Coffee for our Veterans on Veterans Day

In the words of Calvin Coolidge, Veterans Day is “a day to be dedicated to the cause of world peace,” and to us it’s a great day to share a cup of coffee with our veterans.Coffee Veterans Day

We here at Stockton Graham & Co. love to support our veterans any day and especially Veterans Day. Every year, we make donations of coffee to a group of Vietnam veterans who have an annual reunion. One of these veterans, Phillip Leslie, has been a customer of ours since the inception of Stockton Graham & Co.

“Phil has been a meaningful customer,” said Jeff Vojta, co-founder and CEO of Stockton Graham & Co. “We have really deep connections with him and this is a means of thanking him and calling attention to all of our customers who are veterans.”

To help celebrate Veterans Day, we sent five pounds of our Costa Rica Romelia and five pounds of our Colombia decaf coffee to share at the veterans’ reunion. Costa Rica Romelia is a crowd favorite for its aromas of honey and sweet orange zest. The body is well-rounded and silky…perfect for sipping while celebrating.

Don Roberto Tarrazu coffeeOur Colombia decaf is a favorite among veterans who are watching their caffeine intake. It’s a medium, balanced coffee with a dry acidity that complements pastries, donuts or other sweets without overpowering them.

This year the veteran reunion will be held in San Antonio, TX. We will donate coffee again as a thank you to them for their service to us and our nation. Last year the reunion was in San Diego and next year it will be in Washington D.C.

This is a group of some 1800 members who were a part of the Second Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division who served in Vietnam from October 1965 to April 1971.

The reunions are held as close to Nov 10th as possible, because November 10, 1776 is the birthday of the Marine Corps.

Please join us in celebrating the day and recognizing the service of our brave veterans on this Veterans Day.

 

 

 

 

Introducing Costa Rica Romelia from the Palmichal Region

When spring rolls into town, our roasting team turns their attention to the new crops of Costa Rica coffee so that we can begin offering them to customers in July. This year, as usual, we cupped several offerings from the historic coffee region of Tarrazú and its surrounding farms.Costa Rica Coffee

We began by cupping the Tarrazú from the Don Roberto estate, which we featured last year, with a few others from the region. The winner in terms of flavor was a coffee from a producer just outside Tarrazú proper and bordering the Palmichal rainforest: Romelia.

The coffee from Romelia performed so well that it has become our go-to Costa Rica coffee for 2016. Today, the Romelia is a popular bean at our Raleigh, NC coffee roasting facilities.

“The coffee from Don Roberto and Romelia are very similar, as to be expected, because the coffee varietals and growing conditions around Palmichal and the Santa Ana and Escazú mountains are very similar,” said Brad Kirby, Director of Coffee for Stockton Graham & Co. and Dilworth Coffee.

“As we discussed the coffee around the cupping table, we were drawn more to the Romelia beans because they produced a bit more of an interesting sweet, orange aroma and flavor,” Brad said.

Costa Rica Coffee“When you first brew the Romelia coffee, you notice the aroma of sweet orange zest and honey,” Brad said. “These are two delicate notes that define the coffee in terms of fragrance, flavor and aftertaste. We roast the Romelia coffee a bit lighter to preserve these delicate notes.”

Like most Costa Rica coffees, the Romelia is washed and drum dried. That’s because high humidity in Costa Rica prevents patio drying. This processing method creates a vibrant, yet well-rounded cup.

History of Romelia Coffee from Palmichal

Romelia is named after the sister of one of the first families to plant coffee in the Tarrazú region of Costa Rica. That family was the decendents of the beneficiaries of the first land concession granted to José Miguel Cascante Rojas in 1826 just after Costa Rica gained its independence from Spanish rule in 1821 and Mexican rule in 1823.

The land was granted by Costa Rica’s first elected Chief of State, Juan Mora Fernandez, who is considered the grandfather of Tarrazú coffee by giving free land grants to farmers that knew how to grow Costa Rica coffee.Costa Rica Coffee

Amid decades of power struggles amongst Costa Rica’s coffee elite, Don José and his son Don Manuel Rojas Arias built a formidable coffee business in the Palmichal region on the western slopes of the Escazú Mountains. In addition to the coffee farm, Don Manuel founded Beneficio Palmichal, a processing coffee processing plant that allowed him to control the quality of his coffee from seed to roast.

Many farmers observed the success Don Manuel had with coffee and followed his lead in converting their sugar plantations into coffee plantations. When Don Manuel passed away in the mid 1900s, he left his farms to his only sister, Romelia, who worked tirelessly to sustain the quality of her family’s coffee.

Doña Romelia had no children to inherit the farm and so she sold it to coffee visionary Don Roberto Montero Castro. As a result, today’s Don Roberto Tarrazú and Romelia from Palmichal are twin branches in the rich history of Costa Rica coffee.

To order our Costa Rica coffee, please call our Customer Care Associates at 800 835 5943 or email orders@stocktongraham.com