I’ve read a recent article in the Daily Mail (on Friday) where a few industry folk were asked about their opinions of Specialty coffee. One comment from a “prominent persona” of whom I thought I held in great esteem said (excuse the not exact quote I left the paper on the train) I wouldn’t sell green beans to home roasters as I know the best about roasting it.
I find this statement incredibly arrogant, he may know best for his tastes and his customers but that doesn’t cover everyone. Some people want to go that little bit further and have that home roasting experience. No one knows best in coffee, there are no right or wrong answers. Of course completely up to them what they sell and to whom, it was just the reasons given. The cynic in me says because they are so big that it’s too small a niche for them, maybe I’m wrong.
Has Bean will continue to support the home roaster as much as we can, and we will also not tell you what you can and cant do. I was/am a home roaster and understand the joy it can bring and the way it can raise Specialty coffees profile. We will also strive to not tell you what to do and what it right or wrong.