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Weekly Newsletter: 13th October, 2017

Brazil Fazenda Sertaozinho Yellow Bourbon

Saturday 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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Weekly Newsletter: 6th October, 2017

Guatemala Antigua Bella Carmona

Last weekend Trace and I got to spend two nights in Monterey, attending the wedding of a friend and former employee, Khrista. It was a joy to celebrate Khrista and her new husband Patrick. She may have been the happiest bride that I ever did see: she practically danced down the aisle. It was an evening wedding, and the light was twinkling in the leaves of the trees and roses behind the Old Whaling Station. It was a gorgeous setting, and we thoroughly enjoyed our trip.

Drinking a French press of last week’s special–the Cup of Excellence Mexican– was a highlight of our trip.

We came home the long way, up the coast. Can I mention for the 1000th time that this is a beautiful state? We drove past farmstands with produce that we could not pass up, stopped for oysters in Half Moon Bay, watched kitesurfers with their bright colored kites twisting and turning in a complicated dance, bought pumpkins and fresh peas (mmm), and came home with a car loaded with fresh fruits and vegetables. From ocean to mountains, and we were in our driveway before 9.

Today we have our Guatemala Antigua Bella Carmona as a special for you. Antigua is such a well known area for producing spectacular coffees, that it is now a protected region, rather like Champagne. All Champagne comes from the Champagne region of France, and wine with that appellation follows strict criteria as to where it is sourced and how it is produced. Antigua is trying to do the same thing with their coffee. For many years, more coffee was labeled “Antigua” than the valley produced.

So in 2000, a group of 34 farmers came together to form the Antigua Coffee Producers Association. Their goal is to “promote its membership’s coffee and protect the Genuine Antigua Coffee label.” You can find their website here, and a map of the area included. This particular bean comes from Hacienda Carmona, which is owned and operated by Luis Pedro Zelaya Zamora and his family. Sr. Zamora is a fourth generation coffee farmer, with a formal education in agronomy. With that background he is able to blend tradition and experience with innovation: you’ll find solar dryers and cutting edge drying techniques at their farm.

In the cup this is a sweet brew, with notes of caramel and vanilla. It is nuanced and delicious, and what you would expect from such a carefully produced Antigua bean. You can try a cup on us this week with the code October brew*. I hope that you are enjoying your autumn, and all the beauty that surrounds us. Cheers!
–Holly Fike

*Code good for a 12 ounce cup of our Guatemala Antigua Bella Carmona. Code expires on 10.12.17. 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: 29th Friday, 2017

Mexico Cup of Excellence Winner, 12th Place
Francisco Javier Montiel Valencia

There was the most beautiful sunrise this morning: I walked outdoors with my coffee in hand and snapped a picture. With the sun peeking over the hill a few minutes later each day, I’ve enjoyed pouring my coffee, and lighting a candle in the predawn shadows. Fall is beautiful that way. I wish I could say that the morning remains as calm as those early minutes, but the reality is that the rush of getting out the door to go to school/work is often chaotic–so I especially appreciate the moments of beauty.

Vacuum packed with care–much different than the burlap we usually get

Today is National Coffee Day. We think coffee is always a reason to celebrate, but today the rest of the nation joins us. We saved a spectacular bean to share with you today. This coffee was one of the winning cups in the Mexico Cup of Excellence, and finished at 12th place–the top 22 winners are graded for auction. So out of 233 coffees submitted to a panel of international judges (including two from our broker, Royal Coffee), this was one of the top lots. It is truly an amazing coffee.

The winning farms in the annual Cup of Excellence, according to their website, here, are “coffees scoring 86 points and above in each cupping by both the National Jury and the Cup of Excellence International Jury. These coffees have each been cupped a minimum of five different times during the cupping process.” This farm is located in the state of Veracruz, near the municipality of Cosautlán de Carvajal. This is steep country, and the beans are grown at over 4000′ elevation.

