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Coffee guru to give lecture at downtown business
Uncommon Grounds will host Dr. Joseph John on Monday

Internationally-renowned coffee guru Dr. Joseph John will give a lecture at 6 p.m. Monday at Uncommon Grounds in downtown Hinesville.

John is the owner of Josuma Coffee Company, an “importer, distributor and roaster of specialty coffees from India,” according to its website.

Jenny Cole, owner and manager of Uncommon Grounds, said that she found out about Josuma’s signature espresso blend — Malabar Gold — after attending the Atlanta Coffee Fest eight years ago. She said her shop has used the espresso exclusively since that time.

John once again will be at the Atlanta Coffee Fest, held this year from Feb. 6-8. He then will travel to Coastal Georgia to catch up with Cole and her family and deliver an informative lecture at the downtown coffee shop Monday evening.

John will talk about “coffee in general,” Cole said.

“How to tell a good cup of coffee, the differences between fresh-brewed and espresso — kind of everything you ever wanted to know about coffee,” she continued.

John, a native of Tamil Nadu in Southern India, told Coffee Almanac in a 2012 interview that he came into the coffee business by “sheer accident.”

Though he earned his Ph.D. in nuclear physics from Florida State University in 1968 and spent several years in that field, John said he began his coffee business after an “unrelated set of incidents” spurred his interest in both the business and production sides of coffee.

John said that although India is known for its tea, the country also was the fifth-largest producer of coffee worldwide at the time he began his business — although “nobody in the U.S. had heard about (India) as a coffee producer.”

He said that his company upholds quality above all else in the production of its espresso and roasted coffee blends.

The event, called “Coffee Discovery at Uncommon Grounds,” will feature fresh-brewed coffee and light snacks.

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