The Holiday Season

The Holiday Season

Posted by on Nov 28, 2014 in Blog

At the roastery, we try not to take life too seriously….if you haven’t noticed.  But the holiday is coming at us like a freight train and we thought the perfect gift would be coffee that YOU select to make it personal.  To enable that, we have bought gift boxes (pre-wrapped to save you time) that you can fill with fresh roasted coffee and accessories like a pour over ceramic cone and mugs.  The concept is that our local residents can hand craft the gift the same way we have hand crafted the coffee.  With 15 single origin prime beans and then 8 blends, you can engage in selecting the appropriate gift for any body on your list.  By the way, our email and phones work so we can ship anywhere in the lower 48 for a very reasonable price. We also have baskets and corporate pre-selected packages to really provide a gift someone will enjoy and be unique. The 2014 Holiday Blend and 2014 Santa’s Flavored Favorite are also on the menu until they are gone or Christmas…which ever comes first.  The Holiday Blend was hand crafted from a Burundi Coffee Bean from Thrive Farmers where 75% of the cost we pay goes to the farmer.  But that is only part of the equation of giving back this holiday season.  We choose this bean for its spicy taste with amazing brightness.  Black Powder then blended it with prime beans from Indonesia and another African bean to create a wonder cup.  Our job is to take these wonderful ingredients from the farmer, roast them to the peak of flavor, then blend them to fill in any flavor gaps.  This cup provides brightness and spice in the beginning, chocolate middle, then a 5 sec smooth linger without aftertaste (nothing from Black Powder is bitter).  Perfect for desert or even a morning awakening. And during the holiday, take time to enjoy a cup of coffee with a friend.  Coffee can be a social highlight to really get to know you neighbor, co-worker, or friends. So think about the gift of hand crafted artisan coffee for Christmas.  It’s an easy gift to give, it will be used, and enjoyed. Responsibly Harvested.  Divinely...

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All About Ethiopian Yirgacheffe

All About Ethiopian Yirgacheffe

Posted by on Nov 7, 2014 in Blog

You know when you’re drinking Yirgacheffe—it’s not like other coffees. To those who never venture beyond Central American roasts, the taste may seem as exotic as it’s origins. We imagine some wise, old sage sitting upon a cliff proclaiming: “Entry to coffee geekdom starts with a cup of Yirgacheffe.” There’s a reason why Ethiopian Yirgacheffe consistently ranks among the best coffee in the world, and certainly the among the best in Ethiopia itself. Origin of Ethiopian Yirgacheffe Coffee Yirgacheffe (also spelled Yirgachefe, Yergacheffe, or Yerga Chefe) is a micro-region within the much larger region of Sidama (or Sidomo) in southern Ethiopia. It is widely considered the birthplace of coffee. Ethiopian Yirgacheffe has a light to medium body (although they can be full body as well). As is typical with other coffees from this region, it has a distinctively fruity flavor profile and a bright, floral aroma thanks to wet-processed beans cultivated at a high elevation (between 5,800 to 6,600 ft). FACTOID: Ethiopia is the motherland of all Arabica coffee. When coffee was taken to other countries, people had to find ways to adapt it to the local climate. That’s Arabica coffee grows best in places that have climates similar to that of Ethiopia: mountainous, tropical, with moderate wet and dry seasons. Ethiopian Coffee Buying Manual, USAID, 2011. What to Look For in a High Quality Ethiopian Yirgacheffe It’s difficult to generalize the flavor of Ethiopian coffees. Each region has its own unique flavors, which can vary from farm to farm, season to season. Plus, the method of processing (wet vs. dry) and roast level can significantly alter certain highlights even from the same bean. But the high elevation of Ethiopia produces a hard bean, resulting in intense flavors and aromatics. Top grade Yirgacheffes have a very clean taste and exhibit bright acidity along with complex floral and citrusy notes (generally the washed or wet-processed beans). Dry-processed beans may exhibit slightly nutty or chocolaty qualities, but it tends to be overshadowed by the Yirgacheffe’s robust fruitiness depending on the roast level, and won’t taste as clean as the washed varietals. Why Wet-Processed Beans Matter Most people enjoy a quality Yirgacheffe for its floral, fruity, and tea-like finish. These qualities are attributable to wet-processing. So what is wet processing? As soon as the beans are harvested, and still moist, the coffee cherry is washed off to remove the skin and pulp of the fruit. Then, the beans are soaked in water fermentation tanks for 24-72 hours, then dried. Wet processing results in higher acidity than dry processed methods, which gives Yirgacheffe that “clean” taste. There’s nothing wrong with naturally (dry) processed Yirgacheffe. It’s a matter of taste. We prefer the washed Yirgacheffe because it has more clarity. Unwashed Yirgacheffe tends to have less acidity and a fuller body that doesn’t taste as “clean” as washed Yirgacheffe. Brewing Ethiopian Yirgacheffe Whatever the brew...

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2014 Holiday Blend

2014 Holiday Blend

Posted by on Nov 2, 2014 in Blog

Special Blend Released. When our family thinks of the holiday meals, we enjoy socializing as a critical part of the meal.  Having a wonderful coffee blend to enjoy with your family or friends provides a great experience.  Many people who visit the roastery understand the value of relaxing and enjoying a conversation with people…..and a great coffee makes it happen. A wonderful single origin Burundi prime bean is combined with smaller amounts of Sumatra and Tanzania Peaberry to provide a balanced cup.  A smooth taste of clover honey married with a little chocolate and a smooth, slightly creamy finish.  The Burundi beans were sourced by Thrive Farmers where 75% of the purchase price of the green coffee goes directly to the farmer. When enjoying your holiday season, pick up a bag or two to enjoy with friends.  Responsibly Harvested…..Divinely Roasted. Buy it...

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