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Weekly Newsletter: 15th September, 2017

Honduras Micro-Lot: Maria Adela Nolasco

One advantage to all the heat we have experienced this summer is that tomatoes love it. Well, ours do anyway. Right now our garden is overgrown–the squash are literally climbing out of their bed, the pepper plants are falling over with the weight of their fruit, and we are eating tomatoes as fast as we can pick them. I plated salads for dinner the other night, and sent everyone to pick their own tomato to top the arugula and blue cheese. It’s a beautiful abundance.

Jack’s three tomato salad that he picked (and photographed) himself

This week has been rather the other side of the spectrum: it cooled down. It seems that we’re going straight from full summer heat to a lovely temperate fall. The oak leaves are collecting in the corners of the deck, and in the mornings the Towhees wake me rustling through them for seeds. In one week it will be officially autumn, and already the cider has come out here at the store. I’m looking forward to needing sweaters and boots soon, and warming up with coffee in the morning.

This week we are featuring a micro-lot Honduran. It comes from a two acre farm called El Mango, located in Santa Elena, in the La Paz department of Honduras. The coffee is grown by Maria Adela Nolasco, and this is a product of the Catracha partnership, which you can read about here. The goal is better pricing for the farmers through better quality coffee.

I’m sure that we will be getting in more of these micro-lots soon, but this is the last that we have from Maria Adela Nolasco. This coffee is the main source of income for herself, her husband, and their three children. By improving the yield and the quality, they are able to increase their profit, and this profit helped send their seventeen year old daughter to college.

In the cup it is a delicious bean, with notes of caramel and vanilla. I will be drinking it on these cool mornings, and appreciating the farmers who grew this coffee for me. You too can try a cup this week with the code tomatoes galore*. If you’re a tomato fan, I hope you enjoy an abundance this week. And drink good coffee. Cheers!
–Holly Fike

*Code good for one free 12 ounce cup of Honduras Micro-Lot: Maria Adela Nolasco. Code expires on 9.21.17. 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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