Yemen Haraazi Supreme – a coffee pictorial from Martin Diedrich

The steep, rugged Haraaz Mountains of Northwestern Yemen are a world apart from the rest of the country. The terrain is dramatic, wild, rocky, and often inaccessible.The area has resisted the modern world and in the hinterlands one can still feel the pulse of medieval times. Ancient fortified hilltop villages of stone houses cling to the … Continue reading Yemen Haraazi Supreme – a coffee pictorial from Martin Diedrich

Roasters Guild Retreat August 2010 – by Andrew Owen Phillips, roaster for Kean Coffee

Freshness means something. Most of us do not realize that some things need a little time to rest even after much of their dynamic process has finished in order to fully appreciate all that is inherently there. In coffee, it’s called the “gassing out” period where coffee, once it’s roasted, is allowed at least 24 … Continue reading Roasters Guild Retreat August 2010 – by Andrew Owen Phillips, roaster for Kean Coffee

Musings of a Nicaragua Cup of Excellence Judge – by Ted Vautrinot, Head Roaster for Kean Coffee

April 26, 2010; Ocotal, Nueva Segovia, Nicaragua. Twenty four judges, all coffee professionals, focus beyond the 90 degree heat and humidity in the classroom/cupping lab to give their undivided attention to flight after flight of the very best coffees Nicaragua has to offer. Every detail is scored to a strict protocol on the journey to … Continue reading Musings of a Nicaragua Cup of Excellence Judge – by Ted Vautrinot, Head Roaster for Kean Coffee

One Year Anniversary of Kean Coffee Tustin – by Karen Varese Diedrich

March 23rd marked the one year anniversary since opening the doors of our second Kean Coffee at 13681 Newport Ave, Suite 14, Tustin, CA. The opening of our Tustin store was not so much a new venture as it was a return to our roots, as this was the exact location where Martin opened his … Continue reading One Year Anniversary of Kean Coffee Tustin – by Karen Varese Diedrich

Yemen Mocca: Coffee, not Chocolate – by Martin Diedrich

If coffee were a tribe, Yemen Mocca would definitely be the shaman. Cappucino, Cafe Latte, or Cafe au Lait are unmistakably coffee beverages, while Cafe Mocha is thought of as a hot chocolate with coffee or espresso, or generally a chocolate based drink spiked with coffee. To get to the point of setting the record … Continue reading Yemen Mocca: Coffee, not Chocolate – by Martin Diedrich

A Roaster’s Eye View of Honduras by Ted Vautrinot, Roaster for Kean Coffee

     Lush mountainous rainforest, beautiful warm people, countless hectares of coffee, miles of rutted dirt roads, stunning Mayan antiquities; I experienced all these just days ago on my trip to Capucas, Honduras. I made the journey to view the coffee production firsthand and evaluate this year’s production at the cooperative. I found people that live … Continue reading A Roaster’s Eye View of Honduras by Ted Vautrinot, Roaster for Kean Coffee

Kean Coffee Barista Michael Richardson competes in WRBC 2009

The Western Regional Barista Competition for 2009 took place on January 23, 24 and 25 in Downtown Los Angeles, hosted by Intelligentsia Coffee in Silverlake. This is an intensive competition where talented, diehard baristas from all over California come to practice their craft and show their personal best in front of a panel of judges … Continue reading Kean Coffee Barista Michael Richardson competes in WRBC 2009