Eric Leidlein of Espressions Explains What You Might Be Getting Wrong About Roasting

Eric Leidlein has been roasting coffee in town for eight years, so if anyone knows the ins and outs of the coffee bean world, it's him. Starting as a barista, then roaster at Lux, and eventually working with Four Barrel beans at Giant Coffee, Leidlein says his experience as a barista has helped him develop unique flavor profiles as a roaster. Now at Espressions, a wholesale roastery in a warehouse in East Phoenix, he experiments with two large roasters, tracking data for every batch on spreadsheets but also using all five senses to tell when the coffee is roasted to his standards.

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Heather Hoch is a music, food, and arts writer based in Tucson. She enjoys soup, scotch, Electric Light Orchestra, and walking her dog, Frodo.
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