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5 Key Elements for Coffee Quality September 12 2016

Originally posted on The First Pull:
By Spencer Turer, Vice President at Coffee Analysts This post originally appeared on LinkedIn Photo: Spencer Turer Specialty coffee is a matter of choice, not a beverage of chance. Great care must be taken to ensure the intrinsic quality of the coffee, from farm to cup, is not destroyed by the…

The Secret Life of Bees August 31 2016

Originally posted on The First Pull:
By Nikki Seibert Kelley for the Bee Cause Project “In the end, we only conserve what we love, we only love what we understand, and we understand only what we are taught.” Under the dabbled light of a subtropical forest, the sweet smell from the coffee blooms entices one…

Victrola Coffee – Honduras Santa Barbara Caracolillo June 11 2016

Victrola Coffee – Honduras Santa Barbara Caracolillo  Located in the town of Peña Blanca and run by agronomist Angel Arturo Paz, Beneficio San Vicente has processed numerous Cup of Excellence winners from the surrounding villages of El Cielito, El Cedral, and Las Flores in recent years.  The coffees from these areas are known for their sweetness, … Continue reading "Victrola Coffee – Honduras Santa Barbara Caracolillo"

Beansmith Coffee – Tigerlily Espresso May 31 2016

Beansmith Coffee – Tigerlily Espresso Our premium espresso blend is named for its amazing striping in its buttery crema. This Northern Italian style espresso is carefully roasted to a “full city” roast, yielding a flavorful shot that’s not over-roasted or burnt tasting. Home baristas and coffee shop pros have been raving about this espresso, and we … Continue reading "Beansmith Coffee – Tigerlily Espresso"

Toby’s Estate Coffee – Brazil Sertao May 27 2016

Toby’s Estate – Brazil Sertao Fazenda Sertao owners, José Isidro Pereira and his wife Nazareth Dias Pereira inherited Sertao in the 1940s. Today, their children Franciso, Luiz, Paulo, Glycia and Sandra manage the 270 hectare farm. Located on a mountainside, Sertao’s uniquely high altitude results in the perfect microclimate for growing delicious and beautifully sweet coffee. LOCATION … Continue reading "Toby’s Estate Coffee – Brazil Sertao"

Passion House Coffee – Chicago House Blend May 24 2016

Passion House Coffee – Chicago House Blend Named after our love for house music and for the great city where we grew up and live. This coffee is funky, fresh, and will make you move.  It is well balanced with a nice body, citrus flavors and rounds out at the end. Tasting Notes: Hi: citrus zest, aromatic … Continue reading "Passion House Coffee – Chicago House Blend"

Devocion Coffee – Colombia Citrus Blend May 17 2016

Devocion Coffee – Colombia Citrus Blend Devoción is the finest and freshest coffee, pure and simple. Our coffee beans are sourced from farms we hand-select from within the vast untamed regions of our nation. Deep in Colombia’s most inaccessible zones, we develop long-term relationships with coffee growers, paying fair-trade prices and above, while establishing social … Continue reading "Devocion Coffee – Colombia Citrus Blend"

Barrington Coffee – Ethiopia Hambela May 13 2016

Barrington Coffee Roasters – Ethiopia Hambela Origin- Ethiopia Region- Oromia Locality- Alaka District Producer- Hambela Coffee Estate Altitude- 6234 – 7218’ Varietal- Heirlooms Process- Washed and Sun dried on raised beds Roast- Light We received a 96 point score for this coffee in March of 2016 from Coffee Review! Alluring aroma of curry leaf, flavors of mandarin orange … Continue reading "Barrington Coffee – Ethiopia Hambela"

Klatch Coffee – WBC World’s Best Espresso May 10 2016

  Klatch Coffee – World’s Best Espresso Best Espresso in the world. World’s Best Espresso was awarded Best Espresso in World at 2007 World Barista Championship in Tokyo, Japan. The competition espresso won the honor over 45 competing countries. World’s Best features three legendary beans, Brazil Yellow Bourbon, Sumatra Lake Tawar, and Ethiopian Natural. Each … Continue reading "Klatch Coffee – WBC World’s Best Espresso"

Kean Coffee – Panama Lerida Estate May 06 2016

Kean Coffee – Panama Lerida Estate From his visits to the Boquete valley in Panama, home to some of the most amazing coffees in the world, Martin has maintained a relationship with the Chiari family for years, and we’re proud to have this wonderful offering. Semi-sweet chocolate and cherry notes complement vanilla and honey aromas, with … Continue reading "Kean Coffee – Panama Lerida Estate"

Metropolis Coffee – Mocha Java Blend May 04 2016

The wildness of the Mocha coffee complements the smoothness of the Java coffee.

