Steve Kraus of Press Coffee Roastery Takes Us Through a Coffee "Cupping"
The biggest misconception about coffee is: That it's all the same.
The best cup of coffee you've ever had: Ethiopian Nekisse . . . Giant Blueberry and Chocolate bomb! Amazing!
Two qualities you look for in good coffee: Roast and preparation
Coffee is like wine because: Coffee has varietals (Caturras, Typicas and Bourbons), it requires moisture and sun, and grows at different elevations.
If you could work with anyone in your industry on a new project, who would you choose and what would you do: Doug Zell of Intelligentsia Coffee, Michael Phillips of Handsome Coffee, and Duane Sorenson of Stumptown Coffee on creating the "ultimate" coffee destination in Phoenix.
You'll never catch me drinking: Starbucks
I wish Phoenix had:.Greater desire for specialty coffee, however the trend is moving in the right direction and that starts with us educating the consumer one cup at a time!
One local restaurant I admire and why: Little Saigon (Glendale) -- traditional Vietnamese, mother and father still cook all the food. Most consistent in the Valley.
If you could invite any five guests to a dinner party, who would you want to be there: Since it's not my last dinner... Charles Smith (winemaker) Bobby Flay, Cat Cora, Justin Timberlake, and my wife.
What do you think will be the next big thing to hit the coffee industry: My opinion is "Toddy coffee." We've had it on tap for quite some time and it's the smoothest most caffeinated natural beverage you can drink!
Check out our past Chef and Tell interviews with:
Jason Raducha and Claudio Urciuoli
- Noble Bread
Sasha Raj - 24 Carrots
Nick LaRosa - Nook
Joey Maggiore - Cuttlefish
Country Velador - Super Chunk Sweets and Treats
James Porter - Petite Maison
Cullen Campbell - Crudo
Mel Mecinas - Four Seasons Scottsdale at Troon North
Meagan Micozzi - Scarletta Bakes
Tyson Holzheimer and Joe Strelnik - Snooze, an A.M. Eatery
Paul McCabe - T. Cook's at the Royal Palms
Eugenia Theodosopoulos - Essence Bakery Cafe
Eddie Hantas - Hummus Xpress
Jay Bogsinke - St. Francis
Dustin Christofolo - Quiessence
Blaise and DJ Aki - The Sushi Room
Sacha Levine - Rancho Pinot and FnB
Andrew Nienke - Cafe Monarch
Kevin Lentz - French Grocery
Aurore de Beauduy - Vogue Bistro
Justin Olsen - Bink's Midtown
Marco, Jinette, and Edmundo Meraz - Republica Empanada
Brian Peterson - Cork
Brian Webb - Hey Joe! Filipino Street Food
Lester Gonzalez - Cowboy Ciao
Renetto-Mario Etsitty - Tertio
German Sega - Roka Akor
Marco Bianco - Pizzeria Bianco
Brad and Kat Moore - Short Leash Hot Dogs and Sit...Stay