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July Subscription

El Salvador Buenos Aires One of the major issues in specialty coffee today is the drastically changing landscape on several levels. Fifty years ago coffee farming was a much different endeavor than it is today. Quality was not the first and foremost concern, quantity was. Producing more and more coffee was the goal, not producing the most high-quality coffee. As a result, many farmers have [...]

June Subscription Coffees

Looking to start a subscription? Check it out HERE Use Code WELCOME2FRESH at checkout for 50% off your first order with a new subscription. Colombia - Clemira Lasso Earlier this year we brought in over 20,000 pounds of coffee from our partner-farmers in Cauca, Colombia. From over 20 separate lots we chose a handful to highlight as single-farmer-selects. One of these standout lots came from [...]

May Subscription Coffees

Sign up for Subscriptions HERE Uganda - Kapchurwa Community Uganda is a really unique coffee origin. Most of the varieties growing in Uganda originated in neighboring Kenya where they were replanted and eventually transformed in the unique micro climate of Mt. Elgon, where coffee farmers found perfect elevations to grow specialty coffee. This lot in particular comes from the Sebei tribe who until recently were [...]

Cocaine to Coffee

"This is the most we've ever been paid for anything." -Pablo Taquinas on Utopian Coffee purchasing coffee from both his farm as well as his neighbors Utopian Direct Relationship - Cocaine to Coffee We are extremely pumped to announce the 2020 Cocaine to Coffee project launch! We currently have three coffees available, with the first being a single-farmer light roast from Mireya Espinosa. [...]

Five Questions About Roasting

Burner on our Diedrich CR-25 Roaster When it comes to learning about coffee, nothing seems to be more difficult to understand than coffee roasting. I want to break down some barriers and give you the roaster-perspective on some pretty common questions I hear on a regular basis. -Roaster Nick Question 1. What Causes the Difference Between Light, Medium, and Dark Roast? This is a [...]

Reducing Our Footprint

Environmental sustainability is a huge buzzword in the coffee industry, and for good reason. Our partner-farmers in Colombia have reported increasingly irregular weather patterns that complicate coffee production, causing massive quality control issues. Undoubtedly, climate change has enormous repercussions on coffee production and unless coffee-roasting companies take meaningful steps, these trends will continue to plague our farmer-partners who dedicate their lives to growing stellar coffees.  [...]

Tastes like… What?

  Mineral flavors in East African coffees I have tasted a great deal of coffees from the collection of countries surrounding Lake Victoria in East Africa. Ugandan, Rwandan, and Burundian coffees tend to share a common flavor characteristic which I call "minerality." While this term is common in the world of fine wine, it is less commonly used, if hardly ever, to describe coffee characteristics. [...]

Get to Know Us: Nathan Diehl

Get to Know Us is a series of blogs featuring interviews with members of the Utopian team. Today we're featuring Nathan, who essentially integrates technology and keeps things running smoothly and efficiently! Read the following interview to learn more about what Nathan does and what he loves about Utopian Coffee! Tell us about the moment you became interested in specialty coffee: My coffee story begins [...]

Five Facts About Green Coffee Everyone Should Know

  1. Coffee begins as a fruit When most people think about coffee all they see is the end product: the roasted beans. But long before coffee is ready to be consumed it begins as a fruit. Found in the tropical regions of the globe, coffee trees (to be scientifically accurate, from the plant family Rubiaceae, genus coffea) produce cherries which are picked when fully ripe. Inside [...]

French Press – Tutorial

The French Press is a full-immersion brewing method, meaning all the coffee grounds will become "immersed" by hot water for several minutes before being filtered and served. Step 1. Weigh and Heat The first step in brewing on a French Press is to weigh the beans. For the average French Press we will use 50 grams of coffee. After weighing the beans, use hot water [...]

Aeropress – Brewing Tutorial

A brewing method that perfectly unites full-immersion and pressure to create a one-of-a-kind brewing experience. Step 1. Weigh Beans  For brewing on the Aeropress, we want about 17-18 grams of coffee. If using the scoop provided with the Aeropress, this would amount about 1 heaping scoop of beans. (Scoops can work well, but weighing is objectively the most accurate method). Step 2. Assemble Aeropress Before [...]

Chemex – Brewing Tutorial

The Chemex creates wonderfully clean flavors utilizing the pourover method. Step 1. Weigh and Grind Weighing your coffee is extremely important! Beans will weigh different depending on size, shape, and roast level. Weighing the beans ensures a consistent brewing experience each time! We recommend grinding 45 grams coffee on a coarse setting. The grinds should resemble sea salt. Step 2. Insert and Rinse Filter Unfold the filter [...]

Hario V60 – Brewing Tutorial

Step 1. Weigh and Grind Weigh 22 grams of beans and put them into your grinder. The grind size you want to shoot for should be about as fine as table salt. Step 2. Insert and Rinse Filter Unfold the V60 filter and set it inside the dripper. Using hot water right-off the boil, pour through the filter, thoroughly wetting it to remove any paper-like tastes. [...]

Top Three Reasons Why We Love the Aeropress

1. The Aeropress coffee brewer is  the most unique and exciting method of manually brewing coffee The Aeropress blends several methods of coffee-brewing together to create one simple unique experience. Like the French Press, the Aeropress utalizes the full immersion method of brewing. Basically, the coffee grounds are completely immersed in water for several minutes to extract flavor. This being said, the Aeropress not only acts like [...]

Spiced Cold Brew Old Fashioned Recipe

Check out our current coffee recommendation for this recipe!   Sit down at any bar in America and ask for an Old Fashioned. What you will most likely end up with is something along the lines of whisky, bitters, sugar, ice, and citrus garnish. While stylistically, this drink is very similar to the "first" Old Fashioneds being served in the early 18th  century, the history [...]

Choosing the Best Beans

According to the International Coffee Organization, 71.93 million bags of Arabica coffee were exported from approximately 70 coffee producing countries around the world in 2016. This is a baffling number, but considering the average consumption per capita is nearly equivalent to 1 cup per person, the United States alone consumes around 325 million cups of coffee each day. As a roasting company, our main goal [...]

Get to Know Us: Nick Brehany

Nick is an avid record collector, armchair philosopher, and coffee wizard currently roasting for Utopian. What was your first experience with coffee? I’ve had many “firsts experiences” with coffee. When I was a kid, my parents always had a pot of coffee brewing. This really made me think of coffee as a “life-sustaining” substance, specifically for the working person. You could say I was captured [...]

5 Tips To Taste Coffee Like a Pro

One of the most challenging parts of enjoying coffee is understanding what you’re tasting! Trying to put into words the flavors we all taste in coffee can be a huge feat. As a professional, part of my job is to come up with “tasting notes” that reflect the coffee, and sometimes even I am at a loss for words for what I’m tasting. This can [...]