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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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"I am insatiable! Are you guys coating those beans with something? If so, keep it up. It seems I have never enjoyed a cup of coffee as much as I do now. I go way back in my quest for great coffee. I started 1960-61. I would take a bus into the City then a train down to McNulty's in the Village. I would get these great beans that I would grind up at home. My parents did not understand why I would spend so much on coffee beans when I buy a can of "Chock Full Of Nuts" for $2.89 a pound (16 oz back then in a can). Over the years I followed all the info that was available for brewing the best cup of coffee. I started buying bottle water from Italy to use in my Bunn coffee maker. I even roasted green beans to get the freshest flavor. So fast forward to 2010 in PDX and I am still buy coffee beans from a NY guy. "
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