Don’t Just Offer Coffee This Fall – Offer Tea

With Autumn and Winter come the seasons for entertaining. While you’re stocking up on your favorite coffees, don’t forget your tea drinking friends. Sitting and chatting over a hot cup of tea is an iconic way to spend a chilly afternoon. Even the ceremony of making tea can add drama and entertainment value to a ho-hum get-together.

 

Tea Party

 

Much like coffee, there are many types of tea. Well, there may be even more types of tea!

 

Black Tea

The typical tea we think of when considering a cup is black tea. High in caffeine and extremely flavorful, you can drink black tea straight or with lemon or milk and/or sugar. You can also make tea drinks like lattes or add syrups as you do with coffee to introduce even more flavor.

 

Served over ice, black tea can be extremely refreshing. During the colder months this may not be something you would want to do, but in the warmer areas, it may be a welcome way to cool off. And in the South, we actually prefer our tea iced and sweet. For some of the finest gourmet black teas, check out our selections here.

 

Flavored Black Tea

If you know there is a certain flavor you prefer with your black tea, you can purchase teas that are pre-flavored. These teas make it easy by already including lots of delicious taste. This also helps to keep the calorie count down since the flavoring oils don’t add any calories to the drink. If you prefer a little more sweetness, just a spoonful of sugar to your tea. And if milk is your preference, a splash would be just fine. Shop our flavored teas here.

 

Green Tea

Possibly even more popular worldwide than black tea, green tea is another choice for your afternoon visits. Light and refreshing, green tea is also widely believed to have a range of health benefits. Much like black tea, you can drink green tea straight or with lemon and/or sugar. Though you can add milk to your green tea, it is not a widely practiced way to prepare green tea. A lovely green tea latte aside, green tea is mostly drunk on its own.

 

There are many ways of flavoring green tea, but the most common is with jasmine flowers. This amazingly bright and light scent and flavor make jasmine green tea a delight to have any time of day or evening. We have a nice variety of green teas available here.

 

Oolong Tea

Oolong, which falls somewhere between green and black teas, has been growing in popularity in the US. Surprisingly light and delicious, oolong tea is a wonderful choice for your next afternoon cuppa. Choose from our selection of oolong teas here.

 

White Tea

Much less common is white tea. Extremely delicate, this light tea would be perfect for a formal event or a special gathering of friends and family. Here you can find our white tea.

 

Herbal Tea/Tisane

For those who prefer not to consume caffeine, herbal teas and tisanes are a perfect choice. With the wide variety of herbal teas and tisanes, there is no shortage of flavor. Whether you prefer minty, fruity, or floral herbal teas have you covered. Find our herbal teas here.

 

Tisanes are blends of dried herbs, flowers, roots, and fruits. These mixtures are extremely flavorful and are considered to have health benefits. Our tisanes are made with hibiscus leaves and rosehips which add naturally occuring vitamin C. Choose from our delightful tisanes here.

 

Chai

Made with black tea, our chai has flavorful Indian Masala spices for a highly aromatic tea. Cinnamon, cardamom, nutmeg, and ginger mix with the black tea for an eye-opening mix. Make this tea with milk and sugar or make a latte of it. Occasionally described as Thanksgiving in a cup, chai is a delicious way to spend an afternoon with a close friend. Our chai is available here.

So there you have it! Update your Autumn and Winter hot beverage choices with teas from CoffeeAM. They are a delicious way to spend some time with your loved ones.

New Brews For Your Cup

Looking for something new in your coffee cup? How about new crops of some of your old favorites? Recently arrived at our roasting facility are the newest harvest of a few of our best-selling coffees. Check out these delicious brews.

 

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Organic Bolivia ‘Colonial Caranavi’ Fair-Trade

This coffee is so popular we sell out every year. It is currently in stock with a new crop. This lightly roasted bean is grown high in the mountains at around 5,800 feet. It is called Colonial Caranavi because the native farmers are known as Colonials. The 41 farmers who tend their crops are constantly working to improve the quality of their coffees as well as their farming practices.

