Category Archive: Coffee of the Month Club

Winter Blend 2017

Nick Breheny

Winter Blend

The winter season, unlike any other, profoundly influences the coffee experience. As the seasons change and we awake to a frost blanket coating the earth, we naturally begin to gravitate inward toward warmer, cozier spaces. Let’s be honest, nothing sounds better than a comfortable couch situated near the fireplace on a cold winter day.

Homeostasis is the body’s response to change. In a physiological sense, homeostasis is the body trying to keep things running as they should amidst internal and external fluctuation. When changes occur, our body responds and attempts to return to a state of stability. This could easily explain why on a cold day we seek the warmth of the indoors, or why a huge home-cooked meal never sounds as good as it does when the first snow of the season falls, but I’d like to think homeostasis is a lot more than a mere physical response.

Unlike any other season, the coldness of winter invites us to seek another kind of warmth, one that isn’t found in a fireplace or warm sweater. The warmth we seek is much greater, more personal, and quite deeper in every way.

Warmth is the feelings of friends and family to share meals with. Warmth is cuddling with your pet while watching your favorite movie. Warmth is opening presents surrounded by your family, and eating too many cookies with you siblings, and telling someone you profoundly care for that you love them.

I remember the frequent gatherings of family and friends around the household during the winter months. There was always a pot of coffee ready, and everyone was quick to drink as much as they could before braving the cold once more. It was in these small moments, between the coffee, the laughing, and the holiday cookies that we all received and gave warmth to one another. As I’ve grown, I’ve come to appreciate these moments, and how such a simple drink as coffee played a central role in these interactions. It was these moments that inspired me to curate our Winter Blend.

Winter Blend

In creating the Winter Blend coffee, I wanted to express flavors of the winter and holiday season. I achieved this specific flavor profile with coffee from a single origin: Honduras. Throughout the year I’ve tasted several Honduran coffees, all of which have similar flavor nuances. More often than not, these coffees display what I call “lower register” flavors such as chocolates, nuts, and deep fruits (plum, black cherry, etc). Recognizing these qualities, I combined two microlots from Honduras: Abelardo Reyes and Marta Licida Vasquez.

Abelardo Reyes displays notes of black cherry, dark chocolate, and caramel, with a relatively clean body. Marta Licida Vasquez complements this well with cocoa, walnuts, and a heavy body. The result is a exceptionally well-balanced cup of coffee with notes of cocoa, gingerbread, and peanut brittle. We hope this Winter Blend coffee is shared with your friends and family this holiday season.

Come for the warmth – stay for the coffee – together we create Utopia

The Best In-Home Coffee Grinders

Aly Curtis

There’s nothing like a cup of freshly ground coffee in the morning.

If you’re one of those people that orders fresh roasted coffee beans and grinds them in your home, odds are you’ve experienced the struggle to find the perfect coffee grinder. Not only does your grinder need to give your gourmet coffee beans a quality grind, but it should be easy to use. And since you’ll be operating it before your morning caffeine fix? A grinder that isn’t crazy loud would be nice too.

We’ve done our research to bring you the best in-home coffee grinders on the market.

1. Baratza Encore

We don’t believe in saving the best for last, so we’ll start with our favorite, the Baratza Encore. Not only is it the least expensive in Baratza’s line of grinders, but it has a gram-at-a-pulse feature that makes it easy for the less experienced coffee makers to make a cup. Plus, the particle consistency is hard to beat.

fresh roasted coffee grinder

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2. Capresso Infinity Burr Grinder

This gourmet coffee grinder is known to be the quietest one on the market, so if you hate loud noises in the morning (like the rest of us), then you’ll love the Capresso Infinity Burr Grinder. Plus, the medium grind setting is consistent and perfect for pour-over or drip coffee lovers.

gourmet coffee grinder

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3. Breville Smart Grinder

Last up, the Breville Smart Grinder. This grinder has the highest rated particle consistency for a grinder, and it’s easy-ish to operate. You’ll definitely get your $200 worth with this gourmet coffee grinder.
coffee of the month club grinder

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After you find the grinder of your dreams, stop by our online shop to order the perfect, fresh roasted coffee. If you love trying new roasts, be sure and join our gourmet coffee of the month club. What’s your favorite coffee grinder? Let us know in the comments below.