Left Coast Roast Q and AMarch 19th, 2013 by Chris Ryan
We had a total blast attending a very coffee themed evening at Powell’s Books on Hawthorne Monday night. Snoozy it was not (special thanks to Stumptown and Fresh Pot for providing some excellent brewed coffee)! It was both a reading of Hanna Neuschwander’s new book “Left Coast Roast” and a Q and A session with the “elusive” Duane Sorenson, CEO and founder of Stumptown Coffee. If you have any curiosity about coffee roasting from the Bay Area up to Seattle, Hanna’s engaging new effort is a must read. In it she questions 55 roasters about their companies and their varied approaches to craft roasting, with discussions concerning farm to cup ethics, and at the same time lifts the veil of language to provide a window into the coffee speak we in the industry use. AND, Hanna has included a short primer about at home brewing! Full disclosure and shameless plug here, Hanna distilled our thoughts on home espresso, and wrote most of the copy for “The Craft of Espresso: A Guide for Home” which we published late last year. Yay for us!