Well here it is, you guys – the third installment of the PT’s Challenge. For those of you unfamiliar with the challenge, check out the original blog post by clicking here. Let’s get down to business and explore this week’s featured coffee, brew method, and the winning recipe! Featured Coffee: Sidama Guji Our Sidama Guji started its… Continue Reading
Each year we have the pleasure of bringing some of the highest caliber specialty coffees through our roasting facility. We believe in the connection between the quality of any one coffee and the producers and farmers who work long hours to actualize it. Just like your favorite type of produce, quality is tied to seasonality and harvest cycles. This time of year is especially exciting with Central American harvests arriving and South American harvests expected later this fall. Our Direct Trade partners yielded exceptional coffees from these harvests and we can’t wait to share them with you.
To highlight the significance of these iconic farms and what sets them apart, we present you with the 2015 – 2016 Estate Series. With five unique installments, the Estate Series is split into distinct two categories: estates focusing on processing methods and estates focusing on unique varietals. Each box showcases multiple coffee offerings from one featured farm, and each distinguished farm has produced coffees that are highly acclaimed by coffee lovers around the world. Check out the list below for a sneak peak of what is to come.
Estates focusing on processing methods:
This box highlights three outstanding coffees from our partners at Elida Estate featuring a Catuai varietal processed three different ways: traditional washed, honey (commonly referred to as pulped natural), and natural. The box includes three 5.5 oz bags of coffee, a brew guide with suggested home brewing parameters, and information on the different processing methods you will experience. To learn more about why we love Elida Estate and respected producer Wilford Lamastus, click here.
Grown on the slopes of the Santa Ana volcano in a micro-climate similar to that of the high slopes of Kenya, the coffee included in this box is particularly exciting. This series features one coffee, Finca Kilimanjaro, processed three ways: pulped natural, natural, and one of Aida’s unique washed processes known as Burundi. This box includes three 5.5 oz bags of coffee, a home brew guide, and information on the processing methods. To learn more about world-renowned coffee producer Aida Batlle and Finca Kilimanjaro, click here.
Estates focusing on unique varietals:
This box features three high-profile coffees from our friends at Café Granja La Esperanza. In this box you will find Cerro Azul Gesha, Pacamara Natural, and a washed Sudan Rume. Comparing them side by side will give you range of dazzling flavor notes. The box includes three 5.5 oz bags of coffee as well as a brew guide with suggested home brewing parameters. To learn more about Rigoberto Herrera and Café Granja La Esperanza, click here.
The team at La Palma Y El Tucan is nothing short of unique and this box showcases their commitment to innovation. This box features four different coffee varietals: an Ecuadorian Sidra variety uniquely grown in Colombia, a Geisha, an heirloom Typica, and a Kenyan SL28 cultivated in Colombia. This box includes four 50g bags of coffee as well as a brew guide with suggested parameters to make a stellar cup at home. To learn more about La Palma Y El Tucan, click here.
The El Socorro box comes with a great line up of Guatemalan coffees produced by Juan Diego De La Cerda. We’ve selected three outstanding coffees including a washed Pacamara, an award-winning Maracaturra, and a Yellow Reserve (a special harvest blend of Yellow Bourbon and Yellow Caturra). This box includes three 5.5 oz bags of coffee and includes a brew guide with suggested parameters. To learn more about Juan Diego and El Socorro, click here.
The Estate Series will roll out soon. We are certain you will enjoy these specially produced coffees and we encourage you to share your experience with us and your friends. After all, without the love it’s just coffee.
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… Continue Reading
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
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