 

The crops are organic, meaning there are no harmful pesticides or other chemicals used in the farming of the plants. The farmers hand-harvest and dry the beans on raised bed patios which are consistently raked to ensure the beans are evenly dried. Fair-Trade certified means the farmers and their communities benefit directly from the production of their coffee.

 

With a heavy body, low acidity, and a smooth, clean finish, this coffee really satisfies. Colonial Caranavi is grown near fruit trees like lemon and orange which impart a slight citrusy flavor to the coffee. In addition, notes of buttery nuts, rich chocolate, and touch of mild spice can be found.

 

Organic Bali Blue Moon

Just recently back in stock, this organic coffee is one of our most popular. Shade grown on the Indonesian island of Bali where farmers are not permitted to use pesticides and all fertilizers are 100% organic, you know this bean is completely free from all harmful chemicals. In addition, this delicious coffee is Rainforest Alliance Certified so a purchase of our Bali Blue Moon supports the conservation of our rainforests.

 

We medium-light roast this bean to enhance the mouthwatering notes of creamy chocolate, rich vanilla, and sweet syrup. Smooth and full-flavored you’ll enjoy this coffee morning, noon, or night.

 

Jamaica Blue Mountain

Not only do we have a new crop of our Grade 1 certified Jamaica Blue Mountain coffee, we also have it at a new low price! Known around the world as one of the best gourmet coffees, this exceptional bean is incomparable. Stringent regulations make this one of the most sought-after and exceptional coffees.

 

Grown high in the Jamaican mountains at elevations of 5,000 feet, the cool breezes and warm sun combine to make a coffee that is highly in demand. Full-bodied and well-balanced, JBM is extraordinarily smooth with a subtle acidity. The rich taste features signature hints of chocolate and zero bitterness. We lightly roast our Jamaica Blue Mountain to highlight its delicate flavor. Treat yourself today.

 

Hawaiian Kona ‘Volcanic Estate’

Hawaii is the only state in the entire US with the climate to grow coffee and they use that to its fullest extent. Hawaiian Kona is highly prized throughout the world due to its smoothness and delicious flavor.

 

This Kona is grown on the slopes of Mauna Loa, a volcano found in the western district of the Big Island, at an elevation between 800 and 2,500 feet. Producing 2,000 pounds per acre, Kona is the highest yielding varietal of arabica bean coffees with most others averaging 500 to 800 pounds per acre. The rich volcanic soil, ocean breezes, tropical sunlight, shade, rain, and humidity combine to produce and exceptional coffee

 

Smooth with a light acidity, we medium roast these beans to highlight the chocolate and fruity undertones in this bright and flavorful medium-bodied brew.

 

Flavored Coffee

Don’t worry if you prefer flavored coffee over single-origin coffees. We have new options here as well. Our newest flavors include Birthday Cake and Bourbon Whiskey. Both of these unique flavors are available in both regular and decaf like the rest of our flavored coffees.

 

Birthday Cake is a confection of rich vanilla and sweet buttercream that is absolutely delicious. Add a little sugar and milk to this coffee to truly enhance the flavors. Bourbon Whiskey is flavored just like the iconic American distilled spirit. Enjoy flavors of rich vanilla, creamy caramel, and just a hint of charred oak. Get the party started with either of these flavors.

 

Let us know which of these new brews you enjoy the most!

A Look at Coffee Consumption in the US

This past Saturday was National Coffee Day. In recognition of this oh-so-important day, let’s take a look at coffee in the US.

 

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Just the Facts

We really do love our coffee here in the US. But surprisingly, the United States comes in at 26th place in the world in coffee consumption per capita (Finland is number one). That seems low, especially when you consider we are in 2nd place for the number of Starbucks per capita!

 

So, which country is the highest consumer of coffee? The Netherlands.

 

Even with our lower position in consumption, we still drink 1.96 cups per person, per day. Our younger generations are driving this number with 50% of people in the 18-24 demographic, that’s the Z generation, drinking coffee.

