Do you love winter? If so, you’re probably in the right place. This winter has been the wintriest New Hampshire winter that I’ve seen since I was but a boy, and while winter brings treacherous travel conditions, long nights of darkness and the prevalent bitterness of pure cold, it does offer a meager upshot for us connoisseurs of fine coffee: nothing beats the winter’s cold like a well-crafted coffee or cappuccino. Like many people, I drink hot coffee year round, but working in a commercial setting, it’s easy to see consumers’ preferences track with the seasons. In the pit of heat of August I’ll brew a few hot coffees a day; in February, however, I make just one or two iced coffees a day, which is great for me, because I think coffee is best enjoyed hot, and besides, hot drinks are way more fun and involving to make. So if winter’s blues are getting to you (but wait, we’re already so close to March!), come on by D Squared Java to escape from the cold for a spell.
It’s been a few posts since we’ve talked about our coffee offerings, though the coffees themselves are as fresh and ephemeral as ever. We are now featuring a radically different lineup, and our Rogue’s Gallery of Villains includes Nicaragua Finca Bella Aurora, Kenya Kabare AB, Brazil Daterra farm Peaberry Pearl, and Decaf Rwanda Kanzu. To top that off, our delightful espresso blend – Whisper – is now comprised of Brazilian and Ethiopian beans.
Kenya’s Kabare, by CQ Coffee Roasters, is a coffee cooperative based on the slopes of Mount Kenya comprised of over 12,000 farmers producing over 300,000 kilograms of coffee annually. We find the coffee smooth, balanced and juicy, with flavor notes of citrus. This is a great coffee for just about anyone.
Finca Bella Aurora, a new coffee from Nicaragua brought to us by New Harvest Coffee Roasters, is a long-established coffee farm that has won Nicaragua’s Cup of Excellence several times over, and for good reason. The farm is generational, named for the founder’s mother. The coffee produced is top notch, and comes at a great time, as Nicaragua’s coffee exportation is becoming the country’s economic backbone (of course, the boom of specialty coffee helps here too). Finca Bella Aurora has successfully been growing and selling coffee since the 1950s, with increased results beginning in 1992, with the founder’s son now running the business. Chocolate and strawberry dominate the flavor notes of this cup; as for texture, we think it’s well balanced and vibrant.
The Daterra farm in Brazil is an extremely well-established producer of fine coffee. They have the experience and resources to invest in technology currently unprecedented in coffee agriculture, allowing them to track the microclimates of different parts of the terrain so they can make minor adjustments; in addition, they blend their beans at origin, taking an approach Claudia of CQ describes as similar to Scotch blending. This is a brand-new offering by CQ, and right now D Squared Java is the only place you can get it. We think this coffee has a full-bodied, nutty flavor, with a sugary sweet finish.
Our new decaffeinated offering, Rwanda Kanzu, is a direct-trade coffee brought to us by the fine folks at Red Rover Coffee. The beans are decaffeinated in Vancouver using the Swiss Water Process, and Red Rover pushes the beans to a slightly deeper roast than normal, resulting in a full bodied, chocolaty cup.
In other news, audiophile and D Squared Java barista Danielle Wiseman recently turned her monthly performance here into an open mic, and the results were outrageous! At least eight people performed, and every seat in the house was taken, in addition to several more people left to stand. Given the nominal amount of publicity we offered, the management here is unsure of how much more popular we want the show to become. But some things are better left in the hands of the people (and the Fire Marshall).
The event will be a monthly endeavor, hosted on the first Friday of every month. The show begins at 6 P.M. and people can come in, sign up and get ready any time before that. We’ll make sure to promote it here, as well as on our Facebook and Twitter.
Peace, Love and Java,
Abraham Smith, Raconteur