[Homeroast] Question about a Gene Cafe

Brian Kamnetz bkamnetz at gmail.com
Sun May 3 11:29:43 CDT 2015


One suggestion is to first check all the variables possible other than
roasting. E.g., are the greens from Sweet Maria? Any change in the water?
"Still drip filtering"... if this is a drip machine, is the water
temperature the same (i.e., hot enough)? Is brewing time the same (i.e., is
water plugged)? Are grinder burrs sharp enough? (My suspicians lie with the

Another possibility is that the tastes of the people are developing, and
they have outstripped some component of the process, e.g., sub-par grinder,
sub-par brewer.

That's all I can think of. (I may have to take a month-long trip down there
to check it out in person.)


On Sun, May 3, 2015 at 11:13 AM, Frank Parth <frank at fparth.com> wrote:

> About 5 years ago I got a friend of mine who lives in the British Virgin
> Islands interesting in coffee roasting. He bought a Gene Cafe and was very
> happy with it until recently.
> I got this e-mail from him this morning and don't know what advice to
> offer since I don't use a GC any more myself.
> Hi Frank,
> We have a coffee question for you... and you guys may need to organize an
> emergency trip down here to answer it.  Our coffee is no longer...
> "tasty!"  It seems to have lost it's brightness.  Taste more like sludge!
> The grind is good.  Still drip filtering it.  In short, doing everything
> the same!  Could it be that our roaster is just no longer doing the job?
> The time and temperature is the same... unless the temperature is not what
> it says it is!  Give us some thoughts oh mighty coffee connoisseur!
> Can anyone offer advice on what his problem might be?
> If we can't fix it over e-mail,  we'll have to plan a trip down to the BVI
> to deal with this in person.
> Frank Parth
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