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Weekly Newsletter: 17th March, 2017

Congo Kivu Hutwe

Happy St. Patrick’s Day to all of you! I only know a few Irish Americans that celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, but it sure is important if you have school age children. Wear green or get pinched was the deal when I was a child, and it seems to still hold today–although the pinching is certainly discouraged. We’ve had years as a family when we’ve forgotten altogether, but today we all managed to wear green. And I’m sure that corned beef and cabbage will be on the menu tonight, in some form. One year we grilled the cabbage, which was simply delicious.

Lunch with a view while skiing

Last weekend we celebrated my daughter turning ten with a weekend in Lake Tahoe. Winter is her favorite season, and she loves snow, so the colossal amount of precipitation we’ve had this year was right up her alley. We spent both days skiing, for only the second time in her life, and she said it was the best birthday ever.

Yesterday I got to take my son and his classmates rock climbing in the Auburn Quarry. I’d never been there before, but boy was it beautiful. It was almost otherworldly with the new spring grass growing in the crevices of the rock, and the walls rising moist and gray around us. Cliff swallows and crows circled overhead, and some intrepid Canada geese have made nests on the rocks–and kept talking to us loudly.

The Auburn Quarry was beautiful too

From snowy Tahoe to sunny Auburn, our local vistas are beautiful. This week’s coffee comes from a completely different area: the mountains of east Congo. This is our Congo Kivu Hutwe, and it’s a delicious fruity bean. It’s grown in the area north of Lake Kivu, a large lake on the border of the Democratic Republic of Congo and Rwanda. Lake Kivu is formed on a rift valley, in a seismically active area. Nyamuragira is Africa’s most active volcano, which is just north of Lake Kivu. Coffee loves this volcanic soil.

This coffee comes from small farmers who come together to process their coffee at the Hutwe washing station, in Virunga. This is a local cultivar of arabica, fully washed, with a great fruity taste in the cup. It is reminiscent of stone fruit and melon–sweeter than many other African beans. If you have liked our Rwandan offerings over the years, you will love this Congo bean.

You can try a cup of this coffee on us this week with the code local beauty*. I know that the first day of spring is Monday, and while ‘m sure that spring is beautiful everywhere, we are certainly privileged to experience it in this area. A whole week of sunshine was sure appreciated, and I can only hope that next week is just as nice. Enjoy your St. Patrick’s Day, and drink good coffee. Cheers!
–Holly Fike

*Code good for one free 12 ounce cup of Congo Kivu Hutwe. Code expires on 3.24.17. 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: 3rd March, 2017

Java Mountain Women’s Cooperative

I got to spend Tuesday with my daughter’s class at the UC Davis Raptor Center.  They heard an informative talk about the three different categories of raptors, and then they got to tour the facilities and meet the resident birds.  The focus at the raptor center is on rehabilitation and release of injured birds, but there are over thirty birds who aren’t able to leave (can no longer fly etc.).  We got to see golden eagles, barn owls, screech owls, hawks, falcons, and even a turkey vulture. 

The unusual muslin bag this coffee arrived in

It was a fascinating trip. I can remember going to the same place when I was a child, although my strongest memory is of dissecting owl pellets. I loved overhearing the kids discussing whether or not it was good to save these birds, since they now live in a cage. They decided it was good that the birds were there to educate children, but that it must be hard to live caged. I was proud of their critical thinking skills.

For the rest of the week I came down with a cold, and I’ve been moving slowly. My project list got moved to the back burner, but I got the daily things done. Today I’m playing catch-up–mostly making piles of things that can wait until next week. One thing that needs to happen today is this newsletter: we have a new coffee for you.

The full name of this coffee is Java Mountain Women’s Cooperative Pangalengan Ciwidey Grade 1 Fully Washed Grainpro. We’ve shortened it, but let me break down the name for you. The first part is the name of the cooperative of women who are growing this coffee: “Java Mountain.” Then the regions in West Java where the coffee is grown “Pangalengan” and “Ciwidey.” “Grade 1” is the highest grade of Javanese coffee. Then “Fully Washed” is the processing. Finally, “Grainpro” refers to the type of sealed bag the green coffee is packed in. Not the muslin outer bag that you see in the picture above, but the high-quality inner bag that seals the beans.

All of this information gives you an idea about the crop, but what we’re most excited to feature is the two lines you can read on the bag: “empowering rural women” and “handpicked by indigenous women.” We love to feature coffee that is produced by women in the developing world, because when you help women, you help those around them too. Studies by the World Bank show that women invest 90% of their earnings in their families. So supporting women in coffee also supports the communities around them.

