Gourmet Coffee and Custom Coffee Roasting

September 19, 2017
Hosted by Aniko Somogyi, of Anikona Farm 100% Kona Coffee

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Episode Description

Among many coffee historians, the rise of specialty coffee is said to be attributed to a gentleman named Alfred H. Peet who founded Peet's Coffee & Tea in Berkeley, California in 1966. We've often heard Alfred Peet to be described as "the Dutchman who taught America how to drink coffee!" We'll be sharing interesting stories about Peet's Coffee, the popularity of gourmet coffee and the rise of specialty coffee in the U.S. We'll also be talking about the growth of custom coffee roasting, the interest in darker blends and how Peet's Coffee served as a model for other roasters including Starbucks.

My Favorite Coffee Story

My Favorite Coffee Story

Tuesday at 4 PM Pacific Time on VoiceAmerica Variety Channel

The My Favorite Coffee Story Show is about the “stories” that define people’s lives and value system, often shared over a cup of coffee. If you have a treasured memory from your past, if you are a mom or daughter, friend, casual acquaintance or just like a moment alone in a beautiful setting where they share over a cup of anything, usually coffee, then our show is just for you! We will cover special one on one moments, coffee history, coffee health benefits, recipes, great coffee houses of the world, coffee movie moments and stories of how the coffee phenomena permeates all of our lives in some way. My Favorite Coffee Story is broadcast live every Tuesday at 4 PM Pacific Time on the VoiceAmerica Variety Channel.

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Aniko Somogyi, of Anikona Farm 100% Kona Coffee

Aniko Somogyi, of Anikona Farm 100% Kona Coffee

I have spent most of my career in high tech and working at Microsoft, mainly in Seattle and Silicon Valley. We’ve enjoyed investing in various startups and have founded several startups on our own. I think fondly of those days working on the new versions of PowerPoint, growing the PowerPoint team, and even creating international versions.

I always had the dream to have a coffee farm and that has become our latest venture. My Hungarian grandfather visited us in the 1960’s, introducing us to delicious espresso coffee that he would hand grind himself and brew on the stove. Even though I was a little girl, I still remember those moments with wonderful coffee aromas in the home. My grandfather, a Colonel in the Hungarian army, reminded us to work hard and remember to savor special times with family and friends over a good cup of coffee.

We celebrate my grandfather as we now grow, produce and sell 100 percent Kona coffee from our farm in Holualoa on the Big Island of Hawaii. We have spent the last two years learning about coffee, becoming part of the Kona coffee terroir, tending to the coffee trees, developing the Anikona brand, creating our website and managing production. We have brought our experience with high tech companies and investments to how we manage operations at the farm. Our aim is to create the champagne of coffee at Anikona Farm and along the way, share interesting, fun coffee stories on the “My Favorite Coffee Story” radio show.

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Episode Directory

September 2017

  • 9/19/2017: Gourmet Coffee and Custom Coffee Roasting Listen Now
  • 9/12/2017: The Perfect Coffee Bean, a Worldwide Quest Listen Now
  • 9/5/2017: Coffee Trends You Won't Want to Miss Listen Now

August 2017

Scott McMartin


Scott McMartin has 20+ years of deep specialty coffee experience including managing global coffee supply relationships in excess 400M pounds per year, leading a team of 20 coffee quality managers, and developing coffee blends and related CPG products for multiple Fortune 100 companies including Starbucks, Kraft, PepsiCo, United Airlines, Dreyers, Anheuser-Busch and Panera Bread.
McMartin’s work has involved meeting client’s specific needs from a flavor profile perspective, while other work has focused on the creation of new product lines and line extensions. Scott contributed 19 years to Starbucks’ selecting coffee blends. In his quest for the world’s best coffees, Scott has traveled to over 20 origin countries allowing him to learn about many cultures’ growing and processing techniques. Scott’s passion pushed him to pursue studies in the culinary arts as a sommelier, beer judge and coffee grader. View Guest page

