Included In This Pack
Coffee Roaster's Companion by Scott Rao
Coffee Roasting Best Practices by Scott Rao
Dear Coffee Buyer by Ryan Brown
About the Books
Coffee Roasting: Best Practices is the culmination of Scott's 25 years roasting and consulting. It's the most advanced guide ever written about expert-level coffee roasting. There is little overlap with The Coffee Roaster's Companion, which focused on the basics of roasting and different roasting machines. CR:BP focuses solely on advanced techniques to craft and control roast curves, with numerous pages devoted to strategies to avoid "ROR" crashes and flicks, baked coffee, unnecessary roasty-ness, and other roast defects. This book sets the standard for third-wave coffee roasting methodology.
The Coffee Roaster's Companion is the world's first professional-level how-to book about coffee roasting. Scott Rao has been a roaster for over two decades and has consulted for hundreds of the world's finest roasters, using over 250 roasting machines in his career. Scott has put his expertise into this book to help educate roasters everywhere. No serious coffee roaster should go without this book.
Dear Coffee Buyer by Ryan Brown is the first ever book dedicated to the profession of green coffee buying. Brown's vivid descriptions and engaging prose make readers feel like they’re right there with him: tagging along to taste hundreds of coffee samples during a twenty-hour stop in Guatemala, feeling his nervous excitement when he takes a spontaneous buying trip to Honduras with little more than a backpack, and sharing his frustration and determination to find farmers and exporters willing to offer exceptional coffees.
About the Authors
Scott Rao started his first cafe & roastery in Amherst, MA when he was 22. That first cafe quickly became an institution, serving well over 1000 customers per day and tripling the sales volume of the Starbucks down the street. After selling his first cafe, Scott went on to work in the New Zealand coffee industry. He then returned to the US to open a restaurant and coffee roastery inspired by his travels down under. Scott later founded a pioneering cafe in Montreal that influenced coffee making worldwide.
Upon selling his second business, Scott began writing books about coffee making in the hopes of helping roasters and baristas become more educated and systematic in their approach to coffee. Scott parlayed those books into a consulting career and now spends his time consulting for coffee roasters around the world, teaching the world's most advanced roasting masterclasses, and designing next-generation coffee equipment.
Scott secretly likes Sencha tea more than coffee, is baffled about why anyone drinks naturals, and would probably do a free consulting job for you if your business happens to be located on a warm surf beach.
Ryan Brown has been a barista, roaster, green coffee buyer, digital product manager, and marketer. He founded the revolutionary roasting and coffee-sourcing program at Ritual Roasters in San Francisco, oversaw buying for several origins at Stumptown Coffee, developed Central American relations for the Colombia-based Virmax/Caravela, and created award-winning coffee subscription products at Tonx and Blue Bottle Coffee.