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Opposites Extract is a show dedicated to exploring specialty coffee through lively, reasoned, and civil debate about a whole range of topics relevant to anybody who works drinks, loves, hates, dreams about, thinks about, works with, or is simply curious about coffee. (In other words, you don't have to be pro to be pro or con.) In each episode, debaters will square off and argue from assigned sides, as determined by a random coin toss. Participating debaters pledge to honor and represent the position they are assigned, regardless of their personal opinions and perspectives. At the end of each episode, debaters will have an opportunity to discuss their actual thoughts about the topic, and their process in formulating their arguments. Things might get a little heated sometimes, but hey, we're brewing here.

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Opposites Extract is a show dedicated to exploring specialty coffee through lively, reasoned, and civil debate about a whole range of topics relevant to anybody who works drinks, loves, hates, dreams about, thinks about, works with, or is simply curious about coffee. (In other words, you don't have to be pro to be pro or con.) In each episode, debaters will square off and argue from assigned sides, as determined by a random coin toss. Participating debaters pledge to honor and represent the position they are assigned, regardless of their personal opinions and perspectives. At the end of each episode, debaters will have an opportunity to discuss their actual thoughts about the topic, and their process in formulating their arguments. Things might get a little heated sometimes, but hey, we're brewing here.

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Awesome.

By dfwcoffee - Sep 12 2017
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Helpful and very knowledgeable

Fantastic Season

By Chase4117 - Dec 17 2016
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Very informative and entertaining. Extremely well produced!

iTunes Ratings

14 Ratings
Average Ratings
12
1
0
1
0

Awesome.

By dfwcoffee - Sep 12 2017
Read more
Helpful and very knowledgeable

Fantastic Season

By Chase4117 - Dec 17 2016
Read more
Very informative and entertaining. Extremely well produced!

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Opposites Extract: A Debate Podcast about Coffee

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Opposites Extract is a show dedicated to exploring specialty coffee through lively, reasoned, and civil debate about a whole range of topics relevant to anybody who works drinks, loves, hates, dreams about, thinks about, works with, or is simply curious about coffee. (In other words, you don't have to be pro to be pro or con.) In each episode, debaters will square off and argue from assigned sides, as determined by a random coin toss. Participating debaters pledge to honor and represent the position they are assigned, regardless of their personal opinions and perspectives. At the end of each episode, debaters will have an opportunity to discuss their actual thoughts about the topic, and their process in formulating their arguments. Things might get a little heated sometimes, but hey, we're brewing here.

Ep. 2: Educating the Consumer with Amanda Byron

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Opposites Extract: Episode 2 features a debate about the role of “Educating the Consumer” and features Amanda Byron, the director of coffee for Joe Coffee Company in New York City and Philadelphia. Question 1. Should baristas focus on educating guests about specialty coffee? Question 2. Should we be training baristas to be educators and communicators as much as we train them on things like brewers and extraction and customer service? Question 3. Should baristas regularly discuss the plight of the farmers as it regards café pricing structure? Question 4. Should baristas offer guests guidance about how to best enjoy their beverage experience? Amanda has been in the specialty coffee industry for longer than she’d like to remember, and was the first employee of Joe when the original West Village location opened in 2003. Follow Joe Coffee Company on Twitter @JoecoffeeNYC and Instagram @joecoffeecompany, and find them on Facebook.

Apr 01 2016

46mins

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Ep. 9: Craft vs. Commercial in Coffee and Chocolate with Dr. Carla Martin

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Dr. Carla Martin of the Fine Cacao and Chocolate Institute debates mass-produced or small-batch artisan products, looking at both coffee and chocolate.

May 27 2016

44mins

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Ep. 21: Tipping the Tipping Point of Tipping with Sam Penix and Sam Lewontin

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Does tipping help or hurt? Is it a nice wad of immediate extra spending money or an unreliable and too-large percentage of a barista's income? Everyman Espresso's Sam Penix and Sam Lewontin, both longtime professional baristas, weigh in on the tipping balance of tipping in the coffee shop.

Aug 26 2016

52mins

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Ep. 10: Natural Process Coffees with Christopher Feran

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Coffee cupper, buyer, and consultant Christopher Feran joins us to argue about natural coffees: Should they even have a place in specialty coffee, and do we need to have a separate grading system for them? The conversation starts out a little fermenty, but it has a nice sweet finish.

