Last week we had a t-shirt giveaway going on here. I realized later that I forgot to put down a date for drawing a name, so with no notice, today is the day. The random number generator chose comment #8, so Sean Dunbar, you are our winner! Come on in and pick up your free t-shirt! I do appreciate all of the nice comments that were left on our blog–thank you for taking the time to enter. If you didn’t win, we’ll do another giveaway soon, so stay tuned for your chance.
Earlier this week we had a coffee experience in progression. Trace took each of us through the stages of our Ethiopian processing. We started with smelling the green beans in the burlap sack. Now green beans generally do not have a lot of aroma: they are at a stable point where they can safely be shipped and stored. This Ethiopian, however, is pungent even green, and the scent was remarkably like blueberries. Coffee is a berry, but I can attest to the fact that most green coffees do not remind you of their origin as the seed of a fruit!
The final stage was a French press of Ethiopian, freshly brewed and waiting for us to sample. You can try the Ethiopian this week for yourself by mentioning the code in burgundy above (hint, it’s summer blueberry), and tell us what you think. We discovered that it was a beautiful cup of African coffee with far more (you guessed it) berry tones than the citrus flavors you might expect. It is more similar to our Yemen Mocha than the Rwandan that we featured a week ago, which makes sense geographically (it’s closer to Yemen than Rwanda).
Post Script: If you’re the sort of person who pays attention to change, we have shifted our days for changing the coffee each week. In order to align with our weekly newsletter, our coffee of the week now changes on Friday instead of Wednesday. This means that your code for a free twelve ounce cup is valid through Thursday of next week, and that the e-mail will come out the same day as the coffee appears. Hopefully this is less confusing for everyone!