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Product Guide: Small, Fun Things

December 12, 2014

We pride ourselves on our coffee offerings and coffee supplies but also like to offer items that we think are fun (and sometimes don't have anything to do with coffee). Looking for stocking stuffers or just something fun to include in your order? Here you go.

T-Shirts & Beanies...

Product Guide: Travel Mugs and Travel Bottles

If you have a busy lifestyle or travel a lot, you understand the importance of a well-built travel mug. Spilled coffee is the last thing you want to worry about when on the go. There's a lot of cheap-o coffee vessels out there with leaky lids, thin walls and plastic interiors that aren't suitable for hot beverages. All the travel mugs we carry, are durable, easy to clean and have a variety of capacities. They may be a little more expensive in comparison to what you will find in the kitchen section at your local department store but we promise that they will last for a long time and keep your coffee hot for a long time.

We also stay away from offering mugs with complicated springs, levers and tight crevices. Mechanized flip tops and fancy lids are cool but after a few months, tend to develop goop and residue that is very hard to clean, even in a dishwasher.


Nissan Leak-Proof Travel Mug

It's made to take a beating, keeps your coffee hot and comfortable to drink from. The extended handle and carabiner may seem cumbersome but after using it for the first time, you will find that they don't get in the way at all and are actually quite nice....

Product Guide: Our Roasted Coffee Explained

December 1, 2014

As you know, we sell green, unroasted coffee, but we also roast a few dozen kilos every 2 weeks.  Since most of our focus goes towards green coffee, our roasted selection is usually pretty slim...usually two single-origin coffees and two espresso blends....

A New Guatemala

November 29, 2014

Guatemala Patzun - Finca Santa Anita Lot 2 is a less fruit-forward cup, with nice balance of caramel candy sweetness and high % cacao flavors. An ultra-clean profile, slight floral tea notes linger, and a structuring acidity ties it all together.

Roasted Coffee: Ethiopia Kaffa - Michiti Cooperative & Timor Eraulu Lauana Villages

November 26, 2014

Have you ever tried blending your two subscription roasts together to make a blend? Try blending different precentages to see how the two roasts work together. Sometimes they work well together and other times the flavor characteristics can cancel each other out. In this case, the Timor and Ethiopia coffees are worth a shot to blend. I would start with a lower percentage of Timor to Ethiopia. Maybe even a 10% Timor to 90% Ethiopia. This is an interesting experiment with creating a Mokha Java blend of your own! If you're not a Bi-Weekely Roasted Coffee Pairing subscriber, you can order these coffees below, while we have them in stock. 

Ethiopia Kaffa - Michiti Cooperative City+

There is lots of lemon in this cup. From fresh juicy lemonaide to creamy lemon curd, without being too bright. Cinnamon, brown sugar and vanilla also form as a balance in this Ethiopia. The body is juicy and leaves a refreshing sensation on the palate. The finish has a toasted cocoa bittersweetness. 

Timor Eraulu Launa Villages Full City

This Timor roast has a lot of sweet chocolate while it's hot in the cup. As it cools down a bit, the ripe fruits come out alongside the chocolate. Banana, green apple, and tropical fruits. The acidity reveals how clean this coffee is. It's actually quite surprising how well the crisp acidity has held on with this coffee at a Full City roast! 

Also roasted...

Sweet Maria's Liquid Amber Espresso Blend