Archive : 2015-01
last week was spent on the phone, talking to dozens of importers and farmers about their very best coffees and ordering samples of these coffees. all this week, boxes have been arriving and we’ve been roasting and labeling small bags of beans as anticipation builds. “here’s a coffee grown on a secret island in a lake in rwanda” “this box has three coffees from the island of java!”
today we gathered mid-afternoon with seltzer water, crackers, and 40 of the very best coffees on the market. even the bad coffees garnered serious discussions.
“this coffee tastes woodsy”
“more specifically, i think it tastes like a pencil”
“yes!! and not a cheap pencil — one of those fancier pencils with cedar in them”
“this coffee tastes like grass”
“not farm grass — more like lawn grass”
“maybe grass mixed with weeds”
“i would say something like a clover leaf”
“yes! a clover leaf!”
(both coffees were unanimously rejected after their thorough evaluations).
we found 5 exceptional coffee beans — mostly indonesians — but also some africans and central americans. tomorrow will be spent on the phone, and next week: we will have some fun new beans to offer to you.
Matt – his customer service background in coffee shops and grocery stores has built an attitude of exceeding expectations of every customer — a passion for perfection in every package that leaves this shop. when a customer opens up an order it should feel as if they are opening a christmas gift. favorite brew method: french press desert island coffee: sumatra (but there is no denying his weakness for fruity natural ethiopians and the elusive yemen mokka)
Stacy – teaches anthropology at the local university and has lived in peru, so she knows the life and culture of where coffee is grown. she works in every department as needed, and she is also our in-house tea expert and keeps the shop organized. most savored coffee: india favorite teas: earl greys and pu-erhs
Miles – has a doctorate in chiropractic care and a background working with motors and mechanics. his appreciation for top-shelf bourbon translates into a talent for blending and evaluating quality espresso, and he is our in-house forklift operator and equipment specialist. most satisfying coffee: sulawesi island most consumed tea: lemon-mint-ginger
Jason – has a master’s degree in library science and also works on a farm. he is the newest addition to the team and brings a background of home-roasting. he hopes to use design and photography talents to help our branding. his creative experimentation contributes fresh ideas and opinions to tasting, selecting, roasting, and blending. favorite hot drink: oolong chai latte
Darlene – (or “matt’s mom”) has a nursing license and handles our paperwork and accounting and some deliveries. homemade biscotti and cookies show up when she’s been around. she is our kenya coffee taste expert, but also handles quality-control of the decaf coffees. favorite espresso drink: vanilla soy latte favorite tea: chocolate mint
we have many friends who contribute to tasting notes, special events, technology, and deliveries. we listen to everyone who has ideas, criticisms, and complements about what we do, so don’t hesitate to get in touch with us if you have something you’d like to talk to us about. between all of us, we can get you the right answer.