Luke Cizek, founder and roaster at Lab Notes Coffee, discusses the labor-intensive process of growing and roasting coffee, and the importance of understanding the work that goes into producing a cup of coffee. He explains how coffee originated in Ethiopia and was exported to Europe by the Dutch and French, who wanted to maintain their monopoly on coffee production. Cizek also emphasizes the importance of properly processing coffee to avoid harmful mycotoxins, which can affect the taste and quality of the coffee. Additionally, he notes that the coffee roasting world is becoming more collaborative, with roasters sharing roast profiles and personal beliefs on roasting theory. Cizek believes there is still room for small, local roasters to succeed and offer unique flavors and experiences to customers. Overall, Cizek encourages coffee drinkers to appreciate the hard work that goes into producing coffee and to seek out high-quality, properly processed coffee for a better drinking experience.
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