August 25, 2011

Local coffee roaster places first in national contest

By Meredith Goad
Staff Writer

PORTLAND — Dylan Hardman, head roaster at Maine's Coffee By Design, won first place in a team competition at the national Roaster's Guild last weekend in Roanoke, W.Va.

Nearly 100 roasters from around the country were divided into teams and tested on three different coffee preparations. Hardman was on a team with other roasters from Seattle, Texas and Oregon.

The winning team was given a Probatino 1 kilo roaster, valued at $16,000, to donate to the farm and coffee-producing country of their choice. Hardman's team has not yet selected a recipient for the roaster.

This story was updated at 1:50 p.m. to correct the location of the competition.


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