TED’S ADVENTURES IN AFRICA

Our head roaster Ted Vautrinot represented Kean Coffee in Rwanda this summer as a judge for the Rwanda Cup of Excellence competition. Below is a preview of his travel blog, which will be published in it's entirety very soon. I stepped off the plane onto the rolling aluminum stairway straight out of 1969 and was … Continue reading TED’S ADVENTURES IN AFRICA

Recognize this guy? Meet Dwayne Carroll!

At Kean Coffee we love our regulars - our guests who come in so frequently and regularly, sometimes spanning many years, that we learn their names and they learn ours, often becoming good friends with our staff members. We value their input and enjoy learning more about them and hearing their stories. Meet Dwayne Carroll, … Continue reading Recognize this guy? Meet Dwayne Carroll!

Meet the Barista: Eight Questions with RAMONE VALERIO

This is an ongoing series in which you will get to know a little bit more about the fine young men and women who prepare your coffee at Kean Coffee through a series of random interview questions. Ramone Valerio has been a barista at Kean Coffee Tustin for close to two years. Aside from being … Continue reading Meet the Barista: Eight Questions with RAMONE VALERIO

2012 Trips to Origin: Mike’s adventures in Costa Rica – a first person account

Mike Richardson has been with Kean Coffee since our doors first opened in late 2005, first as a barista, then becoming a manager and  barista trainer. Mike is passionate about coffee and about what he does, and has participated in several barista competitions- three times competing in the Western Regional Barista Competition and the Ultimate … Continue reading 2012 Trips to Origin: Mike’s adventures in Costa Rica – a first person account

Kean Coffee Roasts and Judges Hawaii’s Top Coffee Competition for 2012

Due to our reputation as exacting, skilled artisan coffee roasters, Kean Coffee was chosen by the Hawaiian Coffee Association to roast this year’s finalists for the statewide competition of Hawaii’s Best Coffees. Hawaii grows the only coffee produced in the USA. Coffee grows on all the five major islands in the state. Each year they … Continue reading Kean Coffee Roasts and Judges Hawaii’s Top Coffee Competition for 2012

Judging Guatemala Cup of Excellence 2011 – by Ted Vautrinot, Kean Coffee roaster

There is a special magic wafting through a room filled with passionate coffee professionals intent on finding the absolute best coffee from Guatemala’s crop this year. Every sniff, every slurp is carefully evaluated and scored- descriptions of honey, cherry, chocolate, caramel fill the margins as each coffee gets a meticulous assessment before moving on to … Continue reading Judging Guatemala Cup of Excellence 2011 – by Ted Vautrinot, Kean Coffee roaster

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