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Inside The Craft Coffee Boom In North Texas

Krystina Martinez
Liz Goulding writes for the Dallas Observer.

Specialty coffee shops are joining the artisanal food and beer boom in Dallas. These shops aim for a better bean, and Liz Goulding explored the local craft coffee scene in last week’s Dallas Observer cover story.

Interview Highlights: Liz Goulding…

…On the difference between specialty coffee shops versus a typical coffee shop:

“In the big picture, it’s quality over quantity. Everything from the way the bean is grown and processed at the point of origin in another country to the way the roaster spends time and effort roasting, and then the way that the barista spends time to prepare it.”

…On a roaster’s approach to roasting a superior coffee bean:

“That’s really about getting out of the way. When they’re roasting, [the roaster] is thinking about not only temperature, but the smell and the color of the bean as its roasting and how those things change over time. Depending on the roasting curve, you can end up with a dramatically different bean flavor.”

…On the difference in coffee from specialty shops versus a cup of Folgers:

“I think if you taste [coffee] black, you really can tell the difference. It’s kind of like people who drink wine or beer; the more you drink it, the more you kind of practice, the more you’re able to taste those differences.”

Former KERA staffer Krystina Martinez was an assistant producer. She produced local content for Morning Edition and She also produced The Friday Conversation, a weekly series of conversations with North Texas newsmakers. Krystina was also the backup newscaster for the Texas Standard.
Justin Martin is KERA’s local host of All Things Considered, anchoring afternoon newscasts for KERA 90.1. Justin grew up in Mannheim, Germany, and avidly listened to the Voice of America and National Public Radio whenever stateside. He graduated from the American Broadcasting School, and further polished his skills with radio veteran Kris Anderson of the Mighty 690 fame, a 50,000 watt border-blaster operating out of Tijuana, Mexico. Justin has worked as holiday anchor for the USA Radio Network, serving the U.S. Armed Forces Network. He’s also hosted, produced, and engineered several shows, including the Southern Gospel Jubilee on 660 KSKY.