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For more than 13 years, we at Roast have been on a journey to fulfill our original goal of becoming the best educational resource for coffee roasters.

From the very first issue all the way through this issue (and beyond), we strive to publish articles that are well researched, well written and relevant to coffee roasters.

As the years passed, we realized that putting together the brush strokes of each individual issue would provide a unique portrait of coffee roasting in the 21st century. The idea of crafting a book from our best articles first came up about five years ago, and every year when the topic came up again we thought, “Let’s just wait one more year. Then it will be even more complete.”

Eventually, we came to understand that our journey to educate coffee roasters will never truly be complete, so we needed to draw the line. Today, I am proud to announce the release of the first edition of The Book of Roast, culled from the best Roast articles of the past 13 years, as well as a few book-only exclusives. Through putting this book together, I was reminded that not only has there been an amazing amount of knowledge captured in our pages—written by many of the leaders in our industry—but also how much our industry has changed over the past decade.

We can all see the change around us. Technology drives much of it; however, there are other factors that make this an interesting time to be a coffee roaster. More experienced roasters are entering the consulting world, producing countries are becoming consuming countries, growers and consumers are becoming more sophisticated and, of course, the unification of the Specialty Coffee Association of America and the Speciality Coffee Association of Europe—now the global Specialty Coffee Association—will impact the business for all of us.

It is always difficult to tell which changes are beneficial, which are harmful, and which will have unforeseen or unintended consequences. However, these changes keep us engaged and excited, and drive us to produce issues of Roast that communicate, educate and, hopefully, entertain. No matter what the future holds, one constant will remain: We will continue to be dedicated to the success of coffee roasters everywhere.

With intention,

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