 

At-home coffee consumption is big business in the US as well with retail sales at 5.18 billion dollars. Of that, almost 46% of the coffee is pre-ground. And the largest commercial grocery coffee vendor is Folgers (for decaf coffee, too) with Keurig Green Mountain holding first place for single-serve coffee.

 

How many people drink coffee at home? A whopping 87% with 73% of those people buying their coffee at the local grocery store. There isn’t much brand loyalty with only 39% of buyers choosing their coffee based on the brand. When we drink coffee out, consumers in the US take that coffee to go 45% of the time, behind first place Japan at 48%.

 

Of at-home coffee drinkers, 63% use a drip coffee machine and 41% say they own a single-cup machine.

 

Compared to soft drink consumption, which has fallen 15% over the past year, coffee consumption has grown 7% over the past couple of years.

 

The value of coffee imported to the United States from Colombia alone is $1.25 billion. The amount of coffee produced worldwide is 158.93 million 60 kilogram (132 pound) bags . What region is the largest producer of coffee? That would be South America.

 

Trends in Coffee

It’s no secret that the flavor profile in the United States runs to sweet and this isn’t changing with the newest crop of coffee drinkers. The teenage demographic, those kids aged 13 to 18, is the fastest growing coffee drinkers. It’s unsurprising that these kids prefer their coffee sweetened and with milk or cream.

 

In addition to sweeter flavors, coffee drinkers are looking for more unique coffee beans as well. With global travel at an all time high, which brings with it the desire to try new things, high-quality, gourmet coffee is finding it’s time in the spotlight. How can you find these coffees? Keywords like “freshly roasted,” “small-batch,” “organic,” “direct trade,” or even certain regions will help you to find your next exceptional brew.

 

Even coffee prep is a point of distinction for many coffee consumers. We all know the usual coffee requests like black, with sugar or cream or both. We also know hot or iced. Many of us are well aware of cold brew at this point, but how about nitro coffee? Yes, really! This craft brew is typically very strong with the signature foam of bubbles. This carbonated version of coffee is extremely creamy.

 

If nitro isn’t your thing but you still want a little carbonation, coffee made with tonic or sparkling water is getting some attention as well. The boom in bubbly water has made this category a fast grower and it was only a matter of time before it got to the coffee world.

 

Coffee is also showing up more and more often in the bar scene, and not just as a nightcap, an alternative beverage, or a way to sober up. Mixologists use different coffees to create delicious tipsy drinks to keep you going all night.

 

Weird Tidbits

Let’s end with a little levity. Here are some funny little knowledge bits you can amaze your friends and family with.

 

Decaffeinated coffee helps the soda industry. All that caffeine is sold to soda and pharmaceutical companies.

 

There is a Starbucks at CIA headquarters.

 

Beethoven (yep, the composer) insisted his coffee be made with exactly 60 beans.

 

The average American spends over $1,000 per year on coffee.

 

Instant coffee was created in 1771 in England but it wasn’t produced for retail until 1910 in the US.

 

52% of Americans would rather go without a shower than give up their coffee.

 

What is your favorite coffee trend or factoid? Share with us in the comments!

Why Are Different Coffee Cups Different Sizes?

Have you ever noticed all the different kinds of drinking vessels? There are so many! And they’re not just different because of the temperature of the beverage. Yes, we generally have specific cups or mugs for our hot beverages and glasses for our cold beverages, but it goes well beyond that.

 

Cup Size

 

Let’s Start with Temperature

Okay, yes, we definitely have different types of vessels for cold items like juices, sodas, adult beverages, and the like as well as for hot drinks like coffee, tea, and hot chocolate. For our cold beverages we have glassware (typically) and for our hot beverages we use china or porcelain or crockery. This is pretty basic, but as we know, the diversity doesn’t stop there.

 

Glassware

We have an abundance of glassware for all kinds of cold drinks. The most variance is in glasses used for alcoholic beverages. There are pint glasses, martini glasses, rocks glasses, whiskey glasses, hurricane glasses, and wine glasses. And that last one, wine, has different glasses as well! White and red (or more properly Bordeaux and Burgundy), champagne glasses (both flutes and coupes), and tulips (for your sweet, dessert wines).