This is the first time that we have featured this coffee, and it is the first time that it has been imported into the United States. You can read about the work that our broker did to import it here and here. This cooperative of 50 women was formed recently, in 2016, and now they are using the money earned from their coffee to “equip women producers with farm management and quality control training; certification assistance; and a nursery program where women will have access to seedlings of coffee, citrus, bananas, timber and rubber trees necessary for diversified farm renovation.” The proceeds of this coffee extend beyond the beans to the entire livelihood of these women.

In the cup, this is a beautiful coffee, of high quality. Instead of the earthy flavors that you get from so many Indonesian coffees, this Java Mountain has strong fruit flavors. It tastes of melon and honey with a lingering sweet finish. You can try a cup on us this week with the code women power*. If you’re looking for something to do this weekend, it’s the annual downtown Foothills Celebration, which is a food and wine tasting in the shops around town. It’s from 1 -4 tomorrow, March 4th. Whatever you decide to do this weekend, drink good coffee. Cheers!
–Holly Fike

*Code good for one free 12 ounce cup of Java Mountain Women’s Cooperative. Code expires on 3.9.17. 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: 24th February, 2017

Organic Papua New Guinea Timuza

The sun came out today! After another week of stormy weather, even snow, the sun is peeking through again. I’ve heard there’s a chance of more snow this weekend, but it’s a weak system and more sunshine is predicted for next week. It sounds like a good break from all this rain we’ve been having–we are over seventy inches since October 1st. Despite the storms, spring is coming. I heard Sandhill Cranes flying overhead today (listen to them here), and the robins are greeting the dawn outside my window each morning.

Can you believe this happy fellow is seven months old? He loves to play in the office while mom works.

This week we have a coffee from Papua New Guinea. I have never been there, but my mother teaches in an international school there, so I have learned a lot about the country. Papua New Guinea (PNG) is an independent country that shares the island of New Guinea with Indonesia. It’s the worlds second largest island, after Greenland, and the geographic and cultural diversity is astounding. There are over 800 different languages in PNG, and the topography ranges from sea level to above 14,000 feet.

Our coffee comes from the Eastern Highlands Province, the same province where my mother lives. This is coffee grown at elevation, with most farms above 6000 feet elevation. As I’ve written before, in general, higher grown coffees are also higher quality, with denser beans and lower yields. This coffee comes from a cooperative mill, Timuza, whose members all grow their coffee organically. You can read about them on the PNG Coffee Corporation page here.

The members of the co-op are part of the Kamano tribal group, and according to our broker:

“Farmers have received training and assistance in financial management, gender equality, coffee husbandry and standards for processing through local partners. The harvest takes place from April through September, with selective harvest of ripe cherry, manually pulping, fermentation in traditional bilum bags, washing, and full sun-drying. In 2016, Timuza placed 1st in the National Cupping Competition.”

This is a stellar coffee, which has beautiful fruit flavors in the cup. Come see for yourself why it placed first in the national competition–you can even try it on us with the code high grown* this week. I’m going to drink it this week in honor of my mother. I know that Mother’s Day isn’t until May, but it’s always a good time to say thank you to those that raised us. So here’s to you mom, across the ocean. Cheers!
–Holly Fike

*Code good for one free 12 ounce cup of Organic Papua New Guinea Timuza. Code expires on 3.2.17. 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 February, 2017

Fair Trade Organic Mexican Chiapas GRAPOS

Did you have a chance to be outside last weekend? We walked our property looking for storm damage and noticed coral colored blossoms on the flowering quince, purple crocus almost ready to open, and daffodils with yellow tips saying hello to the sun. Most of our daffodils aren’t out yet, but it was so nice to see the few early ones promising that spring will come soon. Today we’re back to rain, and according to my weather app, there’s more coming. Sigh. But it is nice not to worry about drought.

Waiting for the ballet to begin.

Last weekend my daughter and I got to see the Russian National Ballet at The Center for the Arts, along with two of our employees. We got to see condensed versions of Romeo and Juliet and Carmen, and they were both amazing. I was especially impressed with the choreography of Carmen, and of course the dancers blew us all away. There were amazing feats of physicality: wow.

This week we have a special coffee from the far south of Mexico, in Chiapas. This is fair trade and organic certified, and it is grown by GRAPOS (Grupo de Asesores de Producción Orgánica y Sustentables). This is a group of farmers who have organized to provide diversification and farm improvements for all. According to our broker, here, they have

“invested in nurseries to support farm renovation, and diversification initiatives including a women’s knitting program and mushroom cultivation project aimed at creating other sources of income.”

