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Roast magazine is a bi-monthly technical trade magazine dedicated to the success and growth of the specialty coffee industry. Roast addresses the art, science and business of coffee roasters by covering the issues most important to them with high quality editorial focused on the technical aspects of coffee.

Connie Blumhardt | Publisher

The founder and publisher of Roast magazine, Connie has spent 20 years in magazine publishing and has worked in the coffee industry for the last ten years. Connie brings the same passion and commitment to this industry journal that is present within the roasting community. Connie can be contacted at connie@roastmagazine.com


Beck Flavors has evolved into a leader in flavor innovation, creativity, and analysis. We are a full- service flavor ccompany specializing in the creation of leading flavor concepts and applications. We are at the forefront of consumer trends.

Together with a core team of experienced certified flavor chemists, scientists, technicians, and business and marketing professionals, Beck has emerged with the capability to provide customers with both shelf and customized products, tailored to specific markets and applications and price points.

With a fascination in hot beverage, Lisa Taake has always wondered what makes a great cup of coffee. She has always been intrigued by the components of top-notch brands. What makes it stand above the rest of the coffee in the aisle. With that curiosity, Lisa has been apart of the coffee world for 27 years. She thrives to create the perfect flavor every time. Lisa started in the industry in 1989 with Beck Flavors in the applications division and quickly moved up with her development as a sensory specialist.

With the Beck-Danisco transition and then Danisco-Firmenich, she managed the hot beverage category with on trend offerings and specialties that created the diversity in flavored coffee that we see today. Lisa has always been driven to create a taste experience that matches the customer's personality and consumer base. As Director of Business Development at Beck Flavors, she continues to achieve in maintaining customer relationships and adapting to ever changing trends in the coffee industry. She holds the respect of her industry colleagues and is described as a person who treats her customers as family and does her absolute best to give them the quality flavors and service they deserve.


For over eighty years, Scott Laboratories has been meeting the needs of the beverage industry with innovative solutions and products including fermentation goods, filtration media, equipment, packaging products and laboratory services.

Scott Laboratories Inc. (USA) and Scott Laboratories Ltd. (Canada) are privately held companies specializing in value added products for the North American wine, craft brewing and distilled spirits industries.

Our predecessor firm (the Berkeley Yeast Laboratory) was literally founded in the weeks prior to the end of Prohibition in 1933. The mission of the new company was to help customers produce better products for THEIR customers. Value added was a core principal then. It remains a core value eight decades later.

Our first products were lab services and yeast. In the years that followed the needs of our industry customers led us first to cellar supplies, then to packaging and finally into processing and bottling equipment. It has been an 80 year evolution driven by the concept of adding value.

Our current product portfolios include some of the most famous names in the wine, craft brewing and spirits industries. In some cases we have our own proprietary products (such as Sparkolloid and Scottzymes) while in other cases we work with partner firms. You can checkout virtually all of our offerings on this website.

As of 2016, our companies have approximately 85 employees. Our headquarters are in Petaluma, California and Pickering, Ontario. In addition, Scott USA has two additional locations in Petaluma, as well as satellite facilities in Healdsburg (Sonoma County) and Paso Robles (Central Coast of California).


Apffels Fine Coffees has found the perfect balance between art and science. With a century of artisan roasting passed from one generation to another, and being true pioneers of innovation in the coffee industry, it’s easy to see a passion for fine coffee.

It all began in the early 1900’s, with small, hand roasted batches of coffee that were personally delivered to customers' doors. That care and personal attention has remained the hallmark of our business culture to this very day. It’s reflected in our employees, in our customer service and is tasted in every cup of coffee that we produce.

We grew up serving some of LA’s most famous five star restaurants and upscale hotels. Our history has helped us become a part of the Southern California lifestyle and coffee culture.

Today we’ve integrated this desire for great coffee with innovative, advanced manufacturing and operations – ultimately delivering better, more consistent specialty coffees and coffee ingredients. 


QUSAC Decaf is changing the face of decaffeinated coffee. Since 1995, QUSAC Decaf has evolved to maintain its position on the forefront of the decaffeinated coffee industry. We embrace industry changes and continually invest in furthering our operational capabilities.

With a reputation for creating superior value for our customers and with a commitment to remaining on the forefront of technological advancements, QUSAC Decaf offers complete solutions and sustainable products for both the mainstream and speciality decaf coffee segments. We lead our industry in conserving finite resources, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and saving landfill capacity while ensuring superior customer experience

At QUSAC Decaf, we aim to maximize value for our clients by securing the greatest returns from our decaffeination technology. Our Target Specific Extraction Technology (TSET) leads our industry in conserving resources, saving landfill capacity, and benefiting everyone at each step of the supply chain.