 

You may know one of the reasons for many of these glasses is the amount of beverage being poured. And you may know that, in the case of wine and whiskey glasses, the shapes are to accentuate the flavor of the liquid. Wide bowls and narrow openings direct the aromas of the liquid into the nose making the drinking experience much more enjoyable. When you’re drinking, or even eating, your sense of smell greatly affects the flavors you can pick out.

 

Stoneware

When it comes to mugs and cups, you may not realize there are many choices. Of course, you can drink coffee and tea out of the same shape vessel. And the amount you drink is typically tied to the size of the mug. But cup size isn’t only dependent on the amount of the beverage you’re drinking. At least that’s the case with coffee.

 

At home, most of us use the mugs that came with our china sets or those mugs we found on vacation with the funny saying or the cool picture. And that’s fine. You can use those mugs for any of your hot beverages and not think twice about it. But let’s take a look at those other cups anyway.

 

For example, when you’re drinking an espresso, you don’t use a regular 8 to 15-ounce mug (yes, quite the disparity… in most countries a serving of coffee is only 8 ounces, but here in the US bigger is better). An espresso mug is around 3 ounces because a single shot of espresso is 3 ounces. Makes sense right?

 

Cappuccino mugs are good for cappuccinos (of course!) but also for flat white, Americano, espresso macchiato, and double shots of espresso. There is a little more room in these for the addition of milk or water (depending on which coffee drink you’re making).

 

Latte mugs or bowls are a little larger than cappuccino mugs and well suited for your lattes as well as any other coffee beverages which also add steamed milk and/or whipped cream like espresso con panna, breve, mocha, and caramel macchiato.

 

Finally, we don’t want to forget about the Irish coffee mug. This mug is typically glass and is footed. It can certainly be used for any coffee (and any mug can be used for Irish coffee!), but it is usually reserved just for the Irish coffee.

 

So, It IS All About Size!

Maybe, but not necessarily. It may seem like the coffee cups are only about size, and maybe for some, they are. But much like wine glasses, the shapes of coffee mugs and cups can enhance the flavor of your coffee. Will it make a big difference? No, probably not, especially if you are drinking store-bought coffee or flavored coffees. But it just might make a difference with some of your single-origin coffees and espressos.

 

A wider cup allows you to inhale more of the coffee aroma as you are drinking it. This lets the nuanced flavors and aromas in complex coffees to become more apparent. The delicate florals, the buttery nuttiness, or the rich chocolaty notes may be more noticeable as you are enjoying your coffee with a cup that allows your scent receptors to do their job.

 

What do you think about different coffee cups and mugs? Is it all just a lot of hoopla?

 

Product Feature: NEW! Kenya Kiangai AA Micro-Lot

This week at CoffeeAM we’re excited to introduce our newest micro-lot coffee, Kenya Kiangai AA.

 

Kenya Kiangai AA

 

This bourbon-typica varietal is grown high in the rich, red volcanic soils near Mount Kenya at an altitude of 4,300 to 6,200 feet above sea level. It is carefully handpicked during two distinct harvest seasons. Once harvested, the cherries are taken to the Kiangai washing station with eight other factories in the Kibirigwi Cooperative Society. While in the wet mills the cherries are pulped then fermented for 24 hours. They are then washed, graded, and spread out on raised tables in the sun to be dried for up to three weeks.

 

After drying, the beans are sent to a centralized mill to be processed and screened prior to being auctioned off. These beans are graded AA, meaning they are the largest beans. They are cultivar SL28 and SL34, a Scot Laboratories hybrid of the bourbon and typica varietals.

 

You will love our Kenya Kiangai AA if you are a fan of bright floral brews. Distinctive notes of violets, citrus, and blackberry are notable in this delicate yet full-bodied cup. Well-balanced with nice acidity, this coffee is perfect any time of day and goes great with or without food.

 

Try this Kenya Kiangai AA coffee for yourself and let us know what you think!

Flavored Coffee – It’s Not The Cheap Stuff

For the past few weeks we’ve been learning about the different types of coffee we carry at CoffeeAM–fair-trade, micro-lot, organic, blends, and espresso. This week we’ll finish up with flavored coffee.

