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Roastmasters Premium Sale

We’ve got some spectacular coffees available for your holiday brewing this year–so many that we can barely hold them.  As one of our December deals, we thought it would be fun to put all of these Roastmasters Premium coffees at $5 off per pound.  Today only you can purchase Jamaican Blue Mountain, Kona Fancy, Zero Defect Colombian, or our Cup of Excellence winning Mexican on sale.  No code necessary, and free local pickup.

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Weekly Newsletter: 8th December, 2017

Natural Ethiopia Yirgacheffe Chelba

This week was a whirlwind, as December weeks tend to be. Caroline performed in the Nutcracker, and loved it even more this year. She might be born for the stage life–at the end of the weekend she told me “I can’t wait for next year,” in her most excited voice. Mom, on the other hand, is glad there is a year in between these events (and yes, I’m talking about myself in the third person. It’s been that kind of week). For the rest of the week, both kids got sick, along with a number of employees, so that might be the reason for the blur.

Around the World gift box.

Despite the germs going around, we’re embracing the holiday spirit over here. Tonight is the third Cornish Christmas, with two more to go. We are prepped to sell all the hot drinks you could ever desire, from mochas topped with our homemade whipped cream, to a shot of espresso, straight. We are also featuring a macchiato made with Chilean Manjar (caramel) from Diego’s Restaurant. It’s rich and delicious.

We are highlighting our Natural Ethiopian Yirgacheffe Chelba this week. This is one of the coffees in our Around the World sampler box, chosen to highlight a natural, or dry, processed coffee. This means that the beans are dried with the fruit intact, which imparts a distinct berry flavor in the final cup. They are carefully dried on raised beds, and then processed at the Chelba Mill. The coffee is from indigenous cultivars, grown the way they have been for centuries.

In fact, legend has it that coffee originated in Ethiopia. It’s said that Kaldi, a young goatherd, noticed his charges eating some red berries and then start frolicking around. He tried the berries, and soon he too was dancing. The beans eventually came to the local monks, who used them to stay awake during prayers. From there it spread throughout the middle east, and eventually throughout the world.

In the cup this has tastes of pecans and blackberries, nutty and fruity. It finishes with an apricot and lemon acidity, that lingers. If you are interested in the taste that coffee processing adds to the final product, we also have a washed Ethopian in stock, our Organic Ethiopia Hambela Buku. You can purchase a bit of each and try them side by side. You can also try a cup of the Natural Ethiopian on us this week with the code frosted leaves*. It was fun to crunch through the white ground several mornings this week.

On Monday we are sharing the joy of the season with five days of specials on our website (and you always have the option for free local pickup). It kicks off with 10% off all our gift packages with the code JOY10, and will continue with other discounts throughout the week. Keep an eye on our blog, here, to see each special–or check us out on social media (Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook). May your holidays be bright. Cheers!
–Holly Fike

*Code good for one free 12 ounce cup of Natural Ethiopian Yirgacheffe Chelba. Code expires on 12.14.17. 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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Weekly Newsletter: 1st December, 2017

Organic Mexico Altura Finca San Carlos

We had a staff meeting this Wednesday night, and as I looked around the room, I thought about how lucky we are to have such great employees. They keep this place running, and they do it with a smile. Each contributes so much in their own way. Two weeks ago, our cook of three + years left us to take another job, and we all miss her! Thank you Chris, for your years of quietly putting out wonderful food for all of us, and for your listening ear. Around here she was “Mama Chris,” taking care of everyone. We all wish you the best.

Ready to have her picture taken for the Nutcracker

Our food service is now in the capable hands of Spencer Perry, who is putting his own spin on what we have to offer, just as Chris did. We’re excited to welcome him to the Carolines team, and see what he will bring to the table (pun intended). So far we have all enjoyed his fresh, local, simple, and elegant emphasis. He’s making the bread for our sandwiches from scratch, and letting the dough proof by the roaster to absorb the coffee goodness. Mmmm.

For me this week is all about my daughter’s production of the Nutcracker. She loves to dance, so we will spend the weekend at the theater while she performs. It’s a fun kickoff to the holiday season for all of us.

