August 2012 Tasting Box

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Beansmith Coffee

La Vista, Nebraska

It’s not every day that you drink a cup of coffee roasted specially for you by a Grammy Award winner. Jason Burkum, of Beansmith in La Vista, Nebraska left the music business just a few years ago to become a coffee-roasting apprentice, and roasting has been his passion ever since. For these Ethiopian beans, Jason likes to amp up the pressure at the start of the roast to get some of the moisture out, and then soften the heat towards the end, to gently draw out the beans’ natural sweetness. The outcome is full of authentic Yirgacheffe character – an aromatic cup with smooth lemon curd acidity leading into delicate jasmine and blueberry notes.

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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
    Various smallholders
  • Origin
    Yirgacheffe, Ethiopia
  • Varieties
    Heirloom (Ethiopian)
  • Elevation
    1,800-2,100 meters above sea level
  • Process
    Fully Washed
  • Our Notes
    An aromatic cup with smooth lemon curd acidity leading into delicate jasmine and blueberry notes.

Equator Coffee & Teas

San Rafael, California

Equator Coffee & Teas in San Rafael, California is a stand-out roaster, not only because of its excellent quality, but also in its dedication to protecting the environment. The company is one of the first American roasters to use a planet-friendly roasting machine that reduces carbon emissions by 80%. Although Equator has been known to do plenty of their own farming, these beans were grown by Pedro Ruiz in Boyaca, Colombia. Dark chocolate with layers of caramel and candied cherry make this a classic Colombian. Subtle notes of oak, cocoa, and nougat add nuance and complexity to complete this exquisite coffee.

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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
    Pedro Antonio Ruiz-Mendoza, San Isidro
  • Origin
    Guaquira, Somondoco, Boyaca, Colombia
  • Varieties
    Typica, Caturra
  • Elevation
    1,600 meters above sea level
  • Process
    Washed
  • Our Notes
    Dark chocolate, with layers of caramel and candied cherry make this a classic Colombian. Subtle notes of oak, cocoa, and nougat add nuance and complexity to complete this exquisite coffee.

Kickapoo Coffee

Viroqua, Wisconsin

In an old train depot along Wisconsin’s Kickapoo River, an enormous 1930’s roasting machine whirs. The only known surviving machine of its size and type, the German machine turns out 30 kilos of elegantly roasted coffee at a time. This is how a small company like Kickapoo Coffee creates beans with a huge reputation. In this month’s box, the award-winning roaster gives us a rich and exotic take on a coffee farmed by the Tairora Smallholders in Papua New Guinea. This lush brew bursts with tropical flavors: sweet mango acidity, a creamy coconut milk body, with tarragon and cardamom notes carrying through into the finish.

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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
    Tairora Smallholders
  • Origin
    Western Highlands, Papua New Guinea
  • Varieties
    Typica, Bourbon, Caturra, Arusha
  • Elevation
    1,400 - 2,000 meters above sea level
  • Process
    Dry Fermented, Washed
  • Our Notes
    A lush coffee bursting with tropical flavors: sweet mango acidity, a creamy coconut milk body, with tarragon and cardamom notes carrying through into the finish.