One by one, the names of eight fierce competitors filled the vacant spots on the PT’s Challenge bracket. Competitors spent time getting to know the featured coffee and brew method. The outcome of this hard work: one kick-ass cup of coffee and a new champion. Let’s get down to the nitty gritty: this week’s… 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 have a winner! The first PT’s Challenge went down this week at our roasting facility and we’re proud to announce Lara Prahm as champion. Featured Coffee: Palo Alto. Our featured coffee this week comes from Finca El Socorro in Guatemala. Owner Juan Diego de la Cerda goes above and beyond to consistently produce high quality… Continue Reading
Of the many things in life worthy of great love, coffee is near the top of the list. You love coffee. We love coffee. For many who don’t work in the coffee industry, it can be hard to find the time to explore all the different coffees and brew methods. Here’s the thing – you shouldn’t… Continue Reading
It’s been said that if you give a mouse a cookie, it’s bound to ask for milk. Well, if you give the team at PT’s cookies, we’re going to ask for something stronger than that. To celebrate the return of the Girl Scout cookie, our team has put together some excellent coffee pairings to accompany… Continue Reading
If I went West, I think I would go to Kansas. – Abraham Lincoln It’s Kansas Day and we’d like to take a moment to wish it a happy 154th birthday! We here at PT’s Coffee are pretty proud of our home state and it shows in the names of our blends. Flying Monkey Espresso An ode to one of the greatest… Continue Reading
January-February 2014 As always, the weather in Guatemala in January and February was especially invigorating. This year in particular, it provided an extra welcome relief from an exceptionally cold and snowy winter here in the Midwest. The prospect of trading my office for the outdoors is a much appreciated benefit, but make no mistake, our… Continue Reading
Some more thoughts from El Salvador: Coffee people LOVE coffee. With so many first dates, profound conversations and creative epiphanies had at the mercy of coffee, how can we not? And of course the fullest expression of this romanticism waits at origin. Nothing short of pure magic exists in these places for those of us… Continue Reading
UPDATE May 19th, 2014: Many news sites have recently picked up the story of the coffee rust epidemic. To help our customers to better understand what this means, we are re-posting Jeff’s Trip Report from El Salvador, originally published on February 20th, 2014. San Salvador, El Salvador As always, when I arrived in El… Continue Reading
PT’s Coffee Roasting Co. has teamed up with Espro and Williams-Sonoma for an exclusive Artisan Coffee Tasting! This Saturday, November 9th, from noon to 4pm, our baristas will be available in-store, brewing our coffee with the Espro Press at select Williams-Sonoma locations for this special event. We will be featuring our Kenya Ndaroini and El… Continue Reading