 

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Flavored Coffee is Just Cheap Coffee, Right?

At some other companies, maybe, but not at CoffeeAM. We start with 100% gourmet arabica coffee beans perfectly roasted by our roastmaster. Then we add just the right amount of our gourmet flavorings to bring you the freshest, best tasting flavored coffee available. With over 140 flavors in both regular and decaf, you’re sure to find a flavor (or two, or three) you love.

 

What Do You Use to Flavor Your Coffees?

At CoffeeAM we use specialty gourmet coffee flavoring oils to flavor our coffees. These aromatics impart the delicious, mouthwatering aromas you’ve come to expect. To really bring out the flavors, try adding a little sugar and milk to your coffee.

 

What Kind of Flavors?

We have all kinds of flavored coffees

  • Chocolate
  • Nuts
  • Fruit
  • Candy
  • Adult Beverage
  • Tropical
  • Dessert
  • Spiced
  • Holiday
  • Unique Combinations

 

Though we don’t have the time to go over all of the flavors, we can take a look at a few of them.

 

Dark Chocolate

Rich dark chocolate is the ideal flavor choice with freshly roasted coffee.

 

Rainforest Crunch

This best-selling nutty coffee has flavors of hazelnut, almond, macadamia nut, and just a splash of vanilla.

 

Raspberry Cream 

Tart summer raspberries and smooth cream are a delicious addition to your morning brew.

 

Bourbon Whiskey 

One of our newest coffees, the adult beverage inspired flavor embodies true American spirit.

 

Birthday Cake

Start your birthday off right with a sweet cup of this new flavor. Cake for breakfast? You bet!

 

Highlander Grogg

Another one of our best-sellers, our Highlander Grogg has flavors of heady Scotch liquor and bakery spices for a sweet kick.

 

Spicy Taco

Take Taco Tuesday to the next level with our unique Spicy Taco coffee. It may sound odd, but those who have tried it just can’t get enough.

 

What are your favorite CoffeeAM flavors?

When You Want An Espresso Choose An Espresso Blend

Espresso… isn’t that just a technique to prepare coffee in a certain way? Yes. And no. I’ll explain.

 

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Espresso – The Drink

Of course, there is the coffee drink named espresso, so named for the technique used to prepare this beverage. A literal translation of espresso is expressed, and this is exactly what happens when pulling an espresso. Coffee beans are ground to a very fine, almost sand-like, consistency then the coffee grounds are packed into the portafilter of an espresso machine and steaming hot water is forced through them. And, VOILA, an espresso.

 

Once the espresso has been pulled, it can be drunk as is or made into a myriad of other drinks like cappuccino, latte, macchiato, americano, and more.

 

Any coffee bean and roast level can be used to make an espresso, though often the roast is dark which tends to make a bolder flavor. That intense and concentrated flavor is perfect for standing up to the frothed milk and other flavors added for those specialty drinks.

 

Espresso – The Beans

Last week we talked about coffee blends and, essentially, that’s what espresso coffee beans are, blends. The roastmaster chooses two or more varieties of beans and blends them in specific percentages to produce a delicious flavor profile when the beans are medium to dark roasted. As we’ve discussed before, roasting at different levels brings out different natural flavors inherent in the beans.

 

As much as dark roasts are accused of tasting burnt or too intense, the flavor in certain beans is actually enhanced by the dark roast. In espressos, this is definitely the case. At CoffeeAM we have five espresso coffee blends and they all have slightly different flavor profiles. Let’s take a look.

 

Espresso Gold – A blend of 100% pure arabica beans from India. Using an Italian roasting style, this blend is brought to a medium-dark which highlights a mellow sweetness, a velvety smoothness, and a rich crema.

 

Espresso Italia – This medium or “full-city” roast of a blend of 100% arabica beans produces a bright, complex, and smoothly well-rounded coffee with a pungent aroma.

 

Espresso Verdi – Perfect for cappuccinos and, this medium-dark “Seattle style” roasted blend has an intense flavor, heavy body, and medium brightness.