This week we have our Organic Mexico Altura Finca San Carlos brewed for you. This farm was first planted to coffee in 1896, but in 2003 it was almost decimated by coffee rust. The owner, Alfred Klein, is working hard to revitalize the estate, in far southern Mexico, near the border with Guatemala. Finca San Carlos is committed to their migrant workers, and offers them housing, education, and healthcare.

In the cup this is a delicious brew, nutty and sweet. I have been drinking it all week, and I highly recommend it to help you get through a busy week. You can try a cup on us with the code Nutcracker*. Tonight the holiday season continues with the second Cornish Christmas in downtown. And if you don’t follow the Outside Inn on social media, be sure to check out their “Grand Giveaway” with contributions from lots of local businesses. So much holiday love. Enjoy your first week of December, and drink good coffee. Cheers!
–Holly Fike

*Code good for one free 12 ounce cup of  Organic Mexico Altura Finca San Carlos. Code expires on 12.07.17. 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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Weekly Newsletter: 24th November, 2017

2017 Christmas Coffee

I snapped the header picture on Monday, an unexpectedly rainy day this week (or perhaps I didn’t check the weather?). The banner stretching across Mill Street announces our downtown Cornish Christmas, each Friday night from Thanksgiving to Christmas Day. That means that tonight is the first one, and it looks to be unseasonably warm and clear. We’ll be open until 9 pm, so come grab a drink and head up the street.

The label for our 2017 Christmas Coffee

I hope that each of you enjoyed your Thanksgiving Day, however you celebrated.  Our family started the day at the MEBII Turkey Trot, at the high school.  My kids ran with friends, and I greatly enjoyed jogging alongside Becky and Archie.  We ended our day with a family gathering, full of home cooked food, and topped off with the five pies that Grandma Caroline baked for us.  Mmmm.

Today we are debuting our 2017 Christmas Coffee. The front label is the image pictured to the right, and the back says:

Family. At Carolines Coffee, family means belonging, being a part of this community. We want you to feel at home whether you are a first time customer or a five year employee. Family is also literal around here: we work with brothers and sisters, fathers and sons, nieces and nephews. And over the years, generations of kids have been raised here: ours and yours. Most recently Archie (pictured front) has been running around the store.

This year our limited edition Christmas Coffee is all organic. It is a blend of our sweet, nutty, and ever popular, Organic Blue Krishna Balinese, with a touch of our Organic French Roast. This is a wonderfully layered coffee with lots of depth and a long, lingering finish.
We invite you to enjoy this coffee with us in honor of families. Thank you for being a part of our community in 2017. We appreciate you. –The Carolines Crew

We are loving this coffee, and we’ll have it brewed in the store from now until Christmas. You can try a cup on us this week with the code family*. As the label says, to us family refers to our entire community, and this Thanksgiving week we hope that you know how grateful we are to each of you. Cheers!
–Holly Fike

*Code good for one free 12 ounce cup of 2017 Christmas Coffee. Code expires on 11.30.17. 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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Weekly Newsletter: 17th November, 2017

Organic Biodynamic India Seethargundu Estate

The coffee in the central header picture could be any bean, but it’s not. It’s the first roast of our Jamaican Blue Mountain for this holiday season. We’ll keep roasting it from now until Christmas, or until the barrel is gone. So if you’ve been waiting to drink Jamaican, we do sell it by the single cup pour over in house, or you can order some online here. It’s always a treat to drink, and around our house it’s a Christmas morning tradition.

Gratuitous cute baby picture

If you’re thinking that it’s a bit early to talk about Christmas traditions, the first Cornish Christmas is next week. We love this downtown event, with roasted chestnuts, a Cornish choir, and craft and food vendors (kettle corn!) lining the streets. It continues every Friday night from Thanksgiving to Christmas–you can find more information here. This year is the 50th anniversary of this iconic celebration.

Next week we will be closed Thanksgiving Day so all of our staff can spend the day with their families. The morning will find us at the MEBII Turkey Trot, at the high school. We’ll bring coffee, so if you’re looking for an activity to start your day, come on out. The run honors Michael Edward Bratton II, who took his own life at the age of 25. My kids have attended their whole lives, and every year it is an opportunity to talk to them about suicide and mental health–a great way to begin a day of thankfulness.

