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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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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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Coffee Houses, Where Everyone Knows Your Name.

Following coffee through the centuries.  Third in a series. Coffee houses began to appear. It is recorded that the first coffee house was established in Damascus. Later in the 16th century, Constantinople. Coffee houses became the gathering place to discuss politics and business. They were places where people could freely criticize the government. Soon checkers, […]

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Importance of Temperature in a Roast

What is one of the most important parts of a Thanksgiving or Christmas turkey? It’s that little pop up button that tells you the bird is done. That little button pops up when the meat reaches a certain temperature. No thinking required. Just wait for the button. So, when is the turkey done? According to […]

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Coffee beans soon traveled beyond the Ethiopian borders

Following coffee through the centuries.  Second in a series. Sometime around the sixth century, the coffee beans were taken to an area now known as Yemen.  The Arabs began growing the trees and first producing medicine, then as a beverage.  Fermenting the pulp of the cherries were used to produce wine.  They also boiled the […]

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