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  1. #1
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Cocoa Beach, FL

    Sacred Cows and Taboos of the Coffee Industry (arrrrg)

    Just getting into the business and I'm already seeing plenty of taboos and sacred cows that spark heated discussions. Just got in an argument with my wife when I had a conversation with someone recommending a naked portafilter. Anyone notice any others?

    * Creamer
    * Flavored coffee
    * burr grinder vs blade grinder
    * conical vs wheel burr grinder
    * Fetco vs Bunn
    * pour over vs French press (Infusion) drip brewers
    * Naked Portafilters
    * Espresso Cup Shape
    * Flame roaster vs IR Roaster vs fluid bed roaster
    * Flat vs concave vs convex tamper
    * manual vs semi-auto vs full auto espresso machines

  2. #2
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Nov 2008

    All fun and spirited conversations.

    Fresh Roasted defination?

    And of course I have been railing against flavored coffee beans (not the beverage) for 31 years.


  3. #3
    Super Moderator
    Join Date
    Aug 2003
    Boca Raton
    Jeremey..what about customers that want to buy it? I sell loads of flavored coffee..can you imagine throwing away 50,000 lbs in sales a month? I do not care for flavored coffee but there is a market for it. By the way give me a call sometime...would love to catch up!
    "Wine is for aging, not coffee."
    Ken Hutchinson, Starsky and Hutch

  4. #4
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Aug 2004
    Des Moines, Iowa
    Some people can. Those are the one's who will call themselves purist. Then the people who embrace it our the one's who are gaining a market share and expanding business because of it.

    Its all about ones principals and how they stand on them. What you see as profit can be seen to another as a blight on their good name. I'm one for what the market wants, but I have seen enough people who stand behind their product that even though they may be loosing out on potential profit they still aren't going out of business because of it.
    Have you ever walked through the aisle of your local grocer and smelled the death of a dying bean?



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