There is a great interview with Francisco Javier Montiel Valencia, along with a picture of him, here. Reading it you understand how much it means to win the Cup of Excellence, and how it will change his life to sell his coffee at a higher price point. He and his family have worked tirelessly to improve the quality of their coffee, and it paid off, literally. He is hoping to use the extra money to build a cupping lab and take Q grader classes. Beyond all that, my favorite image was how he takes his breakfast with him to the farm, and eats it on a hillside that he likes, overlooking the coffee. It’s an image of starting his day on the other side of the globe–similar to the way I start mine.

As you would imagine, this is a meticulously processed coffee. It is a whole family effort, and they together take care of almost everything on the farm, from weeding and fertilizing to picking and processing. They even paint their fingernails red to match the colors of the ripe cherries to enable perfectly ripe picking. And then they float the coffee beans to check for the correct density before the beans go to processing. Each step is done with care.

We were all excited to try this coffee yesterday, and it was just as spectacular as anticipated. It had a floral nose, but the initial taste was buttery and nutty, like butter toasted peanuts. It finished with a sweet acidity, reminiscent of green grapes or melon. We want you to be able to taste this too, but because of price constraints we’re going to give away a four ounce taste this week. Come on in and try it out with the code morning moments*. It will be on sale for $5 off per pound this week too, so if you love it as much as we do, now is your chance to procure some.

On a different note, check out the Outside Inn blog giveaway today in honor of National Coffee Day. We have a great local coffee community who contributed to the fun. You can find that post here. Enjoy!
–Holly Fike

*Code good for a 4 ounce taste of our Mexico Cup of Excellence Winner. Code expires on 10.5.17. 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: 22nd September, 2017

Organic Blue Krishna Balinese

Happy Fall to you! Today is the autumn equinox, when the length of day and night are an equal twelve hours. As much as I love summer, I am thoroughly enjoying putting on a sweater in the morning, and pulling up a wool blanket at night. Fall is such a cozy season: the evenings get longer, and the candles get lit while tea is poured to warm our hands in the evening. At least in our house–as much as I love coffee, it’s a morning drink for me, and the afternoons are for a spot of tea.

Cousins are the best!

All the cool weather we’ve had has made it seem later in the season than it actually is–I was checking out the liquidambars this morning, and most of them have barely begun to change colors. I have caught sight of a red leaf on the ground here and there, but they’re still few and far between. But summer is certainly coming to a close, and our days of dining outside are numbered. It rained on Wednesday, and the geese are flying and calling out their positions overhead. Welcome autumn.

A highlight of our week was having Archie over to play. One is such a fun age, and he loves to explore and climb on everything. The piano is a big hit–he might be a musician someday. Really any musical instrument is a delight for him, from drums to kazoos. He is such a happy child, and his cousins bring out his biggest smiles. The silly noises and faces from Jack make him giggle like none other. It’s awfully fun to be an auntie.

This week we have our Organic Blue Krishna Balinese for you. This coffee comes from farms in the Kintamani Highlands, in the volcanic soils of Mount Agung. The coffee plants are grown in the shade of citrus trees, which provide another source of income for the farmers. According to our broker,

“Coffee production is typically organized around a Subak Abian, which refers to the ecologically sustainable irrigation systems developed more than 1,000 years ago by Hindu priest who practice Tri Hita Karana (the three sources of prosperity), a philosophy focused on the harmonization between the environment, humans and God.”

This coffee is certified organic, which only makes sense when it is grown in harmony with nature. Around here it is an employee favorite, and we’re always glad when the new harvest is available. In the cup it tastes of nuts and chocolate. I’ll be taking this home to drink this week, and you can try a cup on us with the code fall flavors*. To give credit where it’s due, that code was the result of a brainstorm by the entire Friday afternoon staff. And if you’re looking for a fall flavor, we’re serving up pumpkin spice lattes, hot apple cider, and spicy chai teas like they are going out of style. Come on in!
–Holly Fike

*Code good for one free 12 ounce cup of Organic Blue Krishna Balinese. Code expires on 9.28.17. 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: 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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Weekly Newsletter: 8th September, 2017

Malawi Mzuzu AAA

I was looking through my pictures from the week, and there, right after the few I took at our staff party, was the header photo of rain on our pool. A week ago we were all overheating in 100+ degree weather, and then on Tuesday it started to cool down and we had a surprise rain storm. We all went outside to play in it. In case you’re not local, we’re not crazy–it just doesn’t rain here much in the summer. The rest of the week has been much cooler, and it was fun to remember that fall is coming. If the number of oak leaves piling on the ground are an indication, it will be here soon!