Victrola Coffee – Rwanda Gakenke March 25 2016

We are proud to introduce you to the brave women of Hinga Kawa Women’s Coffee. The journey of both the producers and product are fully traceable by a third party traceability verifier.

Coffee Beans: Sustainable or Non-Sustainable Taste Tests March 18 2016

Most of us have seen items in the grocery store labeled “organically produced” or “eco-friendly.” From everything we have read in the media, these food items should be healthier for you than those drenched in food coloring or grown with toxic fertilizers. Folks often buy these items because they feel they are helping the environment, … Continue reading "Coffee Beans: Sustainable or Non-Sustainable Taste Tests"

Victrola Coffee – Honey, Natural, Washed Costa Rican Coffee January 02 2016

There are many things that contribute to the final taste of the coffee in your cup every morning. Among those are: freshness of the coffee (both from harvest and roast date), grind size, brewing options, terrior, etc. Two factors that play a huge role are the coffee processing and coffee roasting. Victrola Coffee has partnered … Continue reading "Victrola Coffee – Honey, Natural, Washed Costa Rican Coffee"

What 8 Words and Symbols on a Bag of Coffee Mean November 21 2015

Originally posted on The First Pull:
Image credit: Michael Allen Smith, Flickr By Drew Moody This post originally appeared on Mental Floss Buying coffee can be tricky. Each bag of beans features lots of information, and it can be difficult to sort through it all to figure out what will end up in your cup. Here’s…

Irving Farm Coffee – Honduras Don Pancho October 16 2015

Jose Francisco Portillo, known as “Don Pancho” in his community, began planting coffee trees over forty years ago on his family’s land in Santa Bárbara overlooking Lake Yojoa (the largest natural lake in Honduras).

Coda Coffee – Tanzania Peaberry October 09 2015

Tanzanian Peaberry has an earthy aroma with a bold and nature-like taste. It has heavy body, but goes down surprisingly smooth.

Klatch Coffee – El Salvador Las Mercedes Pacamara October 02 2015

The King Bean of Central America returns to the gates of Klatch Coffee. The Pacamara variety is a hybrid cross of Maragogype and Pacas varietals.

Rusty’s Hawaiian Coffee – Grand Champion Red Bourbon September 25 2015

The result: a clean, elegant and bright coffee that starts off with flavors of lemon and turbinado sugar, then shifts to blackberry, red wine and chocolate as it cools.

Irving Farm Coffee – Ethiopia Amaro Gayo September 18 2015

Ethiopia Amaro Gayo, a cup full of lush berry flavor, complex acidity and juicy body.

Barrington Coffee – Boston’s Finest August 21 2015

Extraordinary quality coffee. Direct from the world’s finest farms. Grown with environmentally sustainable methods. Purchased far above the pricing floor established for equitable trade. This is Barrington Coffee.

Kickapoo Coffee – El Salvador La Roxanita August 14 2015

Kickapoo Coffee – El Salvador La Roxanita Ignacio Gutierrez Notes of Green Apple, Pecan & Nougat Altitude: 1400 meters Varietals: Pacas Process: Washed Region: San Ignacio About The Growers This is the first El Salvadorian coffee we’ve purchased in the last few seasons. While we love the quality and flavor profiles the country produces, we … Continue reading "Kickapoo Coffee – El Salvador La Roxanita"

Coda Coffee – Costa Rica Santa Elena Estate August 11 2015

Coda Coffee – Costa Rica Santa Elena Estate Notes: sweet. buttery. crisp. Sourced from La Finca Santa Elena in the heart of the Tarrazu region in Costa Rica, this is one of the finest coffees you will ever taste. The beans are “honey processed” at origin during production, giving this coffee a unique delicious flavor. … Continue reading "Coda Coffee – Costa Rica Santa Elena Estate"

Passion House Coffee Roasters in Chicago August 07 2015

Passion House is a small batch roaster in Chicago, IL with the idea that coffee can be playful, while still being sophisticated, complex, and nuanced. To make specialty coffee more accessible and approachable to customers, they separate their coffee offerings into three distinct genres: Ambient, Mainstream and Experimental. Creating a common language that goes beyond tasting notes, origins, … Continue reading "Passion House Coffee Roasters in Chicago"

Puerto Rico’s Signifcance in Coffee History July 21 2015

In an effort to help Puerto Rico regain its status in the coffee world, some small production farmers have concentrated their efforts on specialty and high-quality coffees.

