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Weekly Newsletter: 12th May, 2017

Organic Rainforest Alliance Flores

What happens to the month of May? Is it a whirlwind for you too? Is it only crazy for those of us with school age kids who are doing all the projects this month, or does it seem wild to the rest of you? Or maybe the culprit is the little league baseball season, which can be nonstop–especially with makeup games to play after all the rain of this spring. Whatever the reason, my May seems to be blowing by as fast as the roses and dogwoods are blooming.

Having fun at the Rivercats game last weekend

Luckily, the events that are keeping us busy are all good. Last weekend we had family visiting, a unique school fundraiser, ballet, baseball, and then on Sunday we went with Little League to a Rivercats game. Of all those things, I think that my favorite moment was watching a Black Phoebe catch bugs in the yard while I was watering the tomatoes. I might have to search for quiet moments, but I sure appreciate them when they occur.

This week we have an island grown bean for you. In the coffee world, the island of Java is probably the most well-known, since coffee has been nicknamed “java” for a long time. Around here we talk a lot about our Sumatra and Sulawesi coffees. And two weeks ago we featured a coffee from the island of Bali. This week we have a coffee from a much more obscure Indonesian island: Flores.

Flores is located to the east of Java and Sumatra, and is one of the Lesser Sunda islands, in the East Nusa Tenggara province of Indonesia. It is south of Sulawesi, and the island of Komodo, famous for its Komodo dragons, is just to the west. In fact, Flores is the only other place in the world where Komodo dragons are found wild. The topography of Flores is dominated by volcanoes, and it is on the slopes of the Inierie volcano that this coffee is grown. Check out the stunning scenery in these blog photos here.

This coffee comes from small family farmers who are working together to improve their coffee processing and export their beans. They are organic and Rainforest Alliance certified. They have taken exquisite care with these beans, and it shows in the final cup. This coffee tastes of creamy chocolate, with a full-bodied nutty finish. It’s sweet and easy to drink, with light floral tones as you sip.

You can try a cup of this Organic Flores on us this week with the code May days*. It sounds like you’re calling for help if you say it fast–and that humor might help me get through this month. If you are also experiencing a busy month, come slow down for a moment with a cup of coffee. Enjoy your week!
–Holly Fike

*Code good for one free 12 ounce cup of Organic Rainforest Alliance Flores. Code expires on 5.18.17. 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.


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