Our youngest “employee” certainly enjoyed his meal!

On Monday night we had a staff barbecue at our house, and I have to brag a bit on our employees. You all might know how helpful they are behind the counter, and you might know what good attitudes they have, but did you know that they’re flat out fun people? They truly enjoy hanging out together. On top of that they’re goofy and talented. At the end of the night those of us who were still present enjoyed a musical interlude. Talented people for sure.

This week we have an African coffee that we last featured back in May. It’s from Malawi, in eastern Africa, a landlocked country surrounded by Tanzania, Mozambique, and Zambia. This is our Malawi Mzuzu AAA, grown by the Mzuzu Coffee Planters Cooperative Union. This is a group of cooperatives, each with their own washing station, that was established in 2006.

These smallholder farms are interspersed with tobacco, cotton, peanuts, and tea. The cooperative emphasizes gender equity and supports community improvement projects, including the construction of a hospital with the help of coffee premiums. They work together to improve their community.

In the cup this is a fruity brew, with pear, honey, and dried fig tones. It’s tart and delicious. You can try a cup on us with the code fall approaches*. Our county has all kinds of events going on in September. No matter what you do, drink good coffee. Cheers!
–Holly Fike

*Code good for one free 12 ounce cup of Malawi Mzuzu AAA. Code expires on 9.14.17. 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 September, 2017

Costa Rica Monteverde Natural

A week ago yesterday I was at the top of the Sierra Buttes Fire Lookout with my daughter and her classmates. If you’ve never been there, it’s about a 2.5 mile hike that increases 1800′ in elevation, and finishes with 180 stairs to the old fire lookout. I found a blog post online with great pictures here. It’s a pretty intense hike, no matter your age, and I loved seeing these kids come together and encourage one another. When one child was worried about the steep edge, a friend held her hand and walked on the outside. The many moments like that were a highlight for me.

Our windy pic from atop the lookout tower

This week has been one of high heat and fires around here. Our thoughts are with the many who have been displaced by wildfires. A big shoutout to all the firefighters who are working so hard to keep us safe. And on the other side of things, we also are thinking of all of you affected by the flooding in the Houston area. It’s been quite a week for extreme weather.

Last week I ran out of time, and I never sent a newsletter. So you all missed out on hearing about our Organic Blue Krishna Balinese. It’s an employee favorite and we’re always excited when it comes back in stock. I’ve left it on sale for one more week, but this week we have another specialty coffee for you. This is our Costa Rica Monteverde Natural.

This Costa Rican comes from a group of twenty families, who come together as the Monteverde Group. According to our broker,

“The Monteverde group promotes their environmental stewardship through the LIFE Monteverde educational programs on organic farming and low environmental impact energy systems . . . [and] strives for diversity with a well-established roasted coffee operation for the national consumption, a coffee learning center with a specialty coffee shop, and guided tours of their farms.”

The coffee is a natural, or dry, process, meaning that it is dried with the fruit still intact. This gives it a sweet fruity flavor in the cup, reminiscent of melon and dried cherries.

You can try a cup of this Costa Rica on us this week with the code high places*. I hope that you all find a way to beat the heat this weekend (may I recommend heading to the mountains?). We will be open 7 am – 3 pm on Labor Day, so if you need an iced drink, come on in. In the meantime, drink good coffee. Cheers!
–Holly Fike

*Code good for one free 12 ounce cup of Costa Rica Monteverde Natural. Code expires on 9.7.17. 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: 18th August, 2017

El Salvador Las Ninfas Pacamara

You know, when your kids are little, people like to tell you that “the days are long but the years are short.” From the perspective of a mom in the thick of it with littles, that can be overwhelming. But as my kids continue to get older, it seems so true. School started again on Wednesday, and I can’t believe how big Jack and Caroline are getting. Wasn’t it just yesterday that we walked into the doors of their kindergarten classes? It does seem to pass in a blink, at least today.