Irving Farm Coffee – Guatemala Santa Isabel Organic April 10 2015

In 2004, Santa Isabel experienced a pandemic of coffee rust disease. Producer Alex Keller experimented with a variety of methods to treat the problem, but finally decided that the only solution was to return to organic cultivation.

Kickapoo Coffee – Project Congo April 06 2015

Project Congo marks our second philanthropic collaboration with our friends at On The Ground. In our Project Congo initiative, we will donate $1 for every pound of this exceptional Congolese coffee to promote and raise awareness of gender equality in the farming regions of the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

Klatch Coffee – Papua New Guinea AAK Bros April 04 2015

Papua New Guinea is responsible for approximately 1% of world coffee production. This is an elegant and multifaceted bean that offers bright and sweet notes of lemon, orange and hazelnuts in aroma and cup.

The Coffee Grinder You Have Been Waiting For April 01 2015

The Handground Precision Coffee Grinder has been a long time in coming. For much too long we have dealt with inconsistent grind, difficult grinder settings, and not easy to use hand grinders. This quality crowd-sourced little marvel has it all.

Toby’s Estate – Prima Filter Blend March 02 2015

The Prima Filter Blend is crafted as our new seasonal blend for spring. The combination of Colombian and Guatemalan coffees creates an inviting, clean and easily enjoyable cup. A peach-like acidity lends an effervescent mouthfeel, with a rounded cantaloupe body and soft vanilla finish.

Ayutepeque – 165 Years of Great Coffee January 31 2015

Recently we were fortunate enough to welcome another great roaster, Topeca Coffee. They have been on Coffee Reviews list of top coffees for the past two years and ranked in the top six of all the coffees last year. Topeca owns their own coffee farm in El Salvador and is personally involved in aspect. Below … Continue reading "Ayutepeque – 165 Years of Great Coffee"

Big Island Coffee Roasters – Hawaiian Puna Coffee Excellence December 30 2014

We are wild coffee lovers. Our farm and roasting company grew from a penchant to explore our senses, develop our skills, and help anyone else do the same. With attention and taste, our mission is to weave the best coffees from Hawaii’s wild and beautiful places with fine craftsmanship and display.

Kickapoo Coffee – Ethiopia Hama Organic Special Prep November 14 2014

When we first visited the Hama Cooperative back in 2011, we were greeted by three adorable Ethiopian children. We'd tasted coffees from Hama previously and found them to present 'classic' Yirgacheffe characteristics: candied lemon, intense florality, and refreshing, citric acidity.

Toby’s Estate – Honduras La Escuela November 12 2014

We are proud to have Toby's Estate as one of our newest roasters. In addition to great coffee, they have the farmer's interest in mind as well. Earlier this year Toby's Estate raised over $4,500 for La Escuela De La Piedrona during their Honduras Education Drive. Below is a large excerpt from the Toby's Estate Blog.

Panther Coffee – Ethiopia Suke Quto September 30 2014

This impeccable Suke Quto microlot grows in the Guji Zone, the Southern part of the Oromia Region that borders the Sidama and Gedeo Zones.

Colombia Huila Jose Nolvis Rodriguez Finca El Mirador September 26 2014

Photo courtesy of  Cafe Imports Victrola Coffee – Colombia Huila Jose Nolvis Rodriguez Finca El Mirador Facts Farm:  Mirador Town:  Alto de los Pinos Region: Pitalito, Huila Elevation: 5250 ft Process: Washed, Sun Dried Varietals: Caturra Producer: Jose Nolvis Rodriguez Tasting Notes Fragrance/Aroma: Cinnamon, Roasted Barley, Molasses Flavor: Cinnamon, Molasses, Chocolate, Lime Leaves Body: Buttery Acidity: … Continue reading "Colombia Huila Jose Nolvis Rodriguez Finca El Mirador"

Ethiopia Chelelektu – Coffea Roasterie June 26 2014

Photo courtesy of Coffea Roasterie. This coffee comes from the Kochere region of Ethiopia, a subsection of the Gedeo zone, located south of Yirgacheffe. The Kochere zone has long been known for its incredible coffee. It is easy to produce amazing coffee when you have some of the best growing conditions in the world. High … Continue reading "Ethiopia Chelelektu – Coffea Roasterie"

