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Guelph, ON
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Grizzly Bear Coffee is a small coffee roaster in Guelph, roasting coffee in small batches using fair trade, organic green beans from around the world using sustainable energy.

My aim is have a coffee resource in Guelph that is personal, friendly and as fresh as can be.

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Grizzly Bear Coffee is Joe Harrison, a coffee roaster in Guelph, roasting coffee slowly, in small batches using fair trade, organic green beans from around the world using sustainable energy. My aim is have a coffee resource in Guelph that is personal, friendly and as fresh as can be. 

 

Coffee from Germany by way of Vancouver

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Recently my wife was in Vancouver so I asked her to stop by Revolver Coffee, an amazing coffee shop that features coffees from roasters around the world.  They also sell a wide variety of coffee brewing equipment.

She picked up a bag of coffee from The Barn roastery, one of the leading Specialty Coffee Roasters in Germany . This particular coffee was called Toarco Jaya and featured a delicious cherry aroma to it. Delicious as an espresso or through my Aeropress.

Exploring the tastes of coffee

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We all know and love the taste of coffee. But as your palette becomes more refined you can taste subtle difference in each cup.  Counter Culture Coffee has done a great job explaining in great detail the many flavours of coffee.Here's a few things you will taste:


Acidity. A nicely tangy, sharp, wine-like note that’s more prevalent in lighter roasts. Despite the name, it doesn’t have anything to do with actual pH levels, which always hover around 5 or 6 in coffee.

Bitterness. Generally undesirable in coffee, except in low doses. Extra dark or over-extracted roasts will usually have this note.

Sweetness. Indicates the amount of sucrose or fructose in the coffee, which taste like chocolate, fruit, or caramel.

Sourness. Similar to, but not quite the same as acidity. Acidity is a good thing, but sour notes are more harsh and biting, like tasting vinegar.

Body. How the coffee feels in your mouth — thick like whole milk, or thin like water — plus any aftertaste it leaves. If your mouth feels uncomfortably dry after a couple sips, that coffee is called astringent, which is a bad thing.

Malfunction and fire in my roaster. Just a minor setback

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Tonight while I was roasting beans for the coffeeshare, I had a malfunction with the roaster which led to a fire in the roaster.

During the last stage of the roasting process, the drum stopped turning. Since it was the final stage, the beans were at their hottest which led to a fire.  Trying to switch to the cool down stage, the fans blew the fire even more causing extensive damage to the roaster. 

Needless to say I will be making a special trip into Toronto tomorrow to talk to the kind folks at the Green Beanery who sold me this machine in November of last year.  Since it is under warranty I am hoping that the machine can either be replaced or my money refunded.

I will be trying my best to find a suitable solution for my coffeeshare friends and I appreciate their messages of support.  Please 'bear' with me!

Here are some pics I took after I put out the fire.  

UPDATE: Thanks to my friends at the Green Beanery in Toronto for cleaning, testing and fixing the roaster.  We are back and up and running!