Jun 03 2016

41mins

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Ep. 26: Cold Brew Is the New Espresso

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Concentrated, controversial, and total cool -- cold brew is the hot topic in the cold-coffee world, and who better to debate its merits than Jenny and Jonathan Bonchak of Slingshot Coffee in Raleigh, N.C.

Oct 21 2016

43mins

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Ep. 6: Roasting - Nature vs. Nurture with Tony Querio

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Tony Querio, Director of Coffee at Spyhouse Coffee Roasting Company, and 2016 Roaster Champion faces off against Roaster Joe for our first in-house debate. They grapple over which factor has a greater influence on a coffee's flavor, the green coffee, or the roaster's hand.

May 06 2016

49mins

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Ep 22: Roaster vs Barista with Stephen Ezell

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It's the age-old battle, waged since the dawn of time: Who is ultimately responsible for a coffee's quality, the roaster or the barista? Stephen Ezell of The San Fransiscan Roaster company squares off against longtime barista and barista trainer Meister--but who will argue which side? Tune in to find out.

Sep 02 2016

50mins

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Ep. 28 – Wholesale vs Retail with Paul Schlader of Birch Coffee NYC

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We sit down in the studio with Paul Schlader, cofounder and co-owner of Birch Coffee in NYC, to discuss (but not strictly debate) the pros and cons of business models that are strictly wholesale, strictly retail, and those which blur the lines between the two. Does it help or hurt a business to be a back-of-the-house brand? How much opportunity is there in focusing your caffeinated energy on the street level?

Nov 04 2016

48mins

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Ep. 17: Automatic vs. Manual with Charles Babinski

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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?

Jul 29 2016

52mins

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Ep. 25: Education vs Experience with Wolf Barn Marnell

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Does education or real experience make the better barista? Today, Joe debates with Wolf Barn Marnell, longtime barista competitor who's part of the team behind the forthcoming Broadsheet Coffee Roasters in Cambridge, MA.

Oct 07 2016

41mins

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Brief: Mill City Roasters

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Steve and Nick Green of Mill City Roasters swing by to talk with Joe about their company, their roasters, and their educational initiatives including live stream roasting and "Focus on the Roast".

Sep 23 2016

27mins

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Ep. 31: Live from La Marzocco: On the Road in Columbus, OH

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Opposites Extract was recorded live from the Vue in Columbus, OH, where Joe and Meister were honored to be masters of ceremonies for six unique, thought-provoking, and illuminating presentations by coffee professionals from throughout the region. We gather the speakers around a (tiny) table to talk about their topics, ask one another questions, and continue the conversation that was started during the program. Tune in next week for the second part of the two-part series, recorded live in Detroit, MI.

Nov 23 2016

49mins

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Ep. 15: Let the People Drink Bad Coffee? With Lorenzo Perkins

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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.

Jul 08 2016

52mins

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Ep. 19: Getting Fermental on Fermentation with Lucia Solis

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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.

Aug 12 2016

48mins

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Ep. 23: Barista Competitions vs Real Life, with Aaron Ultimo

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Almost no one is as equipped to debate the merits of barista competitions vs. "real life" barista experience than longtime barista and barista-competition judge Aaron Ultimo of Ultimo Coffee in Philadelphia. He and Joe tackle whether a winning barista will be a loser behind the bar, and other topics which are Very Good Plus.

Sep 16 2016

42mins

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Ep. 7: Service with Cat & Cloud (Jared Truby and Chris Baca)

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The podcasting duo of Cat & Cloud go head-to-head in a doubles match against Opposites Extract, debating aspects of cafe service. The conversation continues on the Cat & Cloud podcast.

May 13 2016

38mins

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Ep. 27: Flavor with Jamie Isetts

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In this episode Meister takes on Jamie Isetts in a debate about the subjectivity of what we define as good and bad taste.

