June 2011 Tasting Box

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Great Northern Roasting Company

Traverse City, Michigan

Only around 5 percent of the world’s coffee beans are peaberries—an oval-shaped bean that isn’t squished flat by another seed in the coffee fruit. So the beans of this all-peaberry coffee, a Bourbon variety grown at an elevation of 1200 meters in El Cuarenteño, Nayarit, Mexico, are super carefully selected and dry processed before being roasted by Great Northern Roasting Company from Traverse City, Michigan. A slightly wild coffee is the result—the mild body delivers stone-fruit sweetness enrobed in spicy aromas of cinnamon and cocoa, with subtle hints of bergamot and rum. Um, yum.

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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
    Smallholder farmers
  • Origin
    El Cuarenteño, Nayarit, Mexico
  • Varieties
    Typica, Bourbon
  • Elevation
    1,200 meters above sea level
  • Process
    Dry
  • Our Notes
    The stone-fruit sweetness of this peaberry coffee is enveloped in the spicy aromas of cinnamon and cocoa with hints of bergamot and rum. Earthy notes follow in the lingering finish.

Irving Farm Coffee

New York, New York

Volcanoes, by definition, are epic. And they’re part of why this Red Bourbon varietal coffee from Jose Antonio Salaverría of Las Cruces in El Salvador is excellent - It’s grown at 1450-1750 meters in hills that are loaded with billionaire-rich volcanic soil from the nearby Santa Ana volcano. Then it’s sorted three times after being washed in one of El Salvador’s most modern processing facilities. Roasted by New York’s Irving Farm, the result is zesty, sweet and spicy, followed by notes of chocolate, stone-fruit and citrus—all in one cup.

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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
    Jose Antonio Salaverría of Las Cruces
  • Origin
    Las Cruces, El Salvador
  • Varieties
    Red Bourbon
  • Elevation
    1,450-1,750 meters above sea level
  • Process
    Washed
  • Our Notes
    Spicy aromatics are followed by notes of chocolate, stone-fruit, and citrus in this sweet and zesty cup.

Temple Coffee

Sacramento, California

Ten years ago, what remained of the coffee industry in Rwanda produced crappy stuff, which was also difficult to export to the U.S. But over the last few years, small farmers and coops like the Musasa Cooperative (80 percent of whom are women!) have rejuvenated Rwandan coffee with high quality goods, like this crazy delicious washed Bourbon variety grown at 1160 meters in Rushashi and roasted by Sacramento’s Temple Coffee: It’s super clean, dropping notes of currant and cherry in a body so smooth it’s creamy. It finishes sweet, then lounges around in your mouth like it’s summer.

Buy This Coffee

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
    Musasa Cooperative
  • Origin
    Rushashi, Rwanda
  • Varieties
    Red Bourbon
  • Elevation
    1,160 meters above sea level
  • Process
    Washed
  • Our Notes
    A very clean cup, dominated by notes of currant and cherry. The creamy body is followed with a sweet, lingering finish.