Stephen Armstrong (owner of The Ultimate Bean company) knows coffee. He also knows electronic music, food and fair trade — and is keen to chat about topics as far-ranging as women’s health and colonialism — but he really knows coffee.
The owner of Speakeasy Roasteries, located in a warehouse in east-end Hamilton, Armstrong is part of an exclusive club of coffee-tasting experts. As one of 32 people in Canada with Q-grader certification, he can tell good beans from great beans and reliably detect hundreds of potential tasting notes in a cup of coffee.
In coffee circles, it’s kind of a big deal.
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