 

Organic Espresso – The only espresso blend in our portfolio that is certified organic and fair-trade, this medium-dark roast has a medium body with undertones of rich chocolate and creamy caramel.

 

Espresso Prima – This exclusive blend is bright and bold and is made with top-of-the-line arabica beans medium roasted to highlight the fruity and floral undertones.

 

Espresso – The Grind

And finally, we come to the grind. There is an espresso grind. Like I wrote above, beans are ground extremely fine, almost to a sand-like consistency. The reason for this is to create more area for the water to touch. Remember, the way coffee is made is essentially hot water, ground coffee, and time for the water to extract the flavors. When making an espresso, the steamy water is pushed through the grounds at a fairly rapid pace. In order to get enough flavor in that short amount of time, the water needs to contact a greater amount of coffee. The smaller the grind, the more surface area for the water to touch.

 

Now, you can have your coffee pre-ground, but it is best if you can grind it just prior to brewing it.

 

What do you think? Let us know your favorite espresso in the comments below.

Why Should I Choose a Coffee Blend

Over the past few weeks we’ve looked at the various coffee descriptors used to delineate different types of coffee from each other. We’ve talked about Fair-Trade, Micro-lot, and Organic. This brings us to Blends.

 

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What Is A Coffee Blend?

A coffee blend is just what it sounds like. Roastmasters take two or more different varieties, or even species, of coffee and blend them together. The most well-known blend of coffees in the US is found in many commercial coffees available in your local grocers and is a mix of arabica and robusta coffees.

 

Here at CoffeeAM, because we deal exclusively with arabica bean coffee, our exclusive blends are all arabica. But we’ll get into that in a bit.

 

Why Blend Coffees?

In the case of the commercial coffees, they are blended to help keep cost down. Arabica tends to be more expensive than robusta by almost double. But is also typically better tasting as robusta has more caffeine which actually adds to the undesirable flavor.

 

This is not the only reason for blending, however.

 

Blending coffees is a way to make flavor profiles, textures, and bodies which cannot be found in nature. The roastmaster will evaluate different varieties of coffee to find their desirable aspects.

 

Like we talked about in our tasting series [links], coffee can exhibit a combination of all five of the flavor types: sweet, sour, bitter, salty, and umami. The textures found in coffees tend to be alkaline, clean, and smooth while the body can be full, medium, or light. All of this is taken into consideration when blending.

 

How About Your Blends?

Here at CoffeeAM we have 25 different coffee blends to choose from. Let’s take a look.

 

After Dinner Blend

The perfect finish to your evening meal, this dark roast coffee has a heavy body with smoky flavors and a surprising brightness.

 

Breakfast Blend – also in single-serve

A light-medium roast of Central American coffees that brew into a mellow cup with medium body and bold notes of caramel and chocolate.

 

Café Blend

Central and South American beans blended to create a coffee with medium body with a mouthwatering aroma and smooth, bittersweet taste.

 

Christmas Blend

Ideal for the holidays, our Christmas Blend is a mix of Central and South American coffees which brew into a rich and invigorating cup. Just what you need to power through the holidays.

 

Connoisseur Estate Blend

A blend of Arabian, African, and Indonesian beans for a compelling and distinctive brew that is smoothly balanced and just a bit spicy.

 

Dutch Trader Blend

A blend of Indonesian coffees with a rich earthiness, full-body, and vibrant flavor.

 

eCoffee Blend

This mysterious blend has a heavy body with a smooth, dark, and delicious flavor.

 

French Roast – also in single-serve and organic

Heavy and smoky with a medium brightness, this dark roasted coffee has a bold flavor with bittersweet notes that will leave your taste buds satisfied.

 

Galata Kulesi Cuvee

Light-medium roasted, this blend has a full, rich body with a medium brightness. Subtle fruity and floral notes make this a superior twist on our earthy coffees.

 

Gourmet House Blend – also in organic

A blend of Central and South American beans, this coffee is an all-time favorite of our coffeehouse clients. Notes of caramel and chocolate lead to an extremely smooth finish.

