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Winter Blend 2017

Nick Brehany

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

Summertime Coffee: Tips for Making Cold Brew Coffee

Aly Curtis

cold brew blend ashley

At Utopian, we are always striving to generate new ways for our customers to connect with coffee, and this year we decided to create an awesome new blend to highlight one of our favorite coffee drinks: Cold Brew.

Cold brew is a method for brewing coffee that produces a smooth and refreshing cup of coffee totally ready to drink on a balmy, summer day! Similar to making a French Press, cold brew utilizes a full-immersion method, which means the coffee grounds will be completely saturated in water. The difference is you will not need hot water, but you will need nearly an entire day to allow the coffee to allow the brewing to take place!

Our blend is created using an heirloom Ethiopian which brings forth notes of subtle fruits and chocolate, while hearty Colombian beans bring a smooth mouthfeel and hints of lime. The result is a full-bodied and refreshing cold brew that is sure to help you cool down on a hot summer day.

To make Cold Brew you are going to need some basic supplies and a bag of our Cold Brew Blend.

Directions:

Supplies Needed

2 – Large Jars (Approx. 40 ounces)

1 – Paper Coffee Filter or Roll Cheesecloth (or both!)

4 oz Utopian Cold Brew Blend

  1. Grind coffee to a coarse sea-salt like consistency
  2. Pour ground coffee into a clean jar.
  3. Fill jar with approx. 32oz cold water (leave 3” clearance – coffee grounds will degas and will need sufficient room to expand).
  4. Allow to sit in refridgerator for 18-24 hours (keep covered).
  5. After allowing to brew, remove the jar from refrigerator and uncover.
  6. Use cheesecloth or a coffee filter to cover the lid of a new clear jar. Pour the cold brew over the filter and into the new container!
  7. Pour cold brew over ice and enjoy!

If the flavor is too strong, feel free to dilute with cold water, milk or a similar substance. This recipe will yield a bold but smooth beverage. We hope you enjoy this refreshing summertime blend as much as we do! 

*Cheesecloth will remove larger particles – the coffee filter will remove smaller particles giving you a cleaner taste, but this will also take much longer to filter than the cheesecloth. At Utopian Coffee, we suggest trying both and finding what works best for your setup!