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Homemade kettle corn
From the kitchen of Sam Brest 
 
4 ounces of popcorn 
Canola oil 
½ ounce of sugar 
Sea salt 
 
Measure the popcorn into a Whirley Pop or similar popper (not a hot air popper). 
Preheat enough canola oil to cover the bottom of the popper. 
Add the sugar in with the popcorn and pop until it’s done. 
Sprinkle with sea salt. 




with Sam Brest
In The Kitchen

12/15/16
By Angie Sykeny asykeny@hippopress.com



Before he became a coffee roastmaster, Sam Brest owned a sub shop in Nashua. One day while visiting a coffee shop in Portland, Maine, he noticed a roaster in the back room where the shop roasted its own coffee. “I had never heard of such a thing. I found it very interesting, so that’s when I started researching it,” he said. He attended a coffee roasting course in Idaho and bought a small roaster to use at his sub shop. In 2003 he opened King David Coffee Roasters (48 Bridge St., 2nd floor, Nashua, 577-8899, kingdavidcoffee.com), and he sold the sub shop a few years later. Brest hand-roasts small batches of specialty coffees with beans from all over the world as well as a line of maple and other flavored coffees called Cohas Coffee Co. His products can be ordered and shipped or picked up at the roastery at a scheduled time. 

 
What is your must-have coffee roasting tool or piece of equipment?
Well, it would have to be the roaster. There’s also the grinder and the heat sealer for the bags and the label printer to print my labels, and those are all must-have pieces of equipment, but I’d have to say the roaster first.  
 
What is the most unique coffee you’ve ever roasted? 
I don’t have it anymore, but Jamaican Blue Mountain … is extremely high-quality and has a unique taste to it with berry notes. The flavor profile from that part of the world, the Caribbean, is very different from the Americas or Africa. 
 
How do you like to drink your coffee?
I prefer the lighter roasts. … There is more flavor in a light roast than in a dark roast. It’s not as strong of a coffee flavor, but there are more citrus notes and other flavors that you can detect. And, of course, I drink it black. 
 
What is your favorite coffee that you roast? 
The Peru. It’s got a nice tang to it with citrus and floral flavors. It has a freshness that’s very light on the palate.
 
What celebrity would you like to get a coffee with? 
Mel Brooks. I love his movies. 
 
What is your favorite local eatery?
Probably YouYou, a Japanese restaurant in Nashua. The chicken pad thai is probably my favorite. 
 
What would you choose for your last meal?
I was at the Native American museum in Washington, D.C., and in the basement they have a restaurant where I had the best burger of my life. It was some combination of buffalo or bison and duck, and I’ve never had anything like it since. … So I’d say maybe some kind of amazing hamburger like that. 
— Angie Sykeny 





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