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Passionate, knowledgeable, and a little bit reserved, Patrick Dinkins has been Cameron’s Roastmaster for 8 years.

He’s really our go-to guy for any and all coffee-related questions–from how to brew the perfect pour over, to finding a quality, affordable electric grinder, Patrick’s always ready to help us through our most pressing coffee conundrums. Recently, we asked him a few questions about his own coffee preferences, and what it takes to create the Cameron’s blends we all know and love.

Q: You’ve tried hundreds of different coffees. What’s your personal favorite?
A: Ethiopian – washed and natural process.

Q: What about roast level, do you prefer dark or light roast?
A: Definitely light roast.

Q: What’s the difference between dark and light roasts?
A: The obvious answer is the amount of time the coffee is roasted. Dark roasts are roasted for a longer amount of time than light roasts. But this creates a big difference in the way they taste.  Light roasts are more acidic and brighter than dark roasts. You’ll get to taste more of the coffee’s natural flavors in a light roast. Coffee beans taste different depending on where they’re grown. The darker you roast a coffee, the more you mellow out the acidity and take out more of the coffee’s unique flavors. This means you impart more roast-driven flavors and they’ll taste more smoky, burnt, roasty, or bittersweet.

Q: How do you come up with new coffee blends?
A:  I usually have an idea of the end result that I want in the cup. Then, I’ll experiment with coffees that I know have the flavor profiles I want. I blend the beans, roast, and then cup to find the combo I am looking for. Sometimes I get lucky and it’s perfect on the first try. Other times it takes lots of variations before I am happy with the final blend.

Q: Which Cameron’s blends are your favorites?
A: Woods & Water, Roastmaster’s Blend, and Fireside Blend

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  1. Is it possible to get a bold coffee taste in a decaf coffee?

  2. I love your coffe and used the pods in my new Keurig. It unfortunately clogs up the keurig and I have ceased using it. Do you think you will come up wih a solution to that problem? I love the concept of no plastic and the wonderful flavors but am disappointed about not being able to use them!

  3. Absolutely, James! The decaffeination method we use retains the beans natural oils and flavors, giving us a superior tasting cup o joe! Thanks for asking!

  4. Hi Karen. We’re sorry to hear about your experience with our pods. We’re not sure why that would happen, but if you let our Consumer Relations Team know the barcode number and sell by date from your cartons we can look into it! They can be reached by email at: Thanks for reaching out!

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