Ladro Profiles Dustin Thomas

 Ladro Profiles Dustin Thomas, Coffee Roaster

Ladro profiles coffee roaster, Dustin Thomas. We asked a few questions about coffee and his life so you could get to know more about the one of the people behind the brews you enjoy.

Dustin, how did you come to coffee and Ladro?

“When I was younger my dad had a siphon coffee brewer […]

March 21st, 2016|Caffe Ladro, Coffee Roasting|2 Comments

Costa Rica 2016 Day 7 and 8

Jack Kelly (Owner) and Dismas Smith (Head Roaster) share experiences from visiting coffee farms in Costa Rica. They offer their journal daily so we can share the stories of the coffees you find at Caffe Ladro.
Costa Rica 2016
Day 7

For sure, this was not our most efficient day of travel!  We arrived in Costa Rica about 12:00 […]

El Salvador 2016 Day 5 and 6

Jack Kelly (Owner) and Dismas Smith (Head Roaster) share experiences from El Salvador, as they visit coffee farms in Central America. They offer their journal daily so we can share the stories of the coffees you find at Caffe Ladro.
El Salvador 2016
Day 5
We’re up early and make coffee for Nena and Hermann.  After and nice breakfast, we walk […]

March 2nd, 2016|Caffe Ladro, Coffee Roasting|0 Comments

Nicaragua 2016 Day 1-2

Jack Kelly (Owner) and Dismas Smith (Head Roaster) share experiences from Nicaragua day 1 -2, as they visit coffee farms in Central America. They share their journal daily so we can share the stories of the coffees you find at Caffe Ladro.
Nicaragua–02/16/16–Day 1

We’ve had a wonderful start to our Central America trip.  Our first visit […]

February 19th, 2016|Coffee Education, Coffee Roasting|0 Comments

Micro-lot Coffees January 2016

Micro-lot coffees are special. Just as wines differ by region and variety, Micro-lot coffees are derived from specific bean varietals, carefully picked at one farm, and processed in separate lots. That coffee is then carefully processed and roasted to bring out the flavors inherent in the bean because of where it is grown and the weather […]

January 8th, 2016|Caffe Ladro, Coffee Education, Coffee Roasting|1 Comment

Coffee Cupping

Coffee Cupping
What is coffee cupping?  Simply put, coffee cupping uses a specific ratio of coffee to water that allows for accurate assessment of coffee flavor and quality.  It is a great way to compare coffees for both the professional buyer and the coffee enthusiast. Used internationally, it is the method for tasting coffee to identify […]

October 30th, 2015|Coffee Education, Coffee Roasting|0 Comments

Honey Processed Coffee Examples

Honey Processed Coffee
Honey Processed Coffee, is truly a misnomer. No honey is used in the processing and the coffee that results from the process does not have the flavor of honey. It is a process that comes out of Costa Rica.  These coffees are also called Pulped-Natural.

Coffee resulting from Honey Process, or semi-washed process that leaves […]

October 2nd, 2015|Coffee Education, Coffee Roasting|0 Comments

Ladro Profiles Dismas Smith

Ladro Profiles Dismas Smith

Head Roaster, Caffe Ladro/Ladro Roasting

2002 North American Barista Champion (6th in the world), Head Roaster, Green Coffee Buyer, husband, father and all-around happy guy, Dismas Smith manages the Roastery for Ladro Roasting. Mondays at the Roastery typically begin with a coffee cupping and a meeting with Caffe Ladro and Ladro Roasting sales […]

August 28th, 2015|Caffe Ladro, Coffee Roasting|4 Comments

Coffee Processing Methods

Coffee Processing Methods
When you purchase specialty coffee at a café or grocery, the labels often indicates the coffee processing methods used to prepare the green coffees.  If you are curious about how coffee makes its way from a cherry on a tree to the green commodity that is shipped to coffee roasters around the world, below […]

August 12th, 2015|Coffee Education, Coffee Roasting|0 Comments

Coffee Roasting 101

COFFEE ROASTING 101

Standing in front of a wall of coffee beans can cause anxiety.  Which ones do you choose?  How do you know you will like them?  How do you translate the roast profile into a match for your palette?  Here are a few tips to guide you.

Get to know some basic terms coffee roasters […]

May 14th, 2015|Coffee Roasting|1 Comment