 

Hawaiian Kona Reserve

A mix of high-grown arabica beans and the highest grade of Kona come together for a nutty and chocolaty brew that is brightly complex.

 

Italian Roast Blend

This dark roast has been a CoffeeAM staple for over 10 years. Rich notes of caramelized sugar and chocolaty undertones highlight a hint of cedar at the finish.

 

Jamaica Blue Mountain Blend – also in single-serve and organic

Authentic Jamaican Blue Mountain blends with Central and South American beans for a mild, rich, and full-bodied brew with a smooth chocolaty finish.

 

Jamaica Blue Mountain Reserve

This delicately spicy blend has a mild-medium body and a light brightness and finishes with a silky smooth and luxurious mouthfeel.

 

Kona Coffee Blend – also in single-serve

A combination of Central and South America beans with pure Hawaiian Kona, this blend is smooth with a heavy body. It has a chocolaty-nutty undertone and a richness that is sure to please.

 

Marrakesh Blend

This blend has a spicy bite with smoky undertones and a surprisingly bright finish.

 

Mind Your Tummy Blend

Ideal for those who experience tummy issues, our Mind Your Tummy Blend has a low acidity and a deliciously balanced flavor with nutty undertones and a bright finish.

 

Mocca Java Blend

A masterful combination of Ethiopian and Indonesian beans, this dark roasted coffee has a bright floral aroma with undertones of bittersweet chocolate with a slight hint of smoke.

 

New Orleans Style Chicory

Rich Colombian coffee is blended with our French Roast and ground chicory root for a traditional New Orleans style brew.

 

Reggae Blend

The fantastic aroma and deliciously lingering finish of this blend of Central and South American beans are perfect for a mild palate. This medium-bodied brew has decadent undertones of caramel and chocolate.

 

Summer Blend

This small-batch roasted blend combines Central and South American beans for a medium body and mild caramel notes that linger at the finish of each sip.

 

World Tour Blend

A custom blend of South American, Central American, and African coffees yields a complex brew with fruity and rustic notes with underlying notes of chocolate and clean crisp finish.

 

Now, don’t all those combinations sound delightful? Try one of blends today to see what you’ve been missing.

What’s So Great About Organic Coffee?

This week, we continue our discussion of coffee descriptors and what they mean. Over the past couple of weeks, we’ve talked about Fair-Trade coffees and Micro-lot coffees. This week we’ll take a look at Organic coffees.

 

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What is Organic?

Just like other foods, organic coffee is grown using natural methods. This means the farmers refrain from using harmful chemicals to fertilize the plants or to protect them from pests. Most of this is taken care of by the growing location or terroir. The volcanic soils coffee plants thrive in are filled with the nutrients they need.

 

As far as pests and disease, the terroir can help with those as well. Due to the temperatures, the amount of rainfall and sunlight, and the elevation and amount of wind the plants receive are all helpful for protecting the plants. Another way the coffee plants can be protected is by beneficial birds and other animals that eat the pests that affect the coffee plants.

 

Other ways farmers safeguard their plants is by growing shade trees to protect the cherries from being burned by the sun. Another benefit of these trees is that they become the habitat for the protective birds. It’s a win-win.

 

What’s the Difference Between Organic, Fair-Trade, and Micro-lot?

Well, we’ve looked at the other two coffee descriptors already, so we won’t go into that again, but you can read about Fair-Trade and Micro-lot. One thing you may notice is that all the Fair-Trade and Micro-lot coffees are Organic. Though that is the case, Organic is not necessarily Fair-Trade or Micro-lot.

 

What Organic Coffees Do You Carry?

All told, we carry 19 organic coffees at CoffeeAM. Today we will include those organics—there are 10 of them!—that were not either Fair-Trade or Micro-lot.

 

Organic Central American Beneficio – Lightly sweet with low acidity and a mouthwatering aroma.

 

Organic Espresso – This medium-dark roast has a medium body with notes of caramel and chocolate. An ideal choice for your espresso or espresso-based drinks.

