In Episode 99, Mike and I took a look back at 2017- our first year in coffee. It didn’t turn out the way we thought it would. It’s been much, much better. And the reason for that is because of you! Your feedback has shaped the show, shaped our business, and our view of the coffee industry as a whole. It’s also helped us find our place in coffee and helped us define what we want to be moving forward.
Thank you. In no particular order, we wanted to give a special thanks to the following people who have come on the show, contributed content, and provided critical feedback: Manny G, The Ghostly Roaster, Chris from Rooster’s Roast, Marco, Dave from Smuggler’s Coffee, Davin from Black Stripe Coffee, the Coffee Legend Scott Rao, Rich from Prescott Coffee Roasters, Mandy from Corvis Distributing, Alex from Press Coffee, Will from Press Coffee, Adam from Press Coffee, the rest of the crew at Press Coffee, Greg Stermolle, Brian Colmenares, the crew from Peavine Coffee, Espresso Liz, and Jennifer Feirerra. And thank all of you who have listened, taken the time to send us e-mails, comments, messages, and those of you who have ordered our coffee. We are still kicking because of you!
The Podcast and Website. We started the podcast with 10 shows ready to go and they were all released on January 1st. That was decided based upon online recommendations from Pat Flynn and others when starting a podcast. Also, we released two shows a week for the first few months, hoping to get placed in the ‘new and noteworthy’ on iTunes. It didn’t happen, hasn’t happened, and most likely won’t happen. That’s okay, but we slowed our pace to something more manageable- once a week shows.
Half way through the year, Mike encouraged me to do a daily show, and we added the Daily Ristretto to our repertoire. It doesn’t air every day, but we’ve released almost 180 episodes. We also wrote a lot of blog posts, but I’ve slacked in that area. It’s something I’d like to get back to doing in 2018. More blog posts about coffee, expanding to the Medium platform, and getting my back logged Spotlights written up.
Behmor 1600+. Mike started the year roasting on the Behmor. We sold some old power supplies from our Bitcoin mining operation to pay for the roaster. It was a great one to learn on, and we even started selling our first coffee- a single origin from Mexico that fell into our Saguaro category. But we didn’t stay there long. Even with all the customization Mike side to the Behmor, each batch was a chore. We went on to bigger and better things in just a few short months.
Aillio Bullet R1. The bigger and better took the form of the most efficient coffee roaster on the market today- the Bullet. It’s been faster, easier, and better to roast coffee for others on the Aillio. We haven’t looked back, and really consider just adding more Bullets in the future instead of adding a larger roaster. Only time will tell.
Brew Devices. We discovered and reviewed the Chemex, the Kalita Wave 185, the Blue Bottle dripper, the Aeropress, the Hario V60, and experimented with different burr grinders. We also added an espresso machine, electric Bonavita kettles, and several scales. Our coffee game is headed to infinity and beyond.
Coffee Experience. After going over the year in review, Mike told us about a coffee experience ehe had at the local Dutch Bros coffee drive through. He needed a gift card, and that was the place to go.
Coffee Review. We drank a Colombian Geisha from Cat & Cloud. Chuck made it a point to offer the Geisha at cost, and we took advantage of it. Overall, we didn’t think the coffee was that great. Is a Geisha worth the added cost? Only you can decide.
Gear Review. Mike’s spent some time with the Behmor Brazen now, and it doesn’t compare favorably to the Bonavita 1900 his parents bought and let him borrow for a few weeks. Sadly, the coffee basket isn’t large enough to hold even slightly active coffee inside.