Category Archives: Coffee Education

Starting Your Own Private Label Coffee Company

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When starting a private label coffee business there are many things that need to be considered. For the purpose of this post, I will identify a few items to help get you started and on the path. For the tldr crowd, see the bullet list below. Private Label Coffee In a Nutshell Identify your target […]

Single Origin: What Does It Mean and Why Does It Matter?

So…where’s this from again? A line of foreign-sounding place names on a bag of coffee can often feel overwhelming and confusing to someone just getting into specialty coffee.  For example, on a bag of a recent Cafeciteaux coffee, you will first and foremost see the words “COSTA RICA” in large letters.  That’s simple enough, right?  […]

Iced Coffee Made Easy (and Fun)

Story & pictures by Ken Taylor Iced Coffee Made Easy (and Fun) I find that many coffee lovers don’t realize how fun and easy iced coffee can be. There are so many different ways it can be done. If you do a Google search and start clicking on links, you’ll probably find different instructions at […]

Why you don’t see Cafeciteaux on other coffee subscription sites

I’m asked from time to time to join in on this new trend in coffee subscription services.  I get several phone calls and emails a month and I try to be nice and listen to what they have to say.  It’s a flaw that I’m working on.  Then the guy on the other end of […]

Journey to the Darkside

Roast Progressions We were roasting some pretty dark profiles the other night for a client and decided to whip out the GoPro and take a little video through the sightglass to show you how the coffee beans change color as the roast progresses.  From the color of the roast and the smell at specific times, […]

What Is Specialty Coffee?

What is specialty coffee? That is a fairly good question that was asked of me the other day while giving out samples with a little added coffee education. When one hears the word specialty, they instantly think that its better or “special”, well, that is true. Specialty coffee is “measurably” better than the commodity coffee […]

Coffee Cupping: A How To Guide

Coffee Cupping

Thinking of an analogy for coffee cupping has made my head hurt. Coffee cupping in not like wine tasting and should not be regarded as such, even though every site on the internet says so.  The reason I say that it is dissimilar is that when consumers taste wine, the wine will taste the same the […]