Brewing Basics: New Workshop Dates!
NEW DATES ADDED: June 29 in Asheville and July 20 in Asheville, Atlanta, Boston, Durham, New York, and Philadelphia! This two-hour workshop explores the essentials for brewing great coffee at home.
HaruThis year we worked with Haru and the Yirgacheffe Farmers Cooperative Union to recreate the immaculate coffee we bought last year. Better cherry selection and better processing resulted in another lot exclusively for Counter Culture that hits the hallmarks of a great Yirgacheffe coffee.
Kilenso MokonisaThis coffee from Aklilu Kassa’s washing station in Kilenso Mokonisa in southern Ethiopia showcases what natural sundried processed Ethiopian coffee is all about. Big flavors of blueberry and blackberry are accentuated by a juicy body.
Karatu PeaberryThe Gitwe Farmers cooperative – off the eastern slope of the Aberdare mountain range in Kenya – impressed us with a amazing coffee two years ago. This tiny, few-hundred pound peaberry lot proves that their past great coffee was not just a fluke. Complex, tropical fruit, hibiscus, and citrus notes.
Atu LintangAtu Lintang grew out of a conversation about improving quality at the Jagong mill in Sumatra a few years back. We feel fortunate to have revived this project recently. Look for notes of bell pepper, green grape and spice.
From the Road: Honduras to Nicaragua1-22-10
Counter Culture Coffee Sustainability and Producer Relations Manager Kim Elena Bullock is in Central America visiting several of our producer partners. Last week, she spent time with Roberto Salazar at his farm Finca Pashapa in La Labor, Honduras, and arrived in San Ramon, Nicaragua, earlier this week to visit with the farmers at Finca Esperanza Verde – whose coffee comprised last year's Cafe San Ramon.
Upon her arrival in Managua, Kim Elena sent us an update on her visit to a La Labor and shared with us her conversations with producers and exporters at the offices of the exporter, Beneficio Santa Rosa, in the mountainous city of Santa Rosa de Copan to taste coffee together and to strategize.
Read Kim Elena's full trip report from her travels in Honduras in our COFFEE ORIGINS section.