If you consider yourself a card-carrying coffee geek -- or, as restaurateur Joe Johnston would put it, a "disciple" of the "true gospel of coffee" -- then you need to bookmark Johnston's excellent new blog, Roaster Project.
Johnston, who was one of the original founders ofCoffee Plantation
before selling it and going into the restaurant biz (he ownsJoe's Real BBQ, Joe's Farm Grill
, andLiberty Market
in Gilbert), recently started the blog as a way to document his progress in designing and building his own commercial coffee roaster. He plans to spend the next year developing his ideas, conducting research, and ultimately building the machine.