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Paragon Coffee and Espresso with Sasa Sestic

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In this episode, Kenneth sits down with the 2015 World Barista Champion Sasa Sestic to talk about his innovative Paragon brewer. He explains what inspired him to develop this brewing method and why it makes coffee taste better.


  • Most of what we taste is related to what we smell. The more aromas there are, the more complex the taste is.
  • It is possible to enhance certain aroma compounds so that the coffee tastes different.
  • The hotter you brew the more aromas you access, but the more of it evaporates in the steam. Paragon captures these volatile aromas, keeping them in your coffee.

‘80 to 90% of what we taste comes from the nose. ´

‘Sometimes we need 2 or 3 even 4 volatile compounds to give us a specific tasting note.’


Nucleus Coffee Tools (Paragon Products)

Where to find the Paragon Pour Over Stand

Zurich University

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At Umble Coffee, we only roast specialty-grade Arabica coffee from around the world with cupping scores 84 and above. Don’t sabotage yourself in pursuing your goals - drink coffee that tastes better and is better for you. No crash, great taste, and better long-term health benefits. That’s Umble Coffee.


Coffee 101 is an educational show on all things coffee.  Join Kenneth and Katie as they start with the most basic questions about coffee and build your knowledge from there.  If you love coffee, are curious about coffee, or you’re a business just looking for a resource to train your team, Coffee 101 is without question the show for you!

Season 1 is all about coffee’s journey from ‘seed to shelf’.

Season 2 is all about coffee’s journey from ‘shelf to sip’.

ABOUT THE HOST: Kenneth Thomas is also an instructor with Stanford Continuing Studies for an all-in-one coffee class.  He owns and is head roaster at Umble Coffee Co.  He and Umble Coffee have been consistently ranked one of the best specialty coffee roasters in the United States.  Kenneth is very passionate about coffee and coffee education.

ABOUT THE CO-HOST: Katie Thomas is Kenneth’s oldest daughter and brings an entertaining flair to the podcast.  She’s still learning about coffee and thus makes the perfect co-host.  She, like the listeners, would claim to be a ‘101-er’ - like you - coffee curious.  She’ll be the future of the coffee industry, and the future looks very bright!

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