September 2012 Tasting Box

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Caffe Ladro

Seattle, Washington

If late-summer heat has you thirsting for a sweet and crisp glass of iced coffee, these beans from Seattle’s Caffe Ladro are just the thing for you. When served on ice, this mysterious Java Nica variety has the bright, refreshing acidity and tea-like qualities of an Arnold Palmer. Although this plant was found and cultivated by the Mierisch Family in Jinotega, Nicaragua, its flavors are reminiscent of a clean, washed Yirgacheffe, Ethiopian coffee. Delicate and smooth orange blossom aromas lead into a soft white peach acidity and sweetness. Smooth drying and clean, its sweet finish leaves your palate well prepared for another sip.

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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 San José, Farmed by The Mierisch Family
  • Origin
    Jinotega, Nicaragua
  • Varieties
    Java Nica
  • Elevation
    1250-1375 meters above sea level
  • Process
    Washed
  • Our Notes
    Delicate and smooth orange blossom aromas lead into a soft white peach acidity and sweetness. Smooth drying and clean, its sweet finish leaves your palate well prepared for another sip.

Passion House Coffee Roasters

Chicago, Illinois

For Chicago’s Joshua Millman, starting a business was a lot like starting a family. In fact, Joshua received his first coffee order on the same day in 2011 that his daughter was born. It is fitting then that these beans were farmed by the mother-son duo at Finca La Bolsa, a three-generation family coffee business in Huehuetenago, Guatemala. Passion House Coffee Roasters transforms this bourbon variety into a well-rounded and sweet coffee. As it cools, the candied-orange acidity opens up, popping out of a surprisingly herbaceous background of parsley and pu-erh tea, with deep fruity cacao notes anchoring the base.

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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 Bolsa
  • Origin
    Huehuetenango, Guatemala
  • Varieties
    Bourbon
  • Elevation
    1500 meters above sea level
  • Process
    Washed
  • Our Notes
    As this well-rounded coffee cools, the candied-orange acidity opens up, popping out of a herbaceous background of parsley and pu-erh tea, with deep fruity cacao notes anchoring the base.

OQ Coffee Co.

New Brunswick, New Jersey

Highland Park is lucky to have OQ Coffee in town for more reasons than just the great coffee. The New Jersey roasting company, which recently relocated to Highland Park from New Brunswick, is devoted to nurturing the community around it. In addition to providing a lively cafe to bring people together, OQ aims to educate its patrons and neighbors about roasting coffee and selling locally. The company even offers grants to support social justice projects in the community. This Ethiopian brew, which comes from Gelana Abaya, is juicy, bright, and articulate, with a complex acidity and clear notes of blueberry, lemon, and jasmine.

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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
    Gelana Abaya, Ethiopia
  • Varieties
    Heirloom (Ethiopian)
  • Elevation
    1800 meters above sea level
  • Process
    Natural processed
  • Our Notes
    This is a truly special natural. It’s juicy, bright, and articulate with a pretty complex acidity and clear notes of blueberry, lemon, and jasmine. This sweet coffee would make a great finish to a meal or delectable treat.