Sulawesi PT Toarco – Beansmith Coffee June 17 2014

  Photos courtesy of Beansmith Coffee. Coffee was introduced to Indonesia in 1699 and by 1711 was being exported to Europe. Indonesia, which includes Java of the famed “Mocha Java” blend featuring coffee from Yemen and Java, has an ideal geography for coffee plantations. The low acidity and strong body of Indonesian coffees makes them … Continue reading "Sulawesi PT Toarco – Beansmith Coffee"

Kona/Ka’u Hawaiian Espresso Blend June 12 2014

Photo courtesy of Klatch Coffee. This new espresso is a collaboration between Mike Perry (roastmaster) and Miguel Meza (developer), highlighting the sweet and delicate flavors of this magical bean. With keen attention to quality control, component coffees have been selected from Kona and Ka’u on the Big Island, Maui, Oahu and Molokai. In the 100% … Continue reading "Kona/Ka’u Hawaiian Espresso Blend"

Peru Huabal Fair Trade Organic Coffee May 21 2014

Photos courtesy of Kickapoo Coffee. Organic Peru Huabal – Cenfrocafe Cooperative Flavors of plum and dark cherry with citrusy acidity and a rich, almond sweetness. Notes of Plum, Black Cherry & Citrus Altitude: 1450-1900 Meters Varietals: Typica, Caturra Process: Washed Region: Huabal, Cajamarca This lot from our partners at Cenfrocafe marks a new phase in one … Continue reading "Peru Huabal Fair Trade Organic Coffee"

Emery Coffee Goes Whole Bean May 14 2014

In keeping with our commitment to provide you with the best coffee experience possible, we will no longer be offering grind options on most of our coffees. Why, you might ask? According to the National Coffee Association, “Storage is integral to maintaining your coffee’s freshness and flavor. It is important to keep it away from excessive … Continue reading "Emery Coffee Goes Whole Bean"

Metropolis Coffee, Best Coffee in Chicago, Joins Emery Coffee April 04 2014

As we continue to grow we keep looking for the best and the brightest, the top roasters of today. Metropolis has claimed awards in the past decade unlike few others. What drives them? The Metropolis Philosophy. Read on… We believe the essence of coffee comes from tension; tension between the hardness of the bean and … Continue reading "Metropolis Coffee, Best Coffee in Chicago, Joins Emery Coffee"

El Salvador Las Nubes March 06 2014

Photo courtesy of Passion House Coffee. Passion House Coffee Roasters has joined Emery Coffee! We are pround to offer this fantastic Chicago roaster, winner of several cupping competitions. Buy the El Salvador Las Nubes while there is still time and check out their other coffees too. The story of Las Nubes goes way back to … Continue reading "El Salvador Las Nubes"

Honduras Santa Barbara Beneficio San Vicente Caracolillo February 20 2014

Photo courtesy of Victrola Coffee. In recent years Honduras has made great strides in bringing exceptional coffees to market.  In the past, transportation and processing issues have created challenges for a country that has all the right ingredients to produce great coffee.  At the center of this shift is Beneficio San Vicente, a coffee mill … Continue reading "Honduras Santa Barbara Beneficio San Vicente Caracolillo"

Merry Christmas December 25 2013

Merry Christmas from Emery Coffee! “For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.” Luke 2:11  

FTO Ethiopian Gedeo Worka November 07 2013

Photo courtesy of Klatch Coffee. One of our most popular coffee returns to Klatch! Our new crop offers an abundance of fine flavors from the birthplace of coffee. This is the bowl of berries we come to expect from a clean Ethiopian Natural. It’s composed of blueberries, blackberries, raspberries along with its additional notes of … Continue reading "FTO Ethiopian Gedeo Worka"

Tanzania Peaberry October 31 2013

Photo courtesy of Beansmith Coffee. Peaberry is one of those coffee words that everyone knows, but a surprising number of people don’t understand. It’s pretty simple really. Coffee beans usually come in pairs inside their cherry, but sometimes there’s only one bean and it soaks up all the lovely flavor from the cherry for itself … Continue reading "Tanzania Peaberry"

Kenya Tatu Peaberry October 29 2013

Photo courtesy of Coffea Roasterie. Tasting Notes In the cup you’ll find a bright kiwi acidity, velvet body, and a crisp finish. About this coffee This coffee comes from the Tatu Estate 25km north of Nairobi. It’s grown in the red soil at the base Aberdare Mountains. Region: Tatu, Ruiru, Kenya Varietal: SL-78, Ruiru11 Process: … Continue reading "Kenya Tatu Peaberry"