A Perfect Bean From Tree to Cup

On a clear cool morning in late December 2008 I was fortunate enough to attend a cupping and lecture at one of the country’s premier specialty coffee importing and roasting companies, George Howell Coffee Company.  Started by George Howell in the early 2000s, the company has consistently pushed to change the landscape of coffee both in the United states and abroad.  Beginning at the source, George has tried to bring the freshest coffee to the consumer by vacuum packing green coffee in the country of origin whenever possible.  To carry this quality and freshness through to the cup, George and his team conduct brewing seminars for restaurants across the country.  This company recognizes and espouses the belief that many factors go into making a great cup of coffee, but like so many things in life a great cup of coffee is only as good as the weakest link in its creation; the weather, the farmer, the distributor, the roaster, the barista, and the final consumer each has ample opportunity to cause the ‘perfect’ bean to create a nearly undrinkable cup of coffee.

Therein lies the purpose of his blog.  It is designed to discuss everything within that chain, everything that affects what you the individual ultimately consumes.

With that goal in mind, I will always welcome your comments and any suggestions on what you would like to read about in the coffee world, anything ranging from news to coffee shop reviews, at contact@manhattanroasts.com.

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