Happy Valentine’s Day to all of you. It may be a holiday created by marketing geniuses, but I find that I enjoy the day, especially making cards with my kids. It’s a lot of work, but their homemade Valentine’s are so dang cute that I smile every time I look at them. Both kids brought me a gift this morning that I knew nothing about: Jack sewed me a felt heart scarf and Caroline gave me a mason jar filled with shells and a votive candle. Their creativity astounds me.
In the past I’ve often felt the February doldrums: winter has hung around for too many days in a row. Valentine’s Day can be a nice touch of color in an otherwise grey month. This year, however, with all the sunshine that has filled our season, I’m grateful for any cloudy day that might mean a chance of rain. If you have reason to lament the length of winter, or if you need something to brighten your day, we have a February giveaway. Check our blog, here, to leave a comment for a chance to win a gift basket.
This week we are flying across the Atlantic to Africa, then crossing the continent until we reach Kenya. These beans roasted so beautifully that we couldn’t wait to try them yesterday. This is a light roast top grade Kenya with a floral aroma and light citrus tones in the finish. It has a depth like last week’s Guatemalan, but a completely different flavor profile. Instead of chocolate at the end, you get a brightness. It would be delicious paired with a lemon shortbread, or even to cut the richness of a cheesecake.
Last Friday night we had a private coffee cupping (thus the picture above). We sampled three different coffees, and the overwhelming favorite was the Fair Trade Organic Guatemalan that we featured last week. This Kenyan was not part of the mix, but it would have been a nice contrast to the Guatemalan, and probably a favorite of some. Happy Valentine’s day to all of you. I hope that no matter your circumstances you are able to appreciate someone or something that you love today. I will be spending the evening with my family–what could be better than that? Come on in and try this Kenyan on us using the code nice contrast* this week. Enjoy!
*Code good for one free 12 ounce cup of Kenya AA. Code expires on 2.20.14. Limit one free cup per customer please. Valid only at Carolines Coffee Roasters, 128 S. Auburn Street, Grass Valley, CA. Code/Offer has no cash value.