I'm part owner and roaster at a little coffee company in Wisconsin. Author of Typica, a popular free program used to capture and work with coffee roasting production records that's used at roasting companies all over the world. Volunteer on the Roasters Guild education committee. Available for paid coffee consulting, training, open source software development. Living with a cat who broke into my house and decided to stay. Likes: cute, travel, food. Dislikes: blinking lights.
My next teaching gig is at the North Central Roast Summit. Event info at:
Took some time last night to learn enough of ledger (some of you might know this as the inspiration for hledger) to move my book keeping for the new company out of the ad-hoc spreadsheet I've been using. I'll try using that for the business accounting and see how that goes. So far I like it, but I wouldn't want to use it for the coffee shop. Might switch my personal accounting over to it some day.
Talked with one of my local politicians (I vote for people I see who are willing to talk to me about stuff like this) who will look into any city licensing I might need for the new publishing company. He suspects (and the limited research I've done also suggests) that the answer there is none but he'll double check that for me, which means I just need to deal with the state DOR and then all the legal crud involved in setting up a new company will be finished.
Got back the registration documents for the company I spun up to publish my upcoming books. Roasting Book Press, LLC is now an honest to goodness real company. I was looking at the options for business accounts at the credit union I use for my personal banking and those are actually pretty good so I should be able to get that set up Friday and then have business expenses paid out of that.
Started the day by buying the office computer a new mouse. The old one was one of those Apple bluetooth things with hidden scrolling functionality that broke a long time ago. Today it was fully dead. The new one was the cheapest wired mouse I could buy locally. No batteries, clear indications of the interactive parts, no batteries, no waiting for it to connect (and reconnect). I think the cheap USB mouse is the better product.
Put together a new figure for chapter 2. This takes screenshots from two batches on the IKAWA: one with control based on exhaust temperature, the other controlled by inlet temperature. The plans are such that on one coffee it resulted in my color change and crack events happening at the same time, same overall roasting time, same whole bean and ground degree of roast measurements. Under the screenshots are graphs of the heater setting through each roast (which the app doesn't show).
All my todos are removed from chapter 1. I'm hoping to do the same with the rest of the book and get it out for technical review about a week from now. While I'm waiting on feedback I'll be spending more time on the business side of getting ready to sell the book. Hopefully everything goes smoothly and people can get the finished book early March. In the final stretch.
Author of Typica software for coffee roasters.
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