This week we have a new coffee for you, from a country that we don’t feature very often: India. We don’t get Indian coffees much because there are not many available–what they grow is mostly used in country. So this is a treat: an organic, biodynamic coffee from southwestern India. It comes from the Seethargundu Estate in the Western Ghats mountain range. The Western Ghats are a UNESCO world heritage site, and one of the most biologically diverse places in the world. There are thousands of flora and fauna that make their home here, including “at least 325 globally threatened flora, fauna, bird, amphibian, reptile and fish species.”

The Seethargundu Estate is also called POABS, and according to their website here, POABS is “the largest perennial multi-crop organic estate in the world, at an average elevation of 3500 feet, and grows Arabica and Robusta coffee and tea along with inter-crops of pepper, cardamom, orange, and vanilla. Seethargundu Estate is designated Poabs Organic Estates and operates in a closed ecosystem.” This particular lot of arabica coffee won the 2017 Flavor of India Fine Cup Award for the best Specialty and Organic coffee (see here).

This is a special and unique coffee, which we will only have for a short while. It’s roasted light, and has sweet caramel tones, with a light meyer lemon finish that lingers. Come and try a cup on us this week with the code thankful*. I hope that you all have a great holiday week, and that your Thanksgiving plans are centered on gratitude. On that note, a big thank you to all of you, for reading, and for being our customers. We appreciate you. Cheers!
–Holly Fike

*Code good for one free 12 ounce cup of Organic Biodynamic India Seethargundu Estate. Code expires on 11.23.17. 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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Weekly Newsletter: 10th November, 2017

Fair Trade Organic Nicaragua Segovia

I misjudged the weather today and didn’t wear a rain jacket, or bring my umbrella–and I drove to work under the prettiest blue sky rimmed with clouds. I headed back to the office, and the next time I came out front it was pouring rain. We had so many years of drought before last year’s epic winter, that I can only be grateful. In fact, now that we’re ten days into November, and two weeks from Thanksgiving, it is a good time to focus on gratitude.

Having fun with these boys in the yard

Tomorrow is the downtown holiday kickoff with the Holiday Market from 10 am – 6 pm (more information here). We’ll be debuting our eggnog lattes, and we’ll be giving away one of our large Around The World gift boxes. For those of us in retail, and I’m sure for all the rest of you too, this season can be incredibly busy. In the midst of all the bustle it’s good to take a minute to say thanks. So to each and every one of you who reads this: thank you. I appreciate you taking the time to read what I write, and we all appreciate that you are our customers.

This week we are featuring our Fair Trade Organic Nicaragua Segovia. According to our broker, this bean is “sourced from family-owned farms organized around Promotora de Desarrollo Cooperativo de Las Segovias (PRODECOOP), an umbrella cooperative operating in the departments of Estelí, Madriz and Nueva Segovia, Nicaragua.” You can find the PRODECOOP website here, and read about their mission of improving the quality of life of their member farmers. Their goal is to work with family farmers, with diverse crops, including coffee and honey. They work to provide a centrally located mill where the farmers can process their beans.

This particular Nicarguan comes from Segovia, and is fully washed and sun dried. It is certified fair trade and organic, a process that would have been difficult without the support of the co-op. In the cup it is a delicious bean, full-bodied and nutty. It pairs great with chocolate, and it’s a perpetual favorite around here. You can try a cup on us this week with the code gratitude*.

