We are excited to announce our participation in a local Exeter business giveaway! Many of our favorite downtown spots are featured – check them out below! Anna Bartell from Anna Bartell Photography put the raffle together, so many thanks to her. All you have to do to enter is like the businesses on Facebook who are giving away prizes, and you are automatically entered to win! There are other ways to get entries, including sharing the raffle itself. Take a look and win something fun
I am thrilled to announce the newest addition to our fleet of coffee brewed by the cup: A fruit-filled dry processed Ethiopia Saris Abaya, roasted by Claudia at CQ Coffee Roasters, a dedicated coffee professional roasting in Bedford, NH. Here’s the low-down on this tasty cup-
Celestial strawberry notes!! Saris Abaya is a coffee from one processing station in the Guji zone of the Sidama region. Guji is a cultural area, and formerly recognized as a separate political zone occupied primarily by the Guji Oromo ethnic group. Coffees from these southern areas of Sidama have a unique flavor profile and the slightly drier climate lends itself to natural coffees like this. This coffee had extra sorting performed on the raised beds to remove unripes, and our buyer bought based on sample selection before export. We paid a large premium over conventional dry-processed coffees from the Guji area for the extra hand labor to prepare this lot. The cup is very bold and potent, heavily fruited, with healthy doses of chocolate.
Tasting notes: A dry process coffee with AMAZING strawberry jam notes. It is like Neapolitan ice cream in a cup. Very rustic. Very wonderful.
Processing: Dry process
Altitude: 6500 ft
Region: Saris Abaya, Guji
Arrival July 2012
New coffee offering! We are excited to offer another fantastic Indonesian coffee from New Harvest Coffee:
Sumatra Permata Gayo
Yet another example of the consciously sourced coffee we humbly brew everyday.
From the New Harvest website:
Permata Gayo Cooperative is located in the Gayo region in Western Sumatra. The area suffered heavily during the Aceh conflict between 1976 and 2005. The 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake brought a peace deal and the end of the insurgency. Since the end of the conflict the region has made steps towards recovery, but coffee production remains one of the only income options for many in the area. However, with the demand for coffee from the Gayo region increasing, the potential for social and economic development in the community is also increasing.
Permata Gayo was formed in 2006 by 50 coffee famers spread throughout five villages in the Bandar sub-district in Aceh, Sumatra, Indonesia. The cooperative was founded in order to increase the sale of organic coffee and generate benefits for the allied small-scale farmers. In 2007, the cooperative was certified organic by the USDA and European Union. A year later they became Fair Trade certified. Staying true to their vision to “work together for the welfare of our communities and to improve the lives of our members through the commercialization of the highest quality coffee,” the cooperative fosters Fair Trade principles of transparency, accountability and quality. In 2010, the cooperative had 2,425 members, producing 100 percent organic Fair Trade Certified coffee – an incredible growth rate for a four-year-old organization. Fair Trade Sumatran coffee purchases increased by 69 percent the same year.
The farmers place a higher emphasis on the quality of their unique Sumatran coffee, which is enthusiastically sought out by coffee roasters seeking a blend with an earthy flavor. There are two temporary cuppers on staff who use specific sorting techniques which can produce coffees originating from a single village. Permata Gayo members have attended international events such as the Specialty Coffee Association of America in the United States and cupping trainings to stay up to date with current coffee practices.
Permata Gayo has used Fair Trade premiums to purchase agricultural tools (weed cutters, machetes, shovels and saws), portable wedding materials (one kit per village), and invest in environmental education and training (erosion, soil conservation and disposal of waste). Programs focusing on women’s empowerment are also prevalent, such as supporting women during their pregnancy by purchasing necessary medical tools. The cooperative has also made an effort to hire women to do manufacturing work in processing facilities as well as training in financial management.
We will be open our normal business hours this coming week except for the following:
Wednesday the 21st: 7am-5pm
Thanksgiving Day: CLOSED
One more note – don’t forget about our food drive in the shop – bring in a non-perishable good and receive 10% off you beverage purchase! Donations going to Exeter and NH food banks.
Enjoy your week!
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