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Q&A: Coffee by Volume

patrick smith

QUESTION: I use a burr grinder that has automatic settings (so it grinds for a predetermined amount of time, depending on the setting). I measure my beans by weight, though. […]

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A Glimpse Into Coffee Roasting

patrick smith

I take for granted that I watch coffee roast every day. I always enjoy it, but often fail to remember that it is really quite novel & interesting to many […]

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Rustic Coffee

patrick smith

I took the fam up to northern Michigan this weekend to visit some of Sarah’s (my wife) family. They live in a beautiful house in the middle of a mature […]

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Hope CSA

patrick smith

I had the best time last evening! I have to confess that I was rather dreading it, and I am now ashamed at my pessimism. My friend Jeff Hawkins, owner […]

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Espresso: In Pursuit of Excellence

patrick smith

A coffee lover and serious home aficionado came by the UTOPIAN roastery yesterday. We looked over our La Marzocco Linea, talked specialty coffee, & philosophized about espresso. As the discussion […]

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Specialty Coffee & Delayed Gratification

patrick smith

We live in a society driven by instant gratification.  We–myself included–live beyond our means, eat less healthy than we should, & miss some beauty in life simply because we want […]

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Sustainability within Specialty Coffee

patrick smith

As we at UTOPIAN work to build a holistically sustainable specialty coffee company, we regularly consider a number of stewardship issues: fair wages & safe working conditions for workers at […]

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Via Starbucks Coffee: Good Enough?

patrick smith

There are scores of Starbucks haters among the ranks of specialty coffee. In many cases I agree with their complaints. Starbucks’ coffee quality continues to diminish. It is over-roasted, and […]

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Kivu Katanda Congo

patrick smith

We have partnered with Run for Congo Women to donate $2 of every pound back to the people of this coffee’s motherland. Expect a super complex cup including tart cherries, […]

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