I am really excited to be able to start adding to the breadth of knowledge here as ROASTe.
I believe that it's nice to know a little background on whomever you talking with or reading in this case, i.e. I never skip the preface of a book. So here is a little background on my coffee experience to date;
Most people that get wrapped up into coffee I think do so with that one cup or shop that really just pushed them over the edge of just a mere caffine addict to something a little more, mine was no different.
Now I had dabbled in coffee my whole life as my parents were proud Folger's drinkers my whole childhood, and so I drank the stuff occasionally through high school and college. However, it wasn't til after college when I moved in with my future wife that I started to enjoy coffee. She was the one that first raised that bar for me to canned Trader Joe's whole bean coffee paired with a blade grinder and french press, man was it ever better than the swill my parents drank!
From there a move to Portland OR pretty much cemented my addiction to coffee as my wife wanted to try out this place the locals raved about; Stumptown. Basically the whole town of Portland runs on the stuff and if you have ever order a cup of coffee at any Portland resturant you probably had Stumptown. The coffee is sweet and complex. The coffee was/is amazing from there, I have many a fond memory walking with wife to the Stumptown near us at all hours of the day to get a cup of coffee.
However, it could not last.
We moved from Portland back to California. That's when my obession with home brewing really began without adequate access to acceptable coffee I had to take things into my own hands. While not always as consistent as those delicious brews from Stumptown it has opened my eyes to other shops and buying some better tools to further my coffee adventure and I hope to share that with you.
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