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NOTE: All of our premium Arabica coffees are roasted to City+ to Full City roasts, showing minimal-to-no surface oils….we want all of the flavor to stay in the beans until the coffee is ground! Despite the additional descriptors, the first flavor and aroma you'll think of is "COFFEE".

Waldos: Don't let them ruin your coffee!

What's a Waldo? (remember "Where's Waldo?" from childhood?) Roaster-speak for the usually singular burned-black bean which appears in the cooling tray after roasting a batch of coffee. It can result from a natural defect in the bean itself or a mechanical issue, i.e. somehow getting stuck in the drum from a prior roast and being re-roasted and hence charred.

Waldos can have a big impact on coffee quality and flavor, especially if you are grinding small amounts of beans for espresso or 4-cup brewers. Our precision roasting results in a very uniform profile and color, so Waldos are generally easy to spot, and we carefully scan each roast during the cooling cycle and try to remove every Waldo by hand.

Those of us who roast many natural-process coffees are always on the lookout for other bean defects which might result in cranky coffee cups. Just the sobriquets alone give us pause..."quakers", "stinkers", "broca", not to mention the occasional pebble which can appear in coffees which are dried on or near the ground. Large commercial roasteries which might be using massive amounts of marginal coffees go through a post-roast sorting process called destoning which will segregate non-coffee matter by its specific weight. Some very high-end producers also go an extra mile by laser-scanning for defective green beans and shooting them off the conveyor belts!

At Badbeard's we maintain a strict "No Waldos" policy to ensure the highest quality coffee experience, so if someone asks you "Where's Waldo?", you won't find'em here!
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One waldo can ruin your coffee Meet Waldo's cousin "Quaker"--this little bean stands out in the crowd, and should never see the inside of a grinder. One waldo can ruin your coffee Badbeard scans each roast carefully to keep Waldos out of your cup.
Barista extraordinaire Tyler Hauptman of Portland's Sweet Masterpiece Chocolates demonstrates how to prepare a proper latte using Badbeard's Symphony! blend coffee.

Meeting expectations and how! The just-arrived  Ethiopia Hamdela natural process and Peru Chasqui new crop are in and really excellent...Hambela a big, sweet fruit bomb, and the Peru even chocolatier and more fruit forward than last ...more
New coffees trickling in... It is a tough time of the year to procure certain origins but dagnabbit, going for it. New stocks of Uganda Mt. Elgon Manawfa, very limited first-come first-roasted Kenya Ruthugati AA, Costa Rica Jaguar honey process, Guatemala La Morena (women-produced). By the end of the week 7/16 also will be ...more
Summer break July 2-10 Starting to actually feel like it around Portland. Badbeard's online orders will be fulfilled until 3 pm  on Saturday, June 30 cutoff. Orders placed after this will resume roasting and shipping on July 11. 
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Anticipation! In about 73 seconds another batch of Badbeard's best will tumble from the roaster.
"Just a comment: I'm at work drinking a cup of the El Salvador Santa Leticia Pacamara, marveling at its complex mix of coffee, caramel, citrus, and spice. The mouth feel is rich and warm, the finish is persistent, and fulls your mouth with tastes of orange, coffee, chocolate, with a hint of tobacco. Work is work, but this coffee keeps me alive. Thank you, Justin! "
JD, Portland, OR
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