As of Monday, July 19th you will see some new names added to our blend offerings, while some will seem to disappear. No worries though, fundamentally these coffees aren’t changing…just getting a fresh look and feel. The coffees you have come to know and love will still be available, but here’s a run down of… Continue Reading
PT’s Coffee Roasting Co. is honored and delighted to announce that we are hosting specialty coffee producer Armando Benavides of Finca Santa Maria, a Direct Trade partner from Colombia. Benavides will be at our two retail cafés on Monday, April 6th, where he will discuss Colombian coffee production and the pursuit of his dream-turned-reality: growing and processing some of the best coffees in the world. We encourage you to take advantage of this unique opportunity to meet the Producer and hear his story. Catch Armando and our crew on Monday, April 6th at any of the following times:
- For coffee professionals and those who work in the industry, join us at 10:00 a.m. at PT’s Coffee Roasting Co. located at 929 SW University Blvd, Suite 2704-D2, Topeka, KS.
- For Topeka’s specialty coffee lovers: 2:30 p.m. at PT’s College Hill located at 1625 SW Washburn Ave, Topeka, KS
- For Kansas City’s specialty coffee lovers: 6:00 p.m. at PT’s at the Crossroads located at 310 Southwest Blvd, Kansas City, MO
We believe that exceptional coffee starts its journey at the farm which is one of the many reasons why we are committed to Direct Trade partnerships. Owner Jeff Taylor notes that “truly great coffee has to start with truly great farmers – those whose interests are in making and collaborating to produce the best coffee possible. We seek out the best producers in the world to be our partners and value these relationships.” Armando Benavides is one of these respected partners.
Finca Santa Maria has been growing coffee for almost 40 years with Armando leading the efforts since the early 1990s when he purchased the farm. Located high in the mountains of the Nariño region of Colombia, the farm benefits from a high elevation of almost 1900 meters and rich, volcanic soils. Sustainable farming techniques and soil conservation initiatives have produced amazing results for their Caturra variety and the farm has become a role model for sustainable agriculture and regional management practices in Colombia. In the spring of 2013, bandits raided the farm, leaving Benavides and his family with the possibility of losing their entire harvest. With help from PT’s Coffee and all those generous enough to donate to the fundraising efforts, Armando was able to rebuild and continues to produce excellent coffee to this day. Learn more about Finca Santa Maria in this video.
We look forward to hosting Armando and hope that you will join us in welcoming him. Until then, go forth and drink great coffee!
We at PT’s want to offer our hearty congratulations to the new World Barista Champion, Mike Phillips from Intelligentsia in Chicago! Mike is the first American to ever win the event and we are proud of him! The other finalists were Raul Rodas of Guatemala in 2nd place, Scottie Callaghan of Australia in 3rd place,… Continue Reading
Given the announcement yesterday of our change in leadership at PT’s Barrington Village, some of you are probably wondering what’s going on with the previous manager, Robin Seitz. No worries- only good things! Robin has accepted the role of Account Manager for our US accounts west of Kansas City. Starting June 1, 2010, he will… Continue Reading
As of June 1, 2010 there will be a new management regime at PT’s original location, Barrington Village. As the location has grown throughout its 17 years in operation, so has the role of management so we decided that it was time to take a little bit different approach… Three people in three distinct positions.… Continue Reading
On Friday, April 9th we at PT’s hosted a day of education for the Washburn Rural High School’s culinary classes. Starting at 8am we had 3 groups of students come through to tour our roasting facility and see what it is that we do exactly. All together there were about 150 students that got an… Continue Reading
But PT’s Coffee is committed to doing it right. Beginning April 1st, 2010, PT’s Coffee will only roast coffee grown in Kansas! Kansas’ relatively low elevation (mean elevation is 2,000 feet) and temperature swings will limit the annual production to just over 1 pound, but we understand that doing things right requires sacrifices. Our new… Continue Reading
For those who are not already familiar with Keurig, it is the latest in single cup brewing technology for home use. It delivers a cup of coffee in less than a minute, using pods called “K-cups” that hold a pre-dosed amount of ground coffee. While they have selections from a handful of roasters on their… Continue Reading
In order to become a good barista one has to dedicate a lot of time to refining their movements and paying attention to all of the little things that go into a great shot of espresso. But, to truly go beyond that, to become a great… Continue Reading
Last weekend in Portland, Oregon baristas from around the country gathered to battle for the title of United States Barista Champion. Among them were PT’s own Robin Seitz and Chris Weber. Chris had to start in the preliminary round, which consisted of 51 baristas vying for one of 15 spots. He had a great run… Continue Reading