You Don't Know Beans

You Don't Know Beans

Join our hosts, Melissa, Dan, and Allaya as they sample a different coffee each week to decide if what is advertised on the label is marketing or snarketing. Looking for a new roast to try? Start here to find your new favorite roast or save your $$$!


February 23, 2022 26 mins

This week, we taste test Trident Coffee's signature city roast, "Trident," sourced from Brazil Carmo de Minas. Also this week, Dan tells an incomplete story about a Man In A Can, what cocks have to do with pubs, and Allaya questions the science of whether or not monkeys like Marvin Gaye.

Music this week:

"Give Me Coffee" by  Flying Fish Sailors
Give Me Coffee ℗ 1994 Flying Fish Sailors...

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This week, we welcome Stephen Hurst, founder of Mercanta, a UK-based company supplying roasters the world over with the highest quality specialty green coffee beans. Join us as Stephen talks to us about fair business practices, climate change, improving farming practices, and COVID, and how these issues are impacting the coffee industry today.


Mercanta - Ethically sourced green coffee distributed globally s...

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Coffee and pets. These are arguably two of the most important and influential elements that helped us through the pandemic.  This week, Shannon Kirkman from Animal Haven Shelter and Andrew Richter from Gotham Coffee Roasters join us as we discuss animal adoption, expertly roasted coffee, and how your coffee habit can help an animal in need. 

From now until January 6, 2022, Little Cat Coffee will donate $10 to Animal Haven for e...

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December 7, 2021 30 mins

This week, we try a truly cerebral coffee that is the Roaster's Choice blend from 7 Coffee Roasters.  What do Hendrix, Cobain, and Stravinsky have in common? Try this coffee, and have a synesthesic moment. And speaking of musicians, what's up with Josef Hayden's head?

Find this week's coffee at Seven Coffee Roasters.

Still trying to wrap your head around the coffee? Well, now you can try and wr...

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November 23, 2021 37 mins

Are you new to the wonderful world of coffee, or want to take your coffee drinking to the next level, but are on a budget? Don't let sticker shock send you back to instant coffee, because there IS a middle ground. This week, we talk about the gateway coffees of Trader Joe's; the coffees that don't cost much, but still give you a good coffee experience and education along the way. We talk about four coffees this week;...

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October 28, 2021 30 mins

This week, we sample a dark roast offering from Ladro Roasting called Diablo. Diablo seems to come up a lot with coffees. Also, Dan recalls his best Dante's Inferno experience, we all agree the current level of Guinness World Records is lame, and the unfortunate design flaws of the adorable koala.


Ladro Roasting Diablo

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Coffee · Jack Stauber's Micropop; ...

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October 12, 2021 31 mins

Welcome to a new season of You Don't Know Beans! If you placed bets on us messing up our first season two episode, guess what? You'd be a winner! This week's selection comes from Fiore Organic Roasting company, and is a dark, sweet and mysterious offering. Also, poultry bosses in Queens (No, like, an actual rooster), and neurotic squirrel stories. AND...details about Beantober!


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August 25, 2021 27 mins

This week, we sample Blue Thunder Blend, by Klatch Coffeea bold, dark, and full-bodied offering. Also, rampaging Corsican beach cows, unsociable chimpanzees, and stoned reindeer. PLEASE SEND US YOUR COFFEE SUGGESTIONS (contact info below)!

Today's coffee was distributed by BeanBox.

Music this week:

Soundtrack/theme music from the 1983 John Badham film "Blue Thunder," written by Arthur B. ...

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This week, we sample Colombia Cattleya Exelso, a medium-dark roast coffee by Fundamental Coffee Co. Also, Dan rants on a Guy Fieri creation, and Allaya expresses her hang-ups regarding certain adjectives used in copy writing. A new adverb is born.

You can find Colombia Cattleya Exelso  here.

Special thanks to BeanBox Coffee.

Music this week:

"Espresso My Love," from the album, "Wat...

