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NanoRoast Coffee Samplers Available

Now There is Help for Coffee Choice Overwhelm

Ok, you’ve been scanning our long list of single-origin coffee offerings, and you suddenly realize: “ I don’t know what to order first!” Never fear; we have an option for you–sampler packs.

NanoRoast Samplers are smaller packages (12 oz each) of our current offerings that are bundled together so you can try several before investing in a larger quantity, or just because it’s fun to try something new every day or so. Please note that you can choose the standard sampler, in which the choices of coffee selections is mine, OR you can choose a custom sampler, in which you choose the specific components.

How this works:

Custom Sampler:  Please email me the specific coffees and roast levels you want ( I’ll invoice you.

Standard Samplers: Choose from the options below (4 pack) 

Tour of Coffee Sampler  This sampler consists of 4 @ 12 oz packages (3 lbs total) of coffees from each major coffee-producing region of the world–Central America, South America, Asia, Africa. Roast level will vary according to the particular coffee included, but you can state a general preference for lighter, medium or darker roasts. We want you to be happy, so your preference will guide the specific selections chosen. In any case, we will endeavor to amaze you with the best of each region.

Dark Roast Lover’s Sampler This sampler has 4 @ 12 oz coffees that will delight a dark roast drinker. While dark roasts tend to emphasize the chemical processes of roasting over inherent unique characteristics, we can roast darker while still maintaining variety. These will all come to you roasted dark enough to emphasize the roasty flavors, but they will not look particularly oily (this is a good thing) or be overly bittering on the palate.

Lighter Roast LoversSampler This pack has 4 @ 12 oz of coffees that shine at lighter roast points. Usually, we try to include a variety of origins to showcase the distinctive flavors of different varietals and processing methods. These are roasted dark enough not to be sour or grassy but light enough to show off the best of the bean.

Susan’s Stash Sampler (2 pack, 1.5 lb total) This sampler is the one where I share two 12-oz packages of really top-quality coffees I save for my own enjoyment, e.g., the really good and pricey stuff. All are rated over 90 points by the SCAA rating standards, and all have come from award-winning farms or processors. They are expensive, but I think they are worth it! Obviously, I can’t know ahead of time which will be worthy of this group. If you want to explore the best of the best, email me ( and I’ll send you a proposal with cost.

enjoy your coffee!

Exciting News in Which I Update My Dated Website

Flash: Nano Finally Updates Website!!

I am not a luddite in any sense, but taking the plunge to redesign and update my rather dated website is not something that I consider a good time. However, that project is now about to go live. As Bob Dylan said, “There’s a Slow Train comin'”….

The plan is to take down the site temporarily next Friday, October 19, install the new stuff and test it and have it magically back up and operational by Sunday, October 21. Unlike most IT department implementations, I don’t work at zero-dark-thirty on stuff like this because I like to be awake.  What could possibly go wrong???

I’m confident that the new site will be easier on the eyes no matter what device you are using, if not easier to navigate. We will still keep all the opinions, information and reviews. All that said, if I mess this up too badly and/or you want to order while the site is down, please email me at I’ll send you a PayPal invoice. Many of my customers have discovered the Easy-Peasiness of just emailing me to discuss recommendations, place orders and chat about coffee. You are invited to do the same if you like.

So, wish me luck, and enjoy your coffee!


UPDATE:  I think it’s done (fingers crossed), but if you see anything that doesn’t work, please email me. Many thanks!

Fudge the Decaf!

Just How Decaf Does Your Coffee Need to Be?

Many NanoRoast customers already know we offer reduced-caf blends, which till now have been roughly half-cafs. Going forward, I’m going to give you the option of telling me HOW MUCH caffeine you want in your lower-caf blend. Duh! I should have done this a long time ago, and here’s why:

The Reasoning  Suppose you are sensitive to caffeine and need an alternative, but you still want your coffee to taste really intensely good. Decaf tends to taste a bit washed out due to the processing it receives, so decaf drinkers often don’t get the same experience that full-caf drinkers do with their coffee. It makes me sad. However, it stands to reason that your caffeine sensitivity is not the same as other people’s sensitivity level, and since we are customizing everything else, why not allow you to customize the level of decaf  in that blend?? We are starting with 25% increments, but if you just really want 30% level of one component, email me or send me a note with your order.

Suggestion  This leads me to a suggestion in favor of more flavor: Unless your doctor has said absolutely NO caffeine*, you might try a very low-caf blend. One customer has me blend his 90% decaf/10% regular and swears it makes both his doc and his taste buds happy. I don’t know the exact answer for you, but we are dedicated to helping all our customers achieve coffee nirvana, whatever that looks like.

Enjoy your coffee!


*I’m gonna trust you on this.

Uniformity Issues with Your NanoRoast Custom Coffee

Uniformity Issues with Your NanoRoast Custom Coffee

Every now and then, I get a question from a new customer that boils down to, “Why is my coffee not uniform?” The answer is, “Because it is selected, processed, roasted and otherwise crafted just for you.” If uniformity is your issue, you probably are used to buying from a much larger roaster who produces hundreds of pounds at a time from large pre-blended lots. This change to custom coffee can be surprising, so let’s look at two ways lack of uniformity might present itself in your custom coffee.


This issue shows itself in two ways, a) a medium roast of one origin and another, and b) what “medium roast” means from one lot to another of the same origin and varietal. In the first case, a customer will notice that a medium roast Sumatra looks lighter than a medium roast Colombian. In the second, someone will remember last year’s Burundi Kayanza medium roast was darker than this year’s.

Explanation:  Coffee is a crop, affected by weather patterns during the growing season, plant varietal, processing methods and even altitude where it’s grown. Even the same coffee origin/varietal/farm/processing can vary from year to year where you can tell the difference in the cup. Our challenge, then, is to find what “medium roast” means within the range of good roasts for that particular lot and to describe it accurately. It may not be the same shade of brown as the medium roast of another origin that year. For example, wet-hulled Indonesian coffees look less roasted than they actually are, and some East Africans look dark but taste medium.  Bottom line: Go by taste, not sight.


You learned in high school chemistry that things of the same mass but different densities occupy different volumes, right? We equalize these by weighing. Therefore, 1 lb of dense, high-grown Colombian beans might take up less space in the package than 1 lb of those fluffy, low-grown Brazilians. Also, if you hadn’t noticed, those tiny, dense Ethiopian heirloom beans not only naturally take up less space due to small size and high density, they pack closer together. So you can receive a tiny Ethiopian, a relatively large Brazilian and a medium-sized Colombian package in the same shipment, all weighing 1 lb. Class dismissed. Bottom line: Ignore volume differences. Go by weight.

By the way, we use the “Net Wt. at least x” method of filling our orders. We usually try to err on the side of overfilling your order cuz we like you.

Enjoy your coffee!