First day of school 2017

This has been a busy week. We enjoyed the Nevada County Fair last weekend, spent a day at the waterpark on Monday, and then the last three days have been back to the structure of school. We are all adjusting to earlier mornings, but it’s great to reconnect each afternoon and hear the tales of their day. I so appreciate all of you teachers out there who are ready to take care of our kids–good luck and thank you!

This week we have our El Salvador Las Ninfas Pacamara for you. This is a new crop from Ricardo Valdivieso, and we last featured it nine months ago, in December. You can read that post here. I always enjoy looking back at previous reviews of a coffee. At that time I described it as having “fruity apricot tones with a creamy finish.” That would still hold true, although it’s more complex than that implies. It has a nice lemon acidity and a table grape flavor too–but you can come try it for yourself.

Pacamara is a hybrid of Maragogype and Pacas that was created by the Salvadoran Institute of Coffee Research. This is grown by Ricardo Valdivieso on a farm that was purchased by his grandfather in 1870. According to our broker, it was passed down to Sr. Valdivieso at:

“a time of great turmoil in El Salvador’s history. At the peak of conflict in the 1980’s, Ricardo came face to face with a firing squad in defense of his family’s land. He was not shot but spent many years in exile before he was able to return to Finca Las Ninfas.”

He now runs the farm with his daughter, Monica, and they also own Santa Leticia farm, where they run a hotel and restaurant along with the coffee plantation. You can find their website here.

You can try a cup of this El Salvador on us this week with the code school days*. I will certainly be enjoying it each morning–back to school is an adjustment to my schedule too. In other news, we have been busy working with a distributor to roll out six varieties of our coffees to Safeway markets in the Sacramento area. We’re excited about being more available to those of you who live further away. Watch for more details as we go along–we’ve also got a new bag design to share with you!

Thanks for reading this far, and I hope that you all have a good week and drink good coffee. Cheers!
–Holly Fike

*Code good for one free 12 ounce cup of El Salvador Las Ninfas Pacamara. Code expires on 8.24.17. 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: 11th August, 2017

Tanzania Ruvuma Peaberry

Last week there was no newsletter, because we were out of town. We continued our national park tour and took the kids to see Craters of the Moon, Grand Tetons, and Yellowstone. Craters of the Moon was new to all of us, and it was interesting to see the piles of lava and think about the early pioneers trying to find a way around them. It’s a desolate landscape surrounded by sagebrush desert–but that certainly made us appreciate the evergreens and mountains when we found them. Driving the Swan Valley Highway through waving golden wheat rising to rolling hills, with the Snake River winding below, was the first of many spectacular scenes last week.

Our hike to Hidden Falls

We went from there over the Teton pass, surrounded by wildflowers, and dropped into Jackson Hole. Trace and I have both been there before, but it is always a gorgeous sight. Driving up the valley we saw elk, pronghorn antelope, bison, and even a bald eagle. Most of our time was spent at the Grand Tetons, where we camped for the week. We went to Yellowstone for a very full and scenic day, but the sheer number of people was a bit overwhelming. The features are unique, and the kids especially liked the geysers and the other geothermal features, as well as the waterfalls and the wildlife.

Each morning of our trip we brewed a French press of our own coffee, and enjoyed it while sitting around the morning campfire. It helped me to function better–and despite the heatwave at home all of our mornings were cool enough to especially appreciate it. Last week our Costa Rica Coopedota Yellow Honey was on special, from the world’s first carbon-neutral coffee producer– and we’ll leave it on sale since it didn’t get featured last week.

