I had the loveliest time last night, chatting with two old friends. The three of us have known each other over twenty years, since our high school days. There is nothing quite like the comfort of talking to other mothers who know your mother, know your family, know your story and your history. You don’t spend time explaining: you get to move immediately to the heart level and talk about how you are really doing. It is so refreshing for all three of us to get to connect as friends, mothers, wives and women. What a privilege to get together with these two women.
We have discovered that at this time in our lives, the easiest time to get together is after the kids are in bed, in the evening. And even then we can only make our schedules coincide every third month or so. For years we met over coffee, and perhaps someday we will again. In the meantime I will drink to Lindsey and Betsy this week as I enjoy my morning cup of coffee.
You too can drink to friends old and new this week with some great locally roasted coffee. How is that for a segue? We’ve got a fun coffee option for you today. Last week I wrote about how our Organic Timor is a wet-processed bean. Well this week Trace, our roaster, decided to let you taste the difference that processing can make to a coffee. We have two Balinese coffees brewed this week (#2 and #3 in the pump pots), and the biggest difference between them is that one is a natural, or dry-processed coffee, while the other is a washed bean.
With a wet-processed bean, as we discussed last week, the fruit is removed by washing before the bean is dried. In dry-processing, the red cherry is left intact while drying. This causes a natural fermentation to occur, and a natural coffee tends to have much fruitier flavors when it is brewed. These two Organic Balinese coffees prove this to be true, with the washed one (#3) tasting bold and full-bodied, like a classic Indonesian coffee. The natural (#2) has notes of fruit, wine and berries.
We are doing something different this week with our free cup, so that you can sample both of these coffees. When you use the code red cherry*, we will give you two four ounce cups, so that you can try these side by side. If you come in tomorrow, you will also be able to participate in the downtown Holiday Open House event. Over thirty participating merchants, including yours truly, will be kicking off the holiday season with promotions, sales, and fun activities. We will be giving away the gift basket pictured above (full of gourmet goodies!) to one lucky winner. You can enter your name tomorrow, and we’ll choose the winner on Monday. Good luck!
*Code good for two four ounce cups of Organic Balinese: one washed and one natural. Code expires on 11.14.13. Limit one time per week per customer please. Valid only at Carolines Coffee Roasters, 128 S. Auburn Street, Grass Valley, CA. Code/Offer has no cash value.