We are going all out with the holiday tunes and decor tomorrow (and did I mention the eggnog lattes?!), so we’re ready for those of you who like to be done shopping early. A big shout out to Savannah, who came in after hours to transform the store. Thank you Savannah! For those of you who aren’t quite ready for the holidays, after tomorrow we’ll take a break until after Thanksgiving with the Christmas music. Some people (like me) can’t take it this early. So come on in tomorrow and try our Nicaraguan and check out the fun downtown. Cheers!
–Holly Fike

*Code good for one free 12 ounce cup of Fair Trade Organic Nicaragua Segovia. Code expires on 11.16.17. 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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Weekly Newsletter: 3rd November, 2017

Organic Ethiopia Hambela Buku Washed

If you didn’t stop in here on Halloween, you missed the spectacular decorations that our staff put together to turn this place into Hogwarts. We had a Harry Potter theme going on, complete with balloon owls floating around, letters from Hogwarts, a cauldron for the candy, house banners, and everyone dressed up as a Harry Potter character. Archie was our Harry, and nothing could have been cuter than a one year old running around with a wand and a robe.

A special shout-out to Bailey (aka Fleur), who worked for days putting together the Halloween decor for this extravaganza. She even came up with a recipe for Butterbeer and Gillywater–and after all that she came and volunteered to help out all morning before her shift started. Thank you Bailey! We really do have the best employees.

And thank you also to all of you who participated in the downtown trick-or-treat event. It was lots of fun handing out candy to the preschoolers. There are some awfully creative parents out there, and we saw some pretty amazing costumes. Our own manager, Becky, not only made Archie’s costume: she also dressed up as a Nimbus 2000 broomstick to carry him around.

This week we have yet another great coffee for you. We got a new shipment of green coffee on Halloween (busy day!), and this is an Organic Ethiopian that we were excited to try. It’s fully washed, and comes from the Hambela Estate, in Buku. At our staff meeting Wednesday night we were talking about all the different things that a coffee name can describe. In this case we have the certification, country, estate, area, and processing all in one name (Organic Ethiopia Hambela Buku Washed).

The Hambela Estate is owned by the Adinew family, and according to our broker, here:

“The family-run company was gifted property by Emperor Selassie in honor of the matriarch, Muluemebet Emiru, the first African female pilot. METAD is now managed by her grandson Aman Adinew, and its export partner Rift Valley Trading LLC is operated by his brother Michael Adinew. Among the many important pieces of work undertaken by METAD are their commitment to equal employment opportunities for women and education opportunities for the youth of the coffeelands, their early partnerships with Grounds for Health, and their development of Africa’s first SCAA certified lab.”

That’s quite a list of accomplishments, and we’re proud to be carrying this Hambela Estate coffee. Equally as important, in the cup this is a delicious brew. It tastes of honey, melon, apricot and has a light toasted nut finish. It’s a spectacular bean. You can try a cup on us this week with the code Harry Potter*. It will be the perfect accompaniment to a rainy weekend. Cheers!
–Holly Fike

*Code good for one free 12 ounce cup of Organic Ethiopia Hambela Buku Washed. Code expires on 11.9.17. 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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Weekly Newsletter: 27th October, 2017

Colombia, Carlos Eduardo Tejedor Borja, Zero Defect

A couple of months ago, we decided to rent a teardrop trailer for our October break. Two weeks ago, Trace fell and broke his ribs, so all of our plans became flexible (unlike his ribs). Instead of the extended trip we had planned, we decided to take a shorter trip right in our own backyard: we went camping at Lake Tahoe. Autumn may well be the best time of year to visit this local gem. The fall colors were exuberant, and the kids loved riding their bikes around the mostly closed campground and the deserted bike trails.

Nothing says fall like a pumpkin patch with cousins.

The weather was perfect–well, except for the snow on Thursday night, but we checked the weather and went to a hotel–and there was not even a speck of a crowd. The kids slept happily in their tents, and we all loved the cool temperatures that called for a campfire morning and night. One day we drove over to Grover Hot Springs, and Hope Valley and the West Carson River were bathed in all shades of yellow, with the aspen leaves twinkling in the breeze. We felt like tourists appreciating the view.

For a treat, Trace and I took the Mexico Cup of Excellence to start our mornings. Jack would light the fire early, and I loved opening the clam shell kitchen to get the water boiling. A French press of the Mexican was a true delight to warm my taste buds and my hands. Our camping tradition is to start the day with a cinnamon roll–the grocery store cheap kind that’s basically just sugar. In case you’re wondering, it tastes delicious with the nutty sweet flavor of the coffee (no pride there-ha!).

