August 2011 Tasting Box

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Olympia Coffee Roasting Co.

Olympia, Washington

Honey in your coffee? Not quite. The name refers to a rare process that the farmers of La Mirella use to wash this unique lot, providing a sweeter, richer cup. And that’s just one of the reasons why this Costa Rica import is so special: Each of the organic Bourbon and Caturra beans are measured for proper sugar levels before being selected. The beans are roasted by Olympia Roasting Company, who works directly with the farm to source this exceptional micro-lot. With floral notes of orange zest and melon rounded by a rich, velvet finish, this “honey” will make your mornings a little sweeter.

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We feature truly small-batch, seasonal coffees. So there might not be any left. But that's a good thing! Only big corporate factories have the same stuff all year round.

  • Producer
    Finca La Mirella, farmed by Oscar Chacon and Francisca Cubillo Salas
  • Origin
    Valle Central, Costa Rica
  • Varieties
    Caturra, Bourbon
  • Elevation
    1,500 meters above sea level
  • Process
    Honey-processed
  • Our Notes
    Floral, orange-zest top notes lead into flavors of cantaloupe and semi-dark chocolate over a heavy, soft body.

PT's Coffee Roasting Co.

Topeka, Kansas

It hasn’t been easy for the farmers of the Kanyovu Coop. For years, they struggled without proper resources, unable to find decent prices for their beans. But since 2007, a partnership with coffee importer Sustainable Harvest has offered education and upgraded technology to the farmers, resulting in better beans and proper wages. This batch, a Bourbon variety grown at 1,500 meters in Tanzania’s Gombe region and roasted by PT’s Coffee Roasting Co. in Topeka, offers notes of tropical fruit, which subside to reveal an earthy tobacco-like sweetness. It’s a feel-good brew that tastes great too.

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We feature truly small-batch, seasonal coffees. So there might not be any left. But that's a good thing! Only big corporate factories have the same stuff all year round.

  • Producer
    Kanyovu Coop
  • Origin
    Gombe Region, Tanzania
  • Varieties
    Bourbon, Kent
  • Elevation
    1,500 meters above sea level
  • Process
    Wet processed
  • Our Notes
    Juicy and complex with pineapple and raisin flavors layered over an earthy, tobacco-like sweetness.

Plowshares Coffee Roasters

Hillburn, New York

When it comes to coffee, having one’s head in the clouds can be a good thing, as evidenced by this beguiling brew from Finca Un Regalo de Díos in Nicaragua. The beans grow at the highest elevation point (1,500 meters) on the farm’s property, right at the beginning of a natural cloud forest. This hyper-specific climate and a stellar roasting job by New York’s Plowshares Coffee Roasters offers a cup of crisp fruit flavors: The coffee’s notes of green apple and lemon are snappy and fresh—which is exactly how we like to start our day.

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We feature truly small-batch, seasonal coffees. So there might not be any left. But that's a good thing! Only big corporate factories have the same stuff all year round.

  • Producer
    Finca Un Regalo de Díos, Plantio el Aserradero
  • Origin
    Dipilito, Nicaragua
  • Varieties
    Caturra, Red Catuai
  • Elevation
    1,500 meters above sea level
  • Process
    Fully washed
  • Our Notes
    Green apple and lemon zest flavors compliment a round caramel sweetness and clean tea-like mouthfeel.