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.
Catching Up with our SEEDS Program
SEEDS is an acronym that stands for Sustaining Environmental and Educational Development at Source, and our SEEDS program was created to structure and define Counter Culture's monetary contributions to projects that are not coffee-quality-specific but still benefit our coffee-producing partners and their communities. We allocated our first funds in January of 2011 and have made approximately one contribution per quarter since then. We decided to earmark a penny per pound of coffee we purchase to SEEDS, and, since its inception, we have directed money to agricultural training programs, research projects, and a food security initiative, among other projects. To date, we have contributed a total of $24,963 to projects in 6 countries.
We'd like to catch you up on the projects we have funded over the last couple of years through our SEEDS program with eye toward more regular updates of ongoing projects. Over the next few months, we will be sharing weekly stories about each of the projects. Here's an update from our very first SEEDS project for which we partnered with the CENFROCAFE Cooperative in San Ignacio, Peru.