Oct 29 2016

38mins

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Ep. 3: Latte Art with Ryan Soeder

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Beauty is in the eye – or the cup – of the beholder. Opposites Extract: Episode 3 tackles the topic of latte art, and its role as an attraction or distraction with regards the quality of specialty coffee. Our guest debater is latte-art champion and barista trainer Ryan Soeder of Sunergos Coffee in Louisville, Ky. The debate begins after a brief discussion of the historical and current impact of latte art on specialty coffee culture. Question 1. Should customers use latte art as a mark of quality, not only of a particular coffee shop, but also of a barista and even an individual drink? Question 2. Can a coffee shop that intentionally does not train its baristas to pour latte art still be considered high-quality in this day and age? And can baristas who choose not to pour latte art still be considered excellent baristas? Question 3. Does our obsession with latte art distract from the messages we are trying to send in specialty coffee about terroir, cup quality, sourcing, flavor characteristics, varieties, processing, etc? Ryan Soeder got his start in coffee secretly teaching himself latte art while working at Starbucks in Louisville, Ky. He has also worked at Counter Culture Coffee in Boston, and Intelligentsia Coffee in Chicago. Follow him on Instagram and Twitter @ryansoeder.

Apr 08 2016

50mins

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Ep 14: Multiroaster Cafés with Jesse Kahn

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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?

Jul 01 2016

50mins

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Ep. 29 - The Microlot Debate with Andy Newbom

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Andy Newbom, long-time green coffee developer and author of Coffee Spanish for Coffee Buyers, calls in to debate Joe on the big topic of microlots.

Nov 11 2016

54mins

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Ep. 35: Season Finale!

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What better way to end the first full season of "Opposites Extract" than by surrounding ourselves with friends and coffee family from all over? In this year-end show, Joe and Meister bring in their colleagues on the sales teams both at HQ in Minneapolis as well as based in Europe and Australia. It's a multicultural extravaganza! Plus, Meister and Joe reflect on the whirlwind of season one, sneak-peek some of what's to come, and hopefully spread a little caffeinated cheer. We'll be back in March for season two, with a new format, more fantastic guests, and of course plenty of laughs and surprises.

Dec 23 2016

1hr 14mins

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Ep. 34: Suddenly Everyone Wants Instant Coffee with Kalle Freese

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Kalle, a former Finnish barista champion, coffee-shop owner, and now cofounder and CPO of Sudden Coffee, joins us for a conversation on how his new company is revolutionizing instant coffee for a specialty market.

Dec 16 2016

32mins

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Brief: Interview with Jeff Hann and Roland Fraval of "The Coffee Man"

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In this short interview, Meister has a chat with director Jeff Hann and producer Roland Fraval, whose feature-length documentary "The Coffee Man" follows former World Barista Champion Sasa Sestic around the globe in search of interesting coffees and a fascinating story. Roland and Jeff speak about their filmmaking careers thus far, what's down the road for them, and how their work on this movie turned them both into bona fide coffee obsessives.

Dec 16 2016

23mins

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Ep 33: The Dirt on Dirt with Andrew Timko

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Urban gardener and co-owner, coffee-buyer, and roaster for St. Louis, MO's Blueprint Coffee, calls in to the show to argue the merits of natural or biological farming, an agricultural technique that uses native ecosystems to encourage farm health and success. Joe and Meister use this opportunity to "beta test" a new show format, as they consider what Season 2 will look (well, sound) like.

Dec 09 2016

37mins

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Ep. 32: Live from La Marzocco: On the Road in Detroit, MI

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Opposites Extract was recorded live in Detroit, MI where Joe and Meister were honored to be masters of ceremonies for six unique, thought-provoking, and illuminating presentations by coffee professionals from throughout the region. We gather the speakers around a table to talk about their topics, ask one another questions, and continue the conversation that was started during the program.

Dec 02 2016

46mins

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Ep. 31: Live from La Marzocco: On the Road in Columbus, OH

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Opposites Extract was recorded live from the Vue in Columbus, OH, where Joe and Meister were honored to be masters of ceremonies for six unique, thought-provoking, and illuminating presentations by coffee professionals from throughout the region. We gather the speakers around a (tiny) table to talk about their topics, ask one another questions, and continue the conversation that was started during the program. Tune in next week for the second part of the two-part series, recorded live in Detroit, MI.