We’re glad to share this Fair Trade Organic Mexican Chiapas with you. It’s sweet in the cup, with flavors of chocolate and roasted hazelnut. It has a medium body, and it’s sure easy to drink on a rainy day. You can try a cup on us with the code bright outlook* this week.

I know that sometimes I have to remember to look on the bright side when I’m feeling cooped up, so maybe “bright outlook” will be a good reminder this week. No matter what, there is a lot for which to be thankful. I saw an example of that this week as our community came together to support those evacuated by the Oroville Dam. I’m glad they’re home again safe, so with good spirits I say: cheers!
–Holly Fike

*Code good for one free 12 ounce cup of Fair Trade Organic Mexican Chiapas. Code expires on 2.23.17. 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 February, 2017

Celebes Kalossi (Sulawesi Toraja)

Do you see the header picture at the top of this newsletter?  I made it extra tall so that you could see the patches of blue sky above downtown Grass Valley.  If you live in northern California, you know why that’s significant: we’ve been walloped by rain this winter.  The last few days felt like a giant pitcher of water was being dumped on our heads–and we were already swimming in a lake.  The storm damage includes flooding, mudslides, trees down, roads slipping, sinkholes–and the spillway at Lake Oroville is damaged.

Need a Valentine gift for a coffee lover? We’ve got you covered.

Needless to say, I was delighted to walk down the street to pick up my kids today. I do hear that it’s supposed to be a sunny weekend (sun? what is that?), so we’ll be sure to get outside. At least to clean up the storm damage. We are among the lucky ones who did not have significant problems: our thoughts are with those of you who do.

This was a busy week around here, despite the rain. In honor of the sky clearing, I’m going to declare this an especially short email, and give you a quick synopsis of our Celebes Kalossi (Sulawesi Toraja).  Two names for the same coffee.

This comes from Sapan, in the Tana Toraja region of South Sulawesi. Coffees from Sapan are grown at 1600 meters plus, and the high elevation results in a beautiful dense bean. This particular Toraja comes from cooperative of farmers, who are working together to process their coffee and improve their farms at the same time.

You can try a cup of this island bean on us with the code glowing orb* (as in what is that thing?) this week. We love this Celebes around here. It tastes of sweet caramel, a light fruit taste, and then finishes with warm spice tones. I recommend coming in to try some while the sun is shining. Enjoy your weekend, and drink good coffee. Cheers!
–Holly Fike

*Code good for one free 12 ounce cup of Celebes Kalossi (Sulawesi Toraja). Code expires on 2.16.17. 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 February, 2017

Micro-Lot Guatemala Finca San José Ocaña

Last weekend we ran up to Tahoe for a night, since it was the first sunny weekend in January (I may be exaggerating a bit . . .but not much). My kids love snow, and there was a lot of it up there. We are lucky to live so close to a world-class destination: epic beauty and skiing only an hour away. On this trip we didn’t even ski (the resorts were packed), but the kids had a great time sledding and throwing snowballs at each other. The heated pool was a lot of fun too–and I enjoyed staying inside with a book while they swam.

This is serious business

We also had another coffee cupping this week, for the rest of our employees. We have such a great staff: it’s fun to do events like this with them. Again, everyone had different adjectives to describe the same beans, and we tasted the same three distinctive coffees. This time our Organic Gayo Mountain Sumatra was a clear favorite, which was interesting since in the past many people have preferred an African bean. But last Wednesday the deep sweet tones of the Sumatra were the most popular.

This week we have a micro-lot Guatemalan for you, from the Finca San José Ocaña. This farm has been in the Sanchez family since 1905, over a hundred years. They are constantly improving their operation, and a large part of the farm is dedicated to a natural forest. The property also has its own coffee mill, for quality assurance. This coffee is a bourbon variety of arabica, grown at about 6000 feet elevation.

Growing coffee at this height means the beans are more dense, and that there are lower yields per bush, leading to higher quality in the cup. This is an excellent coffee: ten years ago they won the Guatemalan Cup of Excellence, the most prestigious prize in coffee. In the cup it tastes of Meyer lemon and honey, with a lingering finish of cocoa nibs. It’s delicious.

