Sunday, December 04, 2005

A tale of two roasters.

It would seem that people have begun to notice the rather lackadaisical approach we have taken to our blog of late, but really there are good reasons. The BBCC has undergone a rather dramatic change in the last month.

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Part of the new space is a new roaster. For those in the know, this is a big deal. We've metaphorically abandoned our VW Bug of a Deidrich IR-7 (Small, cute, prone to catch fire and still acceptable in Berkeley) for a Classic Mercedes of a '58 Probat UG-22 (Large, German, built to last and the envy of all your friends.)

New Roaster!

Metaphors aside, James has been hard at work figuring out all the nuances of our big baby in the new roasting space in the north of Oakland. It has been tricky to get the profiles up to the standards we expect in such a short ammount of time, but we've been pleasantly surprised with the immediate changes (for the better) in the beans. For example, the Hayes has taken on a new sweetness in the tail end and seems to be less finicky about extraction times. Likewise, the Organic Ethiopian Yirgacheffe has blossomed in the French press, becoming one of our wholesale favorites at the likes of Hotel Biron, A16 and Chez Panisse.

Though we are a little saddened by our departure from our cozy digs in Temescal, the new roaster means that James won't be chained to the loom for 12 hours straight on Monday and Friday, leaving us all time to work on the coffee and to ignore the blog.

New Roaster!
Who says there is no "x" in expresso.



But we're not the only ones with good news. Our cross bay rivals at Ritual Coffee Roaster have finally made good on their name by acquiring one of the oldest known working coffee roaster in the States. It too is a Probat, passed on from their benefactors at Stumptown in Portland, Oregon.

To celebrate, the Ritchies had a fun-time cleaning party recently which turned into a slip n' slide jousting tournament.

Weee!

Good times. Good times.

8 Comments:

Blogger gabriel said...

Jesus, that Probat is damn sexy. but you're sexier Steve.

3:08 PM  
Anonymous Keith said...

yippie!!
What no pics of Rituals Probat? Is it in yet?

Damn that Probat looks mighty fine. Mighty fine indeed.

12:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i sed goddammmm

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Anonymous Erin Fae said...

Oh, how I miss blue bottle on Saturday mornings. With no plans to return to SF in the next few years, i find myself starved for good coffee. It's a fetish, after all. You, being so well versed in the world of my favorite sin, might be able to help me. Do you know any terrific small roasters in NYC? I'm there a great deal.

xo
Erin Fae erinfae(AT) mtholyoke DOT edu, loyal fan of leaf shapes and corseted ladies, and the ferry plaza market

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