 

Organic Dominican Republic ‘Santo Domingo’ – This Bourbon varietal has a soft and mild flavor profile that is smooth and full-flavored.

 

Organic Colombia ‘Mesa de los Santos’ – Grown high in the Andes mountain area, this low acidic coffee has sweetly fruity notes of orange or papaya.

 

Organic Bali Blue Moon – This amazingly smooth coffee is full-flavored with decadent notes of creamy chocolate, rich vanilla, and sweet syrup.

 

Organic French Roast – This dark roast brew has a bold flavor with strong bittersweet notes and smoky overtones. A unique flavor profile for a bright and delectable cup.

 

Organic Gourmet House Blend – This organic blend combines Central and South American beans for a balanced cup with hints of chocolate and caramel and a smooth finish.

 

Organic Honduran Finca Santa Maria – A light roast with a lively floral nose and sweet undertones of orange peel, peach, and honey.

 

Organic Mexico ‘Altura Tollan’ – Slightly sweet with hints of nuts and citrus with high acidity and distinctive wine-like qualities.

 

Organic Peru ‘Andes Gold’ – Mild and light this well-balanced coffee has a depth and smoothness that is very popular. The incredible flavor profile has a distinct nutty, sweet finish.

 

And if trying to choose just one is proving to be too difficult, our Organic Coffee Sampler can get you out of that bind with half-pound bags of four of our organics—Sumatra ‘Black Satin’, Colombia, Mexico, Peru ‘Andes Gold’.

 

Next week come back and we’ll take a look at blends!

Is Micro-Lot Coffee Better?

This week we continue to break down the descriptors used for coffees these days. Last week we looked at what Fair-Trade coffee is. This week we’ll take a look at micro-lot coffee.

 

micro-lot coffee farm sunset

 

What Does Micro-Lot Mean?

A micro-lot is a very small amount of coffee, up to 100 bags but usually around 50, that is set aside from other coffees due to its high cupping score. Though micro-lots can come from a single farmer, they are more likely to be the top beans from a cooperative or maybe a coffee estate. Rather than mixing these beans in with the rest of those grown in the cooperative or the area, these beans are set aside and sold separately.

 

Micro-lot coffee is NOT just a small amount of beans or a portion of a larger lot split out. Micro-lots go through a rigorous evaluation and is determined to be worthy of micro-lot status by the buyer and/or the grower.

 

What’s So Special About A Micro-Lot?

That’s a great question. Each micro-lot is chosen for its own unique characteristics. What makes one special is not what makes another special. Are these beans better than the regular larger lots? No, not at all. There is just something about them that is a little different. It might be a flavor profile, an aroma, or the acidity.

 

Does CoffeeAM Carry Micro-Lots?

We do! The micro-lot coffees at CoffeeAM are also Direct Trade. Rather than risking these beans being mixed in with the rest of the beans from the region, our micro-lot coffees are kept separated and sold directly. Here are our micro-lots and a little information about them.

 

El Salvador Finca Montes Urales

This micro-lot is grown high in the mountains of El Salvador on a family farm. The beans are hand-harvested, washed, and dried on raised beds in the sun. Here are the specifics:

 

  • Location: Apaneca, Ahuachapan, El Salvador
  • Elevation: 4,200 feet to 5,000 feet above sea level
  • Family: Magana-Menendez

 

Fruity and full-flavored this delicious coffee is full-flavored with notes of cherry and raspberry along with sweet brown sugar and a richly smooth chocolate finish.

 

Organic Haitian Blue Mountain

Grown in the same soil conditions as Jamaica Blue Mountain, this micro-lot Haitian Blue Mountain is grown organically in the mountain of Haiti’s Nord region. The specifics for this coffee:

 

  • Location: Haiti, Nord region
  • Elevation: 4,000 feet above sea level
  • Family: Multiple 2-acre family farms

 

Smooth and sweet like its Jamaican counterpart, this Haitian Blue Mountain presents with the same low acidity and high-profile flavor—rich, silky chocolate with low acidity and zero bitterness.

 

Let us know, would you try a micro-lot coffee?