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: Cinco de Junio, January/February 2013
Coffee Buyer's Agent Hannah Popish joined our 2013 Origin Field Lab trip to Nicaragua a few weeks back, and, while she was there, peeled off to visit the Cinco de Junio cooperative in the state of Madriz. During her visit, Hannah and Fredman Vasquez, our key contact with the cooperative, headed into the hills of Tepesomoto La Patasta – the mountain range where Counter Culture's coffee comes from – to visit with producers.
Read Hannah's trip report from her visit with the Cinco de Junio cooperative in Nicaragua on Flickr.
Note: Catch the Northeast Regional Barista Competition streaming live today. The folks at Sprudge will be live-tweeting, as well, with even more coverage collected with the hastag #NERBC. Good luck to all of today's super-talented competitors!