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OAKLAND, California (Founder/Owner) - 10 Minutes With Keba Konte, Owner of Red Bay Coffee

OAKLAND, California (Founder/Owner) - 10 Minutes With Keba Konte, Owner of Red Bay Coffee

You were in retail first, and then switched to roasting coffee. Tell us more about your coffee career. Keba Konte: I’ve been in specialty coffee for over 10 years. I started Guerilla Coffee in North Berkeley in 2005, and then opened another café in San Francisco at City College in 2012 called Chasing Lions . We have about 700 customers there everyday. I started roasting in 2010—just home roasting on the whirly pop, using coffee from Sweet Maria’s and doing small little batches. I met an Ethiopian woman who had a café in the Temescal neighborhood of Oakland called Sidamo. I went in there one time—she literally had a hot plate, a wok, and a wooden paddle, and the place was smoking. I was serving Blue Bottle at the time, and had toured large-scale roasteries before, but had never seen roasting on a small scale before. It was eye opening and demystifying for me. That was the i...

Full article: http://www.baristamagazine.com/10-minutes-keba-konte/

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