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Carolyn Miles


Carolyn Miles is President & Chief Executive Officer of Save the Children, an organization that gives children in the United States and around the world a healthy start, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm. The global Save the Children movement with resources just under $700m serves more than 166 million children in the US and in more than 120 countries. Under her senior leadership, the organization has more than doubled the number of children it reaches with nutrition, health, education and other programs. Miles' signature issues include hunger, learning outcomes, and ending preventable child deaths.
Prior to Save the Children, she worked in the private sector in Hong Kong for American Express and as an entrepreneur. While in Asia, she confronted the deprivation of the region’s children, which motivated her to dedicate her life to their welfare. Miles serves on numerous boards and was named one of the 50 World's Greatest Leaders by Fortune Magazine in 2015. View Guest page

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Umeko Motoyoshi


Umeko Motoyoshi is Head of Coffee at Sudden Coffee, where she leads product development. Her mission is to make specialty coffee a rewarding and welcoming experience for people of all backgrounds. She joined Sudden after working in specialty coffee for over 10 years, most recently as Head of Education & Training at Four Barrel Coffee.
Umeko is a licensed Q grader and (probably) the first person to represent an instant coffee company in a barista competition. During her time in coffee, she has managed cafes, refurbished espresso machines, and starred in a Japanese reality show, where she brewed coffee with water from a mountain shrine. Outside of work, Umeko serves on the committee of The Coffee Woman - a group dedicated to amplifying minority voices in specialty coffee. View Guest page

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Stephan Roche


Since drinking his first cup out of a percolator growing up in New England, Stephan has been an avid fan of coffee. His lifelong connection with coffee has taken him from the front lines of Folgers as a brand assistant at P&G right out of college to the Kauai coffee fields as a Bain & Company consultant many years later. When it comes to drinking coffee, Stephan's been at the forefront of our generational shift in taste towards finer blends of the highest quality beans. His preferred cup is made using the pour-over brewing method. In other words, no more percolated coffee. Stephan is married to a fellow coffee aficionado and has college-aged triplets just beginning their coffee drinking journey. View Guest page

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Evelyn Somogyi


Evelyn Somogyi graduated with a Psychology degree from Whittier College, Los Angeles in 2016. She is currently working towards a medical degree in neurosurgery or ophthalmology. Evelyn developed her own company creating Flower Crowns and Headbands for special events, weddings, cheer teams, music festivals and fundraisers. View Guest page

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Chef Jason Wilson


James Beard Award-winning Chef Jason Wilson’s broad range of culinary abilities center upon sourcing the highest quality, seasonal ingredients from Northwest and American farmers, producers and fishermen.
In addition to just opening his latest restaurant, The Lakehouse in Bellevue, Washington with its northwest farmhouse elegant vibe, Chef Jason’s entrepreneurial spirit is evident in such endeavors as modern speakeasy inspired Civility & Unrest, the thriving Miller’s Guild in downtown Seattle, the former, critically-acclaimed Crush, as Executive Chef and Product Developer for Coffee Flour, the next global superfood and global impact food, and much more. View Guest page

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Asher Yaron


Asher Yaron has over 10 years experience in the coffee business and has been directly involved in every stage of the coffee process from "the cherry to the cup".
Mr. Yaron's discoveries about coffee and its powerful medicinal properties have been acquired after years of extensive research and testing. Specifically, Mr Yaron had identified and focused his efforts on the two most important aspects of coffee, potency and taste. He has developed techniques as well as the machines necessary to maximize these aspects and create the best coffee in the world. Mr. Yaron has invented coffee roasting and brewing equipment and has created a unique closed loop system that produces the finest coffee as well as being green, sustainable, and economical with ZERO waste!
Mr. Yaron is a well known TEDx speaker and has recently written a groundbreaking book about coffee, "Get Your Fix!". View Guest page

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