You can try a cup of this Guatemala Finca San José Ocaña on us with the code Tahoe snow*. There’s more snow coming today, I do believe. If you are a skier, it’s an epic year around here. Enjoy your weekend, and drink good coffee. Cheers!
–Holly Fike

*Code good for one free 12 ounce cup of Guatemala Finca San José Ocaña. Code expires on 2.9.17. 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 January, 2017

Coffee cupping 2017Costa Rica Monte Crisol

On Tuesday night this week we had an employee coffee cupping. I think that everyone had fun and learned a lot. It’s amazing how different coffee beans can taste. I know that in my head, but it is really evident when you are tasting coffees side by side. We intentionally chose three very different coffees (unlike a true cupping, where we taste similar beans to choose one), to highlight their unique characteristics. We tried our Natural Ethiopian, our Organic Gayo Mountain Sumatra, and our Kona Fancy.

Two of the coffees were washed, and one was a dry, or natural, process. The process certainly becomes a part of what you taste: there is a lot of residual fruit flavor to the Natural Ethiopian. It was also interesting how differently we all describe what we taste. We each had the same beans in front of us, but the descriptors were all unique. One person would taste maple syrup, another molasses, another caramel–all similar but slightly different. No matter how precise the process, what we taste is personal.

This week we are featuring a sweet bean for you, however you would like to describe it. When we tasted our Costa Rica Monte Crisol, the words that came up were: smooth, hazelnut, sweet, creamy, cocoa nibs, light body. You’ll have to sample it and tell us what you think. We did all agree that the aroma is amazing, with strong chocolate and nut tones.

Before we tasted this coffee, it was grown in the highlands of north-central Costa Rica, and processed by CoopePalmares, a processor that prepares coffee both for in country and for export. You can see their website here, and read about how they work for sustainability and the well-being of their associates. They started in 1962 with 80 members, and now have over 1400 growers in the co-op.

You can try this Costa Rica on us this week with the code sunny days*. It’s been nice to see the sun this week, and get outside, after an exceptionally rainy month. Although I have no complaints: we certainly needed all those storms. I believe that it is supposed to remain sunny at least through the weekend, and I’m glad: a bit of blue is good for the soul. Whatever you do this weekend, drink good coffee. Cheers!
–Holly Fike

*Code good for one free 12 ounce cup of Costa Rica Monte Crisol. Code expires on 2.2.17. 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: 20th January, 2017

Snowmen HeaderNatural Ethiopian Sidamo

If you live in Nevada County, you probably fell asleep last night to the whistle of the wind, and woke up this morning to the same thing. It’s been a stormy winter for sure, and I have loved hearing all the rain/snow/wind. We did have a lovely sunny three day weekend in there–in our family we celebrated by planting bulbs and cleaning up the garden. It was good to be outside digging in the dirt. We discovered that our daffodils are out of the ground already, poking their heads up to see how the year is doing. The cycle of the flowers is affirming: life marches on.

In case you missed it on Instagram, we deal with this cuteness daily. It's a wonder anything gets done around here!

In case you missed it on Instagram, we deal with this cuteness daily. It’s a wonder anything gets done around here!

On Monday I took the kids to play in the snow. It was solely a play day, and they loved it. Today we’re back to pouring rain. According to the National Weather Service, Nevada County is out of the drought. You can see a great graph that YubaNet posted here. I’m also enjoying checking the status of our northern California reservoirs as they steadily rise. I posted this link last year, but I like to check the California water data here. Many of our lakes are above their historical average, so the water situation in California is improving by the day.

On a rainy or snowy day, there’s not much better to have in your hand than a mug of fresh roasted coffee. This week we have our Natural Ethiopian Sidamo for you to sample. These are indigenous beans, grown in a country known as the birthplace of coffee. You can find the story in many different forms, but as legend has it, a goatherd in Ethiopia, Kaldi, noticed his goats dancing after eating some red berries. He tried them and starting dancing too. He took them to the local monastery, where the monks used them to stay awake during prayers.

From there they spread to the Arabian peninsula. It’s not known who first put the beans into a fire, and then brewed them, but for centuries coffee was a carefully guarded secret. Sometime in the 17th century coffee was smuggled into Europe, and from there it spread around the world via the European colonies. You can now find coffee in some form on all of the continents–but it all started with some wild trees in Ethiopia.

These particular Ethiopian beans are a natural, or dry process. This means that the beans are dried with the fruit still in place. The result is a beautiful berry flavor in the cup, with notes of plums and apricots. This coffee was processed by Guji Coffee Export PLC (their website is here), by Grima Edema. According to our broker, here:

“the focus on selection of only ripe cherries that are meticulously dried on raised beds and milled in a vertically integrated operation gives Grima full control of the processing up to the final export stage, resulting in an exceptionally clean and sweet cup profile.”