This week we have our Tanzanian Peaberry for you to try. It is always a popular brew, with the “peaberry” referring to the fact that only one bean grows inside the coffee cherry. That makes for a smaller bean, with a higher caffeine content. These small beans are carefully separated by hand. This particular coffee comes from the Mbinga district, in the far southwest of the country, in the Ruvuma region. It is bordered on one side by Lake Malawi (Lake Nyasa). The beans are processed by Soochak Bush and Tropex, two companies that have come together to improve coffee in this area.

The result is a beautiful light roast coffee, tasting of fresh citrus tones. It has enough kick to get you going, and the bright acidity also works well in an iced coffee. You can try a cup on us this week with the code Grand Tetons*. For the next few days, the Nevada County Fair is going on–such fun–and then next week school starts, at least for some. We thoroughly enjoyed attending the fair yesterday, and highly recommend it. I always enjoy seeing the animals and the exhibits, and the kids love the rides. However you spend your weekend, drink good coffee. Cheers!

*Code good for one free 12 ounce cup of Tanzania Ruvuma Peaberry. Code expires on 8.17.17. 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: 28th July, 2017

Ethiopia Guji 1 Natural Uraga

I have always loved morning glories. I think that it stems from a childhood seed packet that I chose all by myself at the nursery (a big deal when you’re small). Luckily they were easy to grow, and I was delighted to watch “my flowers” spread around the garden. This year my brother-in-law gave us some heirloom Grandpa Ott seeds saved from his own flowers, and the kids planted them around the garden in the spring. I am admittedly fond of morning glories, but I don’t know if there is a more beautiful sight than those deep purple heads nodding in the early light.

One year old!
Photo Credit: Stacey Skolak-Mitchell

Last weekend we had the fun of celebrating a first birthday. Archie had all kinds of relatives in town, and we had a big party, with spectacular food cooked by his grandma and great-aunt. All the cousins, from both sides, had a great time playing together, and Archie toddled around and thoroughly enjoyed his party. Little Caroline made three cakes for him, complete with an elephant topper created from fondant. Archie is well-loved.

On Monday we had leftover birthday cake here at the store, and I highly recommend cake and coffee. It was delicious with last week’s Sulawesi Toraja. This week we have a new brew for you, from the birthplace of coffee. This Ethiopian bean is from indigenous heirloom cultivars, maybe the same kind that Kaldi and his goats found (see the legend here, in a January newsletter).

This coffee is grown on small family farms in the Guji zone, and brought to a private washing station owned by Feku Jiberil, in the Uraga district. Feku Jiberil takes the ripe cherries and immediately sorts them and places them on raised beds to dry. This is a natural, or dry-processed, coffee, which means the coffee is dried with the fruit still intact. In the cup, you taste this fruit, and it is a sweet coffee with citrus and stone fruit tones.

You can try a cup on us this week with the code morning glory*. If you haven’t visited the downtown Thursday Night Market, next week is the last week. Come on out and get some fresh produce while enjoying the music and vendors. And of course it’s always a good time for a coffee drink. Enjoy!
–Holly Fike

*Code good for one free 12 ounce cup of Ethiopia Guji 1 Natural Uraga. Code expires on 8.3.17. 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: 21st July, 2017

Sulawesi Toraja (Celebes Kalossi)

Trace and I took part of this week off and took our kids backpacking for the first time.  We chose an easy route (we want them to love it!), and spent two nights at Island Lake, in the Grouse Ridge area of the Tahoe National Forest.  The scenery could not have been more stunning, with an array of wildflowers greeting us at every turn.  The kids climbed every granite boulder in sight, Trace and Jack fished, and we all took a swim at some point.  If you look closely at the header picture, you can see two kids out on that island–brrrr. 

Packed up and ready to head back home

There is nothing like being completely disconnected to reconnect you with each other. It was good for all of us to slow down and spend time in simple pursuits, like finding a way to the nearest high point, or exploring until we found Hidden Lake. And there’s nothing like a campfire for relaxing in the evening. I think the kids also enjoyed the experience of freeze dried food, and using a water purifier. It was all new and all fun.

