Coffee Descriptions

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Single Origins - All coffees begin as a single origin coffee or varietal which can be traced to a single country, region, farm, field, or even picking or process, and often characterized as a “micro-lot”.  We sample many different lots of coffees to find the one that best meets our exacting standards, and we develop individual origin roast profiles we believe exhibit the “best” qualities of the coffee in the cup. These include subtle changes to bring out a shiny acidity, flavor notes of milk or dark chocolate, or a smooth silky mouth feel in the cup. Our single origins, selected from the top percentile grades of Arabica coffees, represent all the major coffee growing regions, as well as a selection of conventional and sustainable farming practices, including Organic.  We also offer single origin decaffeinated varietals utilizing euro prep or Swiss Water Process (SWP). Our naming process is composed principally of four components:  proper country name, region, estate and grade.  We may also include additional wording to denote the micro lot, processing method or roast level.

Sustainable Single Origins - As a USDA certified organic processor, we offer a wide selection of single origin organic coffees and blends in addition to other types of sustainable coffees.  Sustainability, as used in the coffee industry, refers to coffee that is produced using farming, harvesting, and business practices that ensure not only the livelihood of the farmers, but their employees and the farm itself.  This helps to ensure that the farms, farmers and workers can afford and want to continue growing great tasting coffees for years to come. Sustainable coffees may carry one or more various certifications or descriptions including USDA Certified Organic, fair-trade, Rain Forest Alliance, Utz Certified, shade-grown and bird-friendly.

Light Blends - Our Light blends are bright, mellow and creamy. They are ideal for customers looking for a lively coffee that does not linger too long on the palette, and many of our our light blends are popular as breakfast blends.

Medium Blends - Our medium blends offer well-balanced acidity and body.  Many of customers find these are good all-day blends, enjoyed by a wide range of guests. They tend to be more textured and slightly creamier body than our light blends, with a taste that lingers longer on the palette.  More multi-dimensional and savory, our medium blends are among some of our most popular blends.

Dark Blends - Our dark roasted coffees are not for the faint of heart, as they tend to have fully developed roast profiles with low acidity and heavy syrupy body. The thick body and nuanced tastes of chocolates and spicy notes balance the bittersweet with the sweet lingering on the palette without unpleasant bitter notes.  Many of our dark blends are enjoyed as after dinner or dessert coffees.

Sustainable Blends - Using our exceptional tasting single origin varietals, we have created several popular organic and sustainable blends that share many of the characteristics of our conventional coffees.

Seasonal Blends - Our Seasonal Blend listing contains many coffees that are blended especially for various seasons, to complement popular foods, consumer taste profiles and popular gift items. To help our customers’ merchandise, we offer seasonal coffee Point of Sale Materials and Seasonal Labeling for many of our most popular offerings. They are usually here for a limited time only, so enjoy while you can.

Espresso Blends - Espresso, for the modern coffeehouse, is the foundation of its hand-crafted made to order drink menu.  In many ways, the art of extracting the very essence of the beans into a perfect shot is the foundation of its business and its defining feature.  To help our customers find the espresso blend that enables them to prepare expertly crafted shots and drinks, we offer a variety of blends and flavor profiles.  Each one is unique in its flavor profile that with proper calibration will enable an establishment to create uniquely individualized taste and sensory experiences for their guests.

Single Origin Espressos - We also offer a selection of single origin espresso, an espresso blend of beans from the same origin and lot, some with differing roast levels; blended to produce enable a properly extracted espresso shot to exhibit an exhilarating sensory experience.

Flavored Coffees - Flavored coffees represent a significant portion of the overall specialty coffee market, with studies indicating a steady 40% or more share.  For many of our customers flavor coffees represent an even larger portion of their bulk sales. We seek to bring the science of offering the best coffees and flavoring techniques blended with the creativity to enable our customers to offer guests unique quality coffees to help their business prosper. We start with sourcing a high quality mild Arabica coffee with a light to medium flavor and acidity that alone is an enjoyable coffee.  We then use flavorings, especially developed for coffee application, applied to the roasted coffee to produce a large variety of flavors.  Our inspirations for the flavored combinations come from a variety of sources:  our customers, cook books, food magazines, popular desserts and more.Our flavored coffee selections are generally divided into the following broad categories:  chocolate, nut, fruit, candy, spice and seasonal. Most of our flavored coffees are available caffeinated as well as in a Euro-prep and Swiss Water Decaffeinated version.

Seasonal Flavored Coffees - We offer a wide variety of seasonal flavors to help our customers appeal to their guests year round. Our Seasonal Flavored Coffee Listing contains many coffees that blended especially for various seasons, to complement popular foods, consumer taste profiles and popular gift items.  To help our customers merchandise, we offer seasonal coffee point-of-sale materials and seasonal retail labeling for many of our most popular offerings.  They are usually here for a limited time only, so enjoy while you can.

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