You can try a cup of this Ethiopian on us this week with the code no drought*. Enjoy the rain, and drink good coffee. Cheers!
–Holly Fike

*Code good for one free 12 ounce cup of Natural Ethiopian Sidamo. Code expires on 1.26.17. 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 January, 2017

Bridgeport headerHigh-Grown Mexican Altura

This morning I was sipping my coffee and getting ready for the day when the sun peeked over the ridge out my window. I exclaimed out loud as the rays hit me, even though only the cat heard. Sunshine? What is that? If you live in northern California, you know what I mean. We’ve had so much rain in the last week that it seemed like the sky might always be grey. And that the soundtrack of our days might always be a solid pounding thrum of nonstop water. But there was an end after all–at least until next week.

Water rushing under the old Hwy 49 bridge last Sunday

Water rushing under the old Hwy 49 bridge last Sunday

Joking aside, I know there are many of you dealing with serious issues from all the rain. There has been flooding, sinkholes, power outages, trees down, landslides and more. We drove around last weekend, when it was all beginning, and checked out our local streams, creeks and rivers. You can find those pictures on our Facebook page here. Our hearts go out to those who were affected locally. We feel very grateful that our business, our employees, and our family are all safe.

This week we have our High-Grown Mexican Altura coffee for you. These beans are grown by small farmers, most with less than ten acres, in the mountains of Chiapas and Oaxaca. This is volcanic territory, and coffee loves rocky acidic soil. It is a high grown coffee, which is important because at higher elevations the beans are denser, and the yields are lower, which leads to higher quality coffee.

In the cup this coffee has nutty flavors, and a lingering finish of dark chocolate. It has a nice dry acidity and it’s a smooth way to start your day. I hear that we have another atmospheric river headed our way next week, so this would be a great cup to keep you going. I know that I’m going to take some home.

You can try a cup of this Mexican on us this week with the code wild rivers*. I hope that you all enjoy the next few days of dry weather. I am planning on getting outside this weekend while the sun shines. If you’re looking for something to do, the Wild and Scenic film festival is going on in Grass Valley and Nevada City through Sunday. Enjoy your three day weekend, and drink good coffee. Cheers!
–Holly Fike

*Code good for one free 12 ounce cup of High-Grown Mexican Altura. Code expires on 1.19.17. 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 January, 2017

Trace and Caroline 1988Colombian Supremo

Caroline Fike in 1946--age 9

Caroline Fike in 1946–age 9

So the lady in the header picture, Caroline Fike, is turning eighty-years-old tomorrow, and I want to take a moment to honor her today. She started this business 35 years ago this April, in 1982, and we are still here, in the words of her son, “because of her tenacity.” If you don’t know her story, Caroline married her high school sweetheart 61 years ago, and raised four boys in forest service cabins across the state of California. When her first son was born she washed diapers on a washboard–that was a backwoods cabin!

 

Her husband was gone on fires for a good part of each year, back in the days when you didn’t “time out.” She took care of everything while he was gone, and welcomed him with a smile when he returned. All who know her know of her love for her husband. By the time all of her boys were out of the house, she was looking for something to do–she certainly wasn’t one to sit still. She decided to buy an existing business, called “The Honey Center,” which sold health food and beekeeping supplies, and was located on Neal St. in downtown Grass Valley.

A couple of years later, her husband Chuck retired from the Forest Service and joined her in the business, along with their youngest son Trace. They sold coffee, but could never buy it in small enough quantities to keep it fresh–and so they bought a roaster. This was in the days when most people bought Folgers, and Starbucks only had one location. Specialty coffee was not a thing, to put it mildly. But they had a vision before their time, and Chuck and Trace started roasting coffee at their new location at 128 S Auburn St. in 1984.

Carolines Coffee Roasters has grown and changed over the years, and those who know us now might not know Caroline. She worked here daily for over twenty-five years. She introduced specialty coffee to Grass Valley, and explained to customers why freshness mattered, and what an espresso was. Before the internet, and the expansion of coffee shops nationwide (the Specialty Coffee Association of America was founded in 1982 also), Caroline was educating folks on coffee in this small town.

Behind the counter, ready to help

Behind the counter, ready to help

We sat around the table the other night and Chuck, Caroline, and Trace talked about the early days of this business. How they were taught to roast coffee by Carl Ernst Diedrich. How they bought a Landmark Coffee grocery contract in order to get the SPD stores as customers. How lucky they were to have the mother of specialty coffee, Erna Knutsen, as their broker until her retirement. How many different grocery stores and restaurants they sold to/serviced over the years. How they used to pay the bills on a wing and a prayer. How many employees they’ve had over the years.

