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Makers and Tasters: Tons of Fun in Our Hometown

Last Friday night, we had the pleasure of being guest demonstrators at The Oakland Museum of California's weekly food truck party and Makers & Taster's event. We had a great time sharing what we love in a very casual and relaxed environment with coffee lovers that were surprised they could roast coffee with just a few household items. We have been invited back for their July 26th event so we are planning on bringing more machines along with the trusty West Bend popcorn popper. If you will be in or around Oakland, please drop by this free event. We would love to meet you.


Click here for more on OMCA's Friday night event series and here if you met us on Friday and want to learn more about home coffee roasting.


Five New Coffees

Guatemala Acatenango Gesha is out of this world this year, jasmine, honeysuckle, kaffir lime, and syrupy body express the unique "Gesha" profile throughout the roast spectrum.

Guatemala Huehuetenango Profesor Gabino is a nice bright cup with citrus aromatics, sweet Bartlett Pear, and cocoa powder finish, great SO espresso.

Colombia Pedergal Misael Hurtado Micro-lot has a vanilla caramel aspect, heavy mouthfeel with juicing orange, tamarind, and nectarine notes.

Ethiopia Sidama Deri Kochoha is floral with pineapple, plum, mango and red apple; weighty body makes this another great SO espresso.

Espresso Workshop #28 Taller del Taller is loaded with chocolate, fudge, and tart berry acidity.

Four new mid-week additions

Costa Rica La Candelilla Ave Del Paraiso has effervescent acidity, marmalade, cane sugar, and cocoa powder finish.

Costa Rica Tarrazu Dota Providencia with fruit juice flavors, bolstering body, and toasted pistachio nut roast tones, like Turkish Delight candy.

El Salvador Majahual - Tablon Tempisque is well balanced, with cocoa and almond roast tones paired with mild red apple acidity.

Guatemala Chichimes Francisco Mendez Micro-Lot is like apple juice with silky body, demerara sugar and chocolate syrup finish, this is the first of many lots we will be adding from our new Proyecto Xinabajul. We are very excited about this new way of sourcing outstanding, unique lots from higher elevations in Guatemala.

Two New Additions

Brazil Yellow Bourbon - Fazenda Kaquend is loaded with sweet grain notes, malted barley, silky mouthfeel, full body, and raw honey; our best and most complex Brazil lot of the year so far.


Ethiopia Busa Bechane is a late-harvest lot that is bursting with mango, peach, and apricot fruit notes, syrupy sweetness, mandarin citrus, praline almond roast tones, and tartaric brightness as the cup cools.

Maker Faire Recap

Thank you to those that dropped by our coffee roasting demo at The Bay Area Maker Faire this past weekend. We had a ton of fun sharing our enjoyment of roasting coffee and meeting some of our customers in person. In the short amount of time we had on stage, we were able to show the crowd how you can roast coffee in something as simple as a hot air popcorn popper and explain the basics of green coffee.


We always bring free green coffee samples to our demos. We thought we had brought enough but the friendly mob wiped us out in about a minute after we were done talking.


The Maker Faire, in general is always a really fun experience and we are already looking forward to next year's event. If you weren't able to attend, and are interested in getting started roasting coffee, click here to learn about roasting with an electric popper.