We stopped into one of our friends in Tanzania who manages a high-end Arabica coffee farm, Africa Plantation Kilimanjaro, to cup coffees and discuss the future of specialty coffee in Tanzania. Coffee here is world-class and so are the people who grow the stuff. The operation was extremely impressive and ethically sound: from owner to coffee-picker, we saw smiles the whole way through, along with a deep commitment to growing some of the world’s finest coffee.
A month ago, we invested a very small, super high quality batch offering from Costa Rica, Coto Brus. It was the third in our newest Spring 2017 SOLO (Single Origin Limited Offering) Series, and one of our most ambitious.
On Tuesday, two boxes arrived to our roastery with grasshoppers on them.
They made us really, really excited.
Why? Because what was inside these boxes wasn't some insectarium but instead sat some of the world's finest Costa Rican washed single-origin coffee on the market, part of Royal Import's Crown Jewel offerings.
The aroma. The flavor. Is that a note of blueberry muffin I taste? Strawberries and Cream? Cocoa? On Monday, our Hunter Bay team roasted and cupped some of the world’s finest coffees from Ethiopia, and a few others.
This weekend, Hunter Bay took to the streets. We dished out free iced coffee and samples of our new Nitro coffee on tap at Missoula's Farmer's Market. We also posted up at Good Food Store to give out samples of Bernice's Blend.
Here were some of the things we heard about the Nitro:
"Wow, that is interesting. And different. And amazing!"
"Tastes like the same consistency as a Guinness."
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