 

As I listened to them reminisce, I was struck by how much of themselves each had poured into the business. And I thought that more than anything else, that is the legacy of Caroline Fike here at Carolines Coffee Roasters. It’s more than her name and it’s more than the tens of thousands of hours she spent here. Her legacy is in the values that we still espouse today. In our commitment to customer service, our commitment to our community, our commitment to serve the finest coffees from around the world. Those all come from Caroline. They endure because they are built into the fiber of our business–she gave them to us.

Happily retired today.

Happily retired today.

On a personal note, Caroline Fike is one of my best friends. She has the best listening ear of anyone I know, and she responds with wisdom. She has a great sense of humor, and a knack for letting people be themselves. She is strong, with the strength of pioneer women, who had to do it all–and knew they could. But even in her strength she’s not afraid to admit she’s wrong. She’s proud of her family, and loves her boys fiercely, but carries herself with humility. She is one of the most stylish women I know. She is not only one of my friends–she is one of my heroes.

I would love to say that I had planned ahead enough this week so that our featured coffee is Caroline’s favorite. But I didn’t. This week we are brewing our Colombian Supremo, and you can try a cup with the code 80 years*. Caroline’s favorite is our Organic Gayo Mountain Sumatra, and to celebrate her birthday, I am going to make it $3 off per pound this week. So come buy a pound and drink a cup to our founder, Caroline Fike. Cheers! And happy birthday Caroline.
–Holly Fike

*Code good for one free 12 ounce cup of Colombian Supremo. Code expires on 1.12.17. 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: 30th December, 2016

Snow Play Header 2Costa Rica Dota Tarrazu

I hope that each of you had a lovely holiday, and that you have festive plans to celebrate the new year this weekend.  We had a house full of guests on Christmas Day, and then two days later we gathered again to honor Grandma Caroline, who will be 80 years young in January.  Her four sons were all there to pay tribute to her strength, grace, and tenacity.  Happy Birthday Caroline!  You continue to inspire all of us here at Carolines Coffee Roasters.

Still 79--and looking even younger

Still 79–and looking even younger

Yesterday Trace and I played hooky from the store and took the kids to play in the snow. There is nothing that my daughter likes better than snow–she’s convinced that she will live in Alaska when she’s older, because “there’s snow there all the time.” We did end the day with a round of ice-skating in Truckee, but the kids’ favorite was rolling and playing and climbing in about a foot of snow above Sierra City.

I took a mug of this week’s featured coffee for the drive–our Costa Rica Dota Tarrazu. This coffee is grown in the famous Tarrazu region, and comes from a co-op of farmers who are committed to environmental sustainability and job creation in their area. You can see their website here and here. The pictures of the region are beautiful, with lush valleys and rugged mountains.

This is a sweet bean in the cup, with a fruity aroma as you sip. It tastes of apricot with a hint of vanilla, and the taste lingers more than many Costa Rican coffees. You can try a cup of this on us this week with the code new year*. And at this, the final two days of 2016, I want to be sure to tell each of you: thank you. Thank you for reading our emails, for buying our product, for supporting us, for believing in us. Thank you for your kind words, smiles, and generous gifts. We appreciate you all, and we look forward to spending 2017 with you. Cheers!
–Holly Fike

*Code good for one free 12 ounce cup of Costa Rica Dota Tarrazu. Code expires on 1.6.17. 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: 23rd December, 2016

Merry ChristmasMerry Christmas!

From us to you: Merry Christmas! We want to take a minute to appreciate our many customers this holiday season. We have enjoyed your company and we are grateful for each of you who stopped by. Thank you for spending some moments of your December with us.

Our limited edition Christmas Coffee is still available through the end of the year. You can try a cup on us with the code very merry* this week. We will be closed Christmas Day to spend time with our families and friends, and that is our wish for you too. Enjoy those around you this season. Cheers!
–Holly Fike

*Code good for one free 12 ounce cup of 2016 Christmas Coffee. Code expires on 12.29.16. 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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Carolines Coffee Roasters
128 S. Auburn St.
Grass Valley, CA 95945

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Monday-Friday: 6am-5:30pm,
Saturday-Sunday: 7am-5:30pm

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Market in the Summer: 6am-9pm
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Cornish Christmas: 6am-9pm