Second City is First Rate

Tuesday, December 27th, 2011No Comments

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Recently I was lucky enough to travel to Chicago to meet with staff at Fetco, a leading producer of coffee brewing equipment. My number one priority was to develop brewing standards for our coffee on their equipment. Unlike other brewers, Fetco offers advanced parameters to really highlight a particular coffees flavour profile. This was a also a great opportunity to see first hand their manufacturing facility and get some one on one preventative maintenance training with our Canadian rep Steve Thibodeau. We spent the better part of two days dialing in four different coffees and charting a TDS/Extraction profile for each one based on roast level and origin. When all was said and done we had our coffee matching up to SCAA/Gold Cup brewing standards. It was, needless to say, a very productive (and sleepless) visit. The fun didn’t stop there though. What trip to Chicago would be complete without hitting Chicago icon Intelligentsia’s roasting facility? Jay Cunningham showed me around the warehouse, lab and production floor that roasts over two million pounds a year (to put in perspective, Cherry Hill roasts about 250,000 lbs). I was also surprised with an impromptu cupping with the roasters featuring a delicious Kenya Gichathaini. Big thanks to Jay for his hospitality and wicked restaurant reccomendation too (Big Star in Wicker Park = best tacos ever)
James


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