At QUSAC Decaf, we’re committed to fostering continuous growth within the tea and coffee industry. We stay at the forefront of decaffeination developments and technological advancements in order to provide the highest level of customer service, participation levels and value added services in caffeine extraction.


At Lean Coffee, our integrated sourcing model is designed to align the need for roasters and coffee producers. We understand sourcing coffee from origins is a complex process that can only be accomplished through experienced coffee farmers, sagacious quality control, and seamless logistics, which has been the driving force to Lean Coffee’s success. Our business model is to streamline the supply chain by procuring coffee from producers with the right price and supplying roasters with specialty beans.

At Lean Coffee you will find authentic, specialty coffee, homegrown in the land of coffee’s origin – Ethiopia. From farming plants in the small town of Bonga, Ethiopia, where no other cash crop is produced more than coffee, we are proud to be representing the richness of Bonga’s coffee bean with our special touch of specialty beans to provide you with nothing less than the best quality.

In 2015, Lean Coffee's Yisehak Awel diverted from his entrepreneurial calling to work as an industrial engineer. But after a year of working as an engineer, the “lean bean” calling became too strong to ignore any further, as he decided to revert to his natural predilection in the coffee business. In spite of digressing from his business endeavors, he was still able to use some of the skill sets gained as an engineer to implement into Lean Coffee’s success.


Excelco Trading L.P.

Excelco Trading L.P is a green coffee trading company specialized in decaf coffee since 1988. Based in New York City, the company was established as a partnership between Manfred Hermsen and Rainer Schoenbach. It was the result of their joint desire to market the decaffeinated product produced by CR3 Kaffeeveredlung M. Hermsen GmbH directly to the North American roasting community rather than through intermediaries as it had been done in the years prior to Excelco's start. 

Active in the coffee processing business for more than 50 years, CR3 is one of the leading processors of decaffeinated and steam-treated coffee in the world today. Both Excelco and CR3 are certified as FairTrade, Organic, UTZ, Rainforest Alliance, Shade Grown/Bird Friendly Smithsonian, Kosher and Bio-Suisse


We are the largest Mexican privately owned coffee company and one of Mexico's top coffee exporters. Our industrial facilities and headquarters are situated in the State of Veracruz. Strategically located allowing us guaranteed coffee supply from the top coffee producing areas of Mexico. Veracruz Port afford us access to all international markets.

We export to four continents and have a wide range of products to satisfy the needs of our domestic and international clients. In Mexico, our Coffee Service division has positioned itself as reliable supplier to hotels, restaurants and office services. Our technical service network provides national coverage in the country's top cities.

We believe in sustainable growth and continuous improvement. For over 30 years of successful history we have distinguished ourselves by being on the edge of technology, management systems and quality assurance.

Since 1985 CAFIVER has processed, distributed and marketed quality coffees. Our experience and awareness of consumer taste preferences has positioned us as leaders in the coffee industry. We cover all coffee needs in their varieties of Arabica and Robusta, regardless of seasonality. We guarantee a continuous and consistent supply that makes us business partners to all our customers.

At CAFIVER we are concerned about our society and the environment in the whole coffee value chain. Our program is designed to strengthen education, development and welfare of people. We recognize the importance of the environment, we are constantly searching for solutions that allow us to minimize our environmental impact. Currently we generate part of our energy needs through a biomass boiler positioning ourselves as an eco-friendly company.


Just as each new day starts long before sunrise, the perfect cup of coffee begins long before roasting, grinding and brewing. Locating the world’s best coffee beans is as much art as it is science. It’s a talent that can only be cultivated through years of experience, strong relationships with the best growers on four continents, and an unwavering commitment to quality and customer satisfaction.

 Amcafé USA LLC is a leading importer of specialty coffees. Based just north of New York City, our team of specialists circumnavigates the globe to source distinctive green coffees for roasters located throughout North America. With unparalleled knowledge of the world’s best plantations and a strong commitment to ethical sourcing, Amcafé is uniquely suited to be your business partner in today’s vibrant coffee industry.

We cater to the diverse needs of roasters with a comprehensive array of services, including sourcing, financing, education/training on coffee roasting, and risk management.

Amcafé is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Finagra USA, a division of London-based Finagra UK Ltd.

They were founded in 1992 by Michael Glenister. Mike was already an industry veteran with a coffee trading firm called Saks International, but when Saks closed its doors, Mike was ready to embark on a new adventure with a radical idea: to focus entirely on the nascent specialty coffee industry.