoying great coffee was very […]

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Opening A Coffee Shop Successfully Requires Planning

If you wanted to improve your likelihood of opening a coffee shop, what kind of information do you think you might want? You are probably going to want to know why some were successful and others failed. What I am suggesting is you learn from other people’s mistakes, right?  Why do I talk about failure […]

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Fresh Roast Coffee Delivered in Shanghai, China? No, Saarbrucken, Germany!

Ever since I arrived in Saarbrucken, I was in search for an excellent coffee roasting business.  You know, I have become quite spoiled since I have been roasting YOMO for several years now.  The grocery stores have the ‘famous’ Germany brands, several shops serving Illy, the local Starbucks.  It also seems that every street corner […]

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