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.
Tiny Round Seeds of Awesome
After a two-year absence, we were particularly excited to welcome the return of coffee from the Ndaroini Cooperative in Nyeri, Kenya, in late-summer. In addition to the main lot (no longer available), we have a small peaberry lot, as well. Peaberries occur when only one seed grows inside a coffee cherry instead two – a phenomenon that occurs in a small percentage of any coffee plant's fruit – and they are often highly sought-after for their unique, fruity flavors.
This very limited Ndaroini Peaberry coffee is our favorite Kenyan offering of the year, and one of the best peaberry lots we have ever tasted. It's pleasingly bright with notes of tropical fruit and citrus zest. Perfectly tart and sweet.