This week we have another special coffee for you. We waited to feature it until we were back in town. This Colombia Carlos Eduardo Tejedor Borja Zero Defect is as wonderful as the name is long. It was one of the top lots in the second annual National Coffee Quality Contest, hosted by the La Federación Nacional de Cafeteros de Colombia (FNC)–the same FNC who brought the American coffee drinking public the iconic Juan Valdez.

This coffee, however, was not grown by Juan Valdez, but by Carlos Eduardo Tejedor Borja. According to our broker,

“Carlos Eduardo Tejedor Borja produced one of the top lots in this year’s competition on his 22-acre farm called El Recuerdo, located in the municipality of Zetaquira in the department of Boyacá, Colombia. Carlos is 45 years old and started working in coffee eight years ago. Carlos uses his own micro-mill to process the harvest, which allows for meticulous care in cherry selection, depulping, fermenting, and drying the coffee. Carlos, along with his wife and three children also grow sugar cane and dragon fruit trees on the family farm. Carlos plans to use his earnings from the coffee premiums to making improvements to his wet mill and his farm.”

In the cup this was as exquisite as you would expect. It tastes of sweet fruit, grapes and apricots, with a clean finish. It’s easy to drink, and has delicious depth. You can try a cup on us this week with the code fall shades. All week I have enjoyed the various colors of red, yellow, and orange around the county. Last weekend we made it to Bierwagen’s Pumpkin Patch, and there’s not much that says fall more than pumpkins. However you enjoy your autumn, drink good coffee. Cheers!
–Holly Fike

*Code good for one free 12 ounce cup of Colombia Carlos Eduardo Tejedor Borja Zero Defect. Code expires on 11.02.17. 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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Weekly Newsletter: 13th October, 2017

Brazil Fazenda Sertaozinho Yellow Bourbon

Sunday night there was an intense north wind buffeting our house, knocking branches and acorns onto the roof. The power went out, a tree fell with a loud snap, and I couldn’t sleep. At some point the wind died down and I drifted off, only to be awoken by sirens going down the road. I checked my source for all things emergency (shout out to the wonderful updates at Yubanet), and discovered that there were multiple fires burning, including one not far from us. Houses were involved, and evacuations were starting.

A week of smokey skies

That was the beginning of a crazy week. On Monday night a fire crew slept in our front yard. Locally, twenty-two homes and multiple outbuildings were lost to fire, and thousands more were lost across the state. People have been evacuated and displaced. The devastation of the last week is astounding and unfortunately ongoing. In the midst of it all, there were so many beautiful moments–so many helpers, so many looking out for their neighbors, so many firefighters putting in long hours, and so much support from local and regional law enforcement and medical aid.

This county is an amazing place to live, and in the tough times it becomes obvious. Our home was close to one of the fires, and I have never had more calls, emails, texts and offers of help. We are fortunate that the fire moved the other direction, but the outpouring of support was tangible. I am so thankful for our friends and family–our village–and for those fighting the fires. I feel so fortunate that our house is standing, and that we got power (and water!) back already. And I am grieved that so many are not so lucky. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

At such a moment it seems trite to talk about coffee, but sometimes it is the small things that keep us going. This week we have our Brazil Fazenda Sertaozinho Yellow Bourbon on special. I know that there were several days this week that a cup of coffee was exactly what I needed. We featured this back in July, and you can read all about it here. In addition to protecting an old growth forest, with trees as much as 1500 years old, the fazenda (farm) also provides their workers with full time employment, housing, healthcare and a school.

I had a cup of this Brazilian while I drove to Markleeville this morning, to pick up my son from a backpacking trip. The aspens are turning around Lake Tahoe, and the air was chill. My coffee kept my hands warm while I drove. It tastes of walnut and sweet milk chocolate tones. You can try a cup on us this week with the code aspen gold*. And again, to all those affected by these fires, all our thoughts and prayers are with you. Stay safe.
–Holly Fike

*Code good for one free 12 ounce cup of Brazil Fazenda Sertaozinho Yellow Bourbon. Code expires on 10.19.17. 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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