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July 23, 2021 32 mins

This week, we sample Broadcast Coffee Roasters offering, "Request Line Blend." Also, the show gets a new caterpillar,  Melissa approves of Broadcast's copywriters, Allaya tries lemon in her espresso, and Dan...Dan went there.

Special thanks to:

Bean Box
Broadcast Coffee Roasters

Music this week:

"Java Jive," performed by The Manhattan Transfer, written by Milton Drak...

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The more things change, the more things stay the same. We discover this week that this old adage also applies to coffee, as we delve into the rebellious 18th Century coffee culture, and how Bach preserved it with all of today's familiar tropes in his beloved Coffee Cantata. Whether you're a coffee or history lover and just casually curious (the first half is for you), or a dedicated classical music lover (you'll love...

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June 16, 2021 29 mins

This week, we try Bearded Lady Blend, a smoky dark roast by Longshoreman's Daughter Coffee Roaster. Also in this episode: Philosophical discussions about Florida, and coffee as commentary on non-representational art; Allaya tries a coffee and tonic drink.

Special thanks to Bean Box

Music this week was by Atlan, performing "Canon Rock" on the keytar


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June 9, 2021 35 mins

Master Coffee Roaster, Amy Wallace from Native Coffee Traders joins us this week as we talk about Native American culture, coffee roasting for the greater good, and some damn good coffee.

Check out and buy Amy's fantastic ultra-fresh blends at , or give them a call at 631-281-4143 to place your order.

You can also follow Native Coffee Traders on Instagram @nativecoffeetraders_...

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June 2, 2021 17 mins

Today, we sample Seven Coffee's Pano Blend, a true global collaboration of beans and flavors while discussing the age old question: How far would you go to avoid a meeting?

Music and sound this week:

KK Technopop Remix, written by Kazumi Totaka, remixed by Innovation/AC3 Productions

Clip from South Park, Season 9 episode 11: "Ginger Kids", first aired November 9, 2005. Episode written and d...

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Just a bunch of geeks discussing coffee and how it pertains to the Star Wars Universe.  Just a light hearted discussion about science, pop culture, and coffee.

Coffee this week:
Cloud City Roasters, "El Diablo"
Trader Joe's "Joe's Dark"

Music this week:

"Cantina Band" by John Williams , performed by The London Symphony Orchestra/ Star Wars: A New Hope ℗ 2018...

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Blogger, musician, and coffee entrepreneur Carlos Aguilar joins our conversation this week as we chat about excellence in Mexican coffee, brand marketing and identity, and how it relates to Mexican American culture and identity.

Check out these links:

Mestizo Coffee - Order Carlos' coffee here! We sampled Red Eye and Fruit Bomb on the show. Use promo code HIPHOP to get free shipping!
Big Brown Dad - Read...

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April 23, 2021 31 mins

Ever wonder what it's like to start a coffee business? Why your beans are so greasy? Is coffee good for your health? What does qualify beans as "dark" roast, anyway? Join us as coffee expert, Simon Springer (formerly of The Roaster's Collective) talks about his experiences in the coffee industry, myths, and rabbit holes.

Check out these links:

Ross Street Roasting - Lots of great coffee, but ke...

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April 8, 2021 19 mins

This week's coffee is French Royale, by Tony's Coffee, a dark, French roast.  Tony's Coffee is the recipient of Roast Magazine's Roaster of the Year award for 2021, and has a couple of You Don't Know Beans' favorites, to include Espresso Noir. How will this selection measure up? Listen and join in on the debate!

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We're taking a break from our usual review format this week to share a little bit of coffee history with you.  If you ever wondered how coffee contributed to Passover observance, let's take a step back in time and find out!

This supplemental was written and produced by Allaya Fleischer, drawing information from the following sources:

Joseph Jacobs Advertising Agency
National Humani...

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March 24, 2021 13 mins

This week's selection is Neptune Blend, a dark roast coming to us from Rose Line Coffee

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