Nov 23 2016

49mins

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Ep 30: Give Us Some Sugar with Levi Andersen

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Things get sweet when Kerry Foods' resident barista and mixologist Levi Andersen comes in studio to argue the benefits of flavored syrups, specialty drinks, and flavor creativity in specialty coffee cafes. He also whips up some original drinks for Joe, Meister, and producer Andy to taste.

Nov 18 2016

48mins

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Ep. 29 - The Microlot Debate with Andy Newbom

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Andy Newbom, long-time green coffee developer and author of Coffee Spanish for Coffee Buyers, calls in to debate Joe on the big topic of microlots.

Nov 11 2016

54mins

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Ep. 28 – Wholesale vs Retail with Paul Schlader of Birch Coffee NYC

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We sit down in the studio with Paul Schlader, cofounder and co-owner of Birch Coffee in NYC, to discuss (but not strictly debate) the pros and cons of business models that are strictly wholesale, strictly retail, and those which blur the lines between the two. Does it help or hurt a business to be a back-of-the-house brand? How much opportunity is there in focusing your caffeinated energy on the street level?

Nov 04 2016

48mins

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Ep. 27: Flavor with Jamie Isetts

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In this episode Meister takes on Jamie Isetts in a debate about the subjectivity of what we define as good and bad taste.

Oct 29 2016

38mins

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Ep. 26: Cold Brew Is the New Espresso

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Concentrated, controversial, and total cool -- cold brew is the hot topic in the cold-coffee world, and who better to debate its merits than Jenny and Jonathan Bonchak of Slingshot Coffee in Raleigh, N.C.

Oct 21 2016

43mins

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Brief: Alejandro Renjifo of Fairfield Trading

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The intelligent, educated, and ever-so passionate about all things Colombian Alejandro Renjifo of Fairfield Trading joins us for an in-house brief to talk about the history of Colombian coffee and touch on a few of our shared projects.

Oct 14 2016

35mins

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Ep. 25: Education vs Experience with Wolf Barn Marnell

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Does education or real experience make the better barista? Today, Joe debates with Wolf Barn Marnell, longtime barista competitor who's part of the team behind the forthcoming Broadsheet Coffee Roasters in Cambridge, MA.

Oct 07 2016

41mins

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Ep. 24: What We Talk about When We Talk about Flavor with Jess Steffy

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The effervescent and ever-so-bright, Jess Steffy joins Meister in a discussion about how we experience flavor, and share those experiences through language. Soda! Apples! Listen!

Sep 30 2016

46mins

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Brief: Mill City Roasters

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Steve and Nick Green of Mill City Roasters swing by to talk with Joe about their company, their roasters, and their educational initiatives including live stream roasting and "Focus on the Roast".

Sep 23 2016

27mins

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Ep. 23: Barista Competitions vs Real Life, with Aaron Ultimo

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Almost no one is as equipped to debate the merits of barista competitions vs. "real life" barista experience than longtime barista and barista-competition judge Aaron Ultimo of Ultimo Coffee in Philadelphia. He and Joe tackle whether a winning barista will be a loser behind the bar, and other topics which are Very Good Plus.

Sep 16 2016

42mins

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Brief: A Midseason Debate Break!

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Six months in to the podcast, Joe and Meister take a break to talk about some of the projects they've been working on, experiences they've had lately, and podcasts they love. The debates will be back next episode!

Sep 09 2016

27mins

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Ep 22: Roaster vs Barista with Stephen Ezell

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It's the age-old battle, waged since the dawn of time: Who is ultimately responsible for a coffee's quality, the roaster or the barista? Stephen Ezell of The San Fransiscan Roaster company squares off against longtime barista and barista trainer Meister--but who will argue which side? Tune in to find out.

Sep 02 2016

50mins

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Ep. 21: Tipping the Tipping Point of Tipping with Sam Penix and Sam Lewontin

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Does tipping help or hurt? Is it a nice wad of immediate extra spending money or an unreliable and too-large percentage of a barista's income? Everyman Espresso's Sam Penix and Sam Lewontin, both longtime professional baristas, weigh in on the tipping balance of tipping in the coffee shop.

Aug 26 2016

52mins

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Ep 20: Coffee and Sensory Analysis, Hot Or Not? with Holly Bastin and Pete Licata

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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.

Aug 19 2016

39mins

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