December 20, 2023

Season 1, Episode 13: Coffee Roasters don't know shit...part 1

By Oaks The Coffee Guy
Episode Summary: 
In this solo podcast, I share weekend anecdotes including cooking for my kids while my wife is traveling. I discuss how baking gluten-free treats has expanded my knowledge around developing flavors and textures that I apply to coffee roasting. I analyze a recent batch I roasted and brewed, noting how extraction readings conflicted with my taste perceptions, proving roasters rely too heavily on individual palates over relatable experiences connecting us to coffee drinkers.

I urge consumers not to simply trust roasters’ flavor profiles or brew guides, but instead connect with their own preferences. Listeners gain insight into my roasting and brewing process and belief that while professional expertise has validity, individual palates hold equal weight in specialty coffee evaluations. The main takeaway: perfection and objectivity matter less than enjoying coffee rituals. I admit roasters have faults, so best not to assert rigid superiority over how people “should” taste coffee.

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