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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.

Papua New Guinea Par Avion Yes, planes are involved in the accessing of this delicious PNG coffee....the remote Simbai area is rather inaccessible so farmers must schlep their coffee to an airstrip. Worth every bean!
New decaf Colombia is in and next week a trio of fabuloso Colombia (caffeinated) A sprightly "natural" (using sugar cane-derived ethyl acetate) process Colombia Cauca which will please discerning DECAFFERS. Buena noticia! Next week some beautiful and exotic Colombia microlots will arrive just in time for special drinking/gifting....check back here for arrival dates. ...more
Holiday Special Ethiopia limited edition Black Friday? Not here, sorry, but the elves at Badbeard's put together a limited availability "tasting pair" of 2 special organic Ethiopia Sidama region coffees in both natural and washed process from Shantawene Village. Two 12-oz. bags (1.5 lbs. net) of spectacular stuff for the price of one. ...more
good to the last bean
We are such perfectionists we roast one bean at a time for the ultimate coffee experience! (OK, not really)
"After we switched to Badbeard, no one in our office can abide any other coffee. We are currently finishing off a recent roast of Mexican Terruño Nayarita, certified organic, sustainably harvested coffee from El Malinal, on the slopes of Cerro San Juan. Badbeard's roasting profile brings out a full, rich flavor, laced with citrus notes, chocolate, cinnamon, vanilla, and birch bark. Spices, grilled meat, and a hint of a tobacco note round out the finish. This is a coffee that rewards the taster every time. "
Jim D., McMinnville, OR
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