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Opposites Extract is a show dedicated to exploring specialty coffee through lively, reasoned, and civil debate about a whole range of topics relevant to anybody who works drinks, loves, hates, dreams about, thinks about, works with, or is simply curious about coffee. (In other words, you don't have to be pro to be pro or con.) In each episode, debaters will square off and argue from assigned sides, as determined by a random coin toss. Participating debaters pledge to honor and represent the position they are assigned, regardless of their personal opinions and perspectives. At the end of each episode, debaters will have an opportunity to discuss their actual thoughts about the topic, and their process in formulating their arguments. Things might get a little heated sometimes, but hey, we're brewing here.

Opposites Extract is a show dedicated to exploring specialty coffee through lively, reasoned, and civil debate about a whole range of topics relevant to anybody who works drinks, loves, hates, dreams about, thinks about, works with, or is simply curious about coffee. (In other words, you don't have to be pro to be pro or con.) In each episode, debaters will square off and argue from assigned sides, as determined by a random coin toss. Participating debaters pledge to honor and represent the position they are assigned, regardless of their personal opinions and perspectives. At the end of each episode, debaters will have an opportunity to discuss their actual thoughts about the topic, and their process in formulating their arguments. Things might get a little heated sometimes, but hey, we're brewing here.
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Opposites Extract is a show dedicated to exploring specialty coffee through lively, reasoned, and civil debate about a whole range of topics relevant to anybody who works drinks, loves, hates, dreams about, thinks about, works with, or is simply curious about coffee. (In other words, you don't have to be pro to be pro or con.) In each episode, debaters will square off and argue from assigned sides, as determined by a random coin toss. Participating debaters pledge to honor and represent the position they are assigned, regardless of their personal opinions and perspectives. At the end of each episode, debaters will have an opportunity to discuss their actual thoughts about the topic, and their process in formulating their arguments. Things might get a little heated sometimes, but hey, we're brewing here.

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English


Episodes

Ep. 23: Barista Competitions vs Real Life, with Aaron Ultimo

9/16/2016
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Almost no one is as equipped to debate the merits of barista competitions vs. "real life" barista experience than longtime barista and barista-competition judge Aaron Ultimo of Ultimo Coffee in Philadelphia. He and Joe tackle whether a winning barista will be a loser behind the bar, and other topics which are Very Good Plus.

Duration:00:42:46

Brief: A Midseason Debate Break!

9/9/2016
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Six months in to the podcast, Joe and Meister take a break to talk about some of the projects they've been working on, experiences they've had lately, and podcasts they love. The debates will be back next episode!

Duration:00:27:21

Ep 22: Roaster vs Barista with Stephen Ezell

9/2/2016
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It's the age-old battle, waged since the dawn of time: Who is ultimately responsible for a coffee's quality, the roaster or the barista? Stephen Ezell of The San Fransiscan Roaster company squares off against longtime barista and barista trainer Meister--but who will argue which side? Tune in to find out.

Duration:00:50:12

Ep. 21: Tipping the Tipping Point of Tipping with Sam Penix and Sam Lewontin

8/26/2016
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Does tipping help or hurt? Is it a nice wad of immediate extra spending money or an unreliable and too-large percentage of a barista's income? Everyman Espresso's Sam Penix and Sam Lewontin, both longtime professional baristas, weigh in on the tipping balance of tipping in the coffee shop.

Duration:00:52:35

Ep 20: Coffee and Sensory Analysis, Hot Or Not? with Holly Bastin and Pete Licata

8/19/2016
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Two of the most experiences coffee-tasters in the specialty industry, Holly and Pete, debate and discuss the use of various ratings, scoring, and sensory analysis on coffee. Should cupping be used for consumers as well for professionals? How effective is a 100-point or a 5-star scale? They also talk about the inspiration for their website, www.roastratings.com.

Duration:00:39:31

Ep. 19: Getting Fermental on Fermentation with Lucia Solis

8/12/2016
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We're letting it marinate with Scott Laboratories fermentation specialist Lucia Solis in this episode arguing the meaning of the word "fermentation," dispelling common coffee-processing myths around coffee, and talking about pickles. Lucia and Joe Marrocco tackle one debate question, followed by a longer-form conversation about the role of fermentation in coffee.

Duration:00:48:10

Ep. 18: Tea and Coffee: Friends or Frenemies, with Suzette Hammond

8/5/2016
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The world’s two most popular hot, caffeinated beverages square off in this debate about whether specialty tea has a place in the coffee-focused coffee shop. Joining us on the show is tea expert, educator, writer, and consultant Suzette Hammond, founder of Being Tea (beingtea.com).

Duration:00:44:58

Ep. 17: Automatic vs. Manual with Charles Babinski

7/29/2016
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In today's episode, Meister debates the virtues of automated coffee brewing with Charles Babinski, former U.S. Barista Champion and current co-owner of Los Angeles's Go Get 'Em Tiger and G&B Coffee. Does "manual" always mean "better," and can there ever be an art to making coffee by machine?

Duration:00:52:32

Ep. 16: Nature vs Nurture: Plant Edition with Hanna Neuschwander

7/22/2016
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As we face climate change and other agricultural obstacles in coffee production, is it more valuable to preserve heirloom varieties of Arabica or to develop new hybrids with specific characteristics to combat disease and pests? Communications director for World Coffee Research, Hanna Neuschwander, stops by to debate Joe on whether nature or science is the better botanist.

Duration:00:55:24

Brief: The Life of Another Green Buyer with Piero Cristiani

7/15/2016
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Cafe Imports' other full-time coffee buyer, Piero Cristiani, sits down to talk with Meister about his history in the industry, the future of some projects he's undertaking with producing partners, and a little about why coffee tastes so bad at origin. (Note: Joe Marrocco is out this week, but our regularly scheduled debate programming will pick up next time.)

Duration:00:31:56

Ep. 15: Let the People Drink Bad Coffee? With Lorenzo Perkins

7/8/2016
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Believe it or not, lots of people love "bad" coffee: Should we let them? In this week's debate, Fleet Coffee's Lorenzo Perkins argues whether it's specialty coffee's moral duty to encourage people to drink better quality coffee. We also discuss what "bad" and "good" coffee is, and how consumers can understand the difference.

Duration:00:52:16

Ep 14: Multiroaster Cafés with Jesse Kahn

7/1/2016
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Director of Counter Culture Coffee wholesale sales, Jesse Kahn, discusses the benefits and drawbacks of a cafe offering coffees from multiple or rotating roasters. Does the multiroaster model excite or confuse customers?

Duration:00:50:55

Brief: The Life of a Green Buyer with Luis Arocha

6/30/2016
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One of Cafe Imports' green-coffee buyers, Luis "Lucho" Arocha, briefly talks with Joe and Meister about some of the pros and cons of his job.

Duration:00:21:48