We started each day with coffee made on our Aeropress, which makes a great backpacking coffeemaker (see photos below). It’s lightweight and makes a delicious and rich cup of coffee. Since the grounds are compressed into a puck, the clean up is simple too–something that especially counts when you are outdoors. If you need one for your next adventure, I know just the place to pick one up.

This week we have one of our favorite coffees to share with you. This is our Sulawesi Toraja, straight from the Indonesian island of Sulawesi (formerly Celebes). This coffee comes the Toraja Coffee Farmers’s Cooperative, a group of twenty-three families in South Sulawesi. Toraja is the name of the indigenous people who grow the coffee. As members of the co-op they are able to work together to bring their coffee to market, and they are also working with a NGO to improve their farming practices and the infrastructure of their farms.

Sulawesi is an amazing island, with extreme geography. Rock cliffs rise from verdant green valleys, and the Toraja people have built unique homes that also soar. I have written before about their village traditions, and linked to their elaborate funeral rites here. Also on that blog post you can see a picture of a fairly new baby Archie being held by his uncle–and this week he turns one year old!

We have always had good experiences with coffees from Sulawesi (we also have our Organic Sulawesi Rantekarua Estate in stock), and this is no exception. In the cup it is earthy, nutty, sweet, and full-bodied. You can try a cup on us this week with the code backpack fun*. I hope that you are enjoying your summer as much as we are–and with just as much good coffee. Cheers!
–Holly Fike

*Code good for one free 12 ounce cup of Sulawesi Toraja (Celebes Kalossi). Code expires on 7.27.17. 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: 14th July, 2017

Brazil Fazenda Sertaozinho Yellow Bourbon

The kids and I went kayaking at Lake Valley Reservoir on Wednesday afternoon, and had a blast. The water was relatively warm, completely clear, and the kids made instant friends with other families out enjoying the day. We explored all the islands, saw an osprey and a common merganser, clambered over rocks, raced across the lake, and mostly spent a day with a kid-based agenda. We ended the evening with hours of jumping off rocks into the water, over and over again. What a lovely day.

What could say summer more than jumping in a lake?

This week we have a new Brazilian for you: our Brazil Fazenda Sertaozinho Yellow Bourbon. We talked about this recently, but yellow bourbon is an arabica cultivar that ripens to yellow instead of the usual red. The yellow variety was first found in Brazil. The “bourbon” refers to a cultivar that was originally discovered on the island of Bourbon (now Reunion), which is east of Madagascar in the Indian Ocean.

The estate where this is grown, Fazenda (farm) Sertaozinho, is run by José Renato Gonçalves Dias, whose great-grandparents were early coffee growers in Brazil. According to our broker, here, Fazenda Sertaozinho has

“300 hectares of protected forest with towering old growth trees called Jequitibá Rosa (Cariniana legalis), which are 40 meters tall and estimated to be more than 1,500 years old.”

Can you comprehend the age of those trees? 1500 years ago was medieval times in Europe, and native chiefdoms populated South America. From then to now–what a lot of changes.

It must be pretty magnificent to live around these old growth trees. The workers here also have the advantage of full time employment, housing, healthcare and a school provided for them. In turn, they produce high quality coffee, and there is a state-of-the-art processing facility at the Fazenda. Sr. Diaz is an agronomist, and uses his expertise to create a “biodiverse environment full of microorganisms and beneficial insects that support a healthy coffee crop.”

In the cup all of these choices have a chance to shine. This is a pulped natural coffee, where some of the fruit is left intact during drying. The roasted taste is of nuts and chocolate, with a medium acidity. It is a delicious way to start your day.

You can try a cup of this Brazilian on us with the code lake time*. I hope that you too get outside when you are able. There is an abundance of opportunity for outdoor fun in our local area. But whatever you do, drink good coffee. Cheers!
–Holly Fike

*Code good for one free 12 ounce cup of Brazil Fazenda Sertaozinho Yellow Bourbon. Code expires on 7.20.17. 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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