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2023 US Espresso Roasting Champ Andrew Coe: Half 1

From biking coach to espresso roaster, Andrew Coe has achieved nice success; immediately we be taught extra about him.


Pictures courtesy of Andrew Coe

Espresso roasting is a mixture of each artwork and science. It takes an unimaginable quantity of talent, precision, and observe to create these scrumptious flavors all of us love. That’s why it’s at all times so inspiring to speak to individuals who have achieved excellence within the area. 

We lately had the pleasure of talking with Andrew Coe, the 2023 U.S. Roaster Champion, about his expertise each within the roasting world and as a biking coach. Andrew sources and roasts espresso for Elevator Espresso, and he shared with us his insights on the roasting course of and his expertise competing in espresso competitions.

Andrew in his kitchen, which has a black marble counter, and a coffee setup for brewing. He wears a black Elevator Coffee Logo shirt and smiles.
Andrew is co-owner of Elevator Espresso, which was established in 2016. 

Are you able to share just a few defining moments of your relationship with espresso rising up?

My household didn’t actually drink espresso, so I by no means actually had it rising up. I do keep in mind most likely the primary cup of espresso I had was in highschool proper earlier than basketball observe, and I had one of the best taking pictures day of my life (laughs). I additionally keep in mind my grandfather, who was apparently fairly the espresso connoisseur, being excited a few espresso he had introduced again from Brazil. I actually began ingesting espresso to outlive grad faculty.

What impressed you to get into espresso roasting? 

I labored in espresso for a short time at Tully’s in Seattle, then moved to Kansas Metropolis, Mo. This was in 2007 and there have been just a few actually nice roasters on the town, however not practically like immediately, so it was an extended trek throughout city to get beans. However I had examine roasting on a popcorn popper on Candy Maria’s, so I obtained an previous Poppery II 1200w machine and began roasting 1lb at a time. I ultimately obtained a Behmor 1600 to roast a little bit extra espresso without delay. 

Finally we moved to Portland, and I began to go searching for alternatives to work in espresso once more. I joined Elevator because the barista for our former Cafe & Commons location, which was throughout the road from the Buckman Espresso Manufacturing unit co-roasting area. They held a roasting competitors, and I entered and gained. That launched Elevator Espresso as a roasting enterprise.

What particularly do you think about when deciding on and roasting espresso for Elevator Espresso? 

We work with solely a handful of importers that we belief to supply espresso ethically and pay honest wages. Inexperienced-coffee shopping for has gotten bizarre throughout COVID instances, however we at all times attempt to make cupping choices blind and with an inexpensive number of choices. Then we think about prices and different metrics like water knowledge to see how a lot or how little we predict we will decide to. Our menu consists of a number of fastened gadgets (for mix parts) and some wild-card spots to fill with no matter probably the most thrilling coffees we will discover in the mean time.

Are you able to inform us about your tutorial background and the way it has knowledgeable your method to espresso roasting? 

I’ve a grasp’s diploma in Arithmetic and in addition labored in engineering constructing transportation fashions. I believe this largely informs how I roast, and particularly, how I collect knowledge from roasting. I’ve obtained an enormous spreadsheet that has virtually each roast I’ve ever carried out. That’s useful as a result of then I can depend on having respectable notes as a substitute of getting to recollect each nice (and terrible) roast I’ve carried out. 

Andrew stands in a garden in front of a tree cascading pink flowers on its branches. He holds up his first place glass trophy for the US Coffee Champs Roasting Championship. He wears a blue tee shirt.
As a mathematician and engineer, Andrew applies a technical method to the artwork of roasting espresso.

How did you put together for the U.S. Roaster Championship? 

I competed within the finals in 2022 and completed fifth, in order that was significantly useful to prepare for this season, since I knew the judging panel can be related and had some useful notes from final 12 months on my scoresheets. 

We now have a Stronghold S7 roaster (the machine we use within the finals) right here in Portland on the Mark Spencer Resort. I did just a few observe periods there final 12 months, and did some extra this 12 months to assist me get acquainted with the machine. It was circumstantial, however I had additionally roasted some espresso from the Democratic Republic of Congo pretty lately, so when that origin was introduced because the obligatory espresso, I used to be excited as a result of I had already developed a roast profile for a espresso in that nation and approximate rising space. 

Keep tuned for half two of this interview at Barista Journal On-line.


Vasileia Fanarioti (she/her) is a senior on-line correspondent for Barista Journal and a contract copywriter and editor with a main focus on the espresso area of interest. She has additionally been a volunteer copywriter for the I’M NOT A BARISTA NPO, offering content material to assist educate individuals about baristas and their work. You may observe her adventures at thewanderingbean.web.


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