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Ten Days of Coffee (Part One)

Seeing as I’m a fairly new addition to PT’s and the coffee world at large, I suppose I ought to introduce myself; My name is Kasey Klimes and I make coffee. It’s what I love. While living in St. Louis I worked the bar for Kaldi’s Coffee for two years before moving to Kansas to… Continue Reading

PUBLIC CUPPING IN SPRINGFIELD, MISSOURI

Exciting news for those living in Springfield, Missouri! This weekend, Jason Johnson will be holding free public coffee cuppings (tastings) in Springfield, Missouri. He holds public cuppings three times a week at our retail location in Topeka, Kansas, but it is rare that he has the opportunity to actually visit another coffee shop that carries… Continue Reading

AN EXCITING MORNING WITH LUCIA ORTIZ

It is always an exciting moment when you are able to meet with the creator of something you love.  Last Thursday presented us with just such an opportunity.  Lucia Ortiz, from Finca Las Mercedes, flew up to Topeka, Kansas to share her story with PT’s customers and to support PT’s Barista Competition Competitor Robin Seitz,… Continue Reading

COFFEE WITH THE PRODUCER – LUCIA ORTIZ FROM FINCA LAS MERCEDES

Join us this Thursday, October 29th at our Barrington Village shop for casual coffee with Lucia Ortiz from Finca Las Mercedes in El Salvador.  She will be available to meet and chat between 8:00 and 10:00 am.  Come to enjoy her spectacular coffee, El Pepinal 1, and great conversation.  We are brewing up her coffee… Continue Reading

PT’S CELEBRATION OF HARVEST 2009 – FINCA LOS PLANES

I’ve always been a fan of “underdog” stories. You know, the stories where there’s no chance of someone succeeding and yet, despite all odds, they do. That is the story of Finca Los Planes and several other farms in the small region of Chaletenango, El Salvador. Friends at Finca Los Planes The Chaletenango region of… Continue Reading

TOP REVIEW – 96 – FOR ESMERALDA SPECIAL – MARIO CARNAVAL!

Our coveted Hacienda La Esmeralda Special – Mario Carnaval has again proven itself as one of the best coffees in the world!  In this month’s Coffee Review article about coffees from Panama, Mario Carnaval obliterated the  competition.  It received a 96, a score 2 points higher than any other coffee in the review and 3… Continue Reading

TRIP REPORT: GOMBE COFFEE PROJECT – TANZANIA

Gombe Coffee Project: Kanyovu Coop 2009 We were still hours from our destination, Kigoma, Tanzania, when we told our Rwandan driver, Saidi, to keep the Land Rover in the “ruts of the road.” It appeared to be the safest place to ride. The “road” was really more of a trail left by Chinese contractors creating… Continue Reading

ETHIOPIA BELOYAS NOW AT A SPECIAL PRICE

In the past couple of years, naturally processed coffee from the areas surrounding the Ethiopian villages of Beloya and Aricha have created a huge stir in the coffee world. These coffees raise eyebrows and cause you to question your taste buds. Is that a strawberry? Was the coffee soaked in blueberries before it was roasted?… Continue Reading

ESMERALDA SPECIAL CUPPING – AUCTION ON MAY 19TH!

The excitement level at the roasting facility always rises when we receive a large, white envelope (or box) filled to the brim with green coffee samples.  This white envelope represents a great potential; it represents the great potential for amazing coffee.  Needless to say, when said white envelope arrived from Hacienda La Esmeralda in Panama,… Continue Reading

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