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Roast Degree - Profile

Do you have a dark roast? This may very well be the most common question I get asked. Maybe second to, "do you have K-Cups?" The easy answer is 'no'. But, I love the question, "why not?"

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How did I get into coffee roasting?

Think about when you graduated from the Folgers and Yuban coffees to what was "fancy" coffees of Starbucks and espresso cafes. I remember I began to appreciate that coffees had their own qualities and character. I so enjoyed the beverage, I wanted to learn more about where the beans were grown, how they were harvested, how they made it across the globe to the local distributors and finally to the coffee shops. I tried as many different coffees I could. As my education grew about the sourcing of coffee, I had an exceptional cup of espresso from Espresso Vivace in Seatle, WA. I remember that little cup was explosive of flavors. I had not expected a cup of coffee to have...

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What are you going to get from BRIDGE COFFEE CO.?

The coffees offered at BRIDGE COFFEE CO. are very specifically selected to help you bridge from your love of coffee to a new appreciation of why you love it. Additionally, Fair Trade is extremely important to me. I want the farmers that work so hard, laboring to provide me with this fantastic product get what they deserve as well. Knowing that Fair Trade certification is difficult in underdeveloped countries, I want to work with distributors who feel as strongly as I do to make sure the farmers are taken care of. Wherever possible, I will provide certified organic coffees. Just like Fair Trade though, it is sometimes difficult in underdeveloped countries to have the systems in place to provide the certifications. In some cases,...

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Third What? part 3

Just as there is a whole encyclopedia of information available regarding green coffee production, the same is true for how coffee is brewed. And...the same is true for how coffee is roasted. In the third-wave of coffee, all of the best coffee production practices are being sought to improve the quality of the cup. I am a coffee roaster. BRIDGE COFFEE CO. provides roasted coffee. If you buy our coffee, you are buying roasted coffee. So you will forgive me if I focus a little more on coffee roasting in my writing. Thank you. wink, wink, happy face, smiley face, wink, wink, wink. But, I am getting ahead of myself. Prior to Intelligentsia, or Stumptown, or Counter Culture, or other,...

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Third What? part two

In part one, I touched on briefly BRIDGE COFFEE CO.'s contribution and place in the "Third Wave" and a little history of the "First Wave" and "Second Wave" of coffee. Let's provide a little more info on the "Third Wave" of coffee and what it means. While Peet's Coffee and Starbucks are given credit to the emergence and success of the "Second Wave" of coffee, Intelligentsia, Counter Culture Coffee, and Stumptown Coffee Roasters have been recognized as pioneers of the "Third Wave" of coffee.  Third wave coffee- In 1982, the Specialty Coffee Association of America was formed. Since their inception, they have sought to define specialty coffee and provide standards by which coffee is to be best measured on. By establishing...

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