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.
Back from the Road: Saludos, Guatemaltecos
Upon recently returning from Central America, Counter Culture Coffee's Sustainability & Producer Relations Manager Kim Elena Bullock offers us a detailed report about her visit with the Recinos family of Finca Nueva Armenia in Huehuetenango, Guatemala. A crucial part of our direct communication with coffee farmers, such personal visits build trust and lay the groundwork for long-term, mutually supportive relationships with our producer partners at origin. During this most recent trip to Guatemala, Kim met up with Javier and Jorge Recinos in Guatemala City, where they cupped coffee together, discussed quality development projects for the upcoming year, and visited the mill where Finca Nueva Armenia's coffee is processed for export.
For a full account of Kim Elena's visit with the Recinos family in Guatemala, please see our Origins section.