Saturday, July 2, 2016

Iced Coffee and Independence Day!

We roasted the balance of our remaining Sumatra Mandheling today. Of the Indonesian arabicas, Sumatra offerings remain a usual favorite. The green beans would run dead last in a green coffee bean beauty contest. 


The coffee bean itself has a curved, crescentesque shape, and it sheds chaff like soggy-footed marathoners shed skin. This duckling bean transforms into a swan in the roaster (I find the duckling/swan analogy easily transposed, if you prefer your ducks to your swans).

We are roasting our supplies of all the coffee we have because we will be selling fair trade exclusively. Fair trade coffee farmers are guaranteed a fair price for their hard work. If you've never seen arabica coffee harvested take a minute or two to watch this:coffee harvest

The cost for our coffee will increase and we may lose customers. We are risking the lower profits because it is, simply, the right thing for us to do. After owning and operating a coffee roastery for ten years, we are at peace continuing to follow and expand an ethically based business, and there remains much to do.



Along similar lines,in the national news in the last few months, you may recall the assertive threats and promises of some globally reaching American corporations regarding their support for many of the political footballs bounced off seemingly comatose conservative noggins. We have iced our contusions, wiped the cobwebs off our cleats, and fortified our shoulder pads by attaching our support for pro-life causes to our business in hopes of scoring a touchdown for our team. We don't have a multi-state, multi-national company whose absence will cause a city council-member, or certainly a state governor to pay the devil his due, but I am convinced that other small-businesses around the nation are taking similar stands...the more the merrier.

On the lighter side...Happy Independence Day! Hot days are perfect to ramp up your coffee drinking. Buy a pour-over brewer if you don't have one hereHeat 16 ounces of water to 200 degrees Fahrenheit. Fill a pitcher (that you can rest the pour-over brewer over) with 16 ounces of ice. Grind two ounces of Coffeebabees to drip brewer sized grounds. Pour the hot water slowly while gently stirring the grounds. The hot brew will mix with the ice below to lock in a brightly flavored iced coffee. Pour over a glass filled with ice. Add heavy cream and sugar if you like. I prefer it as